Star Wars Comics Reviews: Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO

This review of Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO contains minor spoilers.

Now we know why K-2SO handled that sidearm with such lethality toward the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

We also know a great deal more about the nature of the relationship the ex-Imperial droid shared with Rebel spy Cassian Endor, too. This story is a splendid example of how comics can be used to build up and add to the mythology of Star Wars films.

Written by crime-fiction novelist and comics writer Duane Swiercyznski (check out his work on Dark Circle ComicsThe Black Hood), this one-shot provides a solidly entertaining origin story for Cassian Andor and K-2SO. The cover is by Julian Totino Tedesco with a variant (pictured) by Chris Samnee.

The story is amplified by artist Fernando Blanco, whose work capturing the grimy, gritty environs of Wecacoe, a plant in the Colonies, propels the tale, giving it an authentic feel akin to the Ring of Kafrene seen in Rogue One. The lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles isn’t obtrusive and emphasizes the crisp conversation and action, particularly the panels that see the trio of Rebels contend with an oversized sampling of storm troopers.

The colors pop, courtesy of Marcelo Maiolo, particularly when detailing the silent, yet scented conversation between Rebel operatives Kertas and Rismor, whom Cassian has brought along in a bid to sniff out the latest Imperial security protocols. The dialogue apes Andor from the film and you can’t help but read it and hear Diego Luna speaking.

The story is swift yet informative and we’re witness to the burgeoning buddy copy-style of back and forth that Andor and K-2S0 shared in Rogue One, but it’s also a telling examination of the state of droids in the Star Wars galaxy.

Sentient beings, they’re nothing but chattel. Reliable servants, they remain nothing more than tools. Swiercyznski has zeroed in on this dilemma without creating distraction. That K-2S0 is freed, albeit without any say in the matter, from the Imperials, is heartening, but is it what he wants?

Star Wars: Rogue One — Cassian & K-2SO #1 is in comic shops now, selling for $4.99, and on Comixology.

(For more detail and discussion, listen to Comics With Kenobi #34, due out Sept. 5.)

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