It’s bittersweet whenever a comic series that you’re loving comes to an end. On one hand you get the conclusion to a story that you’re enjoying and get to see how things resolve, but on the other it means that you’re not going to get any more issues. This is honestly how I’m feeling now that Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak has come to a close – though this might not be the end for Ty Yorrick and her adventures.
With Ty coming face to face with the Gretalax last issue, but choosing not to destroy the creature, it wasn’t entirely clear where this issue would be focused. This issue lets the reader in on the revelations that Ty had made in the previous issue, the discovery of the origin and the motivations of the Gretalax pretty early on, revealing that most of what we’d been led to believe across the course of the series has been an elaborate web of lies.
Despite having given up being a Jedi it’s clear that many of their teachings and their morals have stuck with Ty, and the fact that she chooses to right a wrong, to confront the real villain of the story rather than just finishing the job and collecting the money proves this. It shows that despite her protestations Ty isn’t just just a simple monster hunter, that she won’t just take a job for the coin and kill whatever she’s been asked to. Justice and injustice means something to her, and that’s clearly the most important thing that she took away from the Jedi Order.
Speaking of the Jedi, we finally get an answer as to why she left the Order, even though there is clearly more story there to tell. We have seen the catalyst, the event that leads to her split from them, but we still don’t know if leaving was a choice she made, or a punishment placed upon her. I suspect that this is very deliberate, as the final moments of the book seem to make it clear that this won’t be the last that we see of Ty, and I suspect that there’s still a lot about her back story to discover whenever we next get to see her.
It’s sometimes hard to talk about an issue that’s so plot heavy like this one because you don’t want to spoil any of the details or revelations, and whilst that’s the case here I do feel confident in saying that readers are going to enjoy what happens. Cavan Scott has been excellent throughout this series, but this is the issue where his writing shines the most. Now that we get to see everything come together it just reinforces what I’ve been thinking throughout, that he’s one of the best writers working on The High Republic right now, and his comic work is excellent.
The artwork on this issue is incredibly well done too, with Rachael Stott, Vita Efremova, and Nicola Righi producing some of the best work on the series yet. The action sequences feel full of energy and move with a great pace; we get more characters than we’ve had elsewhere, and they all look good; and the work on the various monsters that appear here are brilliant. Everything about this issue looks good, and I think that this creative team might be producing some of the best looking stuff in any of the Star Wars Adventures titles.
Whilst I’m sad to see this series come to an end I’m happy with how it came to an end. The story concludes well, having answered many of the mysteries set up, but leaving things open for the future. I’m very excited to see where and when Ty will appear again, but until then I’m glad I’ve got this story to tide me over.
Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #4 is out now from IDW Publishing.