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Poe Dameron

           He’s cocky. He’s competent. He’s a true friend. He’s the best damn pilot in the galaxy. Poe Dameron had a strong introduction in The Force Awakens as he back-talked Kylo Ren, rocketed off of the Star Destroyer in a stolen TIE fighter, takes out ten enemy ships in a matter of seconds in the skies of Takodana, and enthusiastically embraced his long-lost droid as well as welcomed Finn into the Resistance. The Last Jedi nuanced his character by showing that he still has a lot to learn. It established him as an understudy to General Leia who will make a fine leader for the Resistance when the time comes. He represents a unique blend of the Big Three of the Original Trilogy:while he is close with Leia, he’s a confident pilot like Han, and looks good in the orange flight suit in an X-Wing like Luke. He looks to feature prominently in Episode IX as well as numerous upcoming tie-in materials.

           Poe is on of the only Sequel Trilogy-era characters to have a substantial amount of EU material written about him up until this point. Most significantly is Marvel’sPoe Dameron ongoing series, written by Charles Soule and drawn by Phil Noto and later Angel Unzueta, which ran for thirty-one issues. It perfectly captured Oscar Isaac’s charisma, Poe’s snappy speech, BB-8’s energy and resourcefulness, and places Poe alongside wonderfully fleshed-out characters such as his fellow pilots in Black Squadron and his arch-nemesis, Agent Terex.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Poe Dameron Volume 1: Black Squadron

Chris Eliopoulos / Charles Soule
33 ABY

The Force Awakens introduced fans to the best pilot in the Galaxy—the Resistance's X-Wing pilot, Poe Dameron. In this, his ongoing comics series set in the months leading up to Episode VII, we get introduced to to the full cast of characters who comprise Black Squadron. We also meet Agent Terrix, Poe's arch nemesis, a high-ranking First Order officer with a complex backstory explored throughout the series. Not to mention BB-8's wonderful role as Poe's sidekick!

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Young Adult Novel
Canon

Before the Awakening

Greg Rucka
34 ABY

Before an unknown scavenger left her home in search of greater meaning; before a stormtrooper deserted his post; before a pilot found the map his general was looking for; Rey, Finn, and Poe were just ordinary people trying to survive a war-torn galaxy.

This young adult novel features stories about the new heroes of the galaxy, an essential read for anyone curious about what life was like for key The Force Awakens characters before the film begins.

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Single Issue Comic
Canon

Adventures #15

James Gilarte / Michael Moreci
33 ABY

Poe and BB-8 are on a distant planet in search of allies for the Resistance. But it doesn’t take long for the mission to turn south! Attacked by locals who aren’t exactly welcoming, the pilot and droid duo must use their teamwork and resourcefulness to make it out alive. And that’s not to mention the massive creatures native to the planet! In a tight spot, they’re rescued by a mysterious helping hand. . .

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Single Issue Comic
Canon

Age Of Resistance: Poe

Tom Taylor
33 ABY

Part of Marvel’s ongoing “Age of” series, Poe gets his moment in the spotlight in what serves as an origin story of sorts. Someone has stolen the head of a very important droid right out from under the noses of the New Republic, and Poe Dameron has to retrieve their secrets from the infiltrator. We know about his parentage through Shattered Empire, but we didn’t know how he ended up defecting from the by-the-books New Republic military to General Leia’s secret Resistance. . . until now.

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Shattered Empire

Greg Rucka
4 ABY

Shattered Empire was one of the momentous stories released just prior to The Force Awakens as part of the Journey to the Force Awakens publishing program. It begins right in the middle of the battle of the second Death Star above the Forest Moon of Endor. The miniseries follows Shara Bey, A-Wing pilot for the Rebel Alliance, who will become the mother to none other than Poe Dameron. The series follows her to several significant battles after Endor, including Operation Cinder’s razing of Naboo, and incredibly, in assisting Luke Skywalker in retrieving a Force-sensitive tree. . .

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Adult Novel
Canon

Resistance Reborn

Rebecca Roanhorse
34 ABY

Almost every Star Wars movie gets a significant prequel novel, but perhaps none as highly anticipated as Resistance Reborn. Sequel-era material is few and far between, especially something involving major characters! Resistance Reborn features prominent characters like Poe, Leia, Chewbacca, Finn, and even Rey, as they look to rebuild the Resistance from the remnants remaining at the end of The Last Jedi. The plot involves the Resistance leaders gathering allies after their call for help on Crait went unanswered. Resistance Reborn is a promising story of consequence bridging the gap between Episodes VIII and IX.

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Young Adult Novel
Canon

Spark of the Resistance

Justina Ireland
35 ABY

Disney/Lucasfilm Press have released several middle-grade novels leading up to each of the Sequel Trilogy films, and have been wonderful contributions to Star Wars storytelling. They even feature several illustrations by legendary comics artist Phil Noto! Justina Ireland's book fits into the Journey to The Rise of Skywalker publishing program as a prequel to Episode IX. This book feels like exactly what we’ve been waiting for, as it places Rey, Rose, and Poe on a quest for the Resistance including a battle against the First Order, classic Star Wars creatures, and even a superweapon. Although billed as a middle-grade novel, you’ll be disappointed if you skip it, no matter your age!

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Graphic Novel
Canon

Allegiance

Ethan Sacks
35 ABY

Part of the Journey to the Rise of Skywalker publishing push in the lead-up to Episode IX, Allegiance is a Marvel Comics mini-series featuring the main heroes (and villain!) of the Sequel-era saga: Rey, Poe, Finn, Leia, and Kylo Ren. With their forces decimated after the Resistance was forced to evacuate D’qar in the retaliatory attack after the destruction of Starkiller Base, the Resistance is desperate to gather allies. Their search leads them to the familiar planet of Mon Cala, featured prominently in the main Marvel Star Wars ongoing title, and home to Admiral Ackbar. But the planet has seen better days, and although underwater, our heroes have an uphill battle to fight.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Alan Dean Foster
34 ABY

Alan Dean Foster brings his fantasy and sci-fi storytelling experience to Star Wars canon for the first time in his adaption of the highly-anticipated 2015 film The Force Awakens

The official novelization of the film expands upon the events shown onscreen, giving readers the chance to see the Resistance engage in battle with the First Order from the unique points of view of different characters. Whether you're a fan of Rey, Poe, Finn, or a combination of figures old and new, this book will take you on a journey across the galaxy you'll not soon forget.

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Adult Novel
Canon

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition

Jason Fry
34 ABY

Jason Fry gets the honor of continuing Star Wars’s rich history with novel adaptation. In particular, his novelization shines in adding additional material to enhance the story in written form, such as Luke’s Force vision introduction and re-insterting deleted scenes from the film–even Rey’s third lesson! The novel allows us to get an inside look at certain characters such as BB-8 during the space battle over D’qar. Reading the novel of Episode Eight will allow you to soak up the story like never before, taking your time with the characters and getting the story from all-new perspectives.

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