Review: Obi-Wan and Anakin #5

Perhaps more so than with any other book, it is a damn shame that Obi-Wan and Anakin comes to an end today and isn’t an ongoing because Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto have knocked it out of the park with every issue. Obi-Wan and Anakin #5 concludes a fantastic story that’s a must read for all Star Wars fans.

This review contains spoilers.

Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t offer any more delightfully twisted Palpatine moments but it succeeds nonetheless. Soule does a lovely job of wrapping up the story without it feeling like it has a forced bow on top. Throughout the book, he’s woven the idea of Anakin wanting to leave the Jedi Order. Not only is it an intriguing ‘what if’ scenario but it has also confronted head on how Anakin has gone from calling one man ‘Master’ to another. What makes this issue special is that it puts forth the possibility of Obi-Wan leaving the Jedi Order along with Anakin and that is a fascinating ‘what if’ if I ever heard one. Obviously, it doesn’t happen but it says a lot about Obi-Wan’s character that he was willing to leave the order to keep his promise to Qui-Gon.

The results of the war between the Open and the Closed and the wild card of the Scavenger is neat but works best for me as a backdrop for closer look at our two title heroes. Don’t get me wrong: it’s a beautiful background especially with the Checchetto/Mossa artwork. They certainly introduce some interesting ideas and the artwork for the planet is just drop dead gorgeous. The Master/Padawan relationship is absolutely what it’s all about and it’s been worth every last page.

Once again, the creative team has done a fantastic job with a Star Wars miniseries. It’s pretty incredibly what a versatile Star Wars writer Soule is. Not everyone could go from Lando to Obi-Wan and Anakin to Poe Dameron. I’m glad to see that we’re keeping him in the Star Wars family and I hope to see the Checchetto/Mossa art combo again.

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