“Twin Suns” featured the long-awaited rematch between Obi-Wan Kenobi, now a hermit on Tatooine, and Maul, once a Sith, now a wanderer bent on getting his revenge. Ezra is also along for (most of) the ride, because this is Rebels so of course he is. Whether or not this episode lived up to the hype will depend on your certain point of view. As for me? Well, I was…whelmed.
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.
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If you came into this issue expecting to find out just what the heck is up with Han Solo having a wife, that’s too bad because this issue is all about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi take a break from the action to travel back in time to years before A New Hope when Obi-Wan’s still becoming the crazy old hermit and Luke Skywalker’s just a little boy.
First things first though: what nerd at Marvel lettered the credits page entirely in Aurebesh? Because you, you beautiful nerd, are a wonderful human being.
Using the journal as a framing device was a simple yet great idea to allow Aaron and company to go back in time so they can use a character like Obi-Wan Kenobi and it’s one that I hope they use again in the future from time to time. Like Kenobi before them, Star Wars #7 brings the story down to a far smaller level and makes it about the characters. Is there a plot line? Sure but that’s not as important as the journey that Obi-Wan is going through as he continues to adjust to this life as Ben Kenobi. It’s also about him figuring out how to be at peace with being a Jedi to his core and also remaining in hiding where he can protect Luke.
On the art front, this is our first issue without John Cassaday and Marvel chose wisely. Bianchi was a great choice for this issue as his style is a perfect fit for Tatooine. He also draws an absolutely adorable young Luke Skywalker. I’d love to see more of Bianchi’s artwork in the Star Wars universe in the future especially if they continue to do the occasional Kenobi one-off.
Bottom line? Aaron-Bianchi-Kenobi are a winning combination in my book.
Star Wars #7 gets a 5/5 from me this week for a simple yet enjoyable one-shot story about the one and only Master Kenobi.
Sound the rumor alert again. The Latino Review is now saying that Ewan McGregor will be back for Episode VII. The assumption for the rumor is that he’ll be back as a Force Ghost since (spoiler alert) Obi-Wan died in A New Hope. The rumor also says that McGregor wants his own standalone film.
As per usual, take this rumor with a grain of salt. We already know that Ewan’s said he’d be happy to play Obi-Wan again if they ask him so it’s plausible but this is a looooong way from confirmed. However, like others, I don’t think we’d have any objections to an adaptation of Kenobi or a standalone film in general for Obi-Wan. But until it’s on StarWars.com, it’s just a rumor.
I have a not-so-secret guilty pleasure ship (and I’m talking about the relationship kind here): Obi-Wan Kenobi and Asajj Ventress. While everyone else ships Obi-Wan with either Siri or Satine or another random character, I prefer him with Asajj. I don’t actually think anything romantic will ever happen between them, but I love the complicated relationship they have on The Clone Wars. It’s one of disdain, but also grudging respect. And they work very well together.
“Holding Out Hope” by Valairy Scot depicts a confrontation between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Asajj. It’s a great study of my favorite character in The Clone Wars series, and a great exploration of Obi-Wan’s desire to redeem her. It’s hard not to hear his impassioned pleas to Anakin in Revenge of the Sith while reading this fic.
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