Comic Review: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker #1

Published: February 6, 2019
Rating:
T
Writer:
Jody Houser
Penciler:
Cory Smith, Wilton Santos
Cover Artist:
Paolo Rivera

The synopsis;

AN UNTOLD ANAKIN ADVENTURE FROM THE HEART OF THE CLONE WARS! A chance to strike a devastating blow to the SEPARATIST cause comes with a high cost. Will ANAKIN choose the darker path, or hold true to the CODE OF THE JEDI? Guest-starring OBI-WAN KENOBI!

The story;

Anakin Skywalker to the rescue as his Jedi star fighter enters the fray during a battle in the Corvair system. He bolsters the republic attack force and helps them to a resounding victory.

On board The Resolute, Anakin discusses the Republics next move with Admiral Yularen. A droid factory has been setup on Kudo III and there is a plan to destroy it. Civilian casualties are going to be high on this mission and Anakin feels that this number is too high. He suggests that he reconnoitre the situation in planet himself and Yularen disagrees.

In the mess hall, he meets up with Obi-Wan Kenobi. They discuss the situation and Anakin feels he must act before the strike goes ahead.

He slips away from the Republic fleet and heads for Kudo III. He makes planetfall and heads directly to the factory. He observes the Kudon people working in there and in a flashback to his own earlier life, he knows they are slaves and not there under their own free will.

Decision made, he leaps down from his perch and starts to attack the battle droids. He easily takes out the droids and rallies the Kudon to join him and to take up arms against their captors. The Kudon do not hesitate and their uprising sets them free, with the factory now out of production, Anakin heads back to the fleet.

He meets with Obi-Wan and Yularen on the bridge of the Resolute to discuss his mission. They discuss Anakin’s findings and agree that it was the best course of action. If they had destroyed the factory killing so many innocents, it would have rallied a system against them. Instead political negotiations with the Kudon can now start.

The review;

While I am not averse to purchasing a variant or 2, but the amount available each issue is now becoming a bit too much. I love that it showcases so many different artists but feel that this is now milking some collector’s a little too much.

The direct edition cover is from Paolo Rivera and continues the same theme as the previous releases. We have another movie still, concept art from Sang Jun Lee and the next piece of the puzzle from Guru-eFX and Mike McKone. I really do have an issue with the unnatural pose of Anakin on this cover. This has been a great concept, and should you be able to get it framed as one piece, the whole puzzle will look amazing, but this cover would take the shine off it for me.

Then we have the standout cover for what is on offer this time out. The Galactic Moments Variant (4/36) by Rod Reis which is a brilliant illustration of Mace Windu’s reflection in Jango Fett’s helmet during the battle of Geonosis.

As has been the case for the series so far, the illustrations are excellent, but I’m not keen on how Obi-Wan is drawn. He looks as though he is far too bulky. I understand that he is wearing the clone armour and Jedi robes setup, but I still feel that it doesn’t meet up with the standard of the rest of the issue.

Jody Houser catches the atmosphere of the animated series and I love that we get to see Admiral Yularen as part of the cast. It’s a classic case of the wartime propaganda used by the Separatists to fool the Republic into attacking a neutral world to gain that systems allegiance. It is nice that we see a human side to Anakin when his heart strings are pulled at remember his past of his own internment as a slave when reaches the droid factory.

While this story offers nothing new, it is worthy of being an episode in a series the Clone Wars as the tone and pace fit the Dave Filoni led animated series perfectly and wouldn’t be out of place. I think it was a difficult time period to set the story in and maybe an adventure of a slightly younger Anakin may have been the better angle?

In previous weeks I have neglected to mention the summary article at the back of each issue so far. This week, Brian Young gives us his lowdown on Anakin compiled from various sources including George Lucas. This is a neat little addition for this series and I am sure will continue to feature when we move into the Age of Rebellion.

We are also treated to the inclusion of Stan’s Soapbox from July 1967. A wonderful message from the main man himself from a time gone by. Excelsior!

So, this time round, not quite to the standard of the earlier releases.  Next up we have Anakin’s arch nemesis, Count Dooku, so let’s hope that the next issue in the series brings it back on course.

Availability;

This issue was released on 6th February 2019 and is available via the Marvel App and all good comic book stores. This issue retails at $3.99.