Comic Review: Star Wars: The Adventures of the High Republic #11

Star Wars: The Adventures of the High Republic #11

THE GREAT JEDI RUMBLE RACE

Masters and Padawans are taking a well-deserved break to compete in the Great Jedi Rumble Race!

It’s the most important event in the galaxy (probably) and there’s only one rule… THERE ARE NO RULES!

But Lula is too stuck in her head to enjoy the loud, no-holds-barred fight to the finish line.

Meanwhile, on Corellia, trouble is brewing…

Writer: Daniel Jose Older
Penciller: Harvey Tolibao
Letterer: Jake M. Wood
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Cover artist: Harvey Tolibao
Editor: Heather Antos
Publication date: December 1, 2021

After pressure, pressure, pressure piling up on the characters of The Adventures of the High Republic – indeed, nearly everyone from that era across all the various books, comics, and audiobooks – it’s a welcome break as the youngsters of Starlight Beacon (and Buckets o’ Blood) take part in the Great Jedi Rumble Race. Yes, it’s as frivolous and silly as it sounds, but after what these children and their masters have been through for the past few months, it’s a well-deserved break from hostilities before life gets serious again,

Despite the brevity, there is still plenty of meat on the bone. Lula Talisola meditates, her mind conflicted over what she wants. Obviously it involved Zeen in some way, but his thoughts are interrupted by the Rumble Race as Buckets O’ Blood explains the rules (there are none), and they then prepare that we readers cross the galaxy to Corellia where Krix and Sabata meet. Respirer to discuss Nihil matters there and on Gus Talon’s world where Sabata handles affairs. As Krix and Sabata part ways, she returns to Respriler and nuna’s fight where they start their own conversations.

Back to Starlight Beacon and race preparations continue, with Buckets reiterating that there are no rules because in classic THR Adventures style we are back to Corellia and the nuna fights watched by Respriler and Sabata as she clarifies her intent; Krix must die. The race is on on Starlight as the Jedi run and scramble, while Ram Jomaram goes wild on a modified droid, until he is knocked down by two padawans running off on it. Back to Corellia and a fascinating exchange as Sabata explains the psychology behind his plan, how the Jedi and Zeen would try to capture Krix, try to rehabilitate him while Krix would kill Zeen to hide his own weaknesses. She assures Respriler that Zeen and Krix will cross paths and we are back to the races as the end is in sight and a surprise finish as Buckets uses a Force surge to fend off his opponents and win the race for himself before dive into a plate of treats.

We end another vibrant issue with Respriler explaining Krix’s shortcomings in Sabata. They are on Corellia, a Core world, at the heart of the Republic, and with its political connections and the power of the Nihil, they could accomplish great things. We end with them staring at what appears to be the Halcyon, or a ship of her class, and await the final two issues of this charming, beautifully crafted (hats off to Harvey Tolibao) and energetic (thanks to writer Daniel Jose Series older).

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