rogue one coverWriter: Jody Hauser
Penciller: Emilio Laiso
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Release Date: April 5th, 2017

The Rebellion is here! The biggest movie of the year jumps from the big screen to the comic book page! All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super-weapon — the Death Star. New heroes Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans to destroy the new super-weapon. Written by Jody Houser (MAX RIDE) and drawn by Emilio Laiso (STAR WARS ANNUAL; HERCULES), join as the story is set up for the epic saga to follow…

Releasing in parallel with the home video sale date, this new 6-part comic is working to recap the movie for the throngs of fans of the film.  Gareth Edwards (director) did an amazing job bringing this story based on A New Hope’s opening crawl – and it made a bajillion dollars as expected.  However – he had to leave a lot of his ideas for the film out for time and pace reasons.  This book is a vehicle for those ideas.  Gareth even wrote a letter for the end of the first book that really shows his fanboy side that makes this even more special.

I went into this thinking that it would be a rehash of the story on another medium (and thus a cash grab for the Disney empire).  You immediately realize that this is glossing over the storylines in the movie and expanding on ideas that were not in the movie.  It happens almost immediately – within the first couple of pages.  That makes this a great companion to the movie.

If you are a fan of Star Wars in any way – buy this book.  It’s not a long term commitment with only 6 chapters and those who have picked apart Rogue One for Easter eggs will enjoy getting a few new glimpses into the story…