Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1

Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 16
7.1Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Before their military heroism in the Clone Wars, before their tragic battle on Mustafar, and many decades before their final confrontation on the Death Star...they were Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Padawan learner, Anakin Skywalker. It's been a few years since Obi-Wan pledged to train the young "chosen one," but even as they have grown closer through training, it has been a difficult road. Now, called to a remote planet for assistance, Master and Padawan may be pushed to the breaking point. Writer Charles Soule (Lando, She-Hulk, Daredevil) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Avengers World, Punisher) bring us a tale of the Jedi at the height of their power...

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Composto Dec 31, 2015

    This is an outstanding start to a miniseries that I've been waiting for since it was announced. It manages to play on a big stage while feeling deeply personal, due to its outstanding creative team. Yes, these are characters that you've seen before, but in a totally new light and under new circumstances. This is the prequel story fans have been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Jan 6, 2016

    If you love the Prequel era of STAR WARS for its rich Jedi and Sith lore and want to learn more about the boy who would become Darth Vader, this is the book for you. While the first issue may be on the slow side, it does a great job of building its main characters, and introduces a mystery that's interesting enough to keep reading. The art is strong and, provided Marco can stick around for some time, this book is going to be one of the best looking books in Marvel's publishing line for quite a while. STAR WARS fans, this is yet another success. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 31, 2015

    A solid debut for the most famous Jedi team. A few elements kept this from being an A book, but the majority of this is good. Another book for Star Wars fanatics to follow. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 1, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 7, 2016

    There are few details of where this storyline is going to go, though you can suss out some of it fairly easily with basic plot points. That said, it's definitely an interesting tale to tell and one that can help flesh out Anakin in a better way than some of the theatrical aspects. A big help towards that is the striking and fantastic artwork from Checchetto once again. He's done some fantastic work so far in this subset of books from Marvel and I'm hoping he's a regular fixture every year with new material as it's so beautifully detailed, designed, and laid out. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 4, 2016

    Marvel's latest Star Wars project is off to a good start. While Obi-Wan & Anakin lacks a compelling plot in its first issue, the strong characterization and stunning visuals are more than enough to make up for that. Based on this issue, the new series looks like it'll add plenty to what is currently a murky point in the Star Wars timeline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 1, 2016

    Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin #1 stays true to the characters and sets up what could be an interesting story through some dynamic artwork by Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa. I will definitely be reading the second issue to see where this adventure takes this Master and his Padawan, and here's hoping Carnelion IV continues to be as fun as it is setting up to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Jan 1, 2016

    Obi-Wan and Anakin has a lot going against it. Its a book set in an all but discarded and dismissed era of the Saga, one which has never been more vogue to heap hate upon. Its ending is known, the final fates of all its characters predetermined before the first panel. Nor are said characters as beloved or benefitted by nostalgia as the other Marvel titles. But its brimming with promise and potential, thanks to both a great creative team and an excellent introductory issue. As if prescient, Soule and Checchetto dare to take Star Wars places the overly cautious and calculated Awakens dares not. The long awaited Episode VII was a disappointment, to be sure. This will begin to make things right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Michael O'Rear Feb 12, 2016

    Sporting only a rough edge or two, Obi-Wan and Anakin makes for a pretty great read for Star Wars fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5 - John McCubbin Jan 7, 2016

    Obi-Wan & Anakin #1 gets the House of Ideas latest Star Wars mini off to a terrific start, as despite the tone feeling a little mixed, we are given a narrative that shows plenty of promise. The creators also give us a fabulous look into a more peaceful time for the galaxy far, far away, giving more depth to Anakin's overarching story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 5, 2016

    This series promises to deliver answers to three important elements the prequels barely touched upon but were incredibly important to the Star Wars series as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 7, 2016

    "Obi-Wan and Anakin" #1 fulfills its main mission towards establishing just how a pre-war Jedi and Padawan would interact, even if all the trappings are just a benign and murky setting that doesn't really help the story along. Neither, though, do they hurt it too much, as characterization is what carries the issue, not disintegrating spacecraft. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jan 9, 2016

    Although I'm not a fan of the Attack of the Clones timeframe in the Star Wars saga, I'm hoping that writer Charles Soule can keep my interest and continue the high quality that I've now come to expect from every book in Marvel's Star Wars line of comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 11, 2016

    Star Wars: Obi-Wan And Anakin #1 is a good start to the first Marvel comic that takes place during the prequel era. Charles Soule showed a very good understanding of both Anakin and Obi-Wan as he builds on what the early days of their relationship looked like. By literally grounding the two on a planet that has been destroyed by war Soule has opened up plenty of opportunity to explore both Anakin and Obi-Wan's characters mental state at this point in their lives. At the same time, there is opportunity to see how the remaining people of a forgotten planet by the Republic and Jedi act when confronted by two Jedi. If you're a Star Wars fan that is still looking to be immersed even more into the canon I recommend giving Star Wars: Obi-Wan And Anakin #1 a try. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Jan 2, 2016

