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"It's silly not to explore the idea of a guy who grew up steeped in the Rebellion and the older Republic and all of those myths and legends. If you think about it, he grew up the way we did, hearing all of these stories."
―Charles Soule[src]

Star Wars: Poe Dameron is a comic book series written by Charles Soule and drawn by Phil Noto that focuses on the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. Published by Marvel Comics, the series focuses on the events prior to the film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens; it also features the astromech droid BB-8 and centers around the Resistance's struggle against the First Order. The series was first announced on January 14, 2016 in advance of Marvel's regular April 2016 solicitations. The first issue was published on April 6, 2016, and it concluded with its thirty-first issue in September 26, 2018.

Development[edit | edit source]

"…to see people reacting to him so strongly now just feels like we’re hopefully in a great position."
―Charles Soule[src]

Star Wars: Poe Dameron was announced in a USA Today exclusive on January 14, 2016. It was announced as an ongoing title written by Charles Soule, with art by Phil Noto. The comic, set before the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, focuses on the character of Poe Dameron during the events preceding his mission to Jakku as depicted in The Force Awakens. Because of Dameron's status as one of the breakout characters of the film, Soule said that Marvel Comics was well-positioned to tell a story about a character that people responded so well to—which does, of course, bring with it a pressure for him and Noto to ensure that they deliver a story worthy of the fan hype.[1]

Character sketches of Poe Dameron by Phil Noto

The story itself would explore Dameron's status as the best pilot in the Resistance while serving under the command of General Leia Organa. His personality will also be fleshed out more, while the comic will explore locations that are both new and familiar, as well as bring in legacy characters and new characters alike—BB-8 included. Writing Dameron proved to be an interesting challenge for Soule, who also worked on the comic miniseries Star Wars: Lando. Unlike Lando Calrissian, who Soule had been familiar with for thirty years, Dameron was someone new and someone he had only thought of for a few months, so writing about Dameron was not "as instinctive in some ways as writing a story about" Calrissian. Soule likened the comic to a Dameron-centric Mission: Impossible film.[1]

Noto's approach to the art for the series included looking at X-wing reference material in order to develop the series' space battles, as well as looking at the films of Oscar Isaac, who plays Dameron. By studying how Isaac acts in The Force Awakens and in other films, Noto is able to better "act that part out" in his head while drawing. He would ask himself, "How would Oscar Isaac act in this situation as Poe Dameron?"[1]

During the events of the comic, Dameron leads a squadron with an important mission and must contend with the threat of the First Order, along with a new nemesis who intends to stop Dameron and find the missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. For Soule, the new era represented in The Force Awakens offered an opportunity for new archetypes and allowed him to create a villain who "is going to feel fresh and cool." Soule did not anticipate there being a lot of flashback scenes, such as to Dameron's childhood with his parents, Shara Bey and Kes Dameron, who were introduced in the comic miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire. Instead, Soule's goal was to explore the story of Poe Dameron, who grew up with the legacy of the Rebel Alliance and the Old Republic, through Dameron's approach to situations and his interactions with other characters.[1]

After penciling issue 7, Angel Unzueta later took over as series artist with issue 14. Phil Noto continued to provide cover art for every issue of the series. The series was originally intended to conclude with the 25th issue, the end of the Legend Found story arc, however it was extended due to strong sales and reader support.[5]

Media[edit | edit source]

