Marvel's Charles Soule on going 'weird, '70s sci-fi' with Poe Dameron in new Star Wars comic

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Mar 1, 2016, 11:39 AM EST

He didn’t get a ton of screen time, but Poe Dameron proved to be a fan favorite in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so Marvel Comics is happy to oblige with some new adventures for the ace Resistance fighter pilot.

The comic publisher is putting together the new ongoing series Star Wars: Poe Dameron, with writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto attached to dig into the history of what made Poe one of the Resistance’s elite. The new series will be set before The Force Awakens, following a slightly younger Poe in the time before we first meet him on the sandy dunes of Jakku.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Soule said he was attracted to to the “charisma” of the Poe character, and wanted to follow him through his career as he signs up with an elite wing of the Resistance and takes on a variety of missions (all with their own vibe). Of course, his trusty droid BB-8 will also be by his side. Along with facing off with the First Order, Poe will also be menaced by a new villain described as an “Evil Lando,” which sounds positively fascinating.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“I think of it like a bunch of different genre movies, stacked up one after the other. I've been doing this for a while, actually -- Lando was a heist movie, and Obi-Wan & Anakin is a post-apocalyptic steampunk western. Poe will be the same, with each arc feeling a bit different. The first story is straight-up weird, '70s sci-fi, but there's plenty more to come -- a prison story, an espionage tale -- lots of great stuff…

Poe meets up with a sort of cult in the first story, and that's related to a mission he's sent on by the Resistance, which is in turn related to Lor San Tekka, the explorer character we saw at the start of The Force Awakens. It's Poe's first mission with this new secret missions squadron, and it's pretty action-packed.”

It’s amazing to see how rich a universe Marvel has built around Star Wars in such a short time, and this Poe series is just one more piece of the puzzle. The various creative teams have managed to tell some interesting stories, while weaving in and out of genres, and the Poe series looks to be no exception.

The first issue of Star Wars: Poe Dameron hits comic shelves on April 6.


(Via Comic Book Resources)