January is a month of Obi-Wan and Anakin stories, with views of both men in widely different parts of their lives.
Marvel starts the month with the first issue of its Obi-Wan & Anakin five-issue mini-series, the first one dedicated to events between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In the Charles Soule-written and Marco Checchetto story, Obi-Wan and a 13-year-old Anakin find themselves pushed to the limit of their abilities, and their relationship, as they answer a call for help on a remote world. The 32-page issue goes on sale Jan. 6 for $3.99.
In Darth Vader #15, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca wrap up the epic Vader Down crossover with the Sith Lord set by enemies on all sides. The Jan. 13 issue is followed two weeks later with a new story arc that sees Vader lead a team to quell a revolt on Shu-Torin in what may well be Vader’s first steps in his rise to glory. Both issues will sell for $3.99.
Artist Mike Mayhew, whose work on Dark Horse Comics’ The Star Wars is legendary in its own right, draws Star Wars #15, which sees Jason Aaron return to Tatooine to tell another story about Ben Kenobi. This time, Aaron’s pen explains what, exactly, it was, that prompted Owen Lars to cast Ben out of Luke’s life. The $3.99 issue is on shelves Jan. 20.
And in Kanan #10, writer Greg Weisman and artist Pepe Larraz continue their story about Caleb Dume’s first days during the Clone Wars, as he and Jedi Master Deppa Billaba travel to Mygeeto with clone troopers only to find that Separatist Generals Sear and Grievous are waiting for them. The 32-page issue will sell for $3.99 when it’s released Jan. 13.
Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.
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