Star Wars: The High Republic #3
Written By: Cavan Scott
Art By: Ario Anindito, Mark Morales, Annalisa Lebnic
Letters By: VC’s Ariana Maher
Cover By: Phil Noto
It is important to remind the reader of the timeline for the Star Wars universe prior to reading this book. The major time periods in Star Wars are as follows: The High Republic, The Fall of the Jedi (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith), The Reign of the Empire, Age of Rebellion (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), The New Republic, and the Rise of the First Order (The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker). This book takes place in the first period of the Star Wars story when the Jedi are strong, young, and growing.
This story continues the adventures of a group of Jedis Avar Kriss, Terec, and Sskeer, as they pursue leads that would lead to them finding a lost Jedi, Coret. Along the way, they encounter a place that is strong with the dark side of the force, struggle to understand why Sskeer is demonstrating symptoms of someone turning to the dark side of the force, and strive to save Coret from imminent doom.
The story is complex. There are lots of little pockets, lots of dialogue balloons, and lots of action. I felt the need to go back and re-read issues 1 & 2 in order to follow the larger story; however, I found that enjoyable because the story is complex. The most compelling part of the story is seeing a strong, young, diverse group of Jedis struggling with the dark side and how to resist it. It is especially interesting given that one of their members might already be in its grasp. The one complaint is that the story could feel muddled with too many details and too much conversation for some.
The art is solid, not spectacular, but also perfect for this type of story, which is geared toward a younger audience. The depiction of emotion on faces; the conviction and beliefs of the character is written all over their faces. In other situations, the kinetic energy in a force using character is vivid colors, which makes the energy feel real.
This is an interesting and well-told story that builds interest in characters that are new to the Star Wars story. I am interested to see where the origin of this dark force energy comes from and how the young heroes will tackle it when they find out.
FINAL SCORE: 8/10