One of the things that’s been really enjoyable about Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak has been the way that the story has been unfolding. Cavan Scott has been giving readers small glimpses of the bigger story at play, both in the present and the flashback scenes, to that you feel like you’re getting a good grip on what’s happening, whilst leaving enough of a mystery that you know there’s more going on. This is even more the case in the third issue as we get some pretty big reveals that just lead to even more questions.
The main bulk of the issue continues to follow former Jedi padawan Ty Yorrick, as she and her new Segredo companion Derwen make their trek further up the mountain searching for the Gretalax. Along the way they get into a spot of trouble with the treacherous mountain path, and this actually reveals some interesting things about Ty: the fact that even when using the Force would be easier for her she chooses not to do so. With the reason for her split from the Jedi still being a secret to readers, this gives us some insight into that, and even suggests that perhaps it’s not just a case of her having an ideological split from the religion, but perhaps there’s something deeper going on that makes her less willing to use her abilities.
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As with the previous issues, this one takes us back in time to show us a little about Ty’s past, and what I’m assuming are the events that led to her leaving the Jedi order. The flashback in this issue is the most intriguing one so far, but does end on something of a cliffhanger moment. Whilst I like this from the point of view that it’s got me excited for the next issue I am a little upset that I’m going to have to wait to find out what this all means, as Ty’s backstory is easily one of the most engaging parts of the narrative.
This issue also sees Ty finally coming face to face with the Gretalax, the monster that she’s been hired to track down and kill. I won’t say what happens, but the fact that there are still issues of the book to go should indicate that there’s more going on than a simple monster hunt, and that the story definitely gets more intriguing than I was expecting at this point in the story.
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As with previous issues, the art on this issue of Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak is provided by Rachael Stott, Vita Efremova, and Nicola Righi, who come together to craft one of the best looking books that is on offer in the Star Wars Adventures line right now. The line work is gorgeous, with the characters, creatures, and environments avoiding feeling cartoonish and having a great sense of reality to them, whilst the colours are on top form throughout. With the book taking place through a number of environments, all of which have their own lighting and colour changes there’s a good variety on display here, and some really visually dynamic moments.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak has been one of the books I most look forward to reading every month, and with the developments that happen this issue and the things it seems to be hinting at and setting up it seems like the team behind the book are going all out to deliver a great experience for their audience.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #3 is out now from IDW Publishing.