Saturday, April 7, 2018

Modern Marvel: Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 Calgary Expo Exclusive

Poe Dameron has a major story arc in The Last Jedi, which makes it hard to believe the character was originally going to die in The Force Awakens.  Actor Oscar Isaac's reluctance to take another short lived role convinced directory J.J. Abrams to rethink killing off the character giving life to the Resistance's best pilot.  Poe's growth from a heroic pilot to a leader in The Last Jedi makes him a worthy successor to Princess Leia.

The ongoing title Poe Dameron #1 is the first comic appearance of the character; The Force Awakens movie adaptation was not published until two months later.  The comic stars the titular character as he leads the Black Squadron in search of Lor San Tekka prior to the events of the first movie.  The Calgary Expo took place in late April 2016 and offered an exclusive Poe Dameron #1 variant cover by artist Mike Del Mundo.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1s - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2016)
Calgary Expo exclusive
The cover shows Poe Dameron and BB-8 approaching his X-Wing Fighter while the sun is setting in the background.  Transposed over the sun is the Rebel Alliance symbol which is adopted by the Resistance.

Based on how many copies come up for sale, this comic does not appear to have been widely distributed.  My understand is it was only given to attendees of the Calgary Expo who purchased VIP and deluxe tickets.

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