An upcoming Star Wars comic book will offer fans their first glimpse of the events immediately following the end of The Last Jedi. The comic will also reveal the circumstances of how ace pilot Poe Dameron came to survive his crash on the planet Jakku with rogue Stormtrooper Finn in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars has a long tradition of using other mediums to explore the stories that took place off-camera during the events of the movies. Comic books have been one of the more frequent mediums utilized, with Dark Horse Comics having found a great deal of success early on publishing illustrated stories set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe - or Star Wars Legends as it is now known. The current run of Star Wars comics is published by Marvel Comics, who have held the license since 2015.
The reveal came in a preview of Star Wars: Poe Dameron #26, exclusive to website 13th Dimension. The issue opens just after the ending of The Last Jedi, with Poe, Finn, Rey and BB-8 discussing recent events and how, if it hadn't been for a twist of fate, Poe might have met Rey far earlier and joined in their escape from Jakku on The Millennium Falcon.
This discussion leads to Finn realizing that Poe never told him just what happened after they crashed on Jakku and just how Poe made his way back to The Resistance and wound up in a position to be leading the X-Wing fleet that saved Finn and Han Solo on Takodana during the events of The Force Awakens. Poe obligingly begins to tell the story, with the preview ending just as Poe starts a flashback about being given the mission to travel to Jakku to recover the map to Luke Skywalker by General Leia Organa.
While it seems that the story to come will be primarily concerned with filling in a gap in the events of The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Poe Dameron #26 still does offer devout Star Wars fans the first glimpse of what came following the events of The Last Jedi. While this has some historical significance, it seems unlikely the comic will be exploring much further beyond this point. The original run of Marvel Comics' Star Wars books became notorious for having made several leaps forward in its story that would later contradict the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. While Lucasfilm has become much better about policing its licensed properties since then, it still seems unlikely we'll be seeing Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 in any extensive intense action in any comics set between The Last Jedi and Episode 9.
Source: 13th Dimension
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