Marvel’s August 2021 Star Wars comic solicitations are out today and in it we got a look at the High Republic #8 cover by the ever-talented Phil Noto. Those who picked up High Republic #5 last week will remember this image from a small teaser in the back of that issue. Looks like Orla Jareni is getting her first cover appearance. Looks like Cohmac Vitus and Orla Jareni first appear in comics a little earlier, though.
Who is that pale drink of water with the double white lightsaber? That’s Orla Jareni and so far High Republic #8 is her first cover appearance.
AVAR KRISS has gathered a team of JEDI to take the fight to the DRENGIR deep in WILD SPACE, but KEEVE TRENNIS is nowhere to be seen.
Are other forces at work on the Drengir’s deathworld?
Guest-starring a host of High Republic Jedi! COHMAC VITUS! REATH SILAS! THE STAR HOPPER PADAWANS!
So, High Republic #8 will at least feature Cohmac Vitus, Reath Silas, and the Star Hopper Padawans ( the Star Hopper Padawans first appeared in the High Republic Adventures #1 over at IDW). Reath Silas first made a cameo in High Republic #4 in a small obscured cameo.
Now, the solicits for High Republic #6 and High Republic #7 suggest that Orla’s showing up earlier, so I would get those on pre-order to make sure you don’t miss Orla’s actual first interior comic appearance.
The solicit for High Republic #7 states that it’s a certainty that Orla will show up, but how much face time will she get? The solicit for High Republic #7 also mentions a task force, so will we see Reath Silas and Cohmac Vitus earlier than #8 making this their first appearance?
” As AVAR KRISS summons a task force to deal with the DRENGIR THREAT, a desperate NIHIL REMNANT attacks a distant outpost.…Guest-starring ORLA JARENI, Jedi Wayseeker.“
Based on the solicit, it seems less likely Orla shows up in High Republic #6. The feared enemies are likely the Hutts and the Nihil. They also wouldn’t call fellow Jedi feared enemies. However, somebody may pop up in cameo:
The galaxy unites against the Drengir. A frontier in crisis. The Jedi of Starlight Beacon have joined forces with a feared enemy to face the terror of the unstoppable Drengir Horde. While Avar Kriss and her new allies fight nightmarish creatures on the lava world of Daivak, can Keeve Trennis save her former master from complete absorption? And, who or what is the Great Progenitor?