Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan head to the outskirts of the galaxy. Can these Jedi fight against the darkness? Find out in Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 by Marvel Comics!
OBI-WAN KENOBI #2 (OF 5)
Writer: Christopher Cantwell
Artist: Luke Ross
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 29th, 2022
Previously in Obi-Wan Kenobi: Obi-Wan sits in Tatooine and writes down all his adventures while waiting for a sandstorm. Come check out the stories that are most important to him.
LIGHT AND DARKNESS
Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 starts with Obi-Wan reminiscing about his battle with Darth Maul. The darkness in Maul reminded him of a mission he went on with Qui-Gon to the second moon of Cordia. As soon as they landed, it was complete darkness. Even their lightsaber colors seem to be fading. The duo heads into a mining facility and finds a massacre, but there is one survivor who explains what happens. These bodies belong to thieves who destroyed the power core in one of the mines, and the radiation suppresses the light spectrum. It also affected the mind of Rosack Denahst, a defel. He is naturally sensitive to light, and the destruction of the power core has driven him crazy, and he starts killing indiscriminately.
Qui-Gon tries to delay Rosak while Obi-Wan attempts to repair the power core. Once light returns, so does Rosak’s sanity, though he lives with the guilt of all the people he killed.
COMPLEXITY IN PERSONAL DILEMMA
I enjoy the self-contained story in Obi-Wan Kenobi #2. It takes us through a complete narrative arc with excellent pacing. It also presents a problematic theme of guilt to ponder at the end of the comic. Rosack murdered a bunch of thieves after they nearly destroyed the entire moon. While the thieves may have deserved it, Rosack didn’t make the choice. After reading the comic, I spent a fair bit of time thinking about the moral implications of Rosack’s actions and if light can pierce the darkness. Good job from Christopher Cantwell and the creative team for presenting a complex idea in an easily digestible way.
The art didn’t have the emotional impact that the writing had. This is because the colors are muted intentionally. When you enter a world with a destroyed light spectrum, things will look a little flat. Which, in turn, may have been what the creative team intended.
BOTTOM LINE: SOLID WORK
Short fiction is challenging. You only get a certain number of pages to tell a story, and Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 shows how you can tell a one-shot story with great skill. This comic book is 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi #2
Obi-Wan Kenobi #2 is an excellent example of how to tell a good one-issue story.