Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Rachael Scott
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 11, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
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Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #1 written by Cavan Scott with art by Rachael Scott, is the first of a four-part mini-series. The story centers around Ty Yorrick ( a former Jedi Padawan) who travels the galaxy as a type of bounty hunter for hire. However, it’s not people she hunts – it’s monsters. This issue begins as Ty (and her droid companion KL-03) are on a mission to Blarrum (in The Outer Rim) to retrieve a monster known as “Gundark.” Things don’t go exactly as planned, and Ty soon finds herself searching for another bounty to earn credits. She is soon hired to eradicate a fearsome creature that is terrorizing people on the planet Loreth. It is known as – The Gretalax.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #1 is a fun issue that Star Wars fans (young and old) will enjoy. Unlike other Star Wars: High Republic stories, this one has a very basic storyline and doesn’t require readers to have a deep understanding of the Star Wars: High Republic mythos. Ty Yorrick is a former Padawan who realized her true calling was not to be part of the Jedi order. Armed with light-saber skills, she ventures off as a self-styled “monster hunter” for hire. I really enjoyed the pacing of this first installment by Cavan Scott. We are given just enough information about our main character to understand what she does and why she does it. The use of some flashback scenes taking place during Ty’s Jedi training days was useful for character development as well as breaking up the storyline plot taking place in the present time. The artwork by Rachael Scott is well done with just enough detail to add to the overall enjoyment of the story.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #1 is a great start to this four-issue mini-series. It’s easy to follow and has a main character that is unique and intriguing. It’s the perfect starting place for new readers with an interest in the Star Wars: High Republic era, but are not familiar with that particular time period within the Star Wars timeline. Of course, fans and current readers of the High Republic stories will enjoy this as well. Although IDW has made it clear that these comics are focused on reaching a “younger reader” audience, in this reviewer’s opinion, this is a story that can be enjoyed by Star Wars fans of all ages.