Review: Star Wars The High Republic #2 (Marvel Comics)

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Ario Anindito & Mark Morales
Colorist: Annalisa Leoni
Letterer: Ariana Maher
On Sale: 03/02/2021

Keeve Trennis ventures on her first mission as a Jedi Knight under the watchful eye of her mentor Sskeer.

PLOT AND STORY

There’s nothing like jumping in the deep end and that’s exactly what’s happened to Jedi Trennis. We witnessed her passing of the trials in issue #1 and writer Cavan Scott gives Keeve no time to find her feet with the title Jedi Knight as she is immediately hurled into action. 

Keeve and Sskeer are on a mission to respond to a distress call, aided by two new interesting characters with the ability to share a mind, Ceret and Terec. The beauty of this story so far is how we are seeing the devastation of a Nihal attack but are yet to confront them. This is building the suspense and mystery around the notorious group of marauders and makes me excited for the moment the Jedi and the Nihal finally meet.

There is a distinctive tonal switch to this issue as the nature of the story takes on a more mature and serious tone. I found this new direction to be a pleasant surprise as we deal with emotional subjects like pain, loss and consequences. 

ARTWORK

The quality of issue #1 is replicated in issue #2 and even though it’s the same creative team, this issue has a much sharper finish. Ario Anindito, Mark Morales and Annalisa Leoni have managed to step things up on this issue and maybe it’s the more mature tone in the story which triggered that. Every page is crammed with detail and bright colours which really enhances the story and sucks the reader in to notice every little detail.

There are a few pages which really stand out this month with so much variety. Be it panels of space and the intricate and varying space ships or close up lightsaber battles, I found every page to be created at such a high standard. The individual page which stood out the most was when our Jedi discovered the presence of a Hut and it looks like a straight replication from a scene from Return of the Jedi whilst still being completely original and unique.

Ariana Maher completes the creative team with letters which fit perfectly on the page. Varying colours and boxes to separate speech and internal monologues also is very helpful to the reader and compliments the flow of the story.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

The most honest review I can give this book is to simply say it’s Star Wars. It looks like Star Wars and it feels like Star Wars but with a completely new batch of characters who are instantly winning over the audience. Star Wars fans new and old will take great enjoyment from this fun but serious story.

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

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