Review: Star Wars The High Republic Adventures #2 (IDW)

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

With the Jedi in a tricky situation who is better than a young Yoda and a Jedi called Buckets of Blood to the rescue?

PLOT AND STORY

Flaming destruction has come to Trymant IV! Childhood best friends Zeen and Krix try to find safety, while Yoda’s Padawans, Lula, Farzal, and Qort are trying to evacuate the citizens, but the Nihil ship won’t let anyone onboard. And when a massive battle breaks out, Krix and Zeen get torn apart!

What a brilliant issue this was. Packed full of action and suspense with a few twists along the way, High republic Adventures is quickly becoming a hit as a genuine comic for all ages. Daniel José Older again creates a fantastic story which is full of entertainment and action to spark the interest of the younger readers whilst layered levels of mystery surrounding the Nihal make this an intriguing read for the older audience.

Buckets of Blood has to be the coolest name in Star Wars history. A name which will spark fear in an adversary but some clever storytelling and twists about his name and origin made this a humorous introduction for the character. Pairing him with a young Yoda and seeing him in battle at his prime as a treat for Star Wars fans.

ARTWORK

Artist Pow Rodrix takes over half the artistic duties this issue and does a brilliant job keeping the same tone and style Harvey Tolibao created in issue #1. I particularly liked the design of Buckets of Blood and the way his huge body is contrasted against the small frame of Yoda. I like the way Yoda has a youthful look on his face, even though he is still hundreds of years old this is a much younger version than we have ever seen.

Harvey Tolibao is the cover artist and the primary issue cover is a homage to the movies with Lula Talisola in the standard jedi pose holding her lightsaber. Also returning for issue #2 is Rebecca Nalty on colouring duty who has crafted a bright and vibrant issue.

Last but not least is Jake M. Wood who delivers clear, well positioned letters helping the story flow naturally.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As someone who generally prefers their comics on the darker, more graphic side of things I’m surprised by how much I am enjoying this series. The fun action scenes and light heartedness of the characters makes it really easy to enjoy but it’s the underlying threat of the Nihal and the connections to other High Republic books which helps this resonate with me. Lula is a very fun and interesting new Jedi and I’m invested to see where her journey takes us. 

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

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