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Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 – Comic Review

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Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star…they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker. It’s been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young “chosen one,” but even as they have grown closer through training, it has been a difficult road. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point. Writer Charles Soule (Lando, She-Hulk, Daredevil) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Avengers World, Punisher) bring us a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power…

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Obi-Wan and Anakin #1
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Release Date: January 6, 2016

You will order a copy of Obi-wan And Anakin #1 (of 5)
from: Things From Another World to be delivered to your house. /waves hand/

Obi-Wan and Anakin could be the most compelling mini-series that Star Wars and Marvel have put together. The five issue series looks to shed light on the dynamic relationship of Master and Padawan, a relationship we only skimmed the surface of in the movies. This first issue follows the two, as they respond to a distress call halfway across the galaxy. I look forward to the dialogue and back-story, more than I do the adventure the two face.

Anakin is struggling with inner demons. Having connected with his inner struggles through the films, I wanted to know more. This series should shed light on the subject. We are introduced immediately to his progressive attitude toward change. He wants out of the Jedi Order and struggles to understand the politics of the Jedi and the Republic.

I found myself with more questions, than answers after reading this issue. For example, why does Anakin want out of the Order? What has happened to make him doubt everything at a very early stage in his training?

There is one flashback in the issue that sheds light on Chancellor Palpatine’s assertive influence on the training of Anakin. The Chancellor asserts himself, usurping authority over the Order to take Anakin under his wing and work with him more closely. I look forward to peering deeper into this relationship. The Chancellor took early interest in the young Jedi and I’m intrigued by his overarching influence on Skywalker’s training.

Putting questions and curiosities aside, I enjoyed this issue. I loved Charles Soule’s work on the Lando mini-series, and Marco Checchetto’s art in Shattered Empire. Now, together, they bring the most storied Master/Padawan relationship to life. We haven’t had an in-depth look into Anakin and Obi-Wan since the Clone Wars cartoon series, where they were more equals, than Master and Padawan.

Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 is a clever opening act to what should be a compelling mini-series. If you have not bought into any of the Star Wars comic series yet, this is a good place to start, I recommend it.

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