This review of Star Wars: Rogue One #5 contains minor spoilers.
Marvel stumbled with its comic-book adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016.
With it’s six-issue Rogue One: A Star Wars Story adaptation, the publisher has done more than regained its footing, it’s poised to lap the competition.
The fifth, and penultimate issue of the mini series, released Aug. 2, continues what has been a stellar retelling of the cinematic hit, while offering modest bits of material not seen in the film.
That’s not surprising, given editor Heather Antos has referred to it, and rightly so, as a director’s cut. The film’s director, Gareth Edwards, was consulted ahead of the series’ publication.
This willingness to share ideas and constructive criticisms abounds in the latest issue. Written by Jody Houser, drawn by Emilio Laiso, colored by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna, readers have reached the point where Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and a squad of volunteers have left Yavin 4’s rebel base to try and retrieve the Death Star plans from Scarif.
While we know what is to come, Houser and Laiso have made the daring mission more profound by giving us a full page of Admiral Raddus prepping his troops to support the Rogue One team.
Even more enjoyable? The dialogue aboard the stolen (twice!) Imperial cargo shuttle between Erso and Chirrut Imwe that gives the reader — and viewer — a peeled-back look at why aiding the rebels is so paramount of he and Baze Malbus.
So, too, is the exchange between Bodhi Rook and K-2SO, a discussion I found to be deeply satisfying.
The dialogue is crisp, worthy of inclusion into the film. Laiso’s art is clean and tidy, focusing on the people while not ignoring the claustrophic enviroment of the shuttle nor the wide-open expanse of Scarif.
Of particular note is Rosenberg’s colors. They’re bright without being overpowering and instill a sense of place, both on the digital screen and printed page.
While we know how the events of Rogue One end, this mini series has, to date, made the ride much more entertaining and edifying.
Rogue One #5 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #34, due out Sept. 5.)