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Two hundred years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, the galaxy is experiencing unparalleled peace--until a new enemy threatens everything the Jedi have built. In the days of the High Republic, the Jedi are at the height of their power. But the emergence of the piratical, anarchic Nihil proves that even the most successful peace is fragile, and the Jedi's influence is Two hundred years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, the galaxy is experiencing unparalleled peace--until a new enemy threatens everything the Jedi have built. In the days of the High Republic, the Jedi are at the height of their power. But the emergence of the piratical, anarchic Nihil proves that even the most successful peace is fragile, and the Jedi's influence is neither as pervasive nor as benevolent as they would believe. Now Lula, Farzal, and Qort, inexperienced Jedi Padawans, must help the inhabitants of Trymant IV in the wake of a Nihil attack. All the while, they'll face suspicion and outright opposition from a group of subversive citizens who resent and fear the Jedi. Two of those citizens, Zeen and Kriz, will have to decide whether to accept the Padawans' aid or try to save the day on their own. Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures is part of a broader publishing initiative exploring a mysterious, bygone era of the Galactic Republic through comics and prose. Collects Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures issues #1-5.


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Two hundred years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, the galaxy is experiencing unparalleled peace--until a new enemy threatens everything the Jedi have built. In the days of the High Republic, the Jedi are at the height of their power. But the emergence of the piratical, anarchic Nihil proves that even the most successful peace is fragile, and the Jedi's influence is Two hundred years before the events of the Skywalker Saga, the galaxy is experiencing unparalleled peace--until a new enemy threatens everything the Jedi have built. In the days of the High Republic, the Jedi are at the height of their power. But the emergence of the piratical, anarchic Nihil proves that even the most successful peace is fragile, and the Jedi's influence is neither as pervasive nor as benevolent as they would believe. Now Lula, Farzal, and Qort, inexperienced Jedi Padawans, must help the inhabitants of Trymant IV in the wake of a Nihil attack. All the while, they'll face suspicion and outright opposition from a group of subversive citizens who resent and fear the Jedi. Two of those citizens, Zeen and Kriz, will have to decide whether to accept the Padawans' aid or try to save the day on their own. Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures is part of a broader publishing initiative exploring a mysterious, bygone era of the Galactic Republic through comics and prose. Collects Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures issues #1-5.

