8) Poe Dameron’s Backstory
Oscar Isaac’s charming ace rebel pilot Poe Dameron stole viewers’ hearts (and maybe Finn’s too, if you believe the FinnPoe theorists) when he appeared in The Force Awakens. Apart from his swaggering personality, we don’t actually know that much about the character, though. Enter Marvel’s comics to set things right.
The Shattered Empire miniseries fills us in on Dameron’s family history, as the plot follows Shara Bey and Kes Dameon, Poe’s parents. Two veterans of the Battle of Endor – they served under Han Solo – Kes and Shara were two of the rebels’ finest. Kes was one of the Pathfinders, a squadron of special rebel soldiers, while Shara was the best A-Wing pilot in the alliance, whose skills meant she was often sent on missions by Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. It was Shara who instilled a deep love of flying in her son from a young age.
While maybe not essential, fleshing out Poe’s backstory really helps to understand a character who was only sketched memorably but briefly in the movie. That’s pretty much what tie-in comics are for, right? To enhance the story by adding in details the movies didn’t have time to fit in.