Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Ario Anindito
The second issue of The High Republic released today and it’s one I’ve been excited about reading for a while. The first instalment in the series got the book off to a really bright and exciting start, so hopefully that trend continues with this issue.
We find the newly appointed Jedi Knight Keeve Trennis, her master Sskeer and the identical twins Terec and Ceret answering a distress signal they recently received.
The group arrive at the seen of an obvious ambush, finding a ship littered with the corpses of its occupants, including a Hutt. While on board they split up and Sskeer is attacked by one of the assailants. The Jedi master defeats his would be attacker with ease, but kills them in a fit of rage, continuing to allude to an uneasiness growing around him.
The team eventually split up with Sskeer and Ceret heading to a nearby planet to investigate why the ship was transporting some of the goods sold there, while Keeve and Terec head to see Marshal Kriss. While onboard, Keeve opens up to the Marshal about Sskeer’s behaviour and the two grow worried over the Jedi’s recent actions and his state of mind.
Cutting back to the planet, we see that while Sskeer is in deep conversation with one of its inhabitants, Ceret is lured away by a mysterious figure in the high grass. Once he’s ventured into the grass, the Jedi is seemingly attacked by a large tentacled creature, but his fate is currently unknown. The issue ended with Sskeer running to find the younger Jedi, only to find nothing but his lightsaber left behind.
I really enjoyed this issue, even more so than I did the first one. The continuing mystery of what is troubling Sskeer is an interesting one and now, with the disappearance of Ceret on top of that, I once again find myself extremely excited for the next issue.
The High Republic is an era in the Star Wars universe that was previously unseen, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the most exciting times we’ve seen from the galaxy far far away.