Comic adaptions of films can be tricky. Most times they’re just cash grabs that don’t bring anything new to the film. However, Marvel Comics’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Emilio Laiso, fleshes out certain aspects of movie and dives deeper into character details. The first issue is already out and expands on numerous scenes and add material that’s not in the film. This is as close as we’re going to get to deleted scenes since there are non on the Blu-Ray.
The comic opens the same as it does in the film. Krennic descending on the Erso family farm, killing Lyra and taking Galen prisoner. From there, the comic goes in more depth with exploring Jyn’s time living with Saw. During a briefing with the Rebel Alliance, we get a flash back of Saw abandoning Jyn. In the film the scene was only mentioned during the confrontation where we see Jyn and Saw reunited. Jyn also gets an additional scene where she is first brought to the Wobani labor camp where audiences are first introduced to her.
One of the characters we get a lot more of is Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed). The comic goes into deeper detail about his defection. There’s a great scene in the comic where we actually see him and Galen talking about his role in the creation of the Death Star and what he has to do to set things right. We also get to see Bodhi arrive on Jedha and his first encounter with Saw’s people. In an interview with StarWars.com, Houser said that Bodhi became the standout character for her while writing the comic, so it’s likely that he’ll receive several more additional scenes or expanded moments. Since Bodhi had roughly the least amount of screen time so it’s good to see him get more development on the comic page.
We do get introduced to Baze (Jiang Wen) and Chirrut (Donnie Yen) before meeting Jyn. Both characters are standouts in the film and we might have to wait for the coming backstory novel centered on them to get the full backstory on the former Guardians of the Whills.
One final added scene gives more depth to characters like Mon Mothma (Genevieve Reilly) and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits). The scene shows them discussing whether or not the the Senate will push back against the Empire’s Death Star or whether they’ll just give up. It’s a small scene, but it’s a powerful moment that taps into the politics of Star Wars without being heavy handed.
It will be interesting to see how the comics add on to the rest of the film. This is one film adaption work picking up.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now available on Blu-ray.