Disney announces Star Wars Inferno Squad as sequel to Rogue One
Star Wars Inferno Squad
The standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One, released in December has not disappointed Disney financially. However, as most of the major characters died at the end of the movie we are not likely to see a sequel. LucasFilm producer Kathleen Kennedy has already said as much. To keep the Rogue One mini-franchise going Disney has announced a follow-up novel – Star Wars Inferno Squad. With this novel the Rogue One continues in another format. Inferno Squad is written by Christine Golden, whose work Dark Disciple I reviewed 18 months ago. The book is scheduled for release on July 25th and will feature an entirely new set of characters and is told from the Imperial side. So far so good. A synopsis for Star Wars Inferno Squad was released today by Disney. You can read it below…
Star Wars Inferno Squad synopsis
You don’t steal plans to the Death Star without making the Empire angry. We’ll learn how angry very soon. The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?
The synopsis has taken me by surprise to some degree. First question: Doesn’t the Empire already have an elite squad of soldiers? I am pretty sure they do, in fact we saw them act as Director Krennic’s bodyguard in Rogue One. Second Question: Doesn’t the Empire have undercover operatives? We know they have an intelligence service and they have undercover operatives (I saw one in A New Hope for sure!). Third question: What is left of Saw Gerrera’s partisan group? Now don’t get me wrong. I really do want to read Star Wars Inferno Squad, but I don’t want it to contradict established lore.
So, we will found out post July 25th 2017 whether Star Wars Inferno Squad can match expectations.