Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colors: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi have been sent off to investigate a Jedi distress call received from the planet Carnelion IV. They have crashed on the surface and stumbled into the middle of a battle between the Open and the Closed, and these two factions seem to have no idea of what a Jedi is.
There was a lot going on in the first issue and it was a bit overwhelming. This time around the story and the background have begun to come into focus more. Obi-wan and Anakin seem to be caught in the middle of a very long civil war. They don’t say exactly how long it’s been going on, but it’s implied that it has been going on for a very long time. Even after being saved from certain death the Open and the Closed immediately return to try and kill each other.
The issue opens with the Closed airship coming back around for another attack after Obi-wan and Anakin saved the two women, Mother Pran and Kolara, from their crashing ship. However, the Closed pilot did not expect Obi-wan to intervene. We’ve seen Obi-wan in action a lot, especially during the Clone Wars when he was a bit older and more seasoned. Here he is more like the younger Jedi who charged straight at Darth Maul. As a big Kenobi fan, it was pretty great to see him single-handedly take out the airship and then save the Closed pilot, Grecker.
While the first part of the book gives Obi-wan the spotlight, it’s Anakin who takes center stage for the remainder. Not only do we see his skill and speed with a lightsaber as he fantastically disarms Mother Pran and Grecker, but we then get a flashback to an earlier time on Coruscant. We get to see more of young Anakin’s time with the Chancellor as he is taken into the depths of Coruscant’s lower levels in an effort to “try and do some good” as Palpatine puts it. We don’t get to see what that means in this issue, but I wonder what Palpatine’s definition of good is.
Charles Soule’s writing captures the essence of these two quintessential characters and their troubled relationship. As I said earlier, the last issue was a bit overwhelming with so many unfamiliar locations and styles, and while I enjoyed Marco Checchetto’s art the whole book felt a bit off. This time around, it feels more familiar and much more enjoyable. It may just be that I am adjusting to the style of the book, but I enjoyed this issue much more than the previous.