Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin

The Clone Wars television series explored Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship during the period between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but what about those awkward early teen years? That’s when things start to change. Anakin is no longer the little boy from The Phantom Menace, but not yet the young man that would win the heart of Padme. So, what were the Padawan and his Master up to for all those years?

The plot of Obi-Wan & Anakin is not exactly original, but like many other Star Wars stories told throughout various forms, it becomes something different when it is set in a galaxy far, far away. The Jedi Counsel receives a distress call coming from Carnelion IV, so Yoda sends Kenobi and Skywalker to check it out. They find themselves in the middle of a war that has been going on for quite a while. The two sides blame one another for starting it, and the only thing they can seem to agree on is that neither side sent the signal. So who did?

In flashbacks, we learn that Anakin is considering leaving the Jedi Order, which is something new. I didn’t buy it at first, but writer Charles Soule made a compelling case. There is also a flashback where Anakin goes on a sort of field trip with Palpatine, which is a clever way to show just how the future Emperor has plans for young Skywalker. It also gives background to how Anakin thinks in terms of governing the galaxy. Overall, Obi-Wan & Anakin is very good, much like the better episodes of The Clone Wars.

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