Published May 15, 2017

Star Wars Spotlight: Poe Dameron

The Resistance’s ace pilot takes on a bold new mission!

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Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

For a guy who skipped out on a significant portion of “The Force Awakens,” Poe Dameron sure scored a lot of fans in his first big screen outing. Charles Soule and Phil Noto also saw the potential in the character, launching an ongoing series in 2016 that lead up to his appearance in the film.

To kick things off General Leia Organa sent Poe Dameron and BB-8 on a mission to find Lor San Tekka and get the information he had about Luke Skywalker’s location, which lead directly into the beginning of “Force Awakens.” To complete the task, Poe put together a team that included Snap Wexley, Karé Kun, L’ulo, and Jess Pava. They then traveled to Tekka’s last known location: the planet Ovanis. While Dameron and BB-8 tried to get information from the cosmic egg-worshipping, underground dwellers dubbed the Créche about Lor San Tekka, the others flew around above where they soon spotted a First Order ship that followed a tracker placed on Poe’s craft!

Lead by Agent Terex, a squad of Stormtroopers descended below the surface to track down Dameron. Captain Phasma herself ordered this mission after Poe intercepted sensitive information in the pages of the “Before the Awakening” novel. As his friends flew interference above, our hero tried getting the upper hand on Terex, but he had his Troopers start fire blasting the egg. To everyone’s surprise, the object of worship opened to reveal a giant, blue, winged creature who didn’t seem to appreciate being hatched. Dameron used the distraction to gain the upper hand, though that went out the window when another giant creature, this one black, also appeared in the cavern.

Poe Dameron (2016) #1

Poe Dameron (2016) #1

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The two giants took off into the air, crashing through the ceiling of their underground dwelling where one killed the other. The timing could not have been better as Black Squadron had been running low on fuel from their battles with the New Order’s TIE Fighters. In the end, the Créche gave Poe the information he needed about where Lor San Tekka headed after staying with them and then took off on their newly hatched god. Black Squadron left Agent Terex and his men in the cavern, but alerted their ship upon leaving for the next location.

And that’s just the first three issues of STAR WARS: POE DAMERON!

From the Jedi Temple Archives

Temmin “Snap” Wexley not only appears alongside the title character in POE DAMERON, but also in “The Force Awakens” as portrayed by longtime J.J. Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg, and in Chuck Wendig’s “Aftermath” novels. The first installment of the latter takes place between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” and introduces the reader to Snap’s mother, a Rebel pilot named Norra Wexley, and a younger version of Temmin on his home planet Akiva. Norra continued leading her squadron on missions in “Aftermath: Life Debt” while young Temmin also continued to embark on adventures.

Next time, Ron Marz chronicles the connection between STAR WARS: JANGO FETT and STAR WARS: ZAM WESELL with Tom Fowler and Ted Naifeh!