Color code key:
Collected (TPB) issue Released issue Future issue Story arc
Issue Title Publication date Trade paperback
Book I: Black Squadron
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Vol. 1 — Black Squadron
December 7, 2016[6]
1 Black Squadron, Part I April 6, 2016[2]
2 Black Squadron, Part II May 4, 2016[7]
3 Black Squadron, Part III June 8, 2016[8]
Book II: Lockdown
4 Lockdown, Part I July 6, 2016[9]
5 Lockdown, Part II August 17, 2016[10]
6 Lockdown, Part III September 7, 2016[11]
Book III: The Gathering Storm
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Vol. 2 — The Gathering Storm
July 3, 2017[12]
8 The Gathering Storm, Part I November 9, 2016[13]
9 The Gathering Storm, Part II December 14, 2016[14]
10 The Gathering Storm, Part III January 11, 2017[15]
11 The Gathering Storm, Part IV February 15, 2017[16]
12 The Gathering Storm, Part V March 15, 2017[17]
13 The Gathering Storm, Part VI April 19, 2017[18]
7 The Gathering Storm October 26, 2016[19]
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Vol. 3 — Legend Lost
November 14, 2017[20][21]
Book IV: Legend Lost
14 Legend Lost, Part I May 3, 2017[22]
15 Legend Lost, Part II May 17, 2017[22]
16 Legend Lost, Part III June 28, 2017[23]
Book V: War Stories
17 War Stories, Part I July 19, 2017[24]
18 War Stories, Part II August 16, 2017[25]
19 War Stories, Part III September 20, 2017[20]
A1 Poe Dameron Annual 1 June 21, 2017[23]
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Vol. 4 — Legend Found
May 15, 2018[26]
Book VI: Legend Found
20 Legend Found, Part I October 18, 2017[27]
21 Legend Found, Part II November 29, 2017[28]
22 Legend Found, Part III December 20, 2017[29]
23 Legend Found, Part IV January 24, 2018[30]
24 Legend Found, Part V February 14, 2018[31]
25 Legend Found, Part VI March 21, 2018[32]
Book VII: The Awakening
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Vol. 5 — The Spark and the Fire
December 4, 2018[33]
26 The Awakening, Part I April 18, 2018[34]
27 The Awakening, Part II May 16, 2018[4]
28 The Awakening, Part III June 20, 2018[35]
29 The Awakening, Part IV July 18, 2018[36]
30 The Awakening, Part V August 15, 2018[10]
31 The Awakening, Part VI September 26, 2018[3]
A2 Poe Dameron Annual 2 August 29, 2018[10]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Exclusive: 'Star Wars: Poe Dameron' comic book debuts in April. USA Today (2016-01-14). Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved on January 14, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MARVEL COMICS April 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (2015-01-19). Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved on January 19, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Marvel Comics September 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2018-06-19). Retrieved on June 19, 2018. (backup link not available)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Marvel Comics May 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2018-02-22). Archived from the original on May 12, 2019. Retrieved on February 22, 2018.
  5. May 16, 2018- Curse Words #14, Daredevil #602, Poe Dameron #27, Poe Dameron VOL. 4 TPB. Charles Soule. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved on June 11, 2018.
  6. STAR WARS POE DAMERON TP VOL 01 BLACK SQUADRON. Previews World. Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. Retrieved on November 24, 2016.
  7. Marvel Comics Full MAY 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama.com (2016-02-16). Archived from the original on January 23, 2019. Retrieved on February 19, 2016.
  8. Marvel Comics Full JUNE 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama.com (2016-03-22). Archived from the original on September 6, 2018. Retrieved on March 22, 2016.
  9. STAR WARS POE DAMERON #4. PREVIEWSworld. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved on May 5, 2016.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Marvel Comics AUGUST 2016 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-05-17). Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved on May 18, 2016. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Newsarama" defined multiple times with different content
  11. Marvel Comics SEPTEMBER 2016 SOLICITATIONS. Newsarama (2016-06-21). Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved on June 22, 2016.
  12. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 2: The Gathering Storm on Amazon.com (backup link)
  13. STAR WARS POE DAMERON #8. Previews World. Archived from the original on September 7, 2020. Retrieved on September 27, 2016.
  14. Marvel Comics DECEMBER 2016 SOLICITATIONS. Newsarama (2016-09-20). Archived from the original on September 21, 2016. Retrieved on September 28, 2016.
  15. MARVEL COMICS January 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-10-18). Archived from the original on July 26, 2019. Retrieved on October 18, 2016.
  16. MARVEL COMICS FULL FEBRUARY 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-11-22). Archived from the original on March 26, 2020. Retrieved on November 24, 2016.
  17. MARVEL COMICS FULL MARCH 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2016-12-20). Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved on December 20, 2016.
  18. MARVEL COMICS FULL APRIL 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-01-24). Archived from the original on March 26, 2020. Retrieved on January 24, 2017.
  19. DARTH VADER, HAN SOLO, More STAR WARS Titles Delayed. Newsarama (2016-08-05). Archived from the original on February 10, 2020. Retrieved on August 7, 2016.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 3: Legends Lost on Amazon.com (backup link)
  21. TwitterLogo.svg Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) on Twitter: "I believe it will be in Volume 3." (backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 MARVEL COMICS FULL MAY 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-02-21). Archived from the original on October 22, 2018. Retrieved on February 21, 2017.
  23. 23.0 23.1 MARVEL COMICS FULL JUNE 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-03-21). Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved on March 21, 2017.
  24. MARVEL COMICS FULL JULY 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-04-19). Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved on April 19, 2017.
  25. MARVEL COMICS FULL August 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-05-23). Archived from the original on March 26, 2020. Retrieved on May 23, 2017.
  26. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 4: Legend Found on Amazon.com (backup link)
  27. MARVEL COMICS FULL October 2017 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-07-18). Archived from the original on June 5, 2019. Retrieved on July 18, 2017.
  28. Marvel Comics NOVEMBER 2017 SOLICITATIONS. Newsarama (2017-08-22). Archived from the original on June 17, 2019. Retrieved on August 22, 2017.
  29. Marvel Comics December 2017 Early Solicitations (2017-09-13). Archived from the original on November 19, 2017. Retrieved on September 14, 2017.
  30. Marvel Comics January 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-10-17). Archived from the original on June 19, 2019. Retrieved on October 17, 2017.
  31. Marvel Comics February 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2017-11-21). Retrieved on November 21, 2017. (backup link not available)
  32. MarvelLogo.svg Poe Dameron's Quest is Getting More Dangerous on Marvel Comics' official website (backup link)
  33. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 5: The Spark and the Fire (Star Wars: Poe Dameron (2016) (5)) on Amazon.com (backup link)
  34. Marvel Comics April 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2018-01-23). Archived from the original on October 28, 2019. Retrieved on January 23, 2018.
  35. Marvel Comics June 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2018-03-20). Archived from the original on May 15, 2019. Retrieved on March 20, 2018.
  36. Marvel Comics July 2018 Solicitations. Newsarama (2018-04-17). Archived from the original on August 14, 2018. Retrieved on April 17, 2018.

External links[edit | edit source]

Star Wars: Poe Dameron
Black Squadron: 1 · 2 · 3
Lockdown: 4 · 5 · 6
The Gathering Storm: 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13
Legend Lost: 14 · 15 · 16
War Stories: 17 · 18 · 19
Legend Found: 20 · 21 · 22 · 23 · 24 · 25
The Awakening: 26 · 27 · 28 · 29 · 30 · 31
Trade paperbacks
1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5
Other
Annual 1 · Annual 2
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