Star Wars – Obi-Wan #3: Peacekeeper at War
Obi-Wan Kenobi continues to be a hot item lately everywhere star wars media. He had a hit TV series on Disney+ named Kenobi. The stories of his time during the Clone Wars with Anakin Skywalker were told in the novel “Brotherhood”. Even the day before this issue was released, the YA novel “Padawan” was released, which tells a story about Kenobi during the time of The Phantom Menace. This series tells stories from throughout his life with the narrative setting of old Ben Kenobi writing his diary near the events of A new hope, a moment when Obi-Wan begins to feel the familiar pull of adventure on the horizon as he can sense the journey ahead that will ultimately lead him to the Death Star. This problem causes him to revisit a younger version of himself back when he was fighting in the Clone Wars. He reflects on his role as a military leader for which he was never trained.
In many ways, the 2008 CGI Clone Wars shows really set the tone for this issue, but they also draw inspiration from other sources. Not only does this chapter refer to this historical series, but also to the events that preceded it. Battles from that show, the theatrical animated film that spawned it, and the 2003 Clone Wars series that was more traditionally animated are all mentioned. This issue features a mix of all three, and because it’s a comic itself, it evokes the Clone Wars comics that Dark Horse was releasing between attack of the clones and Revenge of the Sith. This issue was so good at blending in with all of Kenobi’s releases during this particular time period that it seems a shame that this era is only represented in one issue. Kenobi could easily lead a whole series like this. Not only does this chapter tie into the Clone Wars era, there’s a brief mention of Luke and his family to fully anchor this issue in A new hope as well.
This number uses a dark color scheme, although it cannot be called dark. Color, like art, is bright and alive. The whites of the clones’ armor and their ships under the pale green sky make the whole issue seem almost covered. It’s a nice parallel to the actual sandstorm Kenobi experiences while writing this story. This overwhelming feeling is well reflected in Obi-Wan’s thoughts. He reflects on how he never really knew the role of the Jedi, who were meant to be peacekeepers, in times of war. He was able to succeed and lead his troops, but he never felt like it was his fight. This adds great depth to Obi-Wan’s overall character. He does not like war, but is obliged to act. Likewise, in the present, he is almost ready to return to the fight after so long and the whispers of impending galactic civil war reach even his isolated ears.