Obi-Wan & Anakin #5
Obi-Wan & Anakin #5 (of 5)
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Obi-Wan & Anakin #5 has a pretty good, satisfactory ending. There’s a lot of Obi-Wan in this issue, and the war between the Closed and the Open comes to an end. There’s also one last flashback that brings everything full circle. The plot thread threatening Anakin’s withdrawal from the Jedi Order is wrapped up, and there’s a nice message at the end that further ties Obi-Wan and Anakin together with their fates. Plus the artwork is excellent.
Left behind at the Open’s base, Anakin has to convince the Open youth’s to free him and to save the Scavenger. Elsewhere, Obi-Wan chit chats with the Scavenger and finds out how she managed to contact the Jedi. Then the armies of the Closed and the Open arrive and it’s all out chaos. Anakin arrives with the youths, and they end up joining the fight as well. The climatic end comes with timely reinforcements that bring a halt to the entire battle. As the story winds down, we get a flashback of Obi-Wan speaking with Yoda about Anakin leaving the Order. Through their conversation, we learn that if Anakin leaves the Order, Obi-Wan will leave, too, in order to continue to guide Anakin. But then Yoda gives Obi-Wan the mission to Carnelion IV. Flashing forward, with the battle over, Obi-Wan asks Anakin if he still wants to leave, and Anakin decides to stay. Thus this mini-series comes to a nice end. Overall, I was pretty happy with what Charles Soule came up with.
There was one plot thread, however, that was brought up and never fully resolved. Back in issue #1, Obi-Wan talked about the distress call for help that was sent out, saying “the message was curious. The broadcast loop began fairly recently, but it used archaic phrasing, as if sent by a Jedi from centuries ago.” In this issue, Obi-Wan brings that back up, “Your message was very specific. It used phrasing unique to my Order. How did you learn to speak as the Jedi do?” Sera the Scavenger shows Obi-Wan a picture of a hooded person swinging a lightsaber and cutting someone’s arm off. She goes on to say how it used to move, it used to have color, and it had instructions on how to call the Jedi if you needed them. This leads Obi-Wan to ask a very intriguing question: what color was the lightsaber? Sera responds, “red.” And the story stops there with that plot thread. Who was it that was in that video? Why did they leave instructions on how to call the Jedi? Was it a Sith? Did they start the endless war on the planet? It’s such a little story point, but it raises so many questions. The way Sera acts and thinks, the way she considers killing off all the Open and Closed to start over with the kids as if it was such a casual thing to do, it feels very Sithy. It’s as if the dark side has tainted this world and this people. But somewhat infuriatingly, Soule leaves this angle of the story wide open and unanswered.
Aside from the story, Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa do a good job of bringing this final issue to life with some great artwork. There are a lot of face shots of the characters, there’s some action scenes, and then there’s the big battle scenes. All of them are drawn well, laid out for maximum attention, and colored vividly with great lighting. Visually it’s top notch. Checchetto’s style blends together an animated feel with realism, thus not looking too cartoony or photorealistic. It’s a pleasing style. My only gripe is that Marco’s style doesn’t always work well with the covers. Issues #1 and #4 were perfect, but the others left something to be desired.
As a five issue mini-series, Obi-Wan & Anakin plunges into the period between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones to tell a fun story that’s rather enjoyable. While it’s not an earth shattering story that will forever change the way you look at the movies, it does do a lot to build and expand on Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship, adding a layer there that deepens the characters’ bond. The ‘A’ plot with the warring tribes on Carnelion IV takes a while to get anywhere, but it ultimately does tie-in to make sense and add a completeness to the story. The ‘B’ plot, on the other hand, between Anakin and Palpatine, was very intriguing. While it dared to steal the attention of the series, issue #5 brought it all back to the Jedi and the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin. In the end, I give this issue a five out of five metal bikinis and recommend checking this mini-series out. It was pretty good.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.