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A massive, interconnected cross-publisher initiative focused on an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling. Centuries before the Skywalker saga, a new adventure begins… It is the era of the High Republic and interstellar expansion is at its height. As trusted guardians of peace, the renowned Jedi protect the Republic and shine their light on those exploring the darkest reache A massive, interconnected cross-publisher initiative focused on an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling. Centuries before the Skywalker saga, a new adventure begins… It is the era of the High Republic and interstellar expansion is at its height. As trusted guardians of peace, the renowned Jedi protect the Republic and shine their light on those exploring the darkest reaches of the galaxy. © & TM 2021 LUCASFILM LTD        Copyright © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi learns the Drengir attack on Banchii was not an isolated event but part of a coordinated attack orchestrated by the Nihil. Master Arkoff is on orders from the Jedi Council to help Master Stellan Gios’s investigation, leaving Lily in charge of rebuilding Banchii and restoring hope to the community. Lily vows the temple will not be put in danger again, not under her watch! When a disruptive unannounced visitor appears, Lily must maintain her focus as she seeks the best way to protect Banchii, Keerin, and the Younglings from the growing Nihil threat.


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A massive, interconnected cross-publisher initiative focused on an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling. Centuries before the Skywalker saga, a new adventure begins… It is the era of the High Republic and interstellar expansion is at its height. As trusted guardians of peace, the renowned Jedi protect the Republic and shine their light on those exploring the darkest reache A massive, interconnected cross-publisher initiative focused on an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling. Centuries before the Skywalker saga, a new adventure begins… It is the era of the High Republic and interstellar expansion is at its height. As trusted guardians of peace, the renowned Jedi protect the Republic and shine their light on those exploring the darkest reaches of the galaxy. © & TM 2021 LUCASFILM LTD        Copyright © 2021 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi learns the Drengir attack on Banchii was not an isolated event but part of a coordinated attack orchestrated by the Nihil. Master Arkoff is on orders from the Jedi Council to help Master Stellan Gios’s investigation, leaving Lily in charge of rebuilding Banchii and restoring hope to the community. Lily vows the temple will not be put in danger again, not under her watch! When a disruptive unannounced visitor appears, Lily must maintain her focus as she seeks the best way to protect Banchii, Keerin, and the Younglings from the growing Nihil threat.

30 review for Star Wars: The High Republic - The Edge of Balance, Vol. 2

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Brown

    Say what you will about it, but “The High Republic” publishing initiative certainly hasn’t lacked for content. From comics, to books, to even audio dramas, the various publishers and writers involved with the initiative have aimed high in both the AMOUNT of titles released, as well as diversifying the different TYPES of publications that have been released. Color me surprised – but also pleasantly taken aback – that the manga “Edge of Balance” titles have emerged as maybe being among the very be Say what you will about it, but “The High Republic” publishing initiative certainly hasn’t lacked for content. From comics, to books, to even audio dramas, the various publishers and writers involved with the initiative have aimed high in both the AMOUNT of titles released, as well as diversifying the different TYPES of publications that have been released. Color me surprised – but also pleasantly taken aback – that the manga “Edge of Balance” titles have emerged as maybe being among the very best of the bunch: fun, fast-paced, and emotionally gripping, both volumes have worked wonders at not only providing the reader with characters that they actually care about, but also finding new and surprising ways of upending well-trodden “Star Wars” story-types. Combine that with an art-style that is unapologetically manga, and you have a one-two punch of story that does everything that it should do, and more. Volume 3 truly can’t come soon enough.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Once again, not awful...just not my preferred way to tell this sort of story. Like, everyone but the younglings look the same age and the story seems to be missing important prose in this format. But some interesting world building none the less!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    okay so A LOT happened. The whiplash of going to the fun race at starlight beacon back to the Nihil attack on Banchii hurt!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alacritous13

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just when you think it's safe to like a character, Daniel Jose Older writes a book with them. This story is good, much more connected than the previous one. We get to see many of the other things DJO has been working on, Zeen and Lula, the Great Jedi Rumble Race, BUCKETS OF BLOOD, and Sav Malagan. The story ties in too the plot of The Fallen Star and for a section of the book I was worried they'd be on it during the fall. Just when you think it's safe to like a character, Daniel Jose Older writes a book with them. This story is good, much more connected than the previous one. We get to see many of the other things DJO has been working on, Zeen and Lula, the Great Jedi Rumble Race, BUCKETS OF BLOOD, and Sav Malagan. The story ties in too the plot of The Fallen Star and for a section of the book I was worried they'd be on it during the fall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I am in desperate need of more Star Wars in my life and I'm loving all the High Republic adventures so far- The Edge of Balance is an awesome manga - though from volume 1 to volume 2 there's been a bit of a dark turn, but I can't wait to see what more happens in volume 3! I am in desperate need of more Star Wars in my life and I'm loving all the High Republic adventures so far- The Edge of Balance is an awesome manga - though from volume 1 to volume 2 there's been a bit of a dark turn, but I can't wait to see what more happens in volume 3!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Books_gang_

