Do you know what? The marketing for Star Wars has worked. That’s why I’m going to review Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 and tell you if it’s all right or has a very low midi-chlorian count.
Over the last couple of months, ever since I saw the new Star Wars movie, my interest has been caught by Marvels re-printing of the Star Wars Expanded Universe and its new separate continuity. Last week, I decided to pick up issue 1 of the 5 issue limited series available both in print and digitally.
Our setting is as follows: It’s a few years before Episode 2, Obi-Wan has become a Jedi Master to Anakin Skywalker, who looks to be in his early teens? The timeline isn’t very specific, but that’s fine, one of the smartest things to do is to keep it vague and low-key.
Our story sets out with the two Jedi (is Jedi the plural of Jedi? I have no idea…) crash landing on a planet with a mystery to solve. The mystery doesn’t really matter since it turns out our young Anakin is planning to leave the Jedi Order anyway.
That’s kind of interesting. Why does Anakin want to leave? It’s a tale where an evil person makes the wrong choice, but at this point, Anakin seems a little angry, but not too Sith-like.
Overall, this a good start to the story, it feels self-contained and not such a big impacting story where you won’t be wondering why these events didn’t make a reference in the films. That being said, this issue has the typical problems you’d expect with a modern Issue 1. It’s Slow paced with very little happening and almost feels like a taste of what’s to come.
How about the artwork? Well, I’m no Professor of Art History, but Marco Checchetto’s artwork is rather good. My only nag is that the opening spaceship crash sequence feels like a camera man has taken an angle from a very uncomfortable spot. The rest of the book is pretty well drawn. So good work there.
If I had to give this whole thing a rating. I’d go for 4 Jar-Jars out 5. Good but, room for improvement there is.