Writer: Jason Aaron / Artist: Mike Mayhew / Marvel Comics
Star Wars has made a name for itself as one of Marvel’s most consistent quality books. Jason Aaron has found a real rhythm with these time honored characters, playing in between the cracks of the original trilogy, building on an already rich mythology. But how well does he fare delving into the past of one of geekdom’s most celebrated mentors?
Issue #20 picks up not long after #15, detailing Obi Wan Kenobi’s days as Luke Skywalker’s anonymous guardian on Tattooine. This time, he’s pitted against Jabba’s hired gun, Black Krrsantan. On one hand, it slightly overrides what we know of Luke’s beginnings to read a story about Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru batting down the hatches to defend against a giant murderous Wookie.
On the other hand, it does make for fun fare seeing a slightly over the hill Obi Wan Kenobi bring out the hidden nobility in Owen Lars while fighting a homicidal wookie. Suspension of disbelief issues aside, this book has a certain degree of heart and that counts for a lot. On the art side of things, Mike Mayhew’s photorealistic characters are pretty good looking as far as that style goes. The color palette really brings the book to life during the action, especially towards the end.
Bottom Line: A damn good looking, fun (though slightly unbelievable) entry in Ben Kenobi’s journey through life after the prequels.