Marvel's 'Star Wars: Force Awakens' Prequel Comic Is a Family Affair (Maybe)

Star Wars Shattered Empire - H 2015
<p>Star Wars Shattered Empire - H 2015</p>   |   Phil Noto/Marvel Entertainment/Lucasfilm
How common is the 'Dameron' name in the galaxy, anyway...?

There's a new character with a very familiar name debuting in the first issue of Marvel's Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire comic book series. Have comic book fans just met the parents of Oscar Isaac's character from the new movie?

The lead character of the new four-issue prologue to this December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Shara Bey, a Rebel pilot whom readers first meet fighting in the Battle of Endor, as seen in Return of the Jedi, and wife to Kes, a ground soldier in the Rebel Alliance. Or, as he's introduced in the first issue, Sergeant Kes Dameron.

"Dameron" is, of course, the last name of Isaac's X-Wing pilot glimpsed in trailers to J.J. Abrams' big-screen revival of the space opera franchise. (His full name is Poe Dameron.) While it's possible that Kes and Shara are entirely unrelated to Poe, that's hardly likely in a mythology that's based around Old Ben Kenobi turning out to be Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker revealed as the son of Anakin Skywalker.

Whether this bodes ill for Shara and Kes in the remaining three issues of the series — which is, based on the evidence of its first, by Greg Rucka and Marco Chechetto, about the Rebel Alliance's missions to root out the remaining Imperial strongholds in the aftermath of the Emperor's death — remains to be seen. But if there's one thing that might explain Poe's dedication to the cause, it could be the tragic death of a parent or two in the service of the galaxy's greater good…

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens — Shattered Empire No. 1 is available in comic book stores and digitally.