Review: Star Wars High Republic Adventures #1 (IDW)

Writer: Daniel Jose Older
Artist: Harvey Tolibao
Colourist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Jake M. Wood
On Sale: 03/02/2021

The galaxy is at peace, ruled by the glorious REPUBLIC and protected by the noble and wise JEDI KNIGHTS but trouble is on its way in this new comic series for fans of all ages.

PLOT AND STORY

For those that don’t know, THE HIGH REPUBLIC is a new era of Star Wars storytelling set hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga. The novel Light of the Jedi from Charles Soule recently gave us the major opening to this era. The republic is opening a new deep space station called Starlight Beacon but a major catastrophe in the outer rim brings death and destruction to many of the surrounding planets. This comic series takes place simultaneously to the events of the Novel.

In the days of the High Republic a team of inexperienced Padawans race to Trymant IV to aid its citizens after an attack by the Nihil, a band of dangerous marauders, leaves the city on fire. Padawans Lula, Farzal, and Qort do their best to help as many people as they can. Meanwhile, Zeen and Kriz, part of a group that resents and fears the Jedi, must decide whether they can accept their help or try to save the day on their own.

Daniel Jose Older writes a gripping and entertaining story in the opening issue that truely does appeal to fans of all ages. You could be an older, seasoned Star Wars fan like myself or a 9 year old new fan like my daughter and both take away equal amounts of fun. The beauty of this issue’s story is the symmetry between the two characters Lula and Zeen. We meet two very different characters from very different upbringings experiencing the same event and how their conflicting backgrounds bring them together which creates mystery, intrigue and suspense.

ARTWORK

Artist Harvey Tolibao has created a comic which has all the essence of a Star Wars story. Strange and differing characters from various planets all come together to create a diverse and inclusive galaxy. With the book being suitable for all ages there is a certain tone to the imagery during battle scenes with no real violence or blood and the panels focus mostly on the whole setting rather than the minor details of characters faces and expressions. The style makes each page quite busy but not messy which is perfect for the younger readers who will take great joy from the interesting costumes and surroundings. Complimenting this perfectly are the bright and vibrant colours from Rebecca Nalty.

Jake M. Wood provides letters for this issue and I in particular like the way he creates not only varying text boxes but with different colours to differentiate between the different characters speech and internal monologues.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The High Republic has completely sucked me into this new era of Star Wars and Adventures provides another excellent entry to the saga. Faced paced, adrenaline pumping action with an interesting group of young Jedi under the mentorship of Yoda, what more could you want? I found the suitable for all ages branding to be right on the money as it’s not too childish to discourage older readers and not too graphic to scare the younger readers.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by IDW Publishing and I received no incentive to review this comic.

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