Monday, May 2, 2016
Comics Review - Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1
MARVEL COMICS – @Marvel
[This review was originally published on Patreon.]
WRITER: Charles Soule
ART: Marco Checchetto
COLORS: Andres Mossa
LETTERS: VC's Joe Caramagna
COVER: Marco Checchetto
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (March 2016)
At the end of the the 1999 film, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, newly minted Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi took on, as his student (Padawan), Anakin Skywalker. The two were together for the ten years between The Phantom Menace and the 2002 film, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Marvel Comics' latest Star Wars comic book miniseries takes place during that decade. It is entitled Obi-Wan and Anakin. It is written by Charles Soule; drawn by Marco Checchetto; colored by Andres Mossa; and lettered by Joe Caramagna.
Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 (“Part 1”) finds Obi-Wan and Anakin on the planet Carnelion IV, located in the farthest reaches of the galaxy. This world was not part of the Republic, so there was nothing to stop the denizens of that far-reaching planet from destroying themselves. However, a distress call was broadcast, using “archaic phrasing,” so Obi-Wan and Anakin have been sent to help. To the extent that it may be needed, however, is Jedi help wanted? Meanwhile, Anakin's behavior has drawn the interest of a powerful figure, even as that behavior concerns the Jedi Council.
I liked Charles Soule's work on the five-issue miniseries, Lando, and I liked Marco Checchetto art on the four-issue miniseries, Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire. I am intrigued by Obi-Wan and Anakin, although this first issue is mostly introduction, but the creative team makes me look forward to it. What gives me hope that this will be an exceptional comic book is the flashback that takes place on Coruscant. This leads me to believe that Obi-Wan and Anakin will be an important chapter concerning the development of Anakin Skywalker, leading up to Attack of the Clones.
There is not much else to say. Still, I think that Star Wars fans that read Star Wars novels and comic books should consider Obi-Wan and Anakin a publishing event not to be missed.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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