Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Light of the Jedi and issues 1-3 of Marvel’s High Republic comics.
The Trandoshan Jedi Sskeer and the newly appointed Jedi Knight Keeve Trennis are the heart of Marvel’s High Republic comics so far. Sskeer is still reeling from the death of his friend and fellow Jedi Knight Jora Malli in Light of the Jedi and Keeve is grappling with what it means to be a Jedi Knight.
To make things even more complicated, Sskeer is now under the control of the monstrous Drengir, sentient plants who are strong in the dark side of the force, and the Drengir are holding Keeve and several other characters captive.
This is a compelling setup for this line of High Republic comics, but it only works if the story fleshes out the relationship between Sskeer and Keeve and makes fans invested in their relationship. A preview for the fourth issue does this with a flashback that shows Sskeer training Keeve six years earlier.
Sskeer believes in Keeve even when she does not believe in herself. Even though she fails to make the jump she needs to make, he provides her with the wisdom and patience that Keeve needs to grow as an individual and to ultimately become a Jedi Knight.
This flashback creates a powerful juxtaposition to the crazed and violent Sskeer that fans have been seeing in most of The High Republic comic issues so far. It helps the reader better understand how devastating and tragic it is for Keeve to witness this transformation.
It is now up to her to believe in Sskeer even when he doesn’t believe in himself and to free him from the control of the ruthless Drengir. She needs to do for Sskeer what he once did for her.
This is also the key to saving Keeve and the other characters in this story from the Drengir, who are already proving to be a formidable foe. The Drengir’s ability to manipulate and control Sskeer and other Jedi potentially makes them an even more dangerous enemy than the Nihil, the other major villains of the High Republic era so far.
Star Wars: The High Republic issue #4 releases on April 7. What are you most looking forward to as the comic continues? Let us know in the comments!
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