Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Mike Mayhew
Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Art: Mike Mayhew
The Vader Down event has ended, and before returning to the story of Luke, Leia, and Han we once again take a step back in time with another chapter from the Journals of Old Ben Kenobi.
It’s roughly a year since Obi-wan saved Luke from Jabba’s thugs during the great drought. Jabba is still angry and still looking for the person who interfered. Obi-wan has realized that he needs to keep a lower profile, but he isn’t very good at it. His instincts still tell him to keep fighting the good fight, but this puts him at odds with Owen Lars who wants to keep Luke out of danger and as far from his destiny as possible.
Luke Skywalker has begun to grow into the great pilot he will become. He tries to do the Beggar’s Canyon run in his Skyhopper but he doesn’t quite make it. Owen is furious and grounds him, literally, refusing to fix the Skyhopper. Obi-wan tries to help by getting parts but Owen wants none of it. That’s most of the story.
Jason Aaron’s story is not a true life and death story where the future of the galaxy hangs in the balance but it is a good solid Obi-wan story. Mike Mayhew’s art is not always people’s favorite. He has a very realistic style that can put people off. I enjoyed it here, each panel feels like a painting. I like the fact that they are using different artists and that we aren’t locked into one specific style. The art style here also helps to set this book apart visually from the main book.
These Obi-wan stories have felt very similar to the Kenobi novel, and that is a very good thing. Obi-wan is one of my favorite characters and I enjoy getting to see more of this timeframe that we know so little about.