30 review for Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is part of the "High Republic" series and takes place before the novella Race To Crashpoint Tower. This collection has characters from that book. In this one, the Nihil attack a planet that despises force users. The Jedi rush in and discover a girl who lives on this planet and is strong in the force. I liked this collection which is meant for the younger audience. I liked it more than I did the novella that this collection ties in with. My complaint with the novella is that I had no characte This is part of the "High Republic" series and takes place before the novella Race To Crashpoint Tower. This collection has characters from that book. In this one, the Nihil attack a planet that despises force users. The Jedi rush in and discover a girl who lives on this planet and is strong in the force. I liked this collection which is meant for the younger audience. I liked it more than I did the novella that this collection ties in with. My complaint with the novella is that I had no character connection. I had connection with the characters in this collection whether they were Jedi or Nihil. I thought this was a nice prequel to the novella as it tells the story of what happened to the characters. In the novella it mentioned these incidents several times and it never landed. As for the artwork it isn't the best but it works for the target audience that this meant for. It is very colorful as the colors pop from the page. I haven't been a big fan of this series from this universe. I believe the character exploration has been weak. That being said, the two comic collections I have read from this series has done a serviceable job with character exploration. I also believe that this collection highlights one of the major problems with this series. This series wants everything to tie in with each other which I have no problem. The problem is the release order and trying to keep up with the series. This collection was released after the novella. The novella references the incidents that happen in this collection and it did not work since I wasn't able to read about these incidents. Now I am backtracking and it is affecting my enjoyment. Maybe Disney is taking on a too great of a scope of events with all the crossovers with novels, short stories, and comics. If they trimmed it a little maybe I would enjoy the offerings a little more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    This story takes place just before Race to Crashpoint Tower. It us where Luka and Zeen meet. A good story and very good artwork. Quite a lot of battles both space and on the ground, but these fo seem a bit rushed. Some important points that lead into the Rising Storm. Also a clue why Yoda is not in the main stories. I love the continuity in the books fispite the format. A comic will lead to a book, which will lead to a the main novels. I also like his the books and novels are on both forks in th This story takes place just before Race to Crashpoint Tower. It us where Luka and Zeen meet. A good story and very good artwork. Quite a lot of battles both space and on the ground, but these fo seem a bit rushed. Some important points that lead into the Rising Storm. Also a clue why Yoda is not in the main stories. I love the continuity in the books fispite the format. A comic will lead to a book, which will lead to a the main novels. I also like his the books and novels are on both forks in the story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    This is a story that was exciting but felt like it crammed way too much into too few pages making the relatively complex character development seem rushed and less meaningful. It also is part of a larger series so it doesn't feel like a standalone and some of the backstory therefore seems opaque and the character's actions seem to make less sense. On the plus side the art is kinetic and clear and we get a lot of Yoda time! **Thanks to the author, artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free coy in This is a story that was exciting but felt like it crammed way too much into too few pages making the relatively complex character development seem rushed and less meaningful. It also is part of a larger series so it doesn't feel like a standalone and some of the backstory therefore seems opaque and the character's actions seem to make less sense. On the plus side the art is kinetic and clear and we get a lot of Yoda time! **Thanks to the author, artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free coy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Actual rating 3.5 Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol. 1 was a fun story that bridges the gap between some of the other High Republic releases. I really loved our two main characters, Lula and Zeen. It would have been great to get just a smidge more character development, particularly of Lula's friends Farzal and Qort. Overall, though, this was a really enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to reading more of the series. Actual rating 3.5 Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol. 1 was a fun story that bridges the gap between some of the other High Republic releases. I really loved our two main characters, Lula and Zeen. It would have been great to get just a smidge more character development, particularly of Lula's friends Farzal and Qort. Overall, though, this was a really enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to reading more of the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    note #1: I read all 5 single issues but wanted to write a collective review note #2: actual rating is 3.5 * The High Republic Adventures is an enjoyable middlegrade comic-run which offers a visually clever experience and uses the medium to its full advantage. However, it suffers from very convoluted fighting scenes and a weak fourth issue. I wasn't the target audience for this and the art just wasn't my taste, but I still had a good time reading the series since it spun a nice emotional arc from i note #1: I read all 5 single issues but wanted to write a collective review note #2: actual rating is 3.5 * The High Republic Adventures is an enjoyable middlegrade comic-run which offers a visually clever experience and uses the medium to its full advantage. However, it suffers from very convoluted fighting scenes and a weak fourth issue. I wasn't the target audience for this and the art just wasn't my taste, but I still had a good time reading the series since it spun a nice emotional arc from its first to fifth issue. I also really enjoyed that Marchion Ro as well as Starlight Beacon's Jedi made an appearance and I'm intrigued by the decisions they made. I'll definitely keep reading the series and grab a physical copy of the Volume as well. If you want to get the full High Republic experience, you shouldn't miss out on this story but keep in mind that it is targeted at younger readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Vaguely female ethnic lead #3 in the new Star Wars universe, and the most uselessly undefined one yet. Combine childish and clunky art with poor dialogue (variations of 'We Got this', 'You got this', 'I've got this' appear multiple times per issue it seems) and overly emotional psychobabble make for a Bad read. Vaguely female ethnic lead #3 in the new Star Wars universe, and the most uselessly undefined one yet. Combine childish and clunky art with poor dialogue (variations of 'We Got this', 'You got this', 'I've got this' appear multiple times per issue it seems) and overly emotional psychobabble make for a Bad read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Guthrie

    I finished the single issues for this coming TPB this morning, and oh man, DJO is on fire. This is such an enjoyable series for young and old readers alike. The artwork is exceptional and full of color, the story is moving and fun, and I can't wait to see how it all connects in the coming waves and phases. I'm so glad DJO hopped on a comic for The High Republic! I finished the single issues for this coming TPB this morning, and oh man, DJO is on fire. This is such an enjoyable series for young and old readers alike. The artwork is exceptional and full of color, the story is moving and fun, and I can't wait to see how it all connects in the coming waves and phases. I'm so glad DJO hopped on a comic for The High Republic!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melvyn

    THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! Firstly, I adored the artwork! The drawing style is a nice blend of old school comic book and modern day comics. The variety of aliens was great. There were a lot of picturesque moments in this collection, including the side-by-side panels. Speaking of the side-by-sides panels, I enjoyed the parallel storylines of Zeen and Krix. It was a very entertaining way to follow both the Jedi storyline and the Nihil machinations simultaneously. In many ways, it reminded me of Lost Star THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN! Firstly, I adored the artwork! The drawing style is a nice blend of old school comic book and modern day comics. The variety of aliens was great. There were a lot of picturesque moments in this collection, including the side-by-side panels. Speaking of the side-by-sides panels, I enjoyed the parallel storylines of Zeen and Krix. It was a very entertaining way to follow both the Jedi storyline and the Nihil machinations simultaneously. In many ways, it reminded me of Lost Stars by Claudia Gray (which I also highly recommend). Finally, Zeen was absolutely enchanting and adorable. I would love to read more of her adventures in the future. And Krix is not to be underestimated either, his story appealed more to my curiosity. And without going into any spoilers, there are other awesome characters in this comic series that I am always very happy to see! I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the author, the publishers and the NetGalley team for providing me with an Advanced copy. I cherished this opportunity to read it in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    I found High Republic Yoda! Finally! Been waiting to see what's he's been up to... This Volume of High Republic Adventures takes place after "Light of the Jedi" and deals a bit with the Hyperspace Incident. But the majority of the story revolves a bunch of Padawans going with Master Yoda and a Jedi Master they call "Buckets of Blood" (because of how much of a healer he is, not a brutal savage) to investigate a Nihil attack on Trymant IV. They intersect stories with two kids from that planet, Zeen I found High Republic Yoda! Finally! Been waiting to see what's he's been up to... This Volume of High Republic Adventures takes place after "Light of the Jedi" and deals a bit with the Hyperspace Incident. But the majority of the story revolves a bunch of Padawans going with Master Yoda and a Jedi Master they call "Buckets of Blood" (because of how much of a healer he is, not a brutal savage) to investigate a Nihil attack on Trymant IV. They intersect stories with two kids from that planet, Zeen, who demonstrates Force abilities, and Krix, who joins the Nihil working specifically for Marchion Ro. The story is well written (excellent Star Wars author) but is primarily a juvenile book, so it's not crazy lore heavy. It's great to see visual representations of both the Nihil and Jedi, and this book does a great job working with the other lore seen in the adult and teen level novels. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to continue on and see what happens next. Recommend. Side Note: I would like to bring up one of the padawans here, for the long time Star Wars fans, especially those who remember 'Legacy Era SW Stuff'. Padawan Qort.... is that a Vonduun crab shell on his head? Is he Yuuzhan Vong? Maybe a recipient of some of the same upbringing that Darth Krayt experienced? Just through me a bit. If you caught the same, comment and we can talk about it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Parker J

    *Originally read monthly as single issues* I used to love Star Wars so much, but in recent years I really haven't been that into it. Honestly...I hate what Disney has done with Star Wars for the most part and most of the Star Wars movies, books, and comics that have come out in recent years have been very...okay. Also, I started watching Star Trek But I decided to pick this series up because it sounded really fun and I was excited that they decided to do a bunch of stories set in the High Republic *Originally read monthly as single issues* I used to love Star Wars so much, but in recent years I really haven't been that into it. Honestly...I hate what Disney has done with Star Wars for the most part and most of the Star Wars movies, books, and comics that have come out in recent years have been very...okay. Also, I started watching Star Trek But I decided to pick this series up because it sounded really fun and I was excited that they decided to do a bunch of stories set in the High Republic Era. I want more Jedi stories not the depressing shit that comes later down the timeline. I'm glad I decided to read this, while it didn't shape up to be anything amazing it was very fun! Something that has been lacking in a lot of the Star Wars things I've tried out. Also, the art is STUNNING. This series kind of lacks character development but the plot is fun and the characters are interesting so I will check out the next issues.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    The first volume of IDW’s ongoing “Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures” series is an efficient, if not altogether surprising or especially thrilling kickoff to this new comics corner of the High Republic era. More or less tying directly in with the events of the novel “Light of the Jedi,” writer Daniel Jose Olderr and artist Harvey Tolibao do a solid job of further fleshing out, narratively and visually, the world Charles Soule laid out in his kickoff novel. As a standalone story, Volume 1 f The first volume of IDW’s ongoing “Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures” series is an efficient, if not altogether surprising or especially thrilling kickoff to this new comics corner of the High Republic era. More or less tying directly in with the events of the novel “Light of the Jedi,” writer Daniel Jose Olderr and artist Harvey Tolibao do a solid job of further fleshing out, narratively and visually, the world Charles Soule laid out in his kickoff novel. As a standalone story, Volume 1 follows a pretty typical set of “Star Wars” narrative beats – there’s little here that you haven’t read in other, non-High-Republic “Star Wars” materials already. That being said, there’s a reason that those narrative beats tend to be repeated as often as they do – the biggest being, they tend to draw the reader or viewer in, on an almost compulsive level. Volume 1 of “The High Republic Adventures” may not be the most original “Star Wars” story you’ve ever read, but as a first swing at the base, it’s compelling enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Viebranz

