Obi-Wan & Anakin is a 5-part miniseries comics. It’s exactly what I wanted Marvel to do, it’s everything I wanted! Finally, we’re getting a Prequels miniseries, they need to do more comics like this, they’re focusing too much on the era between Episode IV and V, it’s becoming annoying to have both main series (apart from Poe Dameron) and miniseries only on that and Obi-Wan & Anakin is a great change, they need to do more miniseries like that, a main series would even be amazing – a Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Satine pre-TPM miniseries, a Padmé miniseries, all of that would be amazing ideas! Obi-Wan & Anakin went into second printings, proving it worked very well, I hope it shows Marvel, they should expand their stories for comics and do Prequels comics! And this Obi-Wan & Anakin story happens in an era that hasn’t been explored yet (in the canon universe) – between Episode I and II! This is an interesting period – the training of Anakin, we can see that it’s not easy, Anakin is doubting, he’s realizing it’s difficult and we can see that he’s reckless, there’s obviously a part of darkness in him, as we saw in AOTC and TCW, some of his reactions slowly pulls him there, his impatience … and all of it builds to his slow fall into darkness while struggling to be a good jedi, to be in the light. This comics also explores the friendship between Anakin and Palpatine, in AOTC, The Clone Wars and ROTS, we see Anakin often going to see the chancellor, they’re friends and this comics explores the early days of their friendships and how Palpatine manipulates him. The story obviously explores the master-padawan relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin, and we are able to see a younger Anakin than in AOTC and his struggle, in flashbacks to the Jedi Temple we see him wanting to leave the Jedi Order because he’s impatient and the training is too difficult and that he wants to save the galaxy, in the end he is convinced to remain in the Jedi Order and continue his training, the mission his master and him were sent to helped him to realize he had to continue.
About this mission, it’s on an old world, destroyed by war, on which two groups keep fighting accusing that each one destroyed their world, they live for war, for destruction. And the designs of their airship and their planet was really great – there was this feeling of old, something ancient – one of the ruins looked like the Ancient Greek structures and so was the statue. For the airship it was reminiscent of the zeppelins. Speaking of visuals, visually this comics was truly breathtaking, the planet of Carnelion IV where the story took place was truly impressive! We also saw Coruscant in flashback and it was beautiful, it really felt like watching a movie. The characters also were well-done, capturing their facial expressions. Anakin was probably the most difficult to do for them as it was in between TPM and AOTC, so they had to draw him to look like in between Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen and they’ve done that with success! To go back to the story, it was divided between the present time on Carnelion IV and flashbacks, the flashbacks focused mostly on Anakin and Palpatine. The present time was the mission with Anakin and Obi-Wan, them on the planet trying to get to the place where the distress call was sent while discovering what was going on this planet and helping these people. It was interesting to have this contrast between the Jedi and these warmongers because even the scavenger who sent the distress call, she herself was a warmonger, she wanted to destroy both sides and keep the young to rebuild. The young helped Anakin even though the war called them back later on just before the Republic’s fleet arrived, the fleet was composed of frigates like the one seen at the beginning of TPM. This mission made Anakin realized, he couldn’t live the Jedi Order and that he had to finish this training. It was a great adventure for the two main characters.
The background species on Coruscant was quite diverse with all kind of aliens including a Gungan, there were aliens from the Prequels, the Originals and also one from the Sequels era a Tarsunt – that’s exactly how it should be done in terms of background having aliens from all the eras, something The Force Awakens failed to do and something that hopefully Episode VIII will be able to do, if the comics can do it so can the movies.
10/10 The best Marvel comics so far, visually amazing, great story, we need more comics taking place in the Prequels era!