This review of Star Wars: Rogue One #6 contains minor spoilers.
It was no secret how Rogue One was going to end.
We all saw it coming.
Yet that did little to stop the team behind the six-issue film adaptation from adding one last, lofty and piercing surprise to throw us for a loop. All it took was a series of words that for some Star Wars fans, were the first they ever read.
Rogue One ended as it began with rich detail, added material and luxurious storytelling in words and images.
The final issue of Rogue One wasn’t bereft of the extreme emotional toll of losing the entire Rebel band on Scarif. That grief and shock remained lasting and durable.
If anything, the crisp scripting by Jody Houser, expansive art by Emilio Laiso, rich colors of Rachelle Rosenberg, letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles and production design by Carlos Lao, all guided by editors Heather Antos and Jordan D. White, only enhanced the emotional heft of the loss of Jyn Erso, Cassian Endor, K-2SO, Bodhi Rook and, of course Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus.
It was a spectacular yet strikingly sad end to this adaptation of the film, yet it was an achievement, too.
This adaptation has set the bar for any future Star Wars film, novel and television adaptations to come. Here’s hoping Marvel keeps the original team together for the next outing.
Rogue One #6 is in comic shops now, selling for $3.99, and on Comixology.
(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #35, due out Oct. 3.)