    IDW's Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures was a very pleasant surprise for me. Daniel José Older's Star Wars novel Last Shot, and his short story from Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, have been two of my least-favorite Star Wars stories I've ever read. I found the characterization cartoonish, the characters themselves largely uninteresting, and the writing style very juvenile and ill-suited to the Star Wars galaxy. However, High Republic Adventures is pretty great. The story is defini IDW's Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures was a very pleasant surprise for me. Daniel José Older's Star Wars novel Last Shot, and his short story from Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, have been two of my least-favorite Star Wars stories I've ever read. I found the characterization cartoonish, the characters themselves largely uninteresting, and the writing style very juvenile and ill-suited to the Star Wars galaxy. However, High Republic Adventures is pretty great. The story is definitely geared toward a middle-grade audience (as all the Adventures comics are), so there are moments of more slapstick comedy, but none of it breaks the suspension of disbelief; all of it is organic to the story. (Indeed, one of the funniest bits of any media involving Yoda, for my money, takes place in these pages.) I love following three young protagonists as they all try to figure out what their place is. Jedi Padawan Lula Talisola is actually, I think, the least engaging so far, despite being centered as the main character on many of the covers. To my mind, she is easily secondary to Zeen, a young girl with a powerful connection to the Force, and her friend-turned-enemy Krix, a young boy who who doesn't trust Force-users, and winds up siding with the Nihil, specifically accompanying their ruthless leader, Marchion Ro. Like Marvel's The High Republic, I've really enjoyed getting to know a number of new Jedi characters in this comic, as well as seeing some good connectivity between other High Republic stories. And I think this was a good place to bring in Yoda, to see even more of how he approaches training young Jedi, which we got a taste of in Attack of the Clones and The Clone Wars. Although I find the art style of Adventures a little busier than I generally enjoy, it isn't difficult to track much of what's happening, with a few exceptions in very crowded splash pages. But the wonderful character designs... well, ALL of the designs, make up for it. Looking forward to see what comes next for Zeen!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nate Balcom

    Book #20 of my #30BookSummer Challenge! Though aimed at a younger audience, I really enjoyed the side-by-side storytelling of this series. Jedi Master Buck aka "Buckets of Blood," is a fabulous addition to the pantheon of High Republic Jedi. I look forward to seeing how this wave of comics ties into the second wave of novels. Book #20 of my #30BookSummer Challenge! Though aimed at a younger audience, I really enjoyed the side-by-side storytelling of this series. Jedi Master Buck aka "Buckets of Blood," is a fabulous addition to the pantheon of High Republic Jedi. I look forward to seeing how this wave of comics ties into the second wave of novels.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara I

    I clearly need to read more Star Wars graphic novels, I think I have only read a handful total although I have more in passing. I have been following along and trying to get to all aspects of the High Republic in its many formats and with various authors and I have been enjoying it all! This graphic novel included, it has a few familiar faces (one VERY notable one) and some new heroes! There is a classic Star Wars feel that exists alongside new characters and adventures and I can't wait to read I clearly need to read more Star Wars graphic novels, I think I have only read a handful total although I have more in passing. I have been following along and trying to get to all aspects of the High Republic in its many formats and with various authors and I have been enjoying it all! This graphic novel included, it has a few familiar faces (one VERY notable one) and some new heroes! There is a classic Star Wars feel that exists alongside new characters and adventures and I can't wait to read more!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Lee

