Writer: Daniel Jose Older
Artist: Harvey Tolibao
Colourist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Jake M. Wood
On Sale: 7th April 2021
A long, long, long time ago, in a galaxy far far away there was once a time called The High Republic.
PLOT AND STORY
A shocking revelation in Bralanak City, force-sensitive Mikkian Zeen Mirala has helped the Padawans of the Star Hopper protect the citizens of Trymant IV as they evacuate following the hyperspace disaster. But she is separated from her best friend Krix Kamerat who is shocked by Zeen’s new powers, has chosen to leave the planet in the company of the Nihil.
Daniel Jose Older continues to develop this split story of the two former best friends Zeen and Krix with a conflicting symmetry and it does a great job in building up the suspense. This issue has quite a teen angst theme as the two friends talk about their feelings towards each other via a hologram projector. The best thing about this issue is how connected it felt to the rest of the High Republic because we see StarLight Beacon and we see the Nihil.
I’m very keen to see how this story draws to a conclusion because I’m sure it will see Zeen and Krix reunited but I just can’t tell how happy that reunion will be. Will Zeen’s Jedi friends change her perspective on things and will Krix become manipulated by the Nihil?
This is another bright and vibrant looking comic with a variety of characters and locations. I like the way Harvey Tolibao draws the younger characters and truly captures their moody expressions. Something else that also stands out with this series is the page structures. There are a few pages which have their panels set up over the top of large profile images of Zeen and Keix giving those pages a unique and different feel. It would be wrong of me to not mention the awesome giant monster battles in a roman esq area on a Nihil ship which is something that crazy you can only get away with it in Star Wars.
Rebecca Nalty fills this issue with a fresh, bright and colourful palette. Many of the backgrounds have an earthy tone and the characters pop right off the page with attributes like contrasting bright yellow or purple hair.
Jake M. Wood again on lettering duty doing a great job keeping the words exactly where they need to be to make the story flow. I also like the use of different coloured text boxes for normal speech and holographic recordings.
As a comic for all ages I find this does a brilliant job in balancing the appeal to the different audiences. There is some Teen drama for the younger audience mixed in with some scary moments for the older audience and a sprinkle of Star Wars lore for the old school Star Wars fans like me. On top of all that is an exciting story which is building up nicely to what I’m sure will be an explosive conclusion.
I read this via an advance preview copy issued by IDW publishing and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are owned by and courtesy of IDW publishing and their respective owners.