Review: Star Wars ‘Obi-Wan and Anakin’ #1 (of 5)

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Marvel’s Star Wars, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader comic series have had a solid and successful first year run in 2015 since the Disney take over from long time publisher Dark Horse. Giving fans an insightful and entertaining glimpse into the lives of some of our favorite characters during an untapped timeline–as far as the new Disney official cannon is concerned–that the cinematic universe has not yet showcased.

These untapped timeline stories have not been just half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder fluff either. Darth Vader’s quest to hunt the Rebel pilot who destroyed the Death Star in the Darth Vader series has been one of my favorite comic story lines of 2015. Star Wars fans now have another series to sink their teeth into that aims its sights on yet another untapped source of untold stories that takes place between The Phantom Menace and The Attack Of The Clones, in Obi-Wan & Anakin #1.

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When I first saw Attack Of The Clones in 2002, I was always curious on the missing decade of Anakin’s training with Obi-Wan. Being a fan of a young Obi-Wan in his prime, I was pretty excited to see what Marvel had in store for us in their new series. So far, so good. Writer, Charles Soule, kicks off the adventure with a bit of mystery when Obi-Wan and Anakin crash-land on the planet Carnelion IV, where they were sent to investigate a distress call seeking out the Jedi. Carnelion IV is an interesting planet that has been completely destroyed by war and is rumored to have no existing life. What makes the planet even more curious, is the recent distress call was used in an archaic phrasing language that has not been used in centuries. So right off the bat, we have a good mystery on our hands.

The issue then goes back to flashbacks at the Jedi Temple as we witness a cocky Anakin Skywalker in training with his lightsaber and how he handles being taunted by his fellow Padawans. Being a fan of the prequels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, it was great to get a cameo from one of my all time favorite characters as well–Mace Windu. The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but mission accomplished. I will be reading issue #2 without a doubt.

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The art by Marco Checchetto has a bit of different style than what we have seen in the earlier Star Wars comics in 2015. While a bit similar as well, the style almost pays homage to The Clone Wars cartoon, but with a bit more grit and outer rim snarl to it. The winter blizzard and cotton white snowy mountain tops create a perfect backdrop to this isolated and mysterious planet that by the looks of it, haven’t been inhabited in centuries.

With an entire decade to work with, I am looking forward to learning more of both Obi-Wan’s and Anakin’s hardships, adventures, and overall evolution in their ongoing chemistry that leads to that magical opening sequence when movie goers got their first real look at a young Darth Vader to be in Attack Of The Clones. If you are a fan on any level of the concept and stories of the prequels and The Clone Wars, then be sure to check out the first issue of Obi-Wan & Anakin, available now.

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