    This is a spoiler free review. Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 is an epic trade paperback collection of the new, awesome Star Wars: The High Republic series from IDW. This volume includes issues 1-5. These comics are geared towards kids and big kids who love Star Wars adventures. The reading recommended ages are 9 to 12 year old. The story that unfolds in Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 is told from the point of view of a group of young Padawans who are forced into the This is a spoiler free review. Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 is an epic trade paperback collection of the new, awesome Star Wars: The High Republic series from IDW. This volume includes issues 1-5. These comics are geared towards kids and big kids who love Star Wars adventures. The reading recommended ages are 9 to 12 year old. The story that unfolds in Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 is told from the point of view of a group of young Padawans who are forced into the conflict between the Jedi and their new destructive nemesis the Nihil. In particular, we see the story of Lula and Zeen. Lula is a young Padawan and she has befriended Zeen who is a gifted Force user. Zeen is learning more about why she can do certain things and her friends cannot. Her abilities are the crux of a disagreement between Zeen and her friend Krix. There are a few pivotal scenes in these comics where the artwork is split right down the middle of the page. One side is Zeen's scene and the other side is Krix's. Star Wars is full of moments where your point of view sends you down a certain path towards your destiny. These split screen scenes are key moments in the stories of Zeen and Krix. They remind me so much of some of the critical scenes in the The Revenge of the Sith, where Anakin, Padame, and Obi Wan's varying points of view lead them down different paths at the end of the film. I loved the usage of this iconic Star Wars theme in Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1. The High Republic Adventures are apart of a broader publishing initiative to link Star Wars: The High Republic books, comics, and in the future cartoons and movies. If you like the adventures of Lula and Zeen in Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 then read another of their adventures in, Star Wars The High Republic: Race to Crashpoint Tower where they team up with my favorite High Republic era Jedi, Vernestra Rwoh. I highly recommend reading Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 it's a great story that any Star wars fan will enjoy and is a great starting point to enter the new High Republic time period...Trust in the Force Stay awesome and keep reading! Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures Vol 1 Creative Team: Written by Daniel José Older Illustrated by Harvey Tolibao

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Awful, ugly drawings. Ugh!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    The Great Hyperspace Disaster, caused by the dangerous pirates known as the Nihil, has affected many across the galaxy. The latest system caught in the dangerous wreckage is Trymant IV. When the distress signal goes out only The Star Hopper is in range so it's up to the Padawans onboard to help the citizens in danger. Planet side Zeen and her best friend Krix are trying to find safety when they run into both the Jedi and the Nihil. When Zeen reveals her force sensitivity, something her people fe The Great Hyperspace Disaster, caused by the dangerous pirates known as the Nihil, has affected many across the galaxy. The latest system caught in the dangerous wreckage is Trymant IV. When the distress signal goes out only The Star Hopper is in range so it's up to the Padawans onboard to help the citizens in danger. Planet side Zeen and her best friend Krix are trying to find safety when they run into both the Jedi and the Nihil. When Zeen reveals her force sensitivity, something her people fear and distrust, Krix is appalled and the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. While Krix finds his place among the Nihil, Zeen makes friends with Padawan Lula Talisola and those on Starlight Beacon but still misses her oldest friend. Will they ever be able to see eye to eye? Just as with everything of this brilliant new era. The High Republic Adventures is a real treat for fans. This volume served a great introduction to the characters and was full of action and tough choices for the leads. It was interesting to see the mirroring between the two new friends and the different paths of the old. The fun part of any High Republic content is knowing information or characters will likely show up in a later project, so I'm excited to see what this might set up in the future. With the second batch of novels we've already seen all three main characters in either the middlegrade or teen title and I'm sure there is more to come. I originally picked up each issue collected in this volume upon release at my local comic shop and was very impressed to see the packaging. I like how it shows the alternative covers together to make a stunning image, but even better was the inclusion of "The Gaze Electric" which was previously released as a short story in the regular Star Wars Adventures series and acts as a prequel of sorts for this. This is a great comic for young Star Wars fans. Unlike the regular Adventures series this tells one story rather than a collection of shorts from across the Star Wars saga which makes it a satisfying read. For fans who enjoy the novels, they'll enjoy meeting new characters as well as seeing favourites such as Yoda and Marchion Ro in action too. Thank you to NetGalley for a digital copy to review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ozro Davis

