It’s here! It’s finally here!
Having read ‘Light of the Jedi’ last month (Spoiler Free Review Here), I have been waiting desperately for new content from ‘The High Republic’ and after finding out that ‘A Test of Courage’ will be released in February in the UK it’s al down to the Marvel run of ‘The High Republic’ to give me a quick fix.
Cavan Scott leads the way, writing a story set within the timeframe of ‘Light of the Jedi’ towards the end of the book (somewhere between the last chapter and the epilogue) and introduces us to the main character, Keeve Trennis who is on the planet Shuraden with her Master Sskeer, the Trandoshan Jedi Master who was introduced in ‘Light of the Jedi’ who received a rather serious injury in the novel.
Keeve undertakes a Jedi Trial to graduate from Padawan to Jedi Knight by climbing some large stone needles to retrieve a pendant that Sskeer has planted but is interrupted by a swarm of giant space bugs that have been thrown off their natural course by a frequency being emitted from the Starlight Beacon. With the help of Jedi Master Maru she is able to divert the insects (using a Jedi Vector Star Fighter) whilst Maru alters the Starlight Beacon’s frequency.
Once the swarm leaves, Keeve assists the local people rebuild their home when Sskeer returns, calling for a pickup seeing as they no longer have a ship. Once on the Beacon, Sskeer introduces Keeve to Jedi Master Avar Kriss, who has just been appointed the Marshal position on the Space Station by Grandmasters Yoda and Veter. Kriss formerly knights Keeve and she joins the Jedi Knights and Masters on a stage at the dedication ceremony that officially opens Starlight Beacon (which we get to see a visual representation of the scene from ‘Light of the Jedi’).
The first issue throws us in with Keeve, and lets us get to know her through her conversations with a Shuraden native who is fascinated by the Jedi. She doesn’t come across as a typical Padawan, using foul language in front of her Master (and later Avar). What is fascinating for me is that we get to see her undertake a Jedi Trial, something we haven’t really seen before. From the looks of it, I get the impression that a Jedi Master can set any sort of task as a trial, which seems different from what the more formal sounding Trials mentioned in ‘The Phantom Menace’.
The art is beautiful, the scenery, especially the interior of Starlight Beacon really show off the populace of the Galaxy. The design is very similar to the design of the Prequel Trilogy, lots of curves, intricate art work, even on the ceremonial Jedi attire we see them wearing at the end of the issue.
Getting to see characters I had only met in the novel was great as well as seeing some of the designs of their weapons and the Jedi Vector in action is something special, and it really goes to show how much work has gone into ‘The High Republic’, not just in the writing but all of the design work that has gone along with it.
Also, seeing a representation of how Keeve sees the Force and how she connects with one of the insects is beautifully rendered by the artist, Ario Anindito, who has done a wonderful job in this issue.
I suppose now I’ll just have to wait for the next issue, or the next book, whichever reaches these wayward shores first. But I can certainly say that thanks to this first issue, I have certainly got a great adventure ahead of me and I can’t wait to read more of Cavan Scott’s first wave of content from this mass media project.
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