In Review: Star Wars: Obi-Wan (2022-) #1 (of 5)

Obi-Wan Kenobi takes time to reflect on — and record — key moments of a heroic life long-lived.
Obi-Wan

Synopsis: Fast approaches the ultimate destiny of one of the Jedi’s most renowned masters! As he spends his final days in the remote deserts of Tatooine, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes time to reflect on — and record — key moments of a heroic life long-lived. Writing in old leather-bound journals from his hermit’s hut, Obi-Wan remembers his days as a young Jedi Initiate, his trials as a Padawan, the crucible of Jedi Knighthood and the Clone Wars, and some of the earliest challenges he faced as a true Master of the Force! In this tale, Obi-Wan considers a watershed Youngling adventure he narrowly survived on Coruscant when he was but eight years of age…This is just the beginning of his Jedi journey!

 

The Story

While preparing for a sandstorm Obi-Wan reflects on the storm and thinks back to his youngling days in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. A time when he had still not mastered his fear and relied on his friend Gehren Rand to help him stay grounded. In this story, young Kenobi who is about 8 years old tries to talk his friend Gehren out of leaving the Jedi Temple. Fearful of losing her protection he pleads with her to stay, but Gehren has been having prophetic dreams. She has seen visions of her father dying horribly and she is set on finding and saving him.

This childhood memory reminds the old Jedi of a time when he was fearful and not fully in control. It’s a feeling that reminds him of his present and what he knows is to come.

 

Artwork

Ario Anindito does a brilliant job with the artwork. He captures Alec Guinness’s likeness brilliantly and manages to convey the drama of a sandstorm. I loved the opening few panels where we see the arid landscape of Tatooine. The transition from old Ben writing in his journal to seeing 8-year-old Ben on Coruscant is brilliantly handled.

The artwork depicting the rooftops of Coruscant is brilliant and really does a great job of capturing the layers of that cityscape. We also get some nice action beats as Obi-Wan and Gehren make a daring escape from a criminal gang.

 

Overall

This opening issue is a brilliant introduction to the idea of a much older Obi-Wan Kenobi looking back on his younger adventures. I particularly liked the opening few pages when Kenobi is describing the sandstorm and how serious it is likely to be. This acts as a nice bit of juxtaposition as the old Jedi is not particularly worried about this storm. He is more worried about the storm that lays ahead. His future confrontation with Darth Vader.

Overall. This idea of Kenobi looking back to key moments from his younger life is a fun way of showing us what the younger and less experience Obi-Wan was like in a time before he became a full Jedi. I can’t wait for the next issue.

9.8
Star Wars: Obi-Wan (2022-) #1 (of 5)
  • Covers
    9.6
  • Story
    9.8
  • Artwork
    10
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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