Canon Comic Review: Rogue One #5

Rogue One #5 is the adaptation’s penultimate issue, which takes everyone to Scarif, gearing up for the giant climatic battle on the ground, in the air, and in our hearts. 

In case you felt scorned by the lack of additional footage or deleted scenes in the Rogue One home release earlier this year, issue #5 once again proves this adaptation will be worth a read alone for all the added scenes it packs into each page, so I highly suggest not skipping out on the TPB when it releases…your deleted scenes are here! Seriously, there’s some really great little bits again that almost feel like they could’ve/should’ve been in the film, time constraints be damned. We get some sweet moments for Jyn interacting with Baze and Chirrut, building on last issue’s Bodhi and K-2SO scene about being reprogrammed, and a truly funny bit in the moments leading up to Kaytoo hacking into one of the pro-Imperial versions of himself. Each one will certainly add just a little more impact to their coming deaths (ooppps…spoilers!).

Otherwise, this issue moves really fast mainly since there’s loads of action and before you know it, you’re done with the issue and waiting for the final moments…like say a certain little visit from a nefarious Dark Lord of the Sith. I have no doubt Jody Hauser will write it with justice, but the art of Emilio Laiso I’m still not terribly confident on, but at least Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors match the palette of the film.

Here are a few other things:

  • If there’s one thing I’ve really liked out of this adaptation, it’s been Jody Hauser’s writing and if you’ve been feeling the same way, she has another adaptation in the works: Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn novel. While I’m not particularly excited about this idea, at least you know Hauser should find a way to make the translation from page to panel fun, to some extent. We’ll have a review of the TPB once it releases, not an issue by issue basis as typically done.
  • If you’re still looking for more Rogue One tie-ins, next week the comics will once again answer the call: the Cassian and Kaytoo special one-shot will be out!

Rogue One‘s adaptation marches solidly towards its finale.

+ All the little things that get added

 Still so-so on the art

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