    Unlike the main Star Wars Adventures book from IDW, the High Republic version tells a consistent story. While that's a nice surprise, I actually quite like the other's light-hearted anthology approach. Fortunately, Daniel José Older manages to make the story a compelling part of the High Republic, rather than just the one-off side story I expected. At the core of the book is a group of Jedi Padawans, and Star Wars has always been a great place for stories about young people finding their place in Unlike the main Star Wars Adventures book from IDW, the High Republic version tells a consistent story. While that's a nice surprise, I actually quite like the other's light-hearted anthology approach. Fortunately, Daniel José Older manages to make the story a compelling part of the High Republic, rather than just the one-off side story I expected. At the core of the book is a group of Jedi Padawans, and Star Wars has always been a great place for stories about young people finding their place in the galaxy. Spinning out of Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi, we see characters split between the Jedi and Nihil in a compelling story about friendship. And naturally, there's plenty of adventure and lightsaber fighting and all that good stuff. What really stands out here, though, is the art. Harvey Tolibao has a fantastic style that's quite a bit less literal than most other Star Wars artists, and it suits this book perfectly. He draws the characters looking a bit young, but it works. Also a big shoutout to Nick Brokenshire's work on the short prologue story, which is a lot of fun. What I thought was just going to be meaningless side stories turned out to be a worthy addition to the High Republic era. It stands completely on its own - not relying too much on tying in with the other stories - but it still fits in right alongside the rest.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    This was so much fun. Older writes Star Wars in a big, sappy, beautiful way, and his excitement is as infectious as it comes. I liked his novel from a couple of years back, but I think it's in a YA format like this that he works best, as he brings a wide-eyed optimism to this that I loved. And he does it without sacrificing any depth, either. The supporting cast here is one-note, but the core characters have terrific depth and deal with meaningful conflict that's arguably richer than most of the This was so much fun. Older writes Star Wars in a big, sappy, beautiful way, and his excitement is as infectious as it comes. I liked his novel from a couple of years back, but I think it's in a YA format like this that he works best, as he brings a wide-eyed optimism to this that I loved. And he does it without sacrificing any depth, either. The supporting cast here is one-note, but the core characters have terrific depth and deal with meaningful conflict that's arguably richer than most of the drama found in the rest of The High Republic stories thus far. I mean, one of the central themes is effectively how dangerously easy it is to manipulate and radicalize the youth, and you don't find that often in the pages of a Star Wars. And the final issue ends on one helluva high-note that I cannot wait to see more of. It's also a massive perk that the comic looks as good as it does. Some of the splash pages are a bit cluttered and lack the form I usually appreciate. But Harvey Tolibao (with help from Pow Rodrix and Manuel Bracchi) is most successful with the characters, and I'm completely enamored with how vibrantly expressive all the cast is. Rebecca Nalty's coloring is also fantastic and might be the real star of the show, as it's the colors that make the expressiveness of Older's writing and Tolibao's art stand out as firmly as they do. I'm so delightfully surprised by this series and really hope we get a lot, lot more of it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Xander Toner

    Fun. Whilst I'd call myself a pretty big Star Wars fan, my ventures into the expanded media are relatively lacking; I've only read one legends novel and a couple of canon ones, and my experience with Star Wars comics is limited to the first two volumes of main Marvel Star Wars (2015) series. Despite not having any other The High Republic materials, I decided to pick this up as I thought that due to it's intent for children, it wouldn't be that vital to that wider story, more of a side-quest. This Fun. Whilst I'd call myself a pretty big Star Wars fan, my ventures into the expanded media are relatively lacking; I've only read one legends novel and a couple of canon ones, and my experience with Star Wars comics is limited to the first two volumes of main Marvel Star Wars (2015) series. Despite not having any other The High Republic materials, I decided to pick this up as I thought that due to it's intent for children, it wouldn't be that vital to that wider story, more of a side-quest. This was definitely the right thing to do and I enjoyed it for what it is. I'd say that no previous knowledge of The High Republic is required to read, only the little bio which is helpfully included at the start. The comic itself is rather good, colorful and action-packed to appeal to a younger audience, whilst still having great panel layouts and it exceeds in comic-book storytelling. Multiple times throughout the comic displays two event happening simultaneously that mirror each other thematically, by having half a page vertically split for each story occurring. It works well in displaying two things at once, and reminds me of moments like the birth of Darth Vader and the death of Padmé Amidala at the end of Revenge of the Sith. Overall, I quite enjoyed this for what it is and whilst it's not on the top of my To Read list, I'm still looking forwards to picking up Volume Two.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    232 BBY. Amid the Great Disaster, a group of Jedi Padawans under the stewardship of Master Yoda have to protect the inhabitants of Trymant IV. Among the people of the planet, however, are two friends who will follow vastly different paths as Zeen reveals her Force-sensitivity to the Jedi and Krix sides with the Jedi-hating Nihil raiders. This is IDW Comic's addition to the High Republic multimedia story era and, whilst aimed at younger readers than the main Marvel Comics stories, thankfully isn't 232 BBY. Amid the Great Disaster, a group of Jedi Padawans under the stewardship of Master Yoda have to protect the inhabitants of Trymant IV. Among the people of the planet, however, are two friends who will follow vastly different paths as Zeen reveals her Force-sensitivity to the Jedi and Krix sides with the Jedi-hating Nihil raiders. This is IDW Comic's addition to the High Republic multimedia story era and, whilst aimed at younger readers than the main Marvel Comics stories, thankfully isn't as shallow and juvenile as some of IDW's other Star Wars comics. The High Republic line focuses heavily on the Jedi and whilst this book also does that, it was nice to also see a couple of new central characters who aren't Jedi. Seeing the way that Zeen and Krix are bound together by their friendship but pulled apart by their rapidly-conflicting loyalties was a nice emotional core to this story. All that said, however, this book is just okay. It's not outstanding in its field (like a scarecrow) but at the same time its not just a loosely held-together bag of rags (also like a scarecrow). Nice to actually see Yoda in action, however. I was convinced the High Republic would just trot him out for cameos, but here he's central to the story and gets mixed up in all the action. * More reviews here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com *

