Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1 by Daniel José Older
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Squarely aimed at younger kids, as all of IDW’s range of Star Wars Adventures comics are, this focuses on a group of padawans out on their training cruise with Master Yoda when they’re called to deal with one of the remnants of the hyperspace disaster at Hetzal, which occurred in the novel Light of the Jedi. This brings them into conflict with the Nihil and into contact with a young, Force sensitive alien girl on a planet that’s wary of The Force.
The art is lovely, with very subdued colouring, and the writing, while aimed at children, never feels patronising and will still be enjoyable to older readers (even those of us in our forties!). These new characters are likeable and interesting and I’m keen to learn more about them.
Yoda is, thankfully, not in this much, as he and the padawans’ other trainer decide to deal with the large chunks of debris in space while the padawans deal with things on the planet’s surface. I don’t say “thankfully” because I don’t like Yoda, but because one of the refreshing things about the High Republic in general is that the focus is on new characters rather than leaning on our familiarity with and connection to existing characters.
All in all a good start to a new series.