Writer: Charles Soule
Artist/Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colors: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Obi-wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are stuck on the planet Carnelion IV after receiving a distress call. They have found themselves in the middle of a war between two factions on a planet that has virtually no modern technology and has never heard of Jedi.
Obi-wan and Anakin have managed to get the people on board their ship to work together, even though they are Open and Closed. We still don’t know what that means, I’m not sure if it really matters but it’s confusing since we don’t know what kind of ideological differences separate the two groups. Is there a reason for the war or is it from so long ago that no one remembers?
Whatever the reason for the state of the planet it involves technology. As soon as Anakin shows that he is good at fixing broken parts then he immediately becomes much more valuable to Mother Pran and Kolara. Even going so far as to kidnap him. This definitely complicates their mission.
The story is bookended like the previous issues with the story on Carnelion, while in the middle we get a flashback to earlier in Anakin’s training. This time, Palpatine has taken Anakin to a seedy nightclub in Coruscant’s lower levels to show him the corrupt Senators at play. I like these scenes a lot, it’s great to see Palpatine getting his hooks into Anakin and planting seeds of distrust so early on in his life. Palpatine is great at playing a long game, and he spends years wearing Anakin down.
Charles Soule has shown he has a knack for capturing the voices of our favorite characters, and that continues here as well. Marco Checchetto’s art continues to be different than what we are used to for the Star Wars books, but it does match the unusual tone of the book and this planet.
This book continues to be a great look at our classic characters, even if the world they are trapped on isn’t fully explained to us yet. The Palpatine flashbacks really help to give this book something special and to stand out.