Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #2 – Comic Review

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Master and Padawan find themselves stranded on an unfamiliar world…a world of strange, primitive technology and dangerous natives. But even if they can save themselves…why were they called to this world?

See my previous Obi-Wan and Anakin review Issue #1.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #2
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Release Date: February 3, 2016

Obi-Wan and Anakin #2 picks up where first left off. Master and Padawan have been summoned to a remote planet. Their mission is still unknown. The primitive technology and natives, who are unfamiliar with the galaxy beyond their own world, make it difficult to accomplish the mission. What’s more, Kenobi and Skywalker find themselves in the middle of, two warring factions. Upon telling the natives the reason for their arrival, the two sides come together to help investigate.

Some points of emphasis in the series, thus far, are Obi-Wan’s continued patience and poise in the face of adversity. He attempts to teach Anakin these valuable virtues, while Anakin shows at a still early age, his impatience and inability to control his feelings – no surprise there. Additionally we continue to follow the young but budding relationship between Chancellor Palpatine and Anakin. The assertion of Palpatine into Skywalker’s training at an early age is fascinating.

The issue offers a flashback to Coruscant, where Palpatine asks Anakin to accompany him on an errand into the city’s dark and uninviting underworld. The dialogue between the two is intriguing and foreboding.

I have a couple of critiques regarding this series. First, the main story is difficult to follow. I find myself going back and re-reading pages to understand the situation. The second critique goes hand in hand with my first. As hard as the story is to follow, likewise I find myself lost in the images and panels. The artwork, while good, contributes to the confusion. It often appears more as clutter, than it does a structured story.

With this in mind, it’s still worth purchasing and reading for the dynamics between Obi-Wan and Anakin as much as Palpatine and Anakin.

I highly recommend if you have not yet read either issue, do yourself a favor and get them.

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