Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin

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6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 8/10

Nice to explore the period between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones

Not the best story

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Star Wars:  Obi-Wan & Anakin

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Charles Soule

Artist:  Marco Checchetto

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2016

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #3

Reprints Star Wars:  Obi-Wan & Anakin #1-5 (March 2016-July 2016).  Obi-Wan and his Padawan Anakin have been dispatched to the planet of Carnelion IV when they receive a mysterious distress signal.  On the planet, the Jedi find themselves caught in the middle of a war between the Open and the Closed and neither side seems to be winning.  With more and more death imminent, Obi-Wan and Anakin must stop the war…as Anakin ponders his future with the Jedi.

Written by Charles Soule, Star Wars:  Obi-Wan & Anakin is a Marvel Comics Star Wars spin-off title.  The limited series features art by Marco Checchetto.  The story falls between Star Wars—Episode I:  The Phantom Menace (1999) and Star Wars—Episode II:  Attack of the Clones (2002).

One of the reasons I was happy to see Marvel take over Dark Horse was things like this series.  While Dark Horse often dove into Jedi lore, a lot of their extended universe felt detached and hard to follow the Star Wars that tied to the movie.  With Marvel’s attempts to streamline, Star Wars:  Obi-Wan & Anakin feels a bit more connected as the comic works to fill in the gaps in the Skywalker Saga.

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Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #4

Between Star Wars:  The Phantom Menace and Star Wars:  Attack of the Clones, a lot seems to happen.  The transition from Jake Lloyd’s Anakin to Hayden Christensen’s Anakin felt drastic.  This series is an adventure that fills in a tiny part of the gap.  I can’t imagine being a Jedi is easy and that training doesn’t lead to a lot of doubt, but this series tries to deal with that doubt and the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin.

The series also starts to show the way Palpatine worked his way into Anakin’s life.  As the story on Carnelion IV plays out, as Anakin recalls the events leading up to the mission where he was questioning if he wants to continue as a Jedi.  Palpatine begins to show he needs an inside man with Jedi and that with Jedi help he can do “more good”.  It is a nice and sly way to win a person over as an ally and little things like this make it nice for enriching the movies and the story while adding to them.

Star Wars:  Obi-Wan & Anakin is fine in its story and telling, but I’m more interested in how it fits with the other Star Wars material.  The basic war on the planet isn’t necessarily compelling, but Anakin and his relationship with Obi-Wan (and also the Emperor) is key to the prequel series…this collection works to flesh it out.  I would like even more stories (before and after) that help connect Episode I and Episode II.

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