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Comic Review: Star Wars #7
You might be wondering why I’m suddenly reviewing a random seventh issue of a series I haven’t covered yet on this site. That’s because STAR WARS #7 is a one shot. I’ve been waiting what feels like forever on it, because good lord I love Obi-Wan Kenobi.
In the previous issue, Luke Skywalker found a journal that Obi-Wan Kenobi left for him. This issue covers the struggle Kenobi had while hiding on Tatooine. He can’t be open about being a Jedi. He must hide his powers. All the while, he does his best protecting baby Luke from a distance.
This is a great place to jump into the Star Wars comic if you haven’t had a chance to read it. It’s the beginning of the new story arc, and it’s a one shot. I love when series have these kinds of issues for new readers to pick up. As a character, Obi-Wan is a personal favorite of mine. He’s the always stoic and patient character throughout the original trilogy, the prequels, and the Clone Wars series. It’s an interesting twist to see him lost and directionless here.
We’ve recently seen a few stories of a Jedi floundering in the real world. I’ve read in interviews from Dave Filoni this year at Celebration mentioning Ahsoka Tano’s survival troubles once she left the Jedi Order. Kanan in the Marvel comic Kanan: The Last Padawan nearly starves as he figures out how to live on the streets. Now in issue seven of this series, Obi-Wan says he doesn’t know how to fade away from being a Jedi. These guys aren’t built for survival in the real world. You think of Jedi being almost mythical leaders above the norm. Without the abilities to be a Jedi in the open, they’re crippled on how to be a regular person. It’s incredibly sad.
I love seeing the transition of Obi-Wan from hiding as a hermit to taking up his lightsaber again. It’s a fantastic moment. His guilt over losing Anakin is justified as well.
The biggest problem I have with Star Wars #7 is the time this issue came out. It’s not a bad story! It’s fantastic. It’s just that Kanan: The Last Padawan has already done this storyline and did it better. Star Wars #7 is about Obi-Wan learning not to be a Jedi. Kanan went through the same trial. Only, the stakes with Kanan felt higher. Obi-Wan is an adult. He has survival skills from the Clone Wars. Kanan was only a teenager. He almost starved to death, because no one ever taught him how to be on his own. He’s not even a fully trained Jedi. He has no idea how to make money. His life has been at the Jedi Temple and then maybe a couple missions in the Clone Wars. That’s it. Kanan, being a teenager, didn’t have the skill sets of an experienced Jedi. Kanan’s story is more life and death versus Obi-Wan in this issue who’s a sad man in a desert.
The pacing is better with Kanan too, but granted, it’s had four issues while Star Wars #7 crammed everything in this one.
I don’t know how they could have done it, but I wish this issue of Star Wars somehow tied back into Kanan’s tale. Even if there was one recap panel at the beginning showing Obi-Wan’s message to the other Jedi with Kanan watching. It would have been welcomed.
Overall, I loved the issue. There hasn’t been a single issue of the main Star Wars title I’ve disliked. Each brought something new to the table. It’s refreshing to get a new look at Obi-Wan’s journey through Luke’s eyes.
I give STAR WARS #7 7.5 sand filled Jedi out of 10. The only reason I didn’t score it higher is because Kanan came first and did it better.