    Jsem si říkala, jak oslavím letošní SW den. Nakonec jsem sáhla po druhém dílu téhle mangy a i když tato manga není tolik vidět, tak je víc zajímavější, než nejpopulárnější SW rozjeté komiksové série. Děj se sice trochu váže k základním High republic knihám, narozdíl od jiných materiálů se ale tady bez nich obejdete stejně jako v prvním díle. Kresba jako minule pěkná, klasická manga kresba. Cením opět zapojení japonské kultury a vyprávění (Sav Malagán mi přímo křičí samuraje, moc se těším na dalš Jsem si říkala, jak oslavím letošní SW den. Nakonec jsem sáhla po druhém dílu téhle mangy a i když tato manga není tolik vidět, tak je víc zajímavější, než nejpopulárnější SW rozjeté komiksové série. Děj se sice trochu váže k základním High republic knihám, narozdíl od jiných materiálů se ale tady bez nich obejdete stejně jako v prvním díle. Kresba jako minule pěkná, klasická manga kresba. Cením opět zapojení japonské kultury a vyprávění (Sav Malagán mi přímo křičí samuraje, moc se těším na další materiály s ní) a Lily Tori-Asi je dobře napsaná postava. Nechybí ani pěkně napsaná a nakreslená akce. Řekla bych, že je to i lépe napsané, protože scénář tentokrát psal Daniel José Older a píše prostě komiksy lépe, než Justina Ireland, která prostě lépe píše romány. Jenom mě prostě štve, že to nemá dílů, kolik by to potřebovalo. Chtělo by to rozvést. Třeba jedno další volumko za tuhle HR fázi. Ale jinak příjemná záležitost na SW den.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Better than volume 1 but riddled with typos?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Arezou

