Writer: Duane Swierczynski
Penciler: Fernando Blanco
Cassian Andor is one of the top intelligence agents in the ranks of the Rebel Alliance, ably assisted by his reprogrammed Imperial security droid, K-2SO. But naturally, the two weren’t always on the same side of the Galactic Civil War. Now, for the first time, read the story of the pair’s first contentious meeting! It is very likely not to go well.
Cassian & K-2SO #1 is a one-shot giving readers essentially an origin story of the pairing of the rebel intelligence officer and Imperial security droid. Writer Duane Swierczynski maintains the tone of Rogue One with plenty of action and lighthearted even funny moments. He also keeps intact the humor and nuances of K-2SO we all fell in love with in the movie. The story itself is about what essentially is a mission to extract Imperial security protocols for the rebellion.
Cassian travels to the backwater world of Wecacoe with two rebel spies, Kertas & Rismor. The pair have a knack sniffing out Imperial intelligence but don’t communicate in a traditional sense. Swierczynski has devised a unique method of how the two speak and Cassian must serve the reader in both dialogue and narration to fully explain what’s happening. Cassian is literally the only voice there is until K-2SO appears and using this narrative device for our main characters is unique but sometimes feels a bit clunky.
Like most Star Wars stories, the mission is laid out as a simple one but things go wrong almost immediately. The most humor in the story is derived by Cassian’s constant struggle to re-program K-2SO but the payoff in the end about the usefulness of K-2 is very satisfying. Once the action gets going it doesn’t stop and it’s well illustrated by Fernando Blanco. It’s got all the feeling of a battle in which our heroes find themselves outnumbered by Imperial troopers with plenty of missteps and close calls along the way. The coloring is great and matches the tone and feel of another desert planet awash in the presence of the Empire.
There aren’t too many surprises here even though we learn more about K-2SO joining the rebellion. I wish we could have gotten a little more backstory on Cassian but that would be better played out if this wasn’t simply a one-shot. It certainly would make for an interesting ongoing series. All in all, CASSIAN & K2SO #1 is a solid read and definitely feels right at home in the Rouge One storyline. It’s got plenty of action, humor and most importantly a definitive conclusion and explanation to K-2SO’s importance to the rebel cause. Any fan of Rouge One will find this a satisfying chapter to that story but this could have been great if it gave readers a deeper dive into the connection to the original Star Wars trilogy.