Marvel has started the year announcing numerous sell-outs and new printings. The publisher has announced that Secret Wars #8, Amazing Spider-Man #6, Howard the Duck #3, NOVA #3, Rocket Raccoon and Groot #1, Spider-Man 2099 #5, Spidey #2, and Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 have sold out at the distributor level and will all get new printings.
All the comics will return for second printings on January 27.
Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their confrontation on the Death Star…they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker.
Set between the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – it has been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young Anakin. Though they have grown closer through training, the road has been a difficult one. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan’s skills will be put to the test. And their relationship will be pushed to the breaking point.
Marvel has been knocking out of the park with their various Star Wars comics and this new limited series is an interesting one focusing on Obi-Wan and Anakin and already adding a lot in their relationship.
The two head out to respond to a distress signal, but it’s some subtle moments that are the more interesting parts. Written by Charles Soule, the comic jumps back and forth between the present story and the past. In the present we’re told that Anakin has doubts about being a Jedi, and in the past his relationship with Palpatine is shown to possibly be even closer than the movies let on. It adds to the much maligned prequels.
Marco Checcetto‘s art is fantastic and that art is enhanced by the coloring of Andres Mossa. The world Obi-Wan and Anakin land on is an interesting winter world with ships that look straight out of a steampunk adventure, the design is really cool and a lot is done in just one issue.
The first issue is another solid entry in the new line of Star Wars comics and looks to add a lot to Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship. Another must get for Star Wars fans.
Story: Charles Soule Art: Marco Checchetto Story: 8.2 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Top Pick: Howard The Duck #3 (Marvel) – This series is probably my most anticipated comic every month because it doesn’t take itself even remotely seriously. It’s like a shining beacon in the sea of dark and gritty comics that I otherwise read.
Lobster Johnson: Glass Mantis (Dark Horse) – It’s only the second comic I’ve read featuring the Lobster, but he’s a character I’d love to learn more about, and what better way than this one-shot?
Seduction Of The Innocent #2 (Dynamite) – I’m liking the feel of this comic, and the cover is a fantastic homage to the crime comics of old.
COPRA Round Three (Bergen Street Comics) – The best superhero comic on the market right now. This indie comic has delivered with every single issue. It’s so good I buy them in singles and trades. Just has to be read to really be appreciated, no words will do it justice.
Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew (Cosmic Times) – I loved this when it was in single issues. It focuses on the folks who help make those giant robots actually function when the pilots go into battle. You won’t look at giant robots the same way again after reading this twistedly funny comic.
The Omega Men #7 (DC Comics) – Tom King consistently deliver in this critically praised series.
Squadron Supreme #2 (Marvel) – This “dark” Avengers comic brings all of these characters into the regular Marvel Universe, and their brand of justice isn’t going over well. Should be fascinating to see where it goes.
Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with their Star Wars comics and I expect no less from this one.
Top Pick: Black Canary #6 (DC Comics) – In the words of Led Zeppelin “It’s been a long time, been a long time, Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since issue 5”. Are the members of Black Canary the Queens of Noise or will they be shot through the heart by their former singer? Like Alice Cooper I Love it to Death.
Top Pick: All-New Wolverine #3 (Marvel) – The best it is what it does: being a superhero comic that’s actually All New All Different. Laura Kinny is Wolverine.
Black Magick #3 (Image Comics) – We were promised a witch noir and a witch noir we have! Artist Nicola Scott’s best drawn and moodiest work to date coupled with Greg Rucka who’s always an awesome writer.
Jughead #3 (Archie) – Genuine and tongue in cheek humor at the same time. My favorite Archie series gets better with each issue. I love the character’s voice now. I’m a total Archie newbie and I’ve fallen for it.
Ringside #2 (Image Comics) – Do ya like wrestling, kid? Seedy backstage wrastling drama. General grittiness and industry weary eyes. Big cliffhanger at the end of last issue.
Top Pick: East of West #23 (Image Comics) – I didn’t read #22 … oh wait … I didn’t have to. There was no dialogue. After that epic failure in the last ish all that Image hints at in the next installment is that “Revelations and Retribution abound.” Can’t wait to find out what exactly that means.
Last Sons Of America #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Another dark and dystopian sci-fi-ish BOOM! title by a relatively unknown writer (Philip Kennedy Johnson). This one centers on human trafficking, and the monetization and exploitation of children. Dark and bleak it is, infused with kidnappings, drug cartels, and guns.
Ragnarok #7 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve been a fan of Walt’s work since the 80s. After forty odd years in the industry, he still has the magic touch. Thor (totally unrelated to Marvel’s Thor) is the Last God Standing about to do battle against Regn, the Black Elf Assassin.
Six #2 (451 Media) – Written by the team of George Pelecanos (of HBO’s The Wire fame) and Andrew Ewington, this title pits Mercs versus Drug Cartels. Another guns and action title, if that’s your thing.
Welcome Back #4 (BOOM! Studios) – I jumped on this one late in the middle of issue #3. Glad I did; I was able to snag first print copies of #1 and #2. I doubt I could find these now. Originally this one was slated to be a mini-series, but Boom has now extended it as an ongoing title due to its well-deserved popularity. Word of mouth spread quickly on this violent story of battling reincarnated assassins, so first printings are now a rarity; but you can probably snag some second or third printings to catch up (by the way I was enjoying Sebela’s run on Dead Letters too, but for some reason after #9, subsequent issues have been released digitally but not in print; what’s up with that).
Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their confrontation on the Death Star…they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker. Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have released a first look inside Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 – the newest Star Wars limited series from blockbuster creators Charles Soule and artist Marco Checchetto!
Set between the events of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – it has been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young Anakin. Though they have grown closer through training, the road has been a difficult one. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan’s skills will be put to the test. And their relationship will be pushed to the breaking point. Before they became brothers-in-arms during the Clone Wars, be there as Soule and Checchetto weave a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power, and the foundations of their doomed friendship.
It all starts this January!
OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1 (NOV150910)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art & Cover by MARCO CHECCHETTO
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (NOV150911)
Variant Covers by SIYA OUM (NOV150915) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV150912)
Classic Variant by KEVIN NOWLAN (NOV150916)
Movie Variant Also Available (NOV150914)
Blank Cover Variant Also Available (NOV150913)
FOC – 12/07/15, On-Sale – 01/06/15