Review: Star Wars #7

Star Wars 7 review banner Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Simone Bianchi Colorist: Justin Ponsor Letterer: VC's Chris Eliopoulos Cover Art: John Cassaday & Laura Martin Last month's issue of Star Wars left us with quite a cliffhanger, Han and Leia being tracked by a mysterious bounty hunter who we discovered was Han Solo's estranged wife.  This issue ignores that completely and goes back in time to tell a story of Obi-wan living on Tatooine.  It appears this will be an ongoing part of the Star Wars book, between story arcs there will be a stand alone story from Obi-wan's journal.
Star Wars 7

Star Wars #7

From the first page it's clear that there is something different about this book.  The credits page is written entirely in aurebesh.  Thankfully for people like me it's been translated, although I still had to look up an aurebesh translator on the internet to get the credits correct.  As far as I can tell the translation matches to the existing aurebesh alphabet.  I guess that means it's canon now. The actual story starts about 8-10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith.  I'm guessing on the timeframe because we aren't told exactly when it takes place but we meet a young Luke Skywalker who looks very similar to a Phantom Menace era Anakin Skywalker.  A massive drought has hit Tatooine and the moisture farmers are struggling to get even enough water for themselves.  Jabba the Hutt has started a water tax and sent his goons out to go and collect.  This does not sit well with a former Jedi. We are reading the story much like how Luke is reading the journal in the "present" with Obi-wan narrating the story.  It may not be canon on any level anymore but this story reads much like the Kenobi novel.  He is having to come to grips with the fact that he can not be a Jedi anymore.  He says early in the issue "As hard as it was to become a Jedi, it was even harder to stop being one."  Jason Aaron's writing has captured the conflict in Obi-wan here.  He knows that he must keep a low profile and watch over Luke, but his every instinct is telling him to fight back and protect the people. He does find ways to fight back, and while it's not the larger scale fights of the Kenobi novel, it's still in line with the Jedi way.  Coming off of the other Star Wars books that have all featured bigger action set pieces this book can be considered pretty tame.  The action is smaller and it's Obi-wan using the force in subtler ways.  Before it would've been 100 battle droids, now it's 5 of Jabba's thugs. Simone Bianchi's art is big shift from John Cassaday's art previously.  It's not my favorite, but it fits the style of the story.  It's not bad, just different from what we are used to seeing.  Justin Ponsor's colors make it seem more dream or memory like. Obi-wan Kenobi is my favorite character from the Star Wars saga, so I'm kind of biased going into this one.  It's a highly enjoyable story and I can't wait to see more from Obi-wan's journal in the future.  
4/5 Kath Hounds

4/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.