With comics allowing for Alec Guinness to ‘play’ Obi-Wan Kenobi again, we have here a story in which the older Jedi – presumably not long before his destiny is fulfilled with him meeting and assisting Luke Skywalker – is trapped in his hut by a fearsome Tatooine sandstorm. In order to pass the time, Kenobi reminisces and documents an incident from his childhood at the Jedi Academy on Coruscant.

It’s a great way to get a look at two lesser known periods in Kenobi’s life; though we’ve seen the Ewan McGregor incarnation age and have an adventure post-Revenge of the Sith and pre-A New Hope, we’ve not seen the wearier, older and wiser Jedi very much beyond the original movie trilogy.

As it also features a flashback to his youth, we get some insight into how difficult his life must have been as a Youngling; as a Jedi in training, he shows an awful lot of potential but needs to learn a lesson in control.

It’s really good stuff; I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but writer Christopher Cantwell does some great scratching under the surface and offers some wonderful little touches that don’t rely too heavily on referencing other characters or situations, aside from one that does make sense.

Mario Anindito’s art, particularly in the more subdued Tatooine scenes, is absolutely gorgeous.

It’s a rare Star Wars flashback comic that doesn’t try to bend or break continuity or include needless references, yet still feels as if it gives us a meaningful story – but Obi-Wan does achieve this with aplomb.

It’s a great start to the mini-series, all of which was written by Cantwell with a revolving cast of artists. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out more.

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