Rogue One #3

Rogue One #3

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Paolo Villanelli
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

Rogue One #3 continues the story as Jedha is annihilated and the rogues head to Eadu. There’s not much in the way of extra content in this issue. A few panels hint at characters thinking about the past events while the scenes from the film played out. There’s a few scenes that play on longer than the movie. But none of it is worth going out of your way for to see or read. As is, Rogue One #3 is a little mediocre.

I was able to find a few panels I really liked in this issue.

The issue opens with Krennic and company watching as Jedha is wiped out by the Death Star. While this could have been an epic opening, it’s very much overshadowed by how off Krennic looks. Long story short, Paolo Villanelli takes a lot of leeway in drawing Krennic and there’s not much in the way of any likeness there. There’s a few scenes of Saw making his last stand that are kind of nice, but it’s nothing jaw dropping, and with an adaptation, it either needs to be jaw droppingly beautiful or something new and really cool. Throughout the issue, the comic falls short on those two aspects.

The best, and probably the only good depiction of Krennic in this issue.

It’s not that the art is bad. The artist definitely has talent. But it just doesn’t work in this issue the way it needs to in order to sell the comic. The lighting and coloring are great, but it’s just not enough when we’ve already seen all of this imagery on the big screen. It’s very had to compete with that.

The story and dialog sticks close to the film. There are a few differences, but nothing really rewarding. The issue ends with Galen being blown up, which means the next issue will have to finish up on Eadu and take care of business on Yavin as everyone gets geared up for Scarif. To be honest, I think the most potential for this adaptation is going to be on Scarif, so seeing so much of it wasted elsewhere has me worried that this adaptation is going to fall short of what it could have been.

With not much extra, decent artwork and as story that sticks close to the film, Rogue One #3 doesn’t do much to deserve anyone’s attention. Hopefully things can turn around. I give this one a two out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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