Jedi News Comic Review: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1


    PART I

    It is a time of peace in the galaxy. For a thousand years the mystic Jedi Order has served as peacekeeper of the Republic, painting peace in the service of the Galactic Senate.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi achieved the title of Jedi Knight after defeating the Sith who killed his master, the noble Qui-Gon Jinn. To honor Qui-Gon’s dying wish, Obi-Wan has taken Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan, training him in the ways of the Jedi.

    Several years have passed since Anakin began his studies in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. He has proven to be stronger in the Force than any child trained in generations. However, Anakin and Obi-Wan have both begun to question their roles in the destiny of the Force. They have embarked upon a mission to the far reaches of the galaxy to respond to a distress call – a mission that could change everything for them both….

    The Review

    Obi-Wans and Anakin 1 takes us on a fun journey to the days before the Clone Wars, when still young Anakin Skywalker was the apprentice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The art of this comic is breathtaking, and really captures the cold yet vibrant life of the ice-covered world the Jedi duo journey to.

    We learn straight off the back from Obi-Wan, that in new canon, the Jedi Order has to follow direct orders from the Senate, and cannot act in any way on its own. This shows how the system was already corrupt before the Clone Wars even started, with the tying of the hands of the noble Jedi Order.

    We also learn that Anakin wanted to (get this), leave the Jedi Order and Obi-Wan seemed alright with it! In old canon, Anakin was anything but a quitter and this new spin on things is very different to say the least.

    I really like the flashback scene where Anakin fights a holo-droid simulation of Darth Maul. He still has that desire to prove his skills, and it’s no wonder that he would choose Maul as the ultimate sparring partner. In the words of the Chancellor, it is impressive.

    That’s another thing. We see Palpatine take an interest in Anakin so much that he makes his first move in the ultimate eventual goal of converting him. Overriding Mace Windu, the Chancellor requests that Anakin be sent to him to deal with aspects of his personality that seem unruly. Poor Mace has no clue about what is really going on, and acquiesces to the Chancellor’s request.

    Fast-forward back to the storyline. Anakin and Obi-Wan are on a world where primitive airships are still the norm and find themselves in a situation where they need to help the natives, and the natives don’t even know what a Jedi is! They cryptically ask Anakin if he’s “in” or “out”, whatever that means and this cliffhanger has me salivating for more. I wish this wasn’t only a mini-series but an ongoing one like the others. I give this comic a 5 out of 5 Death Stars, and I can’t wait for what’s next.

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    Max Nocerino
    Max writes reviews on both canon and non-canon comic books and also reviews the short stories in Star Wars Insider. He has interviewed such authors such as Kevin Hearne and Jason Fry.