Im­pres­sive, most im­pres­sive

SFX - - Reviews - Sam Ashurst

re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Mar­vel Comics Writer Charles Soule Artist Marco Chec­chetto

is­sues 1- 3 With nu­mer­ous Episode VII ti­tles cur­rently fill­ing the shelves, you might be tempted to stroll straight past Obi- Wan & Anakin dur­ing your search for BB- 8 # 1. But that would be most un­wise. Sure, it’s based on a pre­quel tril­ogy most peo­ple want to oblit­er­ate, but hear us out.

Fol­low­ing Ani and Obi on a mis­sion to un­cover the mys­tery be­hind a dis­tress sig­nal on a dis­tant planet, with flash­backs flesh­ing out the events lead­ing up to the trip, the set- up is de­cep­tively sim­ple.

Obi- Wan & Anakin might be the most re­demp­tive thing to hap­pen to Sky­walker since his son re­moved his hel­met on the floor of an ex­plod­ing space sta­tion. It gives lay­ered mo­ti­va­tion for Anakin’s de­scent into Darth, via smart plot twists and sub­tle char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion, hand­ing him sev­eral sym­pa­thetic / jaw- drop­ping mo­ments.

Marco Chec­chetto’s gor­geous art con­tains bet­ter “act­ing” than any­thing in Lu­cas’s pre­quels, and Obi- Wan is fre­quently framed as the coolest men­tor in the galaxy.

Con­tain­ing enough ad­ven­ture and ex­cite­ment to throw a Jedi off the path to en­light­en­ment, Obi- Wan & Anakin is a must- read, from any point of view.

Soule gave Chec­chetto “a lot of sa­mu­rai movie ref­er­ence”, which prob­a­bly ex­plains why every­thing looks so cool.

The robe shop was do­ing a roar­ing trade.

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