MARVEL comics and the LucasFilm Story Group have collaborated again, in order to tell the never before told story of the relationship of the young Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his powerful young padawan, Anakin Skywalker in an all new comic book event written by Charles Soule, and illustrated by Marco Checchetto. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for MARVEL “Obi-Wan and Anakin” comic book.
Thanks to the fact that the LucasFilm Story Group is beginning to fill in the gaps of the official timeline of the “Star Wars” universe, both new and long time fans of the saga are able to finally know what really happened to old favorite characters, and are also able to learn about new characters that are just as important as the old ones. Thanks to the new official canon tie-ins that Disney and the Lucasfilm Story Group have provided, in series, film, book and comic book formats that finally fans can piece together the entire history of the “Star Wars” universe.
These tie-ins manage to complete and fill in the gaps between what most fans already know by heart, thanks to the films that have already been released.
With all the new releases in the now official canon, it was only a matter of time before the Lucasfilm Story Group and MARVEL comics. It has now produced a Chewbacca story, a “Star Wars: Rebels” related tie- in, a Lando comic, a Princess Leia comic, a Darth Vader comic and a “Star Wars” comic, which has finally come up with a way to tell another piece of iconic piece of “Star Wars” history through their new “Obi-Wan and Anakin” comic, whose first issue will be released on January 6, 2016.
This, according to Comic Book Resources, will be written by “Daredevil’s” Charles Soule, and will be illustrated by “Star Wars: Shattered Empire” artist Marco Checchetto.
According to the official synopsis, the five-issue series will take place between Episodes I and II, and will highlight the student and master relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and a teenaged Anakin Skywalker during a dangerous mission on a remote planet that will test their relationship.
Soule, in his interview with Star Wars, mentioned that they were called to meet a diplomatic fleet on a dead planet that is strangely enough, emitting a distress signal.
He then went on to mention that the planet that they are on is shrouded in mystery. He also teased that the visuals will be spectacular as one will see lightsabers combining with the snowy terrain of the mountains they are on.
Soule then went on to elaborate that fans will be able to get a glimpse at some of the most formative years in Anakin’s life, as he’s around 12 or 13 years old at this point, and still has a lot of questions with regards to his path in life. In contrast, the level-headed Obi-Wan, forced into suddenly training the young Chosen One, is struggling to do his best to train him the best way that he can.
In writing these characters, Soule mentioned that he stuck to the “master-student samurai archetype,” and that he worked closely with the Lucasfilm Story Group so that what he put on the page would sync well with what has already been seen with these two characters.
This of course, gives him more hindsight and more pressure into writing the series as he has to take into consideration how Obi-Wan’s training lent itself to Anakin’s training of his own padawan in “The Clone Wars,” Ahsoka Tano; and how Obi-Wan’s ways also didn’t manage to satisfy some of the questions that the powerful young padawan had, which also gave Anakin vulnerabilities which Emperor Palpatine later exploited.
Soule also mentioned that he doesn’t believe that Obi-Wan had failed Anakin, but wasn’t able to train Anakin well enough to protect him from the power of Palpatine, who, from the beginning, was drawing him closer to himself by appealing to Anakin’s emotions, something that the Jedi Order tended not to turn towards.
In an interview with Marvel, Checchetto mentioned that it was hard to draw iconic characters as one has to find the balance between retaining how the characters look in the films and blending it with one’s own original style.
For Anakin, he created a mix of his version and Hayden Christensen, while, with Obi-Wan, he created a younger looking version of the Jedi Knight, while trying to stay as close to the source material, Ewan McGregor, as possible.
At the end of the day, the five issues of “Obi-Wan and Anakin” will definitely provide an interesting view into the relationship of the two before they became as close as they were as seen on both the small and big screen.
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