Next month, Poe Dameron will become the first new hero from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to headline his own Marvel comic book series, courtesy of writer Charles Soule and artist Phil Noto. Star Wars: Poe Dameron will be set before The Force Awakens, and it will costar Poe’s beloved droid BB-8, as well as a few familiar faces from the Resistance. But Soule and Noto have created a brand new villain to pit against Poe in this series.
“The main villain is a new character, an intelligence officer in the First Order with some ties to the old Empire,” said Soule in a new interview with Comic Book Resources. “He’s a scary guy, a little older, which I think gives him a cool gravitas in much the same way Peter Cushing delivered as Grand Moff Tarkin in ‘A New Hope.’ His approach to conflicts is very interesting, and he can be a charmer. I think of him almost like an evil Lando.”
Soule also noted that the comic takes place in a brief period before the First Order and the Resistance were actively at war with each other.
“The New Republic and the First Order are in a position of detente, and while there have been a few small skirmishes between the Resistance and the First Order, it’s very much a sort of cold war. That said, the Star Wars galaxy is a dangerous place, and the First Order isn’t the only opponent Poe will face.”
Additionally, Soule tipped his hand towards the genre of the first story and teased a few upcoming arcs.
“Each arc [will be] feeling a bit different,” said Soule. “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.”
Star Wars: Poe Dameron will fly into comic book stores in April.
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