Everyone’s favorite human-droid duo from Rogue One, Cassian, and K-2SO are getting their own comic as part of Marvel’s impressive Star Wars comic lineup. Marvel has been pumping out some pretty great Star Wars material over the last several years, and this newest one, coming August 2017 and focusing on the events before last year’s film, should please comic and film fans alike. More sketchy, morally ambiguous Cassian? More wise-cracking, know it all Kaytoo? Yes, please.
We’ve talked about the Rogue One comic adaptation of the film here before, but luckily, this is more in tune with furthering the lore rather than retelling the same story. Marvel has Writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Fernando Blanco helming this run and judging from some of the thoughts and opinions they shared over at Marvel’s news blog, the franchise is in good hands.
Star Wars has always been about the Light and the Dark Side, but in “Rogue One,” we see for the first time, gray areas that are not related directly with this axis. It’s a more realistic dilemma about real war conflicts, when you are obliged to obey orders or make decisions that could be ethically questionable in order to achieve a supposed higher good. – Fernando Blanco
That’s exactly what I loved about Rogue One when I saw it. Some of the best moments of the film for me were when Cassian was obligated to do things for the rebellion that were clearly weighing heavily on his conscience. The scene toward the beginning of the film, when Cassian had to shoot the informant in the back? His face after he did so? Amazing stuff. I can’t wait to see some more of that play out in this comic and understand exactly what Cassian had been through before the events in the film. As for K-2SO, Swierczynski pretty much spilled the beans that we’ll see some sort of origin story and understand as to how he managed to become a trusted rebellion fighter instead of an imperial droid like he was created to be.
For me, the best part of Star Wars was always the now-dead Extended Universe stuff. The films were great, but the lore to the rest of the galaxy was amazing (Honestly, if you’ve never read the Darth Bane novels then stop reading this and find them now). Now that the franchise is peaking again, we’re seeing a lot more of that stuff cropping up again, and it’s got me excited.