Warning! Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The High Republic #10
While the Jedi of the High Republic had embarked on their most exciting and dangerous mission yet, it’s already over before it could truly begin in the latest issue of the Star Wars series. Set 200 years before the Skywalker saga, the High Republic era was known for its long period of peace and prosperity…until the Nihil. Since the debut of the sinister marauders and their unique ability to traverse the stars, the Jedi have been at war trying to quell their chaos. However, after one loss too many the Jedi of the Outer Rim’s Starlight Beacon decide to take action without the blessing of the Jedi Council. However, their exciting mission of rebellion has already ended.
In The High Republic #9 from Cavan Scott and Ario Anindito, Jedi Marshall Avar Kriss of Starlight Beacon comes up with a plan to send Jedi Knights Keeve Trennis and Terec undercover, desiring to have them infiltrate the Nihil’s ranks to learn their next move. While their ploy initially works and they are picked up by the Nihil dressed as two lost Strikes seeking to reunite with a Storm, they aren’t yet in the clear. As soon as they come aboard they are given a test to prove their loyalties, and they are ordered to kill Myarga the Hutt, a leader of the Hutt Clans who fought alongside the Jedi against the Drengir and who’s since been captured.
While Keeve and Terec try to stall in order to come up with a plan to prove themselves without killing Myarga in the new High Republic #10, they are pretty short on options. However, it all becomes moot when the Nihil begin to torture Myarga. Knowing exactly who they are and their true identities, the Hutt exposes the Jedi to the Nihil, resulting in their exciting covert mission ending before it could even get traction, which is massively unfortunate.
Now, Keeve and Terec have been found out and are now at the mercy of Lourna Dee, one of the Nihil’s top leaders known as Tempest Runners. However, it definitely feels as though the Jedi should have been undercover for longer, rather than only two issues. The prospect of the two Jedi descending into darkness in the name of the greater good is an idea that has rarely been explored in the Star Wars galaxy, so the notion of them playacting for a longer period of time while attempting to resist the dark side’s corruption would have been intriguing.
Instead, it seems as though the Jedi’s covert mission has turned into a rescue operation for their friends on Starlight Beacon seeing as how Keeve and Terec are surrounded in enemy territory. Sadly, there’s now no way for Keeve and Terec to earn the trust of the Nihil now that they’ve been exposed by Myarga, effectively ruining what could have (and should have) been a very exciting arc for the High Republic series set in Star Wars’ past.