Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Rogue One #1 by @Jody_Houser

Hannah's Novel Notions: A Review of Rogue One #1 by Jody Houser

Star Wars. Jody Houser. Comic books. Three of my favorite things. All of which have been miraculously wrapped up into a single entity: Rogue One #1, the Rogue One comic book adaptation.

Hannah's Novel Notions: A Review of Rogue One #1 by Jody HouserThis comic was released on April 5th, which was really not as soon as I wanted it to come out. Needless to say, I bought a copy as soon as I could and started reading it on my walk back from the comic book shop to the car.

As this is a Rogue One adaptation, you probably already know what the plot is. If you don’t, I’m not really sure why you’re reading this review, but I’ll take pity on your lack of Rogue One knowledge and give you a quick overview:

The Empire is building a massive, planet-destroying weapon. Clearly, this is not good news. The Rebel Alliance is working to find a way to destroy the weapon. 

Got it? Okay, good. Now we can move on.

This comic was a direct adaption of Rogue One. It begins with Galen Erso recalling the death of his wife and ends with Director Krennic going over his plans to test the Death Star on Jedha. Almost all dialogue and scenes are pulled directly from the movie with only a few added details that appear be cut scenes from the film.

I’m not sure how many of the added details were touched on in the Rogue One novel given that I have yet to read that book, so I can’t tell how much of this information is actually brand-new. Most of the “new” details were very small, only hinting at story lines that will probably be expand upon in later issues. It looks like we’ll be getting more information on Bodhi Rook, which is awesome.

Also, it appears that that weird tentacle-y creature that shares a cell with Jyn Erso in the beginning of the movie actually has something of history with Jyn. Which explains why she looks so ticked off every time she looks at it. I’d always just assumed that that was because she looks ticked off at everybody, but apparently there’s more to it than that. I have no idea why this is relevant to the plot or why I think it’s interesting, but there you have it. Maybe next issue I’ll discover Weird Tentacle-y Creature’s name. *shrugs*

Aside from my unexplainable fascination with Weird Tentacle-y Creature, another part of this comic that I enjoyed was the artwork. Illustrated by Emilio Laiso, there is a good amount of shadowing and darker colors that compliment the mood of the plot.

Speaking of mood, I’m excited to see Jody Houser writing this adaptation. I’m most familiar with her work as the author of Faith, an excellent, lighthearted comic book that is Rogue One’s polar opposite in mood. I mostly picked up this comic because I was interested to see her writing in such a wildly different world.

Because this is a movie adaptation, Houser probably has very little control over the plot. However, she did an excellent job with scene placement, deciding when to switch characters, and putting flashbacks in the best places.  It kept the comic from feeling like a predictable, straight-up adaptation of a plot that we already know.

That being said, I do wish that this comic had deviated a little bit more from the movie. While the artwork and pacing is excellent, it did contain mostly old information, which was a bit of a let down. However, as this first issue is just a launching pad, I don’t particularly mind. Hopefully the second issue will make good on some of the hinted at plotlines and give us some new details. *cough* info on Weird Tentacle-y Creature *cough* Bodhi Rook backstory *cough* *cough*

I’m very excited see where this series heads. This adaptation will contain six issues, issue #2 being released on May 3rd. I will absolutely be reading that when it comes out.

What do you think? Have you read Rogue One #1 yet? Do you plan to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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