Obi-Wan Kenobi #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Pencillers: Cory Smith, and Wilton Santos
Inker: Walden Wong
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover Artists: Paolo Rivera

Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 explores the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin and dives into Kenobi’s head space. It’s an interesting look at how he sees his situation and Anakin. Over the years we’ve seen many takes on it, so Jody Houser now provides her spin on the issue.

In this story, Obi-Wan ends up taking Anakin on a mission, possible his first mission since The Phantom Menace. In doing so, Anakin gets in over his head, but also manages to escape trouble. They have a run in with some pirates and they come away with an old holocron. A lot of the issue is introspective as Obi-Wan talks with Yoda about his training and Anakin. Yoda fills him in on how bad of a job he’s been doing and that he needs to start having trust in himself and his padawan. Yoda is the one who pushes him into taking Anakin on the mission. In the end, Obi-Wan realizes that his own self-doubt as a teacher has been holding Anakin back. He also has a nice heart to heart with Anakin about it.

Beyond that, they fight some weird chicken pirates. They look like they could be Fosh, but it’s hard to know what’s canon and not canon anymore. They do look pretty silly though.

The artwork is descent, weird chicken pirates aside. There’s good coloring and lighting effects, could page layouts, and it’s easy enough to follow along.

In the end, though, it’s not an outstanding comic, so it’s a hard one to recommend for people to go out and buy. If you’re a hardcore Obi-Wan fan, you might want to check it out. Everyone else can probably wait for the trade paperback collection to come along as there’s no rush to go out and get this one. It’s an okay comic, but nothing stellar. I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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