Obi-Wan Kenobi reflects on his life as a Jedi and tells us critical moments in his history. Check out the life of this Jedi master in Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 by Marvel Comics!
STAR WARS: OBI-WAN KENOBI #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Ario Anindito
Colorist: Carlos Lopez
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 4th, 2022
Previously in Obi-Wan Kenobi: Check out this new miniseries exploring who Obi-Wan is and how he became a great hero and renowned master.
REMEMBER THE PAST
Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 sets up a premise of Obi-Wan writing in a journal where he remembers various points in his past. His first story tells of his time in the Jedi Temple and his friend Gehren. One evening, Obi-Wan catches Gehren running away from the temple to try and find her father. Obi-Wan tracks her through the layers of Coruscant and finds her with Eadun Silver, a smuggler for the Black Sun. Gehren hired Eadun to get her off-world, and Obi-Wan decides to come with her.
Unfortunately, Eadun Silver realizes that the kids are force sensitive, making them valuable. She then decides to try to capture them. Using their force abilities, they make a narrow escape. Gehren decides to find another way off-world, and Obi-Wan returns back to the temple to the scolding and teachings of Yoda.
A DEFINING MOMENT
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this story. When I think of Star Wars, I think of space battles and complicated lightsaber fights. Instead, Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 tells us a story about an old friend he never heard from again. We get two different perspectives, the story presented to us and the monologue of an older Obi-Wan throughout the story. The older Obi-Wan provides context and insights into what he was thinking. And I think that is genuinely fascinating. It is more difficult to tell a simple story well than to just have overcomplicated flashy fights. It is also an interesting thought about the unreliable narrator. Is this situation factual, or just how Obi-Wan remembers it. Not that it really matters, but something I thought about.
The last bit that was really cool was using colors to portray the depths of Coruscant. I really got the sense of the size of the city, and the color-changing from blues to red was dynamic on the page. Great work by the creative team here.
BOTTOM LINE: A GOOD STORY
I don’t think Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 will change lives or tell a profound piece of lore to the Star Wars Universe. But that doesn’t change that this is a well-written story. Great work here, and a 4.5 out of 5 stars for Obi-Wan Kenobi #1.
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Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1
Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 tells a simple story with a master's expertise.