Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #5

Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #5

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 25, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 7
7.6Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

• War breaks out...with our Jedi caught in the middle!
•  Master and apprentice come to an important realization.
•  Marvel's first Jedi-centric miniseries draws to a dramatic close!
Rated T

  • 8.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley May 26, 2016

    For all its faults, OBI-WAN & ANAKIN #5 does enough right to be a satisfying conclusion to the series. It lacks the strong characterization that this series promised and delivered in earlier issues, but it resolves the story effectively and includes some great bits with Obi and Anakin at the end. Charles Soule did in less than five issues what the STAR WARS films failed to do over the course of many hours: he made Anakin a sympathetic figure. For that reason alone this series is a success, but it accomplished more than that. It fleshed not only Anakin's relationship with Obi-Wan but also his relationship with Palpatine, which always felt undercooked in the films. The art of Marco Checchetto has been phenomenal all throughout but is especially great here because of how action-packed this issue is. I thoroughly enjoyed this series despite its problems and hope that this creative team can reunite to share with us more of Obi-Wan and Anakin's adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 26, 2016

    I enjoyed this series overall and I suspect it's one that will read a lot better when done in trade/full form to take in. It's the kind of story that I could see being done well as an hour-long episode within the old TV series framework and being interesting but largely forgettable in the long run compared to other tales. I like what we get here with Anakin and his search for the right path, though we know how it was going to go so there's only so much use in focusing on that too much. The win for me was getting some new solid story material for Obi-wan and five issues of utterly beautiful artwork from Checchetto and Mossa. Honestly, even though the story is mediocre at best, these elements drove it up a few notches to make it better than it would have been in other hands. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Levi Hunt May 26, 2016

    As much good as the first 4 issues did for the prequel era, this final issue shows how hard it can be to tell good Star Wars stories in that era. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Big Brother May 30, 2016

    The best Star Wars comic series that Nu-Marvel has produced.

  • 5.0
    Gizmo May 30, 2016

    *Spoiler alert* -- Soule sets the timeline up to be very immediate and dire, but as a result has to result to contrived means to resolved the plot. Anakin 'builds' four or five speeders. The comic's wording an content suggests that he builds them out of the scrap laying around in a couple minutes, which is ridiculous, so it is more likely that he just fixed the CPUs as he did with the mechs. Let's pretend that is the case, we still have the problem that Obi-wan sent out a signal that was answered across space with a full fleet instantaneously. This is a Republic that is constantly marred in bickering politics, but the second that they hear that there may be some sort of resource, literally, the second that they hear it, they drop everything, authorize an entire fleet to zap across the galaxy (which, even at light speed, takes a while) and annex an independent planet and break up a civil war? Preposterous! Also, Sera is a freakin' idiot to think the kids would be totes cool with genociding their own families and tribesmen. I understand that she's been in isolation for a long time, but did she really think that plan would work? An otherwise great series is weighed down by cheap writing at the end, and it's a shame because the character development that Anakin goes through is interesting and this was shaping up to be one of the better Star Wars mini-series to come out from Marvel thus far; quite a surprise when you consider that it occupies prequel territory.

  • 4.5
    Inklings May 31, 2016

    And my one great fear comes to be realized: the resolution here is cheap, easy, rushed, and far too convenient. Another reviewer has already noted here how the Republic's constant political infighting would never allow such a speedy response to Obi-Wan's message, let alone with enough manpower to still an entire planet's civil war with any amount of ease. And Anakin conveniently "builds" several speeders as a convenient means to pull his group of anti-factionalists into the fray (i.e. to resolve the plot). Contrivance after contrivance turns this very promising title into a rushed affair. This isn't to say it's all bad. It's not. The characterization here is still rock-solid. The parallels drawn between Anakin's troubles with the Jedi order and Kolara's with the Closed/Open factions are profound, and Obi-Wan's heroic, sacrificial desire to follow Anakin---even if it means leaving the Jedi---proves his dedication to and friendship with his young padawan. It's a shame all of this will be tarred by a a poor, poor resolution to the plot, rushed to print and not allowed to breathe.

  • 8.5
    StanielK May 25, 2016

  • 8.0
    mseccatore May 27, 2016

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 May 27, 2016

  • 7.0
    JBL Reviews May 27, 2016

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