Star Wars: The High Republic #1
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Star Wars: The High Republic #1

Writer: Cavan Scott Artist: Ario Anindito Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 6, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 43
7.9Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

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A new era of STAR WARS storytelling begins. It is centuries before the SKYWALKER SAGA. The JEDI are at their height, protecting the galaxy as REPUBLIC pioneers push out into new territories. As the Frontier prepares for the dedication of majestic STARLIGHT BEACON, PADAWAN KEEVE TRENNIS faces the ultimate choice - will she complete her Jedi Trials or rescue the innocent from disaster? New Jedi! New ships! New evils to fight!

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  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - NumidianPrime Jan 6, 2021

    Overall I thought this was a fantastic start to an exciting new initiative. If the rest of the series is anything like this issue, it'll definitely be my favorite of the current Star Wars comics and it might end up ranking high on my favorites of all time. The month-long waits between issues has never felt longer because I can't wait to see where this series goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Adrian Jan 6, 2021

    Overall, Star Wars: The High Republic #1does exactly what one would come to expect in the first issue of a highly anticipated series. It provides a compelling cast of characters while providing excellent world-building without hammering the reader over the head with it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Crusaders - M.R. Jafri Jan 6, 2021

    This issue holds massive promise with defined, interesting characters and a large cast reminiscent of the Green Lantern Corps. Whatever the larger story of The High Republic becomes it is clear that there is a dedication to strong characters and a classic fantasy tone. This book is in good hands with Cavan Scott and the amazing artistic team. Here's hoping that the other entries to The High Republic live up to the promise of this fantastic initial entry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Keigen Rea Jan 6, 2021

    This is good Star Wars, and more importantly, a great comic. The High Republic era is off to a wonderful start. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jan 11, 2021

    To sum up, this isn't a bad story. But it's not the best thing have read either. The character of Keeve feels like your stereotypical girl next door. Nothing really stands out about her other than her Jedi stuff. I can't really see her becoming as popular or as liked as an Ahsoka Tanu for example. But maybe I am being a bit unfair. I feel it was a bit of a mistake having her pass her Jedi Trails so fast. It may have been better to have introduced her at an earlier stage in her Jedi training. Much like how Ahsoka is introduced to us in the Clone Wars movie. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 6, 2021

    Ario Anindito delivers some stunning art in this issue. The characters look amazing and there are some beautiful details to be found throughout the panels. The action is fantastic and filled with energy. A great looking issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - John Edward Lee Jan 6, 2021

    The stage it set in not only this comic series, but the other interconnecting stories of The High Republic movement. Strangely, this particular issue givers a ton of setting and character introduction, but does not at all reveal the villains of the era yet. This kind of mystery is sure to baffle the Jedi of The High Republic as well as readers. That is, of course, until those villains reveal themselves at last. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Jan 6, 2021

    An exciting return to a new setting within the Star Wars universe, full of high-octane adventure, fun characters, and familiar-yet-unseen sights. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jan 7, 2021

    A new era of the Star Wars saga launches with this engaging first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 6, 2021

    It's always good to keep expectations in check and rightly so when launching a new era in a long-running and already sprawling property. Cavan Scott provides for a strong start to the story here with several hooks to work from with stories to tell and characters to explore. Set against the backdrop of settling more of the outer rim, hundreds of years before the end of the Republic as we know from the prequel trilogy, there's a lot to dig into and expand from there, especially if we get worlds that we know in the “present” that underwent radical transformation at some point because of colonization. There are some themes that I hope the writers are looking to explore in this area, but for now, we're getting a good introductory story to help expand and explore the setting. I like these characters already and am looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 6, 2021

    It is a brand new age with brand new Jedi in Star Wars: The High Republic #1, but the potential for classic Star Wars action and fun is still very much alive here. Graced with a whole new age to explore, new casts, and new threats, Star Wars: The High Republic #1 feels like a more vibrant and exciting version of the "galaxy far, far away" than we are used to seeing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Jan 7, 2021

    A very strong opening issue which has everything a Star Wars fan wants in action packed lightsabre battles, fun space adventures and an underlying evil waiting to pounce. Anyone can pick this comic up and hit the ground running with no prior knowledge required. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Sequential Planet - Brandon Carlisle Jan 7, 2021

