By various (Dark Horse Books)
Another solid package of space-opera thrills from the Star Wars: Clone Wars franchise concentrates on the foredoomed relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin (Darth Vader) Skywalker. Reprinting Star Wars Free Comic Day Special 2005 and Star Wars: Obsession issues #1-5, all the stories here are set a few months before the opening of the film Revenge of the Sith.
The action begins with Haden Blackman and Brian Ching’s tale of obsession when a hard-driven Obi-Wan risks not just his life but also his reputation in a manic hunt for the Dark Jedi Asajj Ventress. The she-Sith is believed to be dead by the entire galaxy, trusted companion Anakin, who clearly remembers that time when he personally killed her. There’s all the grit and derring-do you’d expect and no real surprises, but it’s all done well enough to carry one along for the thrill-ride.
Miles Lane and Nicola Scott provide the balance of the book with their tale of foreboding friendship as the Jedi dynamic duo find themselves crashed on an enemy planet with a hard deadline to capture the insidious Count Dooku. High on action but short on plot, the emphasis here is mostly with examining any tiny cracks that might be forming in the heretofore indomitable and steadfast team.
As always the Dark Horse franchise provides reliable bang for your buck and produces reading that should satisfy the comic fan as much as the Star Wars aficionado.
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