Synopsis: THE BATTLE OF ABRION BRIDGE! While continuing to wait out a nasty sandstorm on Tatooine, Obi-Wan reflects on one of his most grueling experiences in the Clone Wars…It’s a memory full of pain and bloodshed, and one that has lasting consequences. The battle also reminds Obi-Wan of an age-old question he has long wrestled with throughout his life: what is a Jedi’s true purpose in war?
Continuing to write down his memories. Obi-Wan recounts the events that took place in The Battle of Abrion Bridge. It was brutal mission that saw Obi-Wan’s unit of Clone Troopers, which was led by Commander Cody get some additional help from Commander Mekedrox and a brave clone trooper who names himself Airo. The mission’s objective was to destroy some ion cannons and retrieve the plans. But the odds were severely stacked against Obi-Wan and his unit. Throughout the story, Obi-Wan asks what the Jedis place has to be when at war. Given that a Jedi’s prime directive is to preserve life. Is there a light at the end of the darkness?
Alessandro Miracolo does a fantastic job of capturing the chaos of war while also doing a brilliant job of making Obi-Wan look like the heroic figure that we like to think he is. It was great to see Commander Cody again as we haven’t seen him for a while in the comics. But I also enjoyed the references during Obi-Wan’s narration. I’m quite enjoying the imagery of Obi-Wan’s pen drawing the Jedi language for his journal.
Christopher Cantwell does a great job with this story. I particularly liked the introduction as Obi-Wan talks about previous battles that he had fought, which led up to Obrion Bridge. While he is also foreshadowing the future battles yet to be fought by a young Luke Skywalker who is in the care of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
The description of the battle is done brilliantly. I particularly liked how Commander Mekedrox seemed to rile Obi-Wan a little bit for treating the battle like it was just a mere game. The orders being given back and forth and the general panic and mayhem of being outnumbered by a superior force is brilliantly captured.
Overall. A really interesting chapter in this series.