    Well, it was only a matter of time before the quietest, most peaceful corners of the galaxy became embroiled in tragedy. Following the disastrous Drengir attack instigated by the Nihil, Jedi Master Lili Tora-Asi is striving to ensure the refugee and settler community under her care on Banchii are protected against any further threats. In her staunch determination to do right by them, Lily corners herself into the kind of rigidity she can’t afford. While Lily worries about everyone, her padawan K Well, it was only a matter of time before the quietest, most peaceful corners of the galaxy became embroiled in tragedy. Following the disastrous Drengir attack instigated by the Nihil, Jedi Master Lili Tora-Asi is striving to ensure the refugee and settler community under her care on Banchii are protected against any further threats. In her staunch determination to do right by them, Lily corners herself into the kind of rigidity she can’t afford. While Lily worries about everyone, her padawan Keerin Fionn worries about her in turn, but just as she’s assuring him not to, a new face arrives on Banchii. Master Sav Malagán, who makes the leap from the High Republic Adventures comics, arrives to check on them in the wake of a Nihil attack on the Jedi Temple on Takodana. While Lily tries to demonstrate what she’s setting up to keep the people of Banchii safe if an attack happens again, Malagán warns her not to be too rigid and expect even the attacks to go to plan. Her point is proven immediately when one of the bunkers explodes and they find a planted bomb within. Cut communications mean that Lily, along with younglings Nima and Viv’nia travel to the Starlight Beacon to report the incident to Lily’s mentor Master Arkoff. I would also be remiss if I let this go by without thanking everyone involved for giving me not one but both of my faves in this issue. Terrifying Marchion and a surprise Stellan? Yes please. While in the first installment, the connections to the larger High Republic happened in the form of Stellan Gios visiting Banchii, here we get to see familiar locations and characters from the story as rendered by artist Mizuki Sakakibara - including a little peek at a certain rules-free Jedi race! Written by Shima Shinya and Daniel José Older, Edge of Balace vol. 2 is ultimately the story of one Jedi’s determination to stand strong in the face of unprecedented threats. The important lesson Lily draws - which honestly applies to the Jedi of this era as a whole - is that for them to have any chance of winning she can’t be as immovable as stone, but rather to be like water. A lesson that serves her well in the face of the unspeakable tragedy that brings this volume to a close. With the mounting Nihil threat moving to Banchii, thanks to a spy hidden among the settlers, Lily’s troubles are far from over. But she goes into Edge of Balance vol. 3 (no release date yet) a stronger, more focused Jedi, setting her apart from counterparts like Vernestra Rwoh, who are still learning the hard lessons. The Edge of Balance series feels like one of the more underrated parts of The High Republic and that feels like a genuine shame. While nothing can ever truly be “slice of life” in the middle of constant catastrophe, this series is as close as it gets. With the characters so removed from the people and events of the main run of books and comics, the manga is a peek at how the people on the fringe of the big events are coping with everything without the resources afforded the others. It’s a small glimpse into a much larger picture, and fills in the lines of the larger universe, while telling a complete, character-driven narrative all its own. Edge of Balance vol. 2 is available digitally now, and in print May 24th. Special Thanks to VIZ Media for the advance copy for review purposes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ If you've read the other High Republic books or comics, then this is a no-brainer. It seamlessly interconnects and you'll find cameos of several characters. The manga art-style does reduce the characters to seeming simple-minded and it does feel targeted to a very young audience. But it also has a charm all its own while still furthering the big picture tale of the High Republic. story: Lily is worried about another Ni More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ If you've read the other High Republic books or comics, then this is a no-brainer. It seamlessly interconnects and you'll find cameos of several characters. The manga art-style does reduce the characters to seeming simple-minded and it does feel targeted to a very young audience. But it also has a charm all its own while still furthering the big picture tale of the High Republic. story: Lily is worried about another Nihil attack and trying to get the farmers to prepare to defend the temple near their fields. With the arrival of Jedi Master Sav Malagán, Lily finally has some backup. But sabotage is crippling her efforts there so she takes a ship off planet to seek the advice of Master Arkoff, leaving her Padawan Keerin Fionn with Sav. As she soon learns, the Nihil are not done with Bianchii. The black and white artwork has strong manga influences but still retains a bit of Western in there as well. The story is good and contains high points and tragedies. There are a wide variety of characters in the story and the arcs are interesting. In all, a good read with a strong story. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The story feels like it's starting to wrap in preparation for the next phase of the High Republic era. It's also where this actually feels like it belongs in this time period, or at least not feel like it's playing a corner of the same box all by it's lonesome. As Lily goes to Starlight station and inter acts with Stellan Good from the main book series and Lula and Zeen from the High Republic Adventures. Speaking of a race from the tail end of that series is seen. But outside of that it was nice The story feels like it's starting to wrap in preparation for the next phase of the High Republic era. It's also where this actually feels like it belongs in this time period, or at least not feel like it's playing a corner of the same box all by it's lonesome. As Lily goes to Starlight station and inter acts with Stellan Good from the main book series and Lula and Zeen from the High Republic Adventures. Speaking of a race from the tail end of that series is seen. But outside of that it was nicely done with Lily trying to get the settlers ready for another Mobil attack even though they believe that the Jedi and the Republic have them on the run. If you're familiar with any of the main High Republic story then you'll have an idea when this takes place. Over all a good continuation of where we started in volume one so pick it up if you liked vol.1.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This was a fun continuation of Lily's story. It's set just before The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray. Parts were pretty tense, and I liked seeing how the Nihil attacks affected smaller settlements. It did read a tad quickly to me, but that's probably just because it's been a hot second since I've read manga. I'd suggest not going directly from volume one to this volume because quite a bit happens between them. The main High Republic comic run is probably the one you should read beforehand since they This was a fun continuation of Lily's story. It's set just before The Fallen Star by Claudia Gray. Parts were pretty tense, and I liked seeing how the Nihil attacks affected smaller settlements. It did read a tad quickly to me, but that's probably just because it's been a hot second since I've read manga. I'd suggest not going directly from volume one to this volume because quite a bit happens between them. The main High Republic comic run is probably the one you should read beforehand since they have to do with the Drengir. Events from The Rising Storm and Race to Crashpoint Tower are also referenced. Once again, the art was absolutely lovely. Overall, this was a good addition to the High Republic. This is pretty far into THR, so you probably know by the time you get to this one if it's for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Taka