    The High Republic is a fresh and exciting new era of Star Wars. With so much to explore, this first issue only gets to lightly touch on things. However, the action, characters, and curiosity are enough to keep me invested, and I'm eager to see more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Sam Rutzick Jan 7, 2021

    A delightful new era of Star Wars begins, but it is poorly introduced by this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 6, 2021

    Star Wars: High Republic #1 is an ok start hampered by it's almost too-innocent take. That's part of the point of it all and where this world is at this time but compared to what we've seen and our world now, it feels quaint. There's potential here and this is a series I'm going to stick with. But, the Pollyanna take, so far, feels rather off in this day and time. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jan 8, 2021

    A visually fun and rewarding setting marred by incoherent plotting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Jan 7, 2021

    While maybe not for the casual fan who is more into the films and Mandolorian, this would be great for people who are more into the Star Wars lore and want something original and that goes in a new direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Charlie Ridgely Jan 7, 2021

    It's a very good issue, but expect to be using Google quite a bit. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jan 10, 2021

    Star Wars: The High Republic #1 costs a whopping $4. It absolutely is not worth the cover price at all. The list is nearly limitless of better ways to spend your entertainment dollars. I would only recommend Star Wars: The High Republic #1 to parents who might be looking for some safe and inoffensive reading for their daughters under the age of 12. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Beyond_Batman Jan 6, 2021

    I thought this was a good starting issue for the new era of the jedi. Characters were diverse without it feeling forced(so far at least). Good pace, all the characters introduced were interesting. Sskeer is my favorite so far. I had a lot of doubts heading into this. I'm a big star wars fan from dawn of the jedi and kotor up to right before the sequels happened lol. But so far I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Beware of the 1 star ratings, even 10 star ratings for that matter too. It was not perfect by any means but a 1 it definitely was not. Anyone who gave it a 1 had already made their mind up before they read it.

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  • 7.5
    GTMedia Reviews Jan 11, 2021

    I picked up The High Republic #1 last week while visiting my local comic shop. I was on the fence about picking it up at all but it was new Star Wars and I figured I'd give it a shot. I finished reading it and didn't feel anything at all. The general apathy turned into me forgetting the plot altogether and I reread the issue again before posting the review. I've seen opinions all over the place about this issue and the overall "High Republic" story arc and my reaction is somewhere in the middle.

    The High Republic #1 isn't bad it's not great either. At first glance the comic reads like a generic Star Wars story with the potential to develop along two paths. It will become something worth reading or it will be memory-holed within more

  • 3.5
    BokitoBoss Jan 13, 2021

    Lots of modern marvel humor in this comic, main character seems to be a bit overpowered.The creator forgot how a lightsaber works. Like The Last Jedi they ignore the established laws and physics of the universe.It is not the old republic nor does it tries to be. Which is fine btw. I loved that era. I rather that Disney doesn't molest that piece of my childhood too. It is really nicely pencilled but that is all it got going for it. Probably not going to pick up issue #2

  • 3.0
    Big Brother Jan 8, 2021

    No energy, no thrust, no edge, no decent cliffhanger, no intriguing hook yet. Doesn't hold a candle to Dark Horse.

  • 10
    TJMB3891 Jan 22, 2021

    I don't have a single solitary complaint about this book. The art was great, the story was great, never really heard of the colorist before but they did a fantastic job too. I can't for the next issue.

  • 10
    Mnd619 Aug 17, 2021

    Star Wars! A new era of mysteries and adventure, The High Republic. The chances are endless and can be explored through all Star Wars fans. Cavan Scott writer of the first comic of the series really brought the excitement to a whole another level. Most characters that have an appearance are new and unique, except a chosen few that are still around at making an impact. Keeve Trennis a Jedi Padawan, who is the main character in this comic along with her Jedi Master Sskeer who is a Trandoshan which is a rare species to be a Jedi Master in the Star Wars Universe. This edition of The High Republic takes place on a Planet called Shuraden which is inhabited by giant insects and a small tribe of species that live on this planet. These events are af more

  • 9.5
    Rauld Jan 7, 2021

    This was really really good. I had high expectations for this series and it did not disappoint. It will probably be the best Star Wars series in the last couple of years, and I think they have a real winner in this new era.

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  • 9.0
    Swanktub Jan 6, 2021

    Reminds me a little bit of the Zayne Carrick series I grew up reading. Looking forward to reading more.

