Obi-Wan & Anakin #4

Obi-Wan & Anakin #4 (of 5)

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

Obi-Wan & Anakin #4 drives Obi-Wan deep into the Celadon Sea as he finally finds the source of the call for help. Meanwhile Anakin is taken to the Open’s mountain citadel where his mechanical abilities have unlocked their dormant war machines. Answers are revealed and yet others are raised. Did young Anakin actually leave the Jedi Order for a period of time?

Marco Checchetto raises the bar with the cover for Obi-Wan & Anakin #4. This is by far my favorite cover of the series. The setup with the characters being inside Vader’s head with the big helmet dominating the page – pure awesome. It’s a great visual and an iconic cover. Inside Checchetto continues to do a stand up job with good panels, a nice flow and interesting characters.

The story is kind of good and kind of middle of the road. The big reveal of who called the Jedi and why isn’t really worth of a mini-series. On top of that, I’m not sure where the story can realistically go from here to wrap things up. The Open, the Closed, and this third group seem determined to destroy each other. Even if Anakin hooks back up with Obi-Wan, I don’t see how two Jedi can make a difference on this war torn planet. There’s a little bit of action, but most of the story is exposition and threats. There is only one more issue left, and it looks like there will be a big battle. I’m not overly optimistic on Soule’s chances of pulling this off.

Yet beyond the whole story on Carnelion IV, the far more intriguing story is the flashback scenes between Anakin, Palpatine and Obi-Wan. After their little drip to the underlevels, Palpatine regrets to tell Anakin that there little adventure probably won’t change anything. In the end, the Chancellor doesn’t have much power. It sows the seeds of Anakin’s viewpoint on dictators and why he thinks the Republic needs a strong, centralized leader to make decisions for the galaxy. The story ties into the minutia films. Rather than entertaining readers with action, it does so with characterization. Then Soule drops the bomb – Anakin leaves the Jedi Order. Or at least that is what is implied. He tells Obi-Wan he’s leaving, for the time being, and Obi-Wan appears to reluctantly accept it. However, if you recall what happened in issue #1, Obi-Wan handed Anakin his lightsaber back. That little line about leaving the order all comes around full circle in this issue. Thus at some point, Obi-Wan talked Anakin into coming along with him for one more mission. Thus it begs the question – will Obi-Wan somehow convince Anakin the merit of staying with the Jedi Order in the next issue? Essentially, that’s what has to happen. How it’s done will make the difference on whether this is a good, great or muddled series.

As is, Obi-Wan & Anakin #4 isn’t too bad of a comic. The art is good, the characterizations are good, but the story is hit and miss with its two story threads. One story thread is compelling and full of intrigue, while the other packs in some action but doesn’t really go anywhere. I give it a three out of five metal bikinis. There’s a lot riding on the last issue as it could make or break the series. Now it’s just matter of waiting.

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Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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