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taka

    I like the concept behind the High Republic era, but I was very disappointed with this volume. I would definitely recommend the Marvel series instead. It might be a very personal thing but I disliked the art here. The dialogues and the plot seem to very focused for young people. I'm getting old, I had a hard empathizing with the kids carrying the story, and I disliked how Yoda was used. Some dialogues I found baffling, for example "the Force is like a mountain, it cannot be moved." Right next we I like the concept behind the High Republic era, but I was very disappointed with this volume. I would definitely recommend the Marvel series instead. It might be a very personal thing but I disliked the art here. The dialogues and the plot seem to very focused for young people. I'm getting old, I had a hard empathizing with the kids carrying the story, and I disliked how Yoda was used. Some dialogues I found baffling, for example "the Force is like a mountain, it cannot be moved." Right next we are told "everything is possible". But one second ago you just told me something that IS NOT POSSIBLE. And if that isn't contradictory enough at the end of the same issue this character reflects back on the idea of the Force being like a mountain, and literally says "The Force is always in motion". So I get to this point and I think, is the author trying to say something so smart and philosophical that is hard to understand or is it that he's just throwing shallow phrases that sound deep but if you really think about it they are completely nonsense? I think both options are bad, but if I had to guess, I would say it's just (very) lazy writing. I would only recommend these series if you're a Star Wars fan and a completionist.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    If anything was needed to show you how diluted and dumbed-down the whole Star Wars universe is now, it's the fact that one of the chapters here promises a "smackdown". Not a fight, not a battle, not a phantom-menace-with-no-phantoms, but a "smackdown". Yes, where once the franchise had characters we could care for, and a yin and yang that were easily seen as a classic example of war stories, we're now talking about it as if it was a flucking wrestling match. And it all has about the same probabi If anything was needed to show you how diluted and dumbed-down the whole Star Wars universe is now, it's the fact that one of the chapters here promises a "smackdown". Not a fight, not a battle, not a phantom-menace-with-no-phantoms, but a "smackdown". Yes, where once the franchise had characters we could care for, and a yin and yang that were easily seen as a classic example of war stories, we're now talking about it as if it was a flucking wrestling match. And it all has about the same probability and charmlessness, so perhaps it shouldn't stick out as inappropriate. Either way, this is a child-friendly comic, set in pre-Empire days yet featuring people who already want the Jedi destroyed. A boy is dismayed when he finds his female friend can use The Force, and while she swans off with her new Jedi friends he turns to a darker side. So it's about the power of friendship and how much that can be stretched across hyperspace, and despite having some really silly bits and no sense of it being an important part of the canon whatsoever, it does what it can to entertain the young reader.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    This was fine as a low commitment sampling of Star Wars’s new High Republic era. The setting and new Nihil baddies are intriguing enough to check out some of the non-YA books and comics, but the story here is ultimately too juvenile for me to care about. Amid a much larger catastrophe, the main character’s two big worries are “is my best friend going to be mad at me over a misunderstanding?” and “will this new group of people I have to go with be nice to me?” It also has the sort of YA protagoni This was fine as a low commitment sampling of Star Wars’s new High Republic era. The setting and new Nihil baddies are intriguing enough to check out some of the non-YA books and comics, but the story here is ultimately too juvenile for me to care about. Amid a much larger catastrophe, the main character’s two big worries are “is my best friend going to be mad at me over a misunderstanding?” and “will this new group of people I have to go with be nice to me?” It also has the sort of YA protagonist who’s preternaturally the most talented at everything they try but also deeply insecure that they’ll fail. I could see this being a great read along with someone younger, and I’m glad for the quick glimpse at High Republic stuff, but I don’t think I’ll continue for myself. I’m similarly mixed on the art; the ink lines are thick and busy in a way that sometimes reminds me of James Stokoe’s distinctive style (which I love) and sometimes feels blander, like the purposeful lines of a coloring