The High Republic #1’s Cliffhanger Ending Explained

In the first issue of Marvel’s new High Republic series, a hidden darkness and threat is coming for the Jedi, potentially taking over their minds

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: High Republic #1 from Cavan Scott and Ario Anindito

The new era of the High Republic has arrived for the Star Wars galaxy, with a large wave of new books and comics from Lucasfilm Publishing that will explore the time period taking place 200 years before the events of the Skywalker Saga. Marvel Comics is involved as well, and the first issue of their Star Wars: High Republic series has just released, showing readers the Jedi Trials of Keeve Trennis as well as the dedication ceremony of the Jedi Order’s new Starlight Beacon. However, a hidden darkness seems to be rising in this time of peace and light, as teased by the end of this new issue.

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Star Wars: High Republic #1 comes from writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito, which introduces readers to the series’ main protagonist Keeve Trennis, a Jedi Padawan taking the traditional Jedi trials to become a Knight. While Trandoshan Jedi Master Sskeer oversaw her trials, Keeve noticed something was off with her master, despite her success and becoming a Jedi Knight. Jedi Master and newly appointed Marshal of Starlight Beacon Avar Kriss notices this as well, as she can sense through the Force that something is wrong with Sskeer.

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Master Sskeer being despondent is certainly warranted, as he recently lost his arm in a recent battle with the Nihil and was likewise hit hard by the loss of Maser Jora Malli during the same conflict, blaming himself as a result. This is revealed here in this issue as well as in the adult novel Light of the Jedi from writer Charles Soule. However, something worse and potentially darker seems to be brewing within Master Sskeer. After the dedication ceremony of Starlight Beacon, the issue ends with Sskeer appearing quite disturbed and traumatized, possibly hiding something from the rest of his fellow Jedi Knights.

While some might consider Sskeer’s behavior as the trauma, anger, and guilt from the recent battle, he is definitely holding something back. This could prove to become an even bigger threat as well, as recent previews for future issues of the Marvel series have revealed an imminent darkness that will drive at least one Jedi insane. Could Sskeer be that Jedi driven to madness, becoming susceptible to some sort of dark power? Was this the work and result of his recent conflict with the Nihil, or will this prove to be a new kind of darkness the Jedi Order must contend with?

While there’s plenty of questions to be had, one thing is clear: Jedi Master Sskeer is not well. Hopefully, his fellow Jedi will soon become aware of his disturbed state (whatever the cause may be), and they can get him some much-needed help and assistance in future issues of Star Wars: The High Republic from Marvel Comics. The High Republic is meant to be a time of peace and hope in the galaxy, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be ancient dangers rising that the Jedi will need to face in order to keep it that way.

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Updated: January 8, 2021 — 12:16 pm

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