Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Expands on the story slightly

Pretty typical adaptation

Comic Info

Comic Name: Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story/Star Wars:  Rogue One—Cassin & K-2SO Special

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Jody Houser/Duane Swierczynski

Artist: Emilio Laiso/Paolo Villanelli/Oscar Bazaldua

# of Issues: 7

Release Date: 2017

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #4

Reprints Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story #1-6 and Star Wars:  Rogue One—Cassian & K-2SO Special #1 (June 2017-November 2017).  The Empire is winning the battle to conquer the galaxy and their new secret weapon the Death Star threatens to turn the tables for ever.  When the Rebels learn that the daughter of the designer Galen could hold the key to finding out more about the secret weapon, his daughter Jyn Erso finds herself teamed with Cassian Andor on a life or death mission…and the stakes cannot get any higher with the fate of the galaxy in the balance!

Written by Jody Houser, Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story is Marvel Comics adaptation of the hit 2016 movie.  The adaptation features art by Emilio Laiso, Paolo Villanelli, and Oscar Bazaldua and collects the six issue limited series along with the stand alone Star Wars:  Rogue One—Cassian & K-2SO Special #1 (October 2017) which was written by Duane Swierczynski and illustrated by Fernando Blanco.

Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story was a big question when it was released.  With a plot that everyone knew the solution to (aka the Rebels get the Death Star plans), it became a big question on how to make the story that leads up to it interesting.  The surprising aspect of Rogue One is that it was such a compelling Star Wars movie and the adaptation works to tell the story while expanding upon it.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #6

The adaptation is pretty flawless.  I think it gets a bit rushed at the end, but it does what all good adaptations should do.  The story is forced to present a movie story that fans will have probably seen and will already know how it ends.  It must provide a solid telling of the story while giving a few extra nuggets and conversations to make the adaptation worth reading if you know the movie.  It succeeds in this front.

The story adaptation is paired with a stand-alone issue revealing how K-2SO and Cassain Andor first met.  Often when these stories occur, you could write them off as non-canon, but in theory, everything being produced by Marvel is canon and this is how the story for Rogue One is set-up (even if we never see it on camera).  It is a short story, but I do enjoy the relationship between K-2SO and Andor so it is worth expanding a bit on.

Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story is just an adaptation.  If you know the movie and don’t particularly care about the K-2SO and Andor story, it isn’t worth seeking out.  If you enjoyed the film and want to slightly expand the story, it is a worth checking out.  Don’t expect to be wowed and don’t expect a ton of extra incite, Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story is what it is…and you’ll need to just take it as that.

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