    I'd give it a 9/10. The Edge of Balance is by far my favorite series within the High Republic era, and I dare to say it ranks pretty well in my preference in the Star Wars Universe media overall. The style fits the story, the art is beautiful, the characters are interesting. The journey is clear and simple. The story focuses on a small part of the galaxy during a short period of time, which gives the narration time to breathe. I much prefer this over the other graphic series released so far, which I'd give it a 9/10. The Edge of Balance is by far my favorite series within the High Republic era, and I dare to say it ranks pretty well in my preference in the Star Wars Universe media overall. The style fits the story, the art is beautiful, the characters are interesting. The journey is clear and simple. The story focuses on a small part of the galaxy during a short period of time, which gives the narration time to breathe. I much prefer this over the other graphic series released so far, which feel more rushed, as if they are trying to tell more story than they actually can within the number of pages they are allowed to print.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I love that the abundance of story telling venues for High Republic Era affords these writers and illustrators opportunities to throw in random characters. Yes there are some big faces running through (Stellan Gios, Lula, etc.) but you also get Sav Malagan, the Kyuzo Jedi Master. Shes dope, irreverent, powerful, and yields dual lightsabers that join at the emitter to create a 3/4 staff. Just the right amount of information to feel connected to her and want to explore her story. Lovely side SW ch I love that the abundance of story telling venues for High Republic Era affords these writers and illustrators opportunities to throw in random characters. Yes there are some big faces running through (Stellan Gios, Lula, etc.) but you also get Sav Malagan, the Kyuzo Jedi Master. Shes dope, irreverent, powerful, and yields dual lightsabers that join at the emitter to create a 3/4 staff. Just the right amount of information to feel connected to her and want to explore her story. Lovely side SW character.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

    Continually surprised at the thoughtful and sometimes very moving storytelling going on in this manga-series. Star Wars has always been inspired by Eastern mythology and iconography, so I love how Lucasfilm has been collaborating with a bunch of these creators lately to bring us some truly special stories. Can’t wait for more!

  15. 4 out of 5

    JiaphetRi

    Pretty well written story by DJO but I still think these manga books are a bit too short. At times I felt the story was going a bit too fast and important moments in the story didn't hit as hard because I didn't spend enough times with the characters involved in those moments. I still enjoyed the story and it's connection to the rest of the High Republic. Pretty well written story by DJO but I still think these manga books are a bit too short. At times I felt the story was going a bit too fast and important moments in the story didn't hit as hard because I didn't spend enough times with the characters involved in those moments. I still enjoyed the story and it's connection to the rest of the High Republic.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    My thoughts on this Star Wars manga haven't changed since the first volume. I don't hate it, I even want to like it, but nothing about this seems to grab and hold my attention. I do love the art, but I can't seem to care about the characters or plot. There's a spoilery thing that happens to a character and I found I didn't really care. I'm just not engaged or attached. My thoughts on this Star Wars manga haven't changed since the first volume. I don't hate it, I even want to like it, but nothing about this seems to grab and hold my attention. I do love the art, but I can't seem to care about the characters or plot. There's a spoilery thing that happens to a character and I found I didn't really care. I'm just not engaged or attached.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    can’t believe there was a part of me that believed everyone was going to get out of this unscathed but that’s on me for not learning that high republic will always manage to rip my heart out in the best way. it will be a LONG wait until i am reunited with these characters again but i’ll be counting down every day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    Great followup to vol 1. A lot more crossovers with characters from other stories and a decent cliff hanger of sorts for when we return in phase 3. This series is doing a good job at setting a high bar for quality as the first original Star Wars manga.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josue Romero

    Keerin:(((

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I have really enjoyed the high republic. This manga series is really good! I like how it has incorporated characters from the comics and the novels.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristopher Wagner

    Jedi Knight Lily Tora-Asi has the coolest lightsabers

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nova

    killing myself real

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Waaaaaaahhhhh.... I should have expected it given the track record of the High Republic.... but I'm still sad! Waaaaaaahhhhh.... I should have expected it given the track record of the High Republic.... but I'm still sad!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mimi Schweid

    My heart, this one gut punched me in ways I expected and also didn't and I am happier for that. My heart, this one gut punched me in ways I expected and also didn't and I am happier for that.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jason Powell

    Lot's of fun surprise crossover characters, but I can't believe that they did that thing that they did that I can't say because it'd be spoilers. Lot's of fun surprise crossover characters, but I can't believe that they did that thing that they did that I can't say because it'd be spoilers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyce Caswell

    This one had me feeling all the feels. So much happened - and yet it never felt rushed. A very strong volume.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    Art was good. But I'm kind of tired of seeing some of the same things experienced by different characters. Was also more open-ended than I was expecting. Art was good. But I'm kind of tired of seeing some of the same things experienced by different characters. Was also more open-ended than I was expecting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nick Scott

    Lily Tora-Asi continues to be one of my favorite Jedi of The High Republic era, and it continues to be fun to see the era depicted in manga art style.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    The Nihil continue their assault as Lily takes a trip to Starlight Beacon to inform the Marshall. Sweet and heartbreaking story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ab

    I should have probably read 1 first but I read this one first and that ending made me feel insane. I need to know what happens next. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

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