Rogue One #2

Rogue One #2 (of 6)

Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Emilio Laiso and Oscar Bazaldua
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Rogue One #2 starts with a flashback on Lah’mu and takes us all the way to the destruction of the Jedha City. Most of the issue is an adaptation of the movie, but there are a few bonuses to make it worthwhile to the readers. Combined with the artwork, it’s worth checking out.

The comic opens on an interesting note by going back to Lah’mu. However this time it shows a scene we did not see in the movie. This time, we see Saw leaving his ship, coming across the Erso’s homestead, and then finding Jyn. It’s a nice way to open the comic and to create some symmetry with the first issue. This also ties in with some bonus panels we get later on showing Saw training Jyn, taking her to the Rebel headquarters, and leaving her behind with nothing but a blaster. Beyond that, the only real extra content is with Bodhi Rook getting interrogated by Bor Gullet which shows some of the scenes the monster peels from his head. There’s some dialog tweaks here and there, some lines not said in the movie, but that’s about it for extra content. On its own, it’s not enough to justify buying the comic, but thankfully it doesn’t have to be the only selling point.

While there’s certainly some skill involved in writing an adaptation, and more importantly cutting it down into its essential scenes so as to still capture the story but cram it into a comic book, straight adaptations aren’t the sort of things that enamor readers. The little bonuses with extra scenes and dialog goes a long way in bridging that gap, but the other key factor is the artwork. In Rogue One #2, the art team does a great job of capturing the imagery of the movie with a nice level of detail and artistic style. There’s some great scenes brought to life in this issue. Of course there’s the bonus scenes which are a nice treat. In fact one of the most startling panels in the entire issue is a panel showing Jyn at the Rebel headquarters with Saw meeting the Rebel high command while across the table is a very young Leia. It’s a great image. On one side is Jyn, on the other side is Leia, two characters who we did not see together in the film, but who did meet at one time. Furthermore, this shows just how much Jyn meant to Saw, and it enrichens her relationship with the Rebellion. Jyn isn’t just some upstart trying to take up the cause, she’s someone who has been there before as a child and has grown up with it, even if she did grow apart from it. There’s a lot of significance in that one panel.

Yet the artwork brings some other great scenes to life. For example, there’s the interrogation of Bodhi. In the movie, we just see him flinching from Bor Gullet. In the comic, we see it going through him memories. However, there’s a lot more to it than just shifting through those memories. The art team illustrates this by putting the tentacles everywhere, clawing through the memories, and adding jagged lines and Bodhi’s screaming silhouette to emphasize the pain. Bor Gullet is no gentle confessor.

From adding extra meaning to the movie, or just bringing the scenes from the movie to life on the page, the art team does a great job. They do an especially outstanding job capturing the action. The transition from panel to panel combined with the layouts and the format of the panels creates a great sense of action that’s easy to follow and actually captures that feeling from the film. It’s not often you see that kind of skill at manipulating panels and the artwork to simulate the feeling of movement with complicated battle scenes.

In the end, Rogue One #2 offers some extra content, and some nice artwork that’s just enough to make this issue worth checking out. Issue #1 did a good job of justifying the adaptation, and #2 is keeping that justification going. I give this issue a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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