    Obi Wan and Anakin #1 boasts some beautiful setting work and planetary designs from Marco Checchetto although his faces are inconsistent, especially with Anakin and another padawan, who looks like a more cartoonish version of Mace Windu. Charles Soule gives his lead character distinct voices and a tense kind of camaraderie as they leap and explore this supposed abandoned planet. However, his plot runs out of steam in the last third of the book, which seems like the first few minutes of an away mission in Star Trek. So despite its interesting conversations about ethics and politics, Obi Wan and Anakin #1 ends being a bit of a mixed bag as far as plot and art and definitely has room for improvement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Jan 3, 2016

    Obi-Wan & Anakin #1 is more curious than anything else, a weird little oddity of a comic whose very existence is a lot more interesting than anything in the comic. That said, its by no means a bad comic and as far as prequel stories go you could do far worse. The characters are both decidedly engaging and the book manages to circumvent the curious soulless-ness and distance that always hindered Anakin in the films as well as Obi-Wans lack of definition. Its not really a comic that NEEDED to exist per se, but its a good read with a lot of potential. Marvels already been making magic out of the Star Wars IP with the original trilogy focused comics, so if their next trick really is going to be to try to redeem the prequel era this is a good first step. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jan 6, 2016

    I liked Soule's Superman and Wonder Woman book, which helped give the power couple some context. Here, there is no real context to add. We know what is going to happen to both Obi-Wan and Anakin, so is this story really necessary or is it a flagrant attempt, by Marvel, to take your money just because it has Star Wars on it? I pretty much have an idea on which it is, for me, especially after Obi-Wan had a strong showing in the main Star Wars book, not so long ago, which is probably still available in a Local Comic Book Shop not so far away. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 9, 2016

    "Obi-Wan & Anakin" launches with a slow start as the pair crash on an abandoned planet and have a discussion. The discussion leads to an interesting flashback, but not much else happens. The comic is good because it focuses on a time period that seems to be forgotten in the old and new Expanded Universe of books and comics. The dialogue is good as it hits the right notes with the relationship of this Master and Learner and it is backed up with strong artwork. The issue is a setup issue and that's what it boils down to. Hopefully things will pick up in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Dec 31, 2015

    Not much of consequence happens in what we're given. Set some 25 years before Marvel's main Star Wars titles, we know where these characters are headed, so the backdrop of some crisis on some unimportant world isn't strictly compelling. This might have been an opportunity to explore Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship, perhaps showing us the transition from how the master came to accept his padawan since the role was forced upon him at the end of Episode I. That may come in future issues, but for now, it's not the most persuasive story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 13, 2016

    There may be fertile ground for stories like this to fill in the adventures of these characters but neither Charles Soule nor artist Marco Checchetto present anything to make this adventure stand-out in any way. That said, the variant cover from Skottie Young is pretty cool. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Jan 1, 2016

    Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #1 fails to deliver a concise story. Instead, it primarily sets up the story for upcoming issues, but even then most of what was contained in this comic could have been condensed into three or four pages. It felt a lot like filler. However, the artwork was absolutely gorgeous. Martin Checchetto and Andres Mossa did an excellent job of bringing Carnelion IV to life and making it an even more memorable planet than Takodano (that's where Moz Kanata's palace was located). If you are going to pick this one up do it for the art alone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Odin06 Jan 1, 2016

    Very solid writing and art. This was a great start for a series that has much potential. Not just because of the great characters involved, but because of Soule and Checchetto┬┤s work. Worth reading.

  • 10
    Coran Jan 1, 2016

    Obi-Wan is my favorite Jedi besides Quin-Gon, and I am really happy to see him again, especially in the talented hands of Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto. The story unfolds itself slow, but it is very good. The art is absolutely gorgeous.

  • 8.5
    Big Brother Jan 4, 2016

    A slow start (standard for Marvel these days), but so far the writing and artwork are just fine. Let's hope they make the most out of this mini.

  • 8.0
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    A commendable start to a series I'm sure I will enjoy thoroughly. I'm no fan of the Prequels, but my criticisms of that series concern its substance, not its worldbuilding. The Old Republic period is fascinating to me, as are the technologies, civilizations, and settings explored in it. Thus, to find such a comic series would exist, that its art would be so profoundly impactful, and its characters realized in such fruitful ways, shorn of the artlessness of the Prequel films, was to me a great gift and boon. The story here is plain, but as I've explained elsewhere in my reviews of nearly every Star Wars title's issue #1, this is requisite footing for launching a serial. What strikes me about this issue is Anakin's characterization. He's naive and youthful, but the grating nasal whining of his character in the films was lost to me; the writing seemed to elevate him to a troubled, anxious, but firm and attentive young man looking to prove himself. His reaction to the "slave" comment is proof of how deftly the author has pulled from the source material everything good about the character. The final panel is... provocative, surely, but it's not unimaginable to have entire civilizations grow up in the Star Wars galaxy and know nothing of Jedi.

  • 7.5
    MisterMelo Jan 8, 2016

    I had nothing against this issue until the end, that did not make me excited for the next one. But apart of that it was a solid issue. 7.5.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Jan 31, 2016

    It was a little difficult to discern the first couple pages, but after that I started to like the art. The story is actually very intriguing, and I like seeing Anakin snap when he hears the slave comment. Overall, it felt like a short issue, but I'm interested enough in this steam punk world to keep reading.

  • 2.0
    JBL Reviews Jan 1, 2016

    Just didn't enjoy it

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