Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5 by Daniel José Older

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5 by Daniel José Older
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is probably the weakest issue in this otherwise excellent series yet, and it’s not helped by the use of multiple artists. I know these things are unavoidable at times, because deadlines are deadlines and artists are only human, but the issue’s storytelling definitely suffers for it.

Ultimately, this story concludes the first arc of High Republic Adventures, with Zeen and Krix choosing the paths that each of them will follow. Krix chooses the Nihil and Zeen chooses the Jedi, something which was fairly inevitable from the start, but it’s been interesting to see them both essentially start from the same place but follow wildly diverging paths.

We also get a reveal of Marchion Ro’s face, and we see he has blue skin. Some have taken this to mean that he’s a Chiss, but it’s a big galaxy and he doesn’t appear to have red eyes, so I shall reserve judgement where this is concerned. He also gives Krix a helmet very similar to his own, not only inducting him into the ranks of the Nihil but seemingly taking him on as some kind of apprentice, which is an interesting development. It seems certain that Krix and Zeen’s paths will lead them back together, but when next they meet they’ll be enemies. It’s a classic trope, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Despite this slightly weak ending, the first arc of this series has been excellent, and I look forward to reading more. I just wish it was a little easier to get hold of here in the UK!

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