Star Wars #7
Star Wars #7
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Simone Bianchi
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artists: John Cassaday and Laura Martin
Star Wars #7 is a one shot from the journal of Obi-Wan Kenobi. In a way, it still relates to the ongoing Star Wars series, but this story takes place some time in between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It tells a small, inconsequential story about how Obi-Wan once saved Luke Skywalker’s life during a drought and a close call with Jabba’s goons.
It takes place on Tatooine during Obi-Wan’s exile. He’s long stopped being a Jedi, but still struggles to turn a blind eye when he’s able to help people. He does keep an eye on Luke, though. Basically the story shows a brief glimpse of Obi-Wan’s life in exile. Unfortunately it’s not really a great one-off. There’s no awe inspiring or deep lesson for Luke to learn from this tale in Obi-Wan’s journal. It also pales in comparison to the great story John Jackson Miller was able to do with Obi-Wan’s exile. I can’t help but feel Marvel should leave this area alone before they go and mess it up, especially if this was the best they could do. If this was meant to be a pitch for a larger series, I’d say it was a big miss.
In contrast to the story, the art is really good. While Jason Aaron may have struggled to capture a captivating Kenobi tale, Justin Ponsor nailed it. The scenery, the characters, and just the transitions of the imagery can be breathtaking. However, it’s not without flaws. There are some panels with some serious missteps. Those mistakes aside, the art is really beautiful, and is almost enough to make this comic worth checking out. Reviewing both the physical comic and the digital version, the artwork actually shines a bit more in digital. Considering the physical copies come with a free digital version, it’s definitely worth your time to check out the digital version.
Aside from the weak story, my biggest gripe is sadly a flaw in the artwork. The last page of the comic shows Luke reading Obi-Wan’s journal. In fact he’s reading the very story the comic is portraying. Yet the picture shows that Luke is very near the end of the journal. This really hamstrings the whole idea of the journal if it’s supposed to be filled with Obi-Wan’s stories on Tatooine. If this is the only story in the book, then Luke probably didn’t learn anything to help him on his journey to becoming a Jedi. Though to be fair, there are three pages left in the journal that Luke hasn’t read, so maybe Obi-Wan revealed the secrets of the universe there. It’s a small thing, but I did notice it when reading the comic and it did bother me. Little things like that should be spotted by the editors.
When it comes down to it, Star Wars #7 is really a throwaway story. There’s no reason for anyone to go out and get this to fill in the canon story of Star Wars. What little happens here can easily be skipped without any loss. That said, the artwork is really nice, and it almost enough to warrant the purchase. In the end, it depends on what kind of comic fan you are. Do you love art more than story? If so, you should check this one out. Are you a massive Obi-Wan fan? Then this mediocre story might be passable to you. But if you’re short on time and money and want to spend those commodities on only the stories that are truly worth it, you might want to consider skipping this one. I give Star Wars #7 a two and a half metal bikinis out of five. It’s a middle of the road comic that has good artwork but a very weak story.