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Super: Can We Have Nice Things? The Big Gay Poe Dameron Question

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Poe Dameron is probably only accidentally a gay hero. He wasn't originally meant to survive the first act of Star Wars: The Force Awakens according to writer/director J.J. Abrams, so he doesn't have a real arc of his own. On paper, Poe Dameron is just a device to advance the plot. It's in Oscar Isaac's performance that he becomes something special, and someone Abrams knew he had to keep around.

Isaac gives Poe Dameron his charisma and smoldering intensity, and because his primary (human) relationship in the movie is with John Boyega's Finn, he gets to direct that charm and intensity towards him. In one of the characters' most pored over scenes together --- a scene that only exists because of Poe Dameron's reprieve from death --- the pilot gives Finn a look that's indistinguishable from lust, even biting his own lip as he tells him to keep the jacket they've come to share. It's one of the gayest things I've seen in a blockbuster movie, in the most positive and celebratory sense of the word, and it gave us reason to hope that Poe Dameron could be Star Wars' first onscreen gay hero. But is Poe Dameron actually gay, and what happens to our hopes and dreams if he's not?

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Poe Dameron, Our Gay Space Boyfriend, Gets Own Marvel Comic From Soule & Noto

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They almost killed him off in the first version of the script, but it looks like the decision to keep Poe Dameron around in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has paid off. The hunkiest hero ever named for a Teletubby, Poe Dameron is going to be make the leap from the screen (and fan's dreams) to the pages of a new comic from Charles Soule and Phil Noto this spring.

Announced by USA Today, Star Wars: Poe Dameron will launch in April as an ongoing, delivering tales of Poe's time with the Resistance before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While that might mean we won't be seeing any team-ups or (more than) friendly embraces with Finn, Soule promised that this new book will flesh out Poe's character as the hot-shot flyboy in the Resistance X-Wing squadron even more.

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‘Gwenpool Special’ Is Actually A Bit Special, But Not So Gwenpool [Review]

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I had absolutely no interest in Marvel’s Gwenpool Special #1 when it was announced. I like Spider-Gwen a whole lot, but what looked like essentially a gender-bent Deadpool in pink? Yeah, the best I could come up with was a shrug at the news that this random mash-up character would be getting a holiday issue.

Which is why I’m quite honestly shocked that I liked Gwenpool Special #1. I liked it a lot.

It’s a real Christmas miracle, people.

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‘Daredevil’ #1 Returns Matt Murdock to the Grit of Hell’s Kitchen [Review]

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This week saw the release of Daredevil #1, one of the latest launches in Marvel’s All New, All Different lineup. Given the critical success of the previous volume, which featured a “lighter” take on Matt Murdock by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna, et al, the new series, written by Charles Soule, with art by Ron Garney and Matt Milla, and letters by Clayton Cowles, came with high expectations.

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Obi-Wan and Anakin Limited Series Promises Pre-Teen Prequel Padawan Action [Preview]

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Remember how the prequel trilogy jumped over those awkward pre-teen years of Anakin Skywalker's life after Episode I, and went straight to all the teen angst you could handle in Episode II? Well you'll soon be able to enjoy all those formative years you missed with Obi-Wan and Anakin, a new limited series from Marvel's Star Wars universe.

Written by Charles Soule and drawn by Marco Checchetto, both fresh off Star Wars stints on Land and Shattered Empire respectively, Obi-Wan and Anakin will follow the newly minted Jedi master and his padawan as they grow into their new roles, exploring the limits of patience a teacher can have with a new apprentice. Can you imagine being a twenty-something whose closest friend just died and then being put in charge of a bucket of raging hormones who happens to be one of the most powerful space wizards in the galaxy? I was a nightmare at that age, and I didn't even have a lightsaber.

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The Devil is Back in Black in Soule and Garney’s ‘Daredevil’ #1 [Preview]

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Lawyer. Ninja. Vigilante. These are just some of the two-dozen jobs held by Charles Soule, the new writer on the All-New All-Different relaunch of Daredevil, with art by Ron Garney. The latest iteration of the series sees Matt Murdock back in Hell's Kitchen and back in a black suit, though a rather more swish one than the stocking-over-the-head version made famous by the Netflix TV show. Check out a preview.

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All For the Wookiee: The Star-Warsiest Moments In Last Month’s Star Wars Comics

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Welcome back to All For the Wookiee, where we take a look at the recent Star Wars universe offerings from Marvel and pick the most Star Wars-ish moments. This month we'll look at Hutt fanboys, killer cat-people, Sherlock Holmes in Space and a muder-bear celebration.

In this installment, we cover Star Wars #9 by Jason Aaron and Stuart Immonen, Lando #4 by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev, Kanan #6 by Greg Weisman and Jacopo Camagni, issue #9 of Darth Vader from Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca and the debut issue of the post-Return of the Jedi miniseries, Shattered Empire, by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto.

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All For the Wookiee: The Star-Warsiest Moments In Last Month’s Star Wars Comics

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Welcome back to All For the Wookiee, where we take a look at the recent Star Wars universe offerings from Marvel and pick the most Star Wars-ish moments. It's another jam-packed installment, with two-fers for Star Wars, Kanan and Lando, alongside Darth Vader issue #8. We'll take a look at the highs, the lows, the in-betweens and rate the Star Wars-iness of each moment.

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All For the Wookiee: The Star-Warsiest Moments In Last Month’s Star Wars Comics

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Welcome back to All For the Wookiee, where we take a look at the recent Star Wars universe offerings from Marvel and pick the most Star Wars-ish moments. This time around, we've got Lobots, revenging Sith, crime pixies and Jedi Batmans. It's a real good time.

In this installment, we take a look at Lando #1 by Charles Soule and Alex Maleev, Darth Vader #7 by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, the final issue of Mark Waid and Terry Dodson‘s Princess Leia miniseries, and the third issue of Kanan: the Last Padawan, from Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz.

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You’ve Been Hit By A Smooth Criminal: Lando Calrissian Coming to Comic Shops This Summer

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The Star Wars galaxy just got a little more dashing.

One of the first announcements to come out of this weekend's Star Wars Celebration was an upcoming comics miniseries starring the galaxy's smoothest scoundrel, Lando Calrissian. Written by She-Hulk and Inhumans scribe Charles Soule, with art by Alex Maleev (Moon Knight, Daredevil), the five issue miniseries promises, action, adventure and general scalawaggery as Lando embarks on his most outrageous caper ever.

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