Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin Review (Charles Soule, Marco Checchetto)

Set between (shudder) The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan Anakin Skywalker answer a distress call on a mysterious planet - and quickly become embroiled in a bitter conflict between two sides. 

Yuck, a prequel comic! Well there had to be one for the (misguided) fans of those movies, eh? And what a stinker it is! Yeah there are flashbacks to features of those awful movies which leave an awful taste behind but it’s Charles Soule’s crummy writing that really ruins this book. 

The story is sooooo boring! I just did not care about these two nothing sides fighting each other in a tech-less world even with the Jedi getting involved and lightsabering their way through one obstacle after another. The flashbacks to Anakin and Palpatine slumming in a Coruscant bar were equally dull. There are little moments throughout that hint of Anakin’s future conversion to the Dark Side but they’re not interesting. It’s amazing how tedious Soule made this book given how colourful, exciting and bursting with potential the Star Wars universe is. 

Like his work on Shattered Empire, Marco Checchetto’s art is spectacular - easily the best part of this book! Beautiful alien landscapes, amazing action sequences - the book is full of one breathtakingly epic visual after another. 

Even though I utterly dislike the prequels, I was willing to give this book a chance and would’ve enjoyed it if it were an entertaining story; unfortunately it wasn’t. Obi-Wan & Anakin is a dreary read with slick artwork that doesn’t make up for the lacking script - it’s another rotten Charles Soule comic! Stop giving this guy Star Wars titles to screw up, Marvel!

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