Obi-Wan’s memories turn to a particularly tough, Clone Wars-era battle that left deeper scars than most.

With this being another excellent one-off story, Christopher Cantwell does wonders to give a fresh feel to proceedings, despite the tale taking place in an era that’s very well documented – thanks to The Clone Wars animated series and numerous novels.

Partly, that’s because of the framing device of the aging Obi-Wan going over painful memories, with this battle lingering in his mind thanks to the terrible losses the Republic suffered during the assault on a Separatist facility.

Interestingly, there’s very little shown of the enemies at all; the script and art keep a tight focus on the Jedi, his supporting officers and the often expendable clones under their command.

It does a great job at highlighting both Kenobi’s humanity and the conflict he feels at being involved in the war itself. It’s a side of the Jedi that we rarely see, even in the extensive Clone Wars era shows and fiction; though the Jedi are frequently questioned about their involvement in such devastating conflicts, it’s rare that they question this so deeply themselves.

Cantwell’s series has really surprised me, with how well it’s covered aspects of Kenobi’s history and character in new and interesting ways. I didn’t expect much – so it’s fair to say that my expectations have been massively exceeded with this superb mini-series.

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