"During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR..."
With the Disney acquisition of Star Wars, a new era of Star Wars began. Suddenly, a story that appeared to have been told in its cinematic entirety was once more open to creators, and the story began to broaden.
First, we were introduced to a hotshot pilot, a reformed trooper, and a scavenger as they fought a burgeoning new evil in the galaxy alongside some of our most treasured heroes, but then...something very different arrived onscreen.
A tale plucked from a single stanza in the opening crawl of A New Hope, Rogue One represented a first in Star Wars storytelling as it deviated from the pre-established structure of the saga. There was no crawl. There was no number. There was simply a cast of characters on a mission to save the universe, and the second the screen was filled with the likes of Jyn, Cassian, K2, Chirrut, Baze, and Bodhi, we knew we were in good hands yet again.
The film succeeded in telling its own story while simultaneously enriching the overall Star Wars narrative, and surrounding its success was a host of novels and comics that let us spend more time with characters that were so painfully ripped away before their time.
Check out the following collection for more adventures surrounding the mission to Scarif.
Plucked directly from the opening credits of A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought us exactly the type of adventure that fans had been longing for. The dark yet hopeful tone of the film is mirrored beautifully in the words of Alexander Freed in this novelization as he weaves the tale of Jyn and her compatriots.
As opposed to some other film adaptations, Freed uses this opportunity to create a novel that can truly stand on its own regardless of the reader's previous history with the film. And if you loved Rogue One as much as we did, you'll be awed by his masterful characterizations of the beloved team as they're plunged into the most harrowing moments of their lives.
When Director Krennic arrives on Lah'mu to bring Galen Erso back into the arms of the Empire, he greets him as an old friend. While his nefarious motivations are clear to any viewer, we can't help but wonder...did this friendship truly exist?
Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel answers this question by introducing us to the two men as they both attempt to climb the professional ladder in their respective fields. Galen's obsession with kyber crystals proves to be an irresistible draw to Krennic as well as a distinct hindrance to the family life that Galen and Lyra are trying to create.
If you ever wondered how the most brilliant scientist in the galaxy could walk away from his life's dream in order to hide on a farm at the edges of the universe, this is exactly the place to start.
When Jyn Erso joined the ranks of the Rebellion in an attempt to free her father from the Empire's grasp, she brought along a remarkable set of skills. These abilities allowed her to complete the most crucial mission of her life in service of the Rebels, but where did she acquire those techniques in the first place?
Enter Rebel Rising. Beth Revis takes us into the depths of Gerrera's Partisans as a young Jyn Erso learns how to fight, how to survive, and perhaps most importantly...how to know who to trust. Loyalty and betrayal intermingle marvelously in this Young Adult foray into the Erso Family Canon.
When Rogue One soared into theaters, fans were introduced to the newest in a line of tremendous Star Wars duos: Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe. From the moment they stepped onscreen, we could tell that the pair would do anything for each other, but all we knew of their past history was a single title: Guardians of the Whills.
This novel gives us a little more of the backstory surrounding Chirrut and Baze as they are faced with the dark consequences that may be necessary in the ultimate fight against the evil of the Empire. Featuring Saw Gerrera and a number of new faces, this Young Adult feature brings us right back into the fold with two of our favorite heroes.