Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 (Marvel)


CREDIT: Marvel

Rating: 3.5/5 – A Return to the Attack of the Clones Timeframe.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

The entire line of Star Wars comics made it into my Top Ten List for 2015. Marvel has been smart with their releases, slowly introducing new titles to the line while keeping the quality high. Series like Chewbacca and Lando were surprisingly good, even with a character like Chewbacca who only growls. When a series was announced starring Obi-Wan and Anakin, although at first I was less than excited, I gave Marvel the benefit of the doubt since they haven’t disappointed me yet.

My initial apprehension with this title is that it takes place in the time frame of Star Wars that I’m the least interested in, around Attack of the Clones. Although the action scenes and ending in Attack of the Clones were entertaining, Anakin’s character moments were my least favorite parts of the prequels. It’s during this time of the Star Wars timeline that this series takes place. Anakin is still a Padawan in training and after hearing a distress call from the planet Carnelion IV, they decide to investigate. So far the story is straight forward in its approach, mostly a set up for what’s to come. There’s a moment where you see Anakin beginning to question the ways of the Republic, and a wonderful scene between Senator Palpatine and Mace Windu that was over way too quickly.

The art by Marco Checchetto is a pleasure to look at, but some scenes towards the beginning use quite a bit of effects to simulate the weather and wind, unfortunately blurring the art. The colors throughout this issue never really clicked for me, always looking as though they were more digital and less…”pure art”. And although it has nothing to do with the story, I feel the same way about the font and style used for the title on the cover. It looks as though it’s better suited for a casino, rather than a title for a book starring two Jedi.  The artificial shine on the letters just seems out of place for a Star Wars book, and that same style of digital colors carry on throughout the book.  Despite my complaints with the coloring and my nitpicking complaint of the book’s logo, I’m looking forward to seeing just where this book is headed.

Although I’m not a fan of the Attack of the Clones timeframe in the Star Wars saga, I’m hoping that writer Charles Soule can keep my interest and continue the high quality that I’ve now come to expect from every book in Marvel’s Star Wars line of comics.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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