Earlier today Marvel dropped some big Star Wars comic book news at their "Cup O' Joe" panel at New York Comic Con. Since Marvel took over the production of Star Wars comics fans have been requesting more series set in the Prequel Trilogy era. Now it looks like they're getting their wish as Marvel has announced that a new five-issue mini series titled "Obi-Wan & Anakin" is coming in January and will be set within the ten year period between The Phantom Menace and Attack Of The Clones. Written by Charles Soule with artwork by Marco Checchetto the series will reportedly focus on the Jedi duo while they are on a post-apocalyptic planet and will also feature flashbacks to their time training at the Jedi Temple. It will show Anakin and Obi-Wan at a very early point in their relationship, not quite the friends we know them to be in later stories such as The Clone Wars, and both will be questioning their paths.
ComicBook.com revealed the cover art for Obi-Wan & Anakin, which you can see above. Also, writer Charles Soule spoke with USA Today and had this to say:
“I want people to set their preconceived notions about what an Obi-Wan and Anakin story is aside. We’ve seen a lot of them but this is something that's going to feel and look different.”
USA Today also provided a brief description of the story's basis:
"The miniseries is set three years into Anakin’s training under Obi-Wan — something he promised the dying Qui-Gon he would do — at a peacetime period where the Jedi are at the height of their power and many feel Anakin is destined to do an enormous amount of good for the universe.
He and Obi-Wan are in a spaceship heading back to a diplomatic fleet when they get a distress call from a remote deserted planet. When they land, the Jedi find a mountainous place with deep valleys containing huge roiling clouds of green mist that cover the surface. “It’s a place that’s designed to have many, many secrets,” Soule says, “and it does.”
While they go on their mission, it’s interspersed with flashbacks showing how the title's main stars reached a personal crisis point between them."
It's very exciting to be returning to the Prequel era and exploring such beloved characters like Anakin and Obi-Wan and the beginning of a friendship that would shape the fate of the Galaxy. The period of time between Episodes I and II has yet be explored in Star Wars canon, so it will very interesting to finally have some elaboration on that decade in Star Wars history.
Sources: ComicBook.com, USA Today
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