More Details Revealed for Marvel’s ‘Poe Dameron’ Comic Book
When “The Force Awakens” hit theaters, “Star Wars” fans didn’t simply catch up with old friends; they made some new ones as well, like junk scavenger Rey, former Stormtrooper Finn, and the Resistance’s charismatic flying ace, Poe Dameron
In the film, Rey and Finn heard the call to adventure for the first time, but viewers were given the sense that Poe and his X-Wing squadron were tried and true veterans of a number of battles. This April, writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto will chronicle some of the early missions of Poe and his squadmates as they kick off “Star Wars: Poe Dameron,” an all-new, ongoing Marvel Comics series, set before “The Force Awakens.” We spoke with Soule and Noto about the appeal of Poe and the special missions their cast will undertake, not to mention the strange worlds and vile villains they’ll encounter in the series.
CBR News: What do you think were some of the essential traits actor Oscar Isaac brought to the character of Poe Dameron?
Charles Soule: I think it’s his charisma that really defines him, for me. Poe Dameron is one charming fellow. We’ve seen great pilots before, and great warriors, but his ability to lead and inspire feels pretty fresh to me, as is his somewhat snappy roguishness. I dig him a lot — he’s super fun to write, which is the sign of a well-drawn character.
Phil Noto: I love the fact that he’s kind of Maverick from “Top Gun.” Cocky, but focused on his mission. I just want to capture his likeness enough so people feel like it’s really Poe from the film. I think Oscar did a great job with the humor and heroism of the character.
This is your third “Star Wars” project for Marvel, Charles, and your first ongoing, and Phil, you did interiors for the recent “Chewbacca” miniseries, covers for several issues of Marvel’s “Star Wars” comics, and covers and interior illustrations for several “Star Wars” junior novels. What keeps you coming back for more “Star Wars” projects, and how does it feel to finally be able to tackle a long form story?
Soule: Much like the regular Marvel Universe, telling stories in “Star Wars” is a blast. Among other things, I know this world inside and out. I’ve been studying for these jobs since I was a very small child, and it’s wonderful to be able to put that knowledge into practice. I’m also excited that I’ve written a story set in the Original Trilogy era with Lando, one in the Prequel Era with Obi-Wan & Anakin, and now I get to tell a story in the latest era. Hat trick!
As far as ongoing — well, it’s just nice to be able to stretch out a bit, and tell a story with themes that take a bit longer to develop. Such a great gig.
Noto: This is truly a dream come true as I still have my old Marvel “Star Wars” adaptation from when I was 6. I’ve always been a huge fan and have been having a blast working on all the different projects lately. I’m also thrilled that Poe is such a great character and that the movie was so well received. It would have been tough to promote a monthly comic based on something people really didn’t like.
An ongoing comic is nice because there’s a lot more you can slowly build on in terms of story and also there’s a wider range of characters and environments that I get to create and draw.
The entire interview can be read on CBR.com.