A new chapter begins for Star Wars: The High Republic!
One hundred and fifty years before the fall of Starlight, another beacon burns bright in the galaxy, a beacon of faith and spirituality.
The Pilgrim Moon.
The Kyber Heart.
But tensions are rising in the holy city and dark days are to come.
But Why Tho?Star Wars: The High Republic (2022) #1 reaffirms Cavan Scott and Ario Anindito as one of the best duos in comics today. Even after their 2021 run together, they are still delivering new and exciting approaches to telling stories in Star Wars. Scott has long been a lore guru in his work and it is on full display here as readers will be sucked in by both the familiar and the unknown he presents throughout. Further, Anindito brings the vision to life. Whether is it the darker tone of the first panels to a Jedha’s vibrant culture, the spectrum of emotions Star Wars can invoke is evident in his art. With that said, between Vildar Mac’s ominous past and the plethora of new Forces users to explore, phase two of The High Republic is off to a phenomenal start.
The Super Powered FancastSTORY 1: An entertaining and engaging story that does an excellent job of crafting a complicated character within its familiar world. The story has a great pacing that kept me engaged throughout right up until its dramatic and unexpected cliffhanger. Anindito does a brilliant job of illustrating this world and I loved the details in every page and panel. STORY 2: A thought provoking and entertaining story that introduces an interesting character and her engaging personal conflict. Broccardo delivers some beautiful art in the story.
ComicBook.comThis is an absolutely fascinating direction for The High Republic. Not only does this new series move further back on the timeline, it also spreads into different corners of space, allowing for more interesting characters and locales than we're used to. This first issue is packed with intrigue and delivers a wallop of a twist that makes you want the next chapter as soon as possible. This is the most intriguing debut issue of a Star Wars comic in a long time.
SWNN - Star Wars News NetThe return of The High Republic has been invigorating. Considering how spectacular the series was for Phase I, the bar was set high for this arc. Cavan Scott undoubtedly delivers here. The art by Ario Anindito covers each page with special talent. Varying ideologies of the Force itself are being fleshed out in this phase, and I can’t wait to see where this new The High Republic comic series goes next.
Comic CrusadersThere are an incredible number of interesting characters brought together in this single issue. The Art by Ario Anindito is exciting with great new character designs and constant movement and action. This book promises to dive a bit more into the mythology behind the Whills and Force and the mysteries of how the Force can be manipulated. It will be incredible to see how all of this unfolds over the months to come as phase 2 attempts to declare itself as an expansive new era of Jedi storytelling.
The Fandom PostWith this also featuring a backup story that digs into the Convocation itself and several of the groups arguing about things with a new applicant, it’s a very overstuffed issue in trying to cover the bases of how Jedha works. I want to know everything about Jedha but half of it felt like it just needed to be done as bullet points going in rather than trying to wedge it in as dialogue and action-ish oriented exposition. Vildar Mac seems like an interesting character to latch onto as our eyes into this journey and the pairing with Matty is familiar yet has a good kind of classic charm to it. The creative team here has a lot of possibilities they can work with considering what Jedha is like and exploring the various groups and how they perceive the Force within their own religions. It just needs to slow down a bit and connect us with character more rather than an information dump.
Comic WatchThis time shift to tell a second phase is in no way new to “Star Wars.” The flow of those films were to tell the middle tale with the original trilogy, then to move back in time to tell the prequel, and then shoot forward in time to tell the sequel trilogy. “The High Republic” seems to be following the same pattern, with a third phase to take place after the first one announced to follow up phase II. This phase gets the opportunity to do what the prequel trilogy did and aims to show the events that lead to the original story, while maintaining its own individual flavor. The first phase dealt with the plant zombie-like Drengir and the Nihil Pirates. This series tells of the various Force religions and cultures in general and how they conflict with one another. The plot of this issue takes a big backseat to establishing the zeitgeist of this time. That is not to say the new characters aren’t introduce well, but the setting and social climate seem like the overall important thing to focus on. This larger than normal issue contains two separate stories of Jedi both set on Jedah. That planet will eventually be a larger deal in four hundred years during the film “Rouge One.” In fact in one of the stories the fully whole stature of a Jedi that is seen long since toppled in “Rogue One” is shown. This issue shows that other Force religions besides Jedi exist, but it also shows that the average being does not respect the Jedi at all. They are the servants of the Republic which makes the public question why, out of many Force religions, are they the only ones who can hold that position and impose justice. Unlike in Phase I, they aren’t as respected. This phase will endeavor to be the series to show how they eventually did command the respect of the galaxy. The art in this issue is worthy of a first issue. It is detailed and emotive. The coloring enriches that which is already rich. It does favor sand yellows throughout both stories. That makes since Jedah is a sandy planet. This also mirrors the gold color that is often associated with “The High Republic.” Obviously the impact on the overall saga is important and this issue hits the ground running. As far as characters goes, it introduces too many to really get a feel for them. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t give readers enough to get a cursory idea of what each one is like on the surface. The issue even throws a delightful curveball at the main character, and is sure to leave readers curious to see what happens next. It is also important to note that this is now the earliest point in “Star Wars” canon currently. The stages of Jedah have been set. The players have been introduced. The game will truly get heated up undoubably in the next exciting issue.