Writer: Daniel Jose Older
Art: Harvey Tolibao, Pow Rodrix, Manuel Bracchi
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 16, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5 written by Daniel Jose Older with artwork by Harvey Tolibao, Pow Rodrix, and Manuel Bracchi is the final segment of the series’ first story arc. Everything has been leading up to this. Yoda, his padawan learners along with other Jedi try to stop Marchion Ro & the Nihil from destroying Quantxi (one of the moons of Ord Mantell). Meanwhile, Zeen and Krix finally confront each other as their “destinies” are realized. The issue is solicited with two covers: the main cover by Harvey Tolibao, and a 1:10 variant cover by Yael Nathan.
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Although I’ve been reading it from the beginning, this is my first review of the Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures series, and I’ve really been enjoying it. This issue – Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5 is no exception. This series takes place during the “High Republic” era in the Star Wars timeline and features characters (with the exception of Yoda) that I am not familiar with. However, that did not deter my overall enjoyment of the book. Daniel Jose Older has been developing these characters enough throughout the series that I feel connected to them and am interested in their journey.
There are also plenty of battles and fight sequences to satisfy this reader’s need for action. The biggest takeaway in this issue is the ending. Lines are drawn and destinies are fulfilled as Zeen & Krix finally decide their future paths. I was personally interested in the character of Krix Kamerat, as he reminded me a lot of Annakin Skywalker at a young age. Will Krix follow the same path as Annakin? That’s a question I was interested in knowing and this issue addressed it. I was a little leery about the artwork being done by three different pencilers, but my concerns quickly dissipated as I went through the pages. It is consistent and doesn’t deviate from the style put forth from issue one.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5 is a very good concluding issue to the series’ first story arc. If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous issues, I would recommend picking up this issue also. You won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t been reading the series, I wouldn’t start here. Get all five issues or start picking up the book beginning with the next issue. Thus far Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures has been an enjoyable read in this reviewer’s opinion with solid characters, writing, and artwork. I am looking forward to the next story arc.