  • 9.0
    Thunderbolt85 Jan 6, 2021

    If you’ve been missing the days of Star Wars comics that brought us new characters, worlds, and periods beyond the movies, then this may be the title to fill that void. The artwork is very top notch with dynamic drawings, strong coloring, and a lot of attention to detail. Lead character Keeve Trennis also makes a fairly good first impression as she manages to display some internal conflict, but prove to have the heart of a true Jedi. There’s even some good build up for the then current galaxy and Jedi for the first issue, and you can access this title without having to read Light of the Jedi. Only fault I’ll say is that it does spoil a death that occurs in Light of the Jedi. But ultimately I say this title, as well as The High Republi more

  • 9.0
    the green death Feb 10, 2021

    A wonderful first issue that introduced new and likeable characters, had a threat and resolution but created hooks for future issues. The great story is matched by wonderful art that was not only beautiful to look at but also did a great job telling the story. I’m hooked!

  • 8.0

    Star Wars: The High Republic
    Issue: 1
    Chapter One: “Trial By Ordeal”

    Publisher: @marvel
    Writer: @cavanscottwriter
    Artist: @arioanin
    Inker: @mark_morales11
    Colorist: @leoni.a_art
    Cover: @philnoto
    Variant: @stephaniehansart
    Letterer: Ariana Maher

    A new era of Star Wars storytelling begins here! Taking place centuries before the Skywalker saga, the High Republic takes us to the golden age of the Jedi. As the Jedi are the protectors of the galaxy, they are establishing new station on the edge of the outer rim. As the Jedi prepare to launch their new Starlight Beacon, we get introduced to a new Padawan, Keeve Trennis, in the midst of her Jedi trials. However, things more

  • 8.0
    DoorMan Jan 8, 2021

    Good first issue. I was afraid that there may be an absolute SJW overload, but I did not feel it as I read through. Good characters so far and I am excited fort what is to come.

  • 8.0

    One of the things I've missed from the Dark Horse days were the stories that explored Star Wars beyond the movies. Since Marvel acquired the license they've limited themselves to those eras. This one seems to happen several centuries before. Star Wars has a rich history, and though Disney seems to have wiped most of it all away, it is nice to finally see something original again. I preferred Dark Horse's version over Marvel's vastly and that still hasn't changed, but this new era is a bit reminiscent of the Dark Horse days.
    This is the first Star Wars comic I've bought in a year and a half now. It's one of the best I've read in even longer. I hope to see Marvel explore more points in the series than just the movie times. After all, St more

  • 7.5
    Com' Cool N' Collected Jan 10, 2021

    The story was light on character, had a incoherent plot and the art was ok. Ario Anindito drew better pages in Atlantis Attacks, but here the line work seemed rushed. I do not enjoy the main character trying to curse. The constant need for SW writers to throw in some space alien breed in lieu of a curse word feels forced. There is promise in The High Republic, but I'm approaching it with caution. I think its too easy for writers to revert to telling a similar story line from movies past but simply adding a fresh coat of paint. Interested to see where this story takes us.

  • 7.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 7, 2021

    Did this era just get pulled out of Star Wars' ass ? What happened to the Old Republic in the introduction ?
    Anyways , I like the main character. She feels like she was modeled after Zendaya's on-screen persona that she gets typecast in role after role.
    I love those deadpan characters.
    The pacing of this issue was quick. That's a plus given that there was so much kiddie shit, that I was looking for a young Yoda appearance, but was denied once more.
    Still, the main protagonists master provides a cool mystery for the progression of this series.
    I usually tend to stay on the dark side, because Sith's are cooler(Shit, I might get a Fall of the Republic logo tatted somewhere on me , now that I know it exists), but a more

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  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Jan 17, 2021

    I was very excited about this book, and I'm not sure if I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. I get that it's an introduction to the story, but this feels like just another generic Star Wars story at some points. Will be interesting to see whether it manages to improve.

  • 6.5
    letskillrobots Jan 20, 2021

    why the fuck do people know the word jedi and not lightsaber??

  • 4.5
    JHugh Feb 11, 2021

    Disappointing. Overall it's just boring and I won't be following the series,
    A few reasons-The writing simply isn't that creative. "The Needles"? Really? The main character doesn't even struggle to knock her master down, hilarious. I found it to be terribly incoherent with no flow. There are a few pieces of nice artwork but that's about it for me.

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