Last month, we met Keeve Trennis and her mentor Sskeer as they navigated the new era of The High Republic. In this issue, the duo dive into a mystery that could be much more dangerous than the Nihil or the hyperspace disaster that kicked off this massive story.
Keeve and Sskeer’s adventures are already some of the more exciting Expanded Universe stories we’ve gotten. It’s an adventure and a mystery brought to us by Cavan Scott, Ario Anindito, Mark Morales, Annalisa Leoni, and Ariana Maher.
Keeve and Sskeer are joined by the Kotabi twins, Ceret and Terec to investigate a distress signal not far from Starlight Beacon. They find a Hutt vessel, and the only survivor is one of the Nihil raiders who murdered the crew. However, their investigation will draw them into something darker and much more dangerous than they ever expected.
Scott does a great job at building up tension over the issue. The sequence of going from a distress call, to a ship devastated by the Nihil, to a Hutt that should be in Republic space creates a mood that puts the reader on edge, and sets up the perfect feeling of unease for the rest of the story. Keeve’s journey as a new Jedi Knight remains a central component of the story, which adds a certain amount of investment to the read. It’s a lot of smart choices by Scott, who’s showing his strength as a storyteller in the issue.
Anindito and Morales’ line art also does great work in the storytelling. Their depiction of each character is a big help for making the reader empathize with them. They give each character a clear personality through their body language and facial expressions. The way the twins moved in particular brought them to life in an interesting way. They also do great things with each big reveal in the issue, giving those big moments room to breathe, and framing them in a way that the reader gets the maximum impact out of them. Leoni’s color work makes those moments come to life, with sickly greens giving the ship the feel of wrongness or the bright lights of the world Sskeer begins his investigation on making the events there more unsettling.
The High Republic is continuing strong, and I’m excited to see where this series takes Keeve, Sskeer and the twins next.
Star Wars: The High Republic #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.
The Jedi face a mysterious threat that may give the Great Disaster and the Nihil a run for their money as the adventure continues.