We first heard the call sign “Rogue” way back in in 1980 with this line from The Empire Strikes Back: “Echo Base, this is Rogue Two. I’ve found them. Repeat, I’ve found them.” At the time this was in reference to finding Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, who had been lost in a blizzard on Hoth. This simple line of dialogue hints at the name of “Rogue Squadron”, and now we know how it got it; Luke Skywalker named the squadron after the heroes of Scarif.
Star Wars has been doing a spectacular job as of late drawing connections between the feature films and the events depicted in other canon works. That includes the events of the Star Wars comics, which take place between A New Hope and Empire. Earlier we learned the origins of Darth Vader’s Death Squadron. Now we have confirmation of how Rogue Squadron did indeed earn its moniker. It was in honor of Jyn Erso and the crew of Rogue One’s heroics in stealing the Death Star plans.
We can’t help but agree with Screenrant’s assessment that loyal Star Wars fans reading Marvel Comic Star Wars Issue #52 will take Luke’s sentiment in naming the squadron to heart. With a battle ranging on, Luke sits trapped in his cockpit, unable to launch and join the fray due to a hanger door lockdown. Han Solo, skillfully evading Darth Vader outside, finally manages to get word to Luke via a mangled C-3PO that he needs only fly at the doors to trip the failsafe and open them.
Rogue Squadron gets its name
At this point Luke is faced with a dilemma: trust in the Force and his friends, and possibly die. Drawing on the memory of Jyn Erso’s sacrifice, Luke believes, hits his throttle, and the doors open. When Wedge reminds Luke that the squadron needs a call sign, Luke draws on sentiment and Rogue Squadron is born.
There are so many Star Wars stories to tell. The former Expanded Universe, however, is no longer canon. It’s refreshing to see the web of the Star Wars saga being woven back together with scenes like this. If you’re not already reading the new Star Wars comics, you might want to give them a try.