Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colors: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
The latest Marvel comics mini-series jumps us back in time to the often forgotten era between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Obi-wan Kenobi and his padawan Anakin Skywalker have been sent out on a mission requesting Jedi aid, but now they have crashed on the planet and are incapable of calling for assistance.
The book opens with Obi-wan and Anakin’s ship crashing on what we assume is their destination, a planet called Carnelion IV. This was a world that had destroyed itself many years ago. That gives Obi-wan a teaching moment for Anakin and foreshadows what we will come much later for them both.
This issue doesn’t reveal much about it, but it’s mentioned that Anakin is intending to leave the Jedi Order. He is not even wearing his lightsaber any longer. We get the beginning of a flashback to Anakin’s training at the temple. We see how gifted a fighter he is, but we also see his emotional outbursts and lack of control. It’s interesting that Anakin is wanting to fight a replica of Darth Maul, possibly as a way to prove himself to Obi-wan?
Returning to the present, Obi-wan and Anakin find themselves in the middle of a battle between several steampunk looking airships. They don’t know what’s going on, but they do see one ship is about to crash so they make an attempt to save those on board.
Charles Soule greatly impressed me with his writing on the Lando book, and he continues to impress here. Marco Checchetto’s art takes some getting used to, especially once you mix in the unusual steampunk elements as well. Visually it’s a lot to take in and get used to.
This issue throws us right into the middle of everything. Obi-wan and Anakin don’t know what’s happening on the planet, so neither do we. The story in the flashback is still unravelling and will probably parallel the main story as the issues go on. Right now all we get are a lot of questions and no real answers.