On April 6th, Marvel Comics will release a Poe Dameron comic series. The ongoing series will pre-date Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and chronicle the adventures of Poe and his X-Wing squadron as they take on the emerging threat of the First Order, and hunt for clues as to the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker.
“Hand-picked for the resistance by General Leia Organa to lead a squadron on a top secret and vital mission…Poe sets off investigating sites of historical importance to the Force.”
I can’t wait to read this series as Poe was one of my favorite new characters from The Force Awakens. What I’m most curious to see is how Poe will be portrayed in this series, as it may give some insight into the role he’ll play in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Poe was touted as one of the “big three” characters. Poe, Finn, and Rey are to this new trilogy what Han, Luke, and Leia were to the original. Unlike their predecessors, however, Poe, Finn, and Rey did not have a scene together in The Force Awakens. Poe and Finn teamed up early on and there was a wonderful “bromance” brewing between them, but after they made their daring escape, Poe’s story branched off from Finn’s and he only offered support to the main characters as he led his squadron of resistance fighters in aerial dogfights against the First Order.
What was missing was Poe, Finn, and Rey running around together like Han, Luke, and Leia on the Death Star. Once those characters came together they didn’t diverge until the middle part of Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Poe, Finn, and Rey don’t yet have the rapport that original three characters developed.
Poe’s strength as a pilot are clear and he nearly single-handedly defeated the First Order’s air forces in the skies above Takodana. While we will certainly see him take to the skies in Episode VIII, in order to make the connection with Finn and Rey, he will need to have his boots on the ground and work directly with them as they continue the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order. He has to do more than just fly his X-Wing.
This is why I’m excited about the comic series and it’s why I have high hopes for Episode VIII. The Force Awakens was a wonderful nostalgia trip, but some events were just too close to the original trilogy and a bit predictable. I’m looking at you Starkiller Base. Still, there was plenty of original material and uniqueness to the new characters, that make it unlikely that Episode VIII will be a rehash of The Empire Strikes Back. At the end of Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope the main characters were together, currently their split-up. Where The Empire Strikes Back had the characters diverge, the story in Episode VIII could see them coming together.
As these characters join up, Poe will need to be more than just a pilot, and we’ve seen glimpses of what he’s capable of in The Force Awakens as he successfully tracked down a critical piece of the map containing Luke Skywalker’s location. He demonstrated accuracy with a blaster, cunning to keep that intelligence safe, and a will that took the power of the Dark Side to make him crack.
Poe Dameron is a pilot, fighter, soldier, and spy, and while it’s long wait for Episode VIII, we’ll get to see him take to the skies and more in just a couple of days.
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