Star Wars: Rogue Squadron IS Named After Rogue One Team

"Rogue Squadron, form up."

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Although Rogue Squadron was a big part of the Star Wars EU, with games, novels, and comics based around the group, in the new canon it simply refers to what we've seen on screen and a few brief glimpses in the pages of the comics.

With that, however, comes the opportunity to flesh the team out anew, which is what comic book Star Wars #52 has done. The issue finds Luke and co still trapped on Mako-Ta, where Han Solo is going up against Darth Vader to try and rescue them. And it's thanks to Han that the Rebels find a way of entering the battle, which takes some trust in the Force on Luke's behalf.

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Marvel Comics

It's here, then, we see how Luke has taken inspiration from Jyn Erso. The comics previously revealed that like visited Jedha, and it seems something struck a chord with him, as Luke says here: "Well, I guess this is what Jyn Erso felt like. I trust the Force, I save the galaxy."

Wedge responds that it's no time for sentiment, and that the Rebels need a call sign for the battle they're about to enter. Luke, once again echoing Jyn, decides to call the group Rogue Squadron, a name that would then stick by the time The Empire Strikes Back and the Battle of Hoth rolled around.

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Marvel Comics

Back when Rogue One was released, there was speculation that Luke had named his team after them, and now the new comic confirms it. It's a nice way of linking the two together, and continues the trend of a number of reveals and extra details coming from the comics.

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