Poe Dameron's Spice-Running Origin Story Will Be Told in a New Book

You were a spice runner? We’ll find out about it in a new book.
You were a spice runner? We’ll find out about it in a new book.
Photo: Disney

We love Poe Dameron. You love Poe Dameron. Everyone loves Poe Dameron. And while Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic book series taught us a lot about the hotshot Star Wars pilot, we’ll soon learn a whole bunch more.


A new YA book called Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall is on the way from novelist and comic book writer Alex Segura, and it’ll tell the full story we first heard about in The Rise of Skywalker. You know, about how Poe was a spice runner on Kijimi with Zorii Bliss and Babu Frik. It’s coming out on August 4 and Polygon spoke with Segura about what fans can expect.

“This story not only answers questions from The Rise of Skywalker but also serves as the Poe Dameron origin a lot of people have been clamoring for,” Segura said. “The book will spend a lot of time with Poe during his formative teen years, where we see him grow into the man we meet at the beginning of The Force Awakens.”

Segura also knows that he’s not the first person who’ll be building out Poe’s backstory. “In addition to the films, I’m also really indebted to the work of writers like Charles Soule, Greg Rucka, and Rebecca Roanhorse—to name a few—for fleshing out key moments in Poe’s life and creating some really exciting jumping-off points to tinker with,” he said. So, yes, the story will mesh with other books, comics, and more.

Here’s a glimpse at the cover art for the book, by artist Alice X. Zhang.

The cover of Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall.
The cover of Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall.
Image: Alice X. Zhang (Disney Publishing)

Read more about the book on Polygon and we’ll have more on Free Fall as we get closer to its release.

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Ah, yes, thank you for reminding me of the decision to make the character played by a Guatemalan-American actor having a secret backstory of being a drug-runner...

Oh, no, don’t worry, I’m certain that Abrams and Terrio did so innocently. After all, realizing the implications of it would require them actually thinking about what they were writing in that script.

Also, I can’t help but think about that scene about Rey and Finn reacting aghast to it all, and then Poe shoots back at them that they were a Stormtrooper and a Scavenger!

The former being something that Finn was forced into as a child soldier and being little better than an indoctrinated slave.

The latter not actually being a crime, as far as we’re aware, but just someone that had to scavenge downed tech to survive.

Again, I’m absolutely Abrams and Terrio didn’t think about the implications of anything in that script of theirs, not if doing so would slow down their progress to the next fight scene...