Marvel’s Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation hardcover adaptation arrives at comic book stores this week and it is a beautiful collection of all six issues of the adaptation of the film as well as the Cassian and K-2SO Special #1 in a beautiful hardcover collector’s edition.
The adaptation, like the movie on which it is based, tells the story of Jyn Erso and her mission alongside Captain Cassian Andor and reprogrammed Imperial Droid K-2SO to go to the ancient city of Jedha and seek an audience with the terrorist Saw Gerrera. Jyn and company steal a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle and head to Scarif under the call sign Rogue One. Once on Sarif, the team splits off with Jyn, Cassian, and K-2SO infiltrating the tower to steal the plans, while Bodhi, Baze, and Chirrut create a distraction for them. The three manage to infiltrate the tower and locate the plans under the name Stardust, which was Galen’s name for Jyn when she was a child. The Rebel forces manage to create an uplink but in doing so they give up their lives. Jyn and Cassian manage to get the plans uploaded to an orbiting Rebel command ship before the Death Star arrives and destroys the facility and them along with it as it did Jedha. As the command ship gets ready to enter hyperspace with the plans they are intercepted by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer and boarded by the Dark Lord himself. Vader slices down any Rebel soldiers that stand in his way as they frantically try to escape, but the plans make their way onboard a blockade runner at the last second, making Rogue One’s mission a success and their deaths not in vain. It’s these plans that will lead to a new hope (get it?) for the rebel alliance against the Empire.
This adaptation is beautiful. Emilio Laiso does such a wonderful job capturing the look of the characters and the feel of the action, and the artwork is exciting and kinetic. The action scenes pop off of every page like in the film and Rachel Rosenberg’s use of color on this adaptation only amplifies that intensity. This comic not only looks gorgeous, but it feels like the film, staying true to the source material. Fernando Blanco and Marcelo Maiolo also do a fantastic job on the artwork for the standalone Cassian and K-2SO Special #1. The artwork on that special is a little darker and grittier then the movie adaptation but the action is just as intense and exciting. The characters, settings and situations in this special fit right into the Star Wars Universe and it is a worthy backstory to Rogue One.
Jody Houser does a great job adapting the film into a six part mini-series. There are added scenes that were not in the film, such as the Imperial labor camp on Wobani where Jyn is sentenced to 20 years. Other than that and a couple other extras, though, this is a pretty faithful adaptation to the film. The story in Cassian and K-2SO Special #1 is brilliant. Duane Swierczynski takes us on an adventure with Cassian and two Rebel spies named Kertas and Rismor. The three of them infiltrate a planet in the colonies in search of new Imperial security protocols inside the guts of a decommissioned Imperial cruiser on the planet Wecacoe. Along the way they run into an Imperial security droid designated K-2SO. With the help of the two spies, Cassian manages to reprogram the droid to assist them. In the theme of Rogue One, the two Rebel spies give their lives up in order for Cassian to escape with K-2SO and the new Imperial security protocols that they came for. Cassian barely escapes with the droid as his new companion. This is a wonderful story and an exciting entry into the Star Wars universe. It’s a wonderful backstory of the origin of how Cassian and K-2SO met but also a grim foreshadowing of the sacrifices yet to come in the name of hope.
This wonderful adaptation keeps the story true to the film but also expands on certain themes and shows us a little more background that was not in the film. The artwork is brilliant and the action is intense. The addition of the Special #1 really seals the deal, providing the backstory between two of the pivotal characters. To top it off, it’s all packaged and presented on high-quality paper with a nice hardcover binding. There are also wonderful variant covers in the back done by various artists that are beautiful to behold. This hardcover collector’s adaptation of Rogue One is a must-have for any fan of the film and most definitely for any collectors of Star Wars comics. Marvel has really outdone themselves with this collection.
Is it good?
This is a flawless adaptation that gives readers familiar with the story a little extra and is compelling and action-packed enough to suck new readers in and make them fans of these characters. This is the kind of collector’s edition movie adaptation that a film like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story deserves.