Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #4 – Comic Review

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Obi-wan and Anakin are trapped on opposite sides of a war…and if they’re not careful, they’re going to get caught in the crossfire! Plus…why does Anakin want to leave the order?

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #4
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Release Date: April 20, 2016

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Well, what have we here? The story does have a purpose. As I’ve previously stated, the main story of the series has been lacking. It’s shallow, cluttered, confusing and flawed. However, the plot thickens in the best issue of the series. Anakin is kidnapped and Obi-Wan continues the mission, confident his Padawan will free himself and meet him at the rendezvous. We begin to see classic form return as the adventure picks up.

Kenobi discovers that the coordinates they followed lead to a hidden fortress, containing ancient artifacts and evidence of a once prosperous world. The individual who sent out the distress call reveals himself and the reason for his luring the Jedi to Carnellion IV. Meanwhile, held captive, a naïve Anakin assists one side of the warring factions with repairs to their military machines, believing they will help him to get to Obi-Wan.

We return to Corruscant where the chancellor continues to manipulate the young impressionable Skywalker. Casting seeds of doubt, he asks the youngster if he’s happy at the Jedi temple. He uses subtle methods of flattery to offer Anakin a place at his side, when his Jedi training is complete. This issue really lays the groundwork for seeds of personal doubt and resignation surrounding Skywalker’s training and future as a Jedi knight. Meanwhile, his naivety proves a looming stumbling block.

Issue #4 counters every concern I had with the previous three. The story presents itself with clarity and strength. Meanwhile we continue to watch a promising Jedi fall prey to the seductions of the dark side, at a very young age.

Is it too little too late? It’s hard to say. Seems there’s a lot of story to fit into the final issue, in order to put closure on this arc. I would like to see this series continue past the planned five. It deserves more. Perhaps Marvel will bring back another story arc in the series at a later date? It would be fitting. After all, the adventures of Obi-Wan and Anakin do span the better part of a decade.

If I could make one more request – a Skywalker and Palpatine miniseries.

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