Review: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Star Wars: Age of Republic - Obi-Wan Kenobi

Following the wishes of his master, Obi-Wan has taken on Anakin Skywalker as an apprentice. Will his mission alongside his young Padawan bring them closer together, or sow the seeds that will drive them apart? And who else is after the ancient holocron that they seek?

Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi is the latest release in Marvel’s series of one-shots exploring characters and time periods of the Star Wars universe. While each comic released so far is a fine read, none feature the excitement of the various ongoing series.

Writer Jody Houser takes us into the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin after Qui-Gon’s death. This is a comic focused on the master and student relationship and some of Obi-Wan’s failings as master. These are issues and doubts expressed at various points in the film and here we get a little more of that with some realizations about his role in everything. The action is quick and the search for a holocron pretty thin as far as its role. The point of the comic is to really send the two Jedi on an adventure and have them examine their relationship as student and teacher.

The art by Cory Smith and Wilton Santos, with ink by Walden Wong, color by Java Tartaglia, and lettering by Travis Lanham is good. The characters are recognizable and we’re given some unique aliens to deal with. Again, like the story, none of it is groundbreaking, it’s all very serviceable to the story and concept. Things aren’t helped by the fact the action is rather limited and locations not all that exciting.

While the concept of these one-shots is interesting, exploring characters from Star Wars over key time periods, so far what has been released hasn’t been exciting. None of it is bad, it’s just none of it has had anything new that has really shaken things up in an interesting way. They feel like deleted scenes from a film, scenes that while adding a little to the story aren’t vital to your enjoyment or provide any new insight into the world we’re exploring.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Cory Smith, Wilton Santos
Ink: Walden Wong Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review