book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    This is an enjoyable (and adorable!) YA comic -- which I guess you define as a book starring younger characters that is also printed in a smaller size (ngl, it's seriously a cute book). This is basically a bunch of fresh-faced Padawans versus the Nihil, which is kind of like pitting Cabbage Patch Kids against the bad guys from Mad Max. But the art is just great and the vibe totally works, as mismatched as the two factions are. There's also a lot of Yoda in this one -- like, if you've been wonder This is an enjoyable (and adorable!) YA comic -- which I guess you define as a book starring younger characters that is also printed in a smaller size (ngl, it's seriously a cute book). This is basically a bunch of fresh-faced Padawans versus the Nihil, which is kind of like pitting Cabbage Patch Kids against the bad guys from Mad Max. But the art is just great and the vibe totally works, as mismatched as the two factions are. There's also a lot of Yoda in this one -- like, if you've been wondering where Yoda has been in the High Republic this whole time, he's here, or should I say "Here, he is," because man but Older goes to TOWN on the whole Yodaspeak thing. It's pretty much Episode 1-level ridiculous. But other than the too-much-Yoda, the rest of the book is a lovely romp. There's some new alien species in this one that's just like a pink-purple color explosion and I'm abfab here for it. Top marks. Except for Yoda. "Yoda, except for he is." Whatever.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Hmm. I like that this new Adventures series is one long story instead of short stories like the previous volumes. I think the storyline itself is fine, and the characters are interesting. I think I have an issue with the writing, though. Sometimes it jumped around too much, either with parallel stories in the panels (like showing Zeen and Krix's viewpoints to make them overlap at the end). Even more confusing, sometimes I wasn't sure exactly what the wrap up was on an issue and when they opened Hmm. I like that this new Adventures series is one long story instead of short stories like the previous volumes. I think the storyline itself is fine, and the characters are interesting. I think I have an issue with the writing, though. Sometimes it jumped around too much, either with parallel stories in the panels (like showing Zeen and Krix's viewpoints to make them overlap at the end). Even more confusing, sometimes I wasn't sure exactly what the wrap up was on an issue and when they opened the next issue they were someplace completely different and I thought I'd skipped to the wrong issue at first. I'm going to stick with it (especially happy they've brought in Leox, Affie and Geode) and I hope the writing will get smoother as it goes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I received an eARC of this title through NetGalley in return for an honest review. I am fairly impressed with the Star Wars High Republic series. They do such a good job connecting all of the books and graphic novels to each other without making it imperative to read every book. This is a middle grade graphic novel for sure, and I believe it is well categorized. I feel like the pace of the story was well done and engaging. It is not violent but does have some action sequences. I think this is a I received an eARC of this title through NetGalley in return for an honest review. I am fairly impressed with the Star Wars High Republic series. They do such a good job connecting all of the books and graphic novels to each other without making it imperative to read every book. This is a middle grade graphic novel for sure, and I believe it is well categorized. I feel like the pace of the story was well done and engaging. It is not violent but does have some action sequences. I think this is a good graphic novel version of the Star Wars High Republic saga and ties into the current run really well. I thought the art was done well and the story was right for the age group.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Baba Phoka

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Logan Harrington

    4/10: Again, I’m disappointed in the writing of Daniel José Older. The collected issues here have way too much forced comedy (that isn’t even funny) and the story is mediocre at best. The art feels so squished and lacks detail everywhere, even the individual characters change appearances here and there. I appreciate that I finally got to see Yoda in action during this era of Star Wars, but overall I’m fairly disappointed.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ahdom

    This is the best I have seen come out of the Star Wars Adventure line. I am loving the High Republic era and how all these stories tie together. The artwork in these are incredible. I love the details and the action. I am looking forward to volume 2 and how it fits into the second wave of High Republic Stories!

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