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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1 Micro-Review – From Young to Old

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 1, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Ario Anindito, Carlos Lopez (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: May 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love me some Phil Noto art. That’s it. That’s the intro.

So what we’ve got here is a miniseries that will highlight moments from across Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life. Not surprisingly, we start with a story from his childhood. I can’t say it’s an amazing start, but it’s perfectly serviceable. This book should accomplish its goal. Which is to say, it’ll be a nice companion to the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+.

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A Star Wars #19 Micro-Review – Now This Is More Like It…

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TITLE: Star Wars #19
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Marco Castiello, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz & Rain Beredo.

RELEASED: December 8, 2021

This issue is more in line with what I personally want to see from a Star Wars comic going forward. It focuses in on Luke and his learning more about the Jedi. Frankly, I wouldn’t mind a whole series like this that takes place after Return of the Jedi.

I still don’t like the gold lightsaber. I do, however, like this cover. For some reason I’m attracted to the outfit Luke is in. The outfit obviously has a very Jedi vibe to it.

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A Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #2 Micro-Review – The Importance of Han Solo

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Star Wars War of the Bounty Hunters 2, cover, 2021, Steve McNivenTITLE: Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #2
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: Luke Ross, Neeraj Menon (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Steve McNiven & Frank D’Armata.
RELEASED: July 14, 2021

Is it just me, or does this story inflate Han Solo’s importance to the Star Wars Universe? Early on, we see just how many beings have gathered at the behest of Crimson Dawn to try and gain possession of Han’s frozen body. It seems highly overblown. Even for a smuggler as renowned as the great Han Solo.

Hell, even the Empire wants him, and they were the ones who froze him and shipped him off in the first place!

Still, the art here is on point. Ross seems to be having fun. That’s a gorgeous cover by McNiven and D’Armata.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars: The High Republic #4

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Star Wars: The High Republic #4
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS: Ario Anindito, Mark Morales (Inker), Annalisa Leoni (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: April 7, 2021

This issue went by fast. In a good way. As I said with issue #3, the more this series gets to focus in on character development, the better. That way, we’re a little more invested in this different era.

To that end, this issue shines a nice spotlight on Jedi Master Sskeer and his former apprentice Keeve Trennis. Sskeer has a distinct and interesting look to him, in that he’s a reptile with only one arm. And his interactions with Keeve all come off heart-felt and genuine. Those two should have been our only protagonists at this early going.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars #12

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Star Wars #12
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz & Rain Beredo.
RELEASED: March 10, 2021

I’m always impressed in Star Wars books when artists zoom in tight on a ship, and we see the little parts that make it look like an actual functioning machine. Ramon Rosanas gives us just such a shot of the Millennium Falcon in this issue. Respect earned.

New rule for Star Wars writers: Chewbacca should always be referred to by his friends as Chewie. There’s no reason for Han or Leia to call him by his full name, as they do in this issue. To me, that’s the equivalent of using someone’s first and last name in casual conversation.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars #11

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Star Wars #11
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: Jan Bazaldua, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, & Rain Beredo.
RELEASED: February 3, 2021

As we open this issue, Leia and the Rebellion are about to forcefully sacrifice Lobot’s life in service to the Alliance. Naturally, Lando isn’t happy.

I like that we’re not only seeing a more cold and ruthless side of Leia, but we’re exploring Lando’s loyalty to his friends. It’s that same loyalty that prompted him to help Leia and the others escape Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back.

Throw in a pretty cool sequence where Rebel pilots forcefully board a Star Destroyer, and it’s safe to say this series has officially hit its stride.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Darth Vader #10

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Darth Vader #10
AUTHOR: Greg Pak
ARTISTS: Raffaele Ienco, Neeraj Menon (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Aaron Kuder & Richard Isanove.
RELEASED: February 10, 2021

I’m digging the horror vibe that Darth Vader has had lately. We’ve got a more textured and scratchy texture on the interiors. And in this particular issue? A very Lovecraft-ian space monster. Plus, that’s one of the better Vader covers Marvel has done since regaining the Star Wars license. Good on Aaron Kuder and Richard Isanove.

The downside? More prequel flashback/dream sequences. This time, they’re mixed with stuff from The Empire Strikes Back. These folks know we saw those movies, right?

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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #1
AUTHOR: Daniel Jose Older
ARTISTS: Harvey Tolibao, Rebecca Nalty (Colorist), Jake M. Wood (Letterer)
RELEASED: February 3, 2021

This issue reminded me quite a bit of the first middle grade novel in the High Republic series, a Test of Courage. Both center around young heroes journeying outside their comfort zone and into dangerous territory. That’s not an accident, given the targeted audience of this series as opposed to the Marvel one.

We get an appearance from Yoda in this book that’s a little more drawn out. Again, his appearance isn’t an accident. He’s the only character we know that can serve as a lead-in to this time period. Not sure I’d expect to see him again soon.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars: The High Republic #2

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Star Wars: The High Republic #2
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS: Ario Anindito, Mark Morales (Inker), Annalisa Leoni (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: February 3, 2021

Last issue felt a little overwhelming. It was our first step into a whole new era of Star Wars. This one feels more grounded by comparison. We spend most of our time with the same group of characters as they investigate a devastated ship. I can’t say I feel hooked into this world yet. But this issue was a step in the right direction.

Phil Noto’s epic covers are great icing on the cake. Our cover star Sskeer is a lizard Jedi with one arm. That’s kinda cool in a Star Wars meets The Fugitive sort of way.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Darth Vader #9

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Darth Vader #9
AUTHOR: Greg Pak
ARTISTS: Raffaele Ienco, Neeraj Menon (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Aaron Kuder & Richard Isanove.
RELEASED: January 13, 2021

Raffaele Ienco provides us with a little more texture than we’ve seen from previous Darth Vader books. For a story like this, in which Vader is being hunted by droid assassins, that works out favorably.

This series is still bathed in prequel backwash. But this issue introduces something unexpected: A Sith wayfinder, and thus a tie to The Rise of Skywalker. While still one of the worst movies in the franchise, I’d rather see Rise mined for story ideas than the prequels. At least the former would be fresh, while the latter seems to have been done to death.

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