Review: Star Wars The High Republic #1 (Marvel Comics)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away an awesome new comic series was created.

PLOT AND STORY 

The High Republic is a new saga in the world of Star Wars set 200 years before anyone has heard the name Skywalker. Set during the prime age of the Jedi and the birth of the Galactic Republic at a time when things are good and the galaxy is at peace.

Released earlier this week was the first novel in The High Republic franchise called The Light of the Jedi. Although you don’t need to have read the book to jump into the comic they are connected. The comic series chronologically follows straight on from the novel and there are a few references to the events in the novel but this does not hurt the comic reader if you haven’t read the book.

Issue #1 is called ‘There Is No Fear’ as we meet a young Jedi Padawan Keeve and this is a new character I think the audience will love. Young, dynamic, adventurous and tough, Keeve has all the attributes you want from a Jedi and following her journey is something I’m looking forward to.

Cavan Scott brings his usual class to the story by setting things up nicely in issue #1 to give us a glimpse of these new characters without giving too much away and leaving us on a cliffhanger which makes me desperate for issue #2.

ARTWORK

As someone who read the Light of the Jedi novel it’s amazing to see what these characters look like. As you come to expect from the Star Wars universe there is an abundance of variety which is front and centre In this issue. Ario Anindito, Mark Morales and Annalisa Leoni form a great artistic team to bring these characters to life.

What stood out for me about this comic was how much it felt like Star Wars. The colour, the tone and the style just oozes with Star Wars charisma while being a completely new and fresh story with characters we have never met before (except Yoda).

VC’s Ariana Maher on lettering duty does a fantastic job in complementing the artwork with clear, concise well paced text.

FINAL THOUGHTS

A very strong opening issue which has everything a Star Wars fan wants in action packed lightsabre battles, fun space adventures and an underlying evil waiting to pounce. Anyone can pick this comic up and hit the ground running with no prior knowledge required.

I read this via Comixology and received no incentive to review this comic.

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