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SPOILER MARVEL'S STAR WARS #15

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by LadyMusashi, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. LadyMusashi

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    FROM THE JOURNALS OF OBI-WAN KENOBI

    • Another tale of Obi-Wan's exile on Tatooine!
    • Owen Lars took Luke in...but he refused to let Ben be part of his life. Why?
    • What trouble could have been stirred up by Ben protecting Luke?

    After Vader Down crossover, we are back to the regularly scheduled program with Star Wars #15, which is another excerpt from Kenobi's journal.

    It happens two years after the events described in Star Wars #7. Jabba the Hutt is still searching for the person who fought off his "water tax collectors". Luke is on the verge of adolescence, horsing around with his friends and trying to conquer Beggar's Canyon while Obi-Wan watches him from afar. Let's just say things didn't end with a rousing success Luke's statement from A New Hope might make you believe. At least, not this time.

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    Uncle Owen forbids Luke to fly, but his distant protector has other plans. Obi-Wan goes out of hiding to provide Luke with what he needs. And he does it in the only way he knows.

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    But, Obi-Wan’s help isn’t appreciated by Owen although he knows that Obi-Wan keeps protecting his household: they are the only ones never attacked by Sand People or Jabba’s thugs. He doesn’t want Luke to learn how to fly, because he doesn’t want him to ever leave. This was a very difficult scene to read, because we are in the know - we know what really happened and sacrifices Obi-Wan had to make. And, while you understand Owen, at the same time you actively dislike him.

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    In the meantime, Jabba the Hutt brings the new mercenary into the fold hoping to catch the mysterious man who defeated his thugs two years earlier. He has to prove his worth by wiping the floor with Jabba's men. The mercenary is someone we know - Black Krssantan.

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    It is clear from this issue that Obi-Wan holds the hope in Luke, hope that his Force abilities will manifest themselves and that he will be able to succeed where Anakin failed. At the same time, he fears the similarities with Anakin he observes in the boy (and you will too). He constantly talks to Qui-Gon Jinn, but it is unclear if he is truly in contact with him and learning from his old master or he does it because he has no one to take advice from and because he is lonely. This is not broken Obi-Wan we saw in the previous issue. This Obi-Wan is still the Jedi. He accepted his fate and is determined to protect the boy at all costs. He even regained a sense of humor we all love him for. Snake for diner? Tasty! :D

    It’s also interesting how Marvel and Lucasfilm continue to fill up Luke’s back story. In one of the previous issues, we saw how he learned to fight with the lightsaber. Here, we see him actually fly – something that was only mentioned in A New Hope (“It will be just like Beggar’s Canyon back home.”).

    Mike Mayhew’s art is gorgeous. He excels at facial expressions and movement. The coloring was also excellent and shows a more vivid side of Tatooine. I liked Simone Bianchi's take on Obi-Wan in Star Wars #7, but I really hope Mayhew returns for the next Kenobi issue.

    I both love and hate these Kenobi issues. I love them not only because Obi-Wan is one of my favorite characters, but because I, like all of us, always wanted to know what he did all those years in exile. I hate them, because they are so short. Just when the story starts, it’s over. And we will have to wait for another story arc to end before we can read what happens between Ben and Black Krssantan.

    If you are following Marvel’s Star Wars, this is a worthy addition to your collection. If not, I wholeheartedly recommend you to get it anyway – for gorgeous art, peek at very young Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan.

    Go forth and enjoy Star Wars #15. May the Force be with you. :)
     
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    Great review, @LadyMusashi !

    As an Obi-Wan fan I was thrilled to have this addition. Seems Marvel just can't get enough of their Wookies with the cliffhanger. It's nice to see Obi-Wan keeping himself busy. I wonder how far they are going to take us in the timeline. My big hold out since I heard of the Disney sale two years ago has been an Obi-Wan film. It would be cool if they used this series to lead in.

    I guess the next time jump in the Obi-Wan journals won't be as far, but I can't wait!
     
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    Mike Mayhew is one of my favorite artist. He uses Adobe Photoshop, pictures, and stock photos to create his amazing art. If you attend a comic convention where he is appearing he doesn't draw for fans like other artists do, because he uses Photoshop to create his fantastic images. Therefore, I feel that we should give credit to all the other artists that draw the Star Wars comics traditionally by hand. Although, Mayhew is talented in his own right. He has the aid of a computer to create life like images. So as an aspiring artist myself, I give the traditional artist allot of credit for their renditions of facial features even though it might not be as accurate as they should be. It takes practice, confidence, and allot of hard work to render facial features. I hear this complaint allot so I think this is the right time to address it. This review was very good yet, I had to comment because I usually just lurk, on the Mike Mayhew's gorgeous art..., because I was shocked when I found out that he doesn't actually draw but uses Photoshop. And I know allot of artist use Photoshop to correct or enhance art after scanning but I was looking forward to seeing Mayhew draw live and getting a personal hand drawn piece, anyway great review!
     
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    I loved this issue. The art was b-e-a-utiful. Obi-wan working for the Jawas and taking on the Sand People was pretty fun. I liked the little nod they gave to ANH with this when he said that he had to come up with another way to scare them off. This must be what spurred him on to use the beast roar in the film to frighten them away. Seeing Luke fly was a lot of fun, although I was surprised at the outcome. But let's not forget that before that fateful day at the Boonta Eve Classic, Anakin had never even finished a podrace. Luke might just become not such a bad pilot himself one of these days. :) I also loved how Luke wore the hat that he had in some of the life on Tatooine deleted scenes from ANH. Oh, and I hate uncle Owen...I wanted to sympathize with him...but I just hate him...that whole disintegration thing in ANH? I'm ashamed to say...but...it had to happen. What a d-bag! Okay, so I understand where he's coming from to a point, but ultimately he should be groveling at the Jedi's feet, not gettin' all up in his face. But maybe I just know too much about Obi-Wan's history and am a little biased and partial to his perspective. Anyways, I thought this issue was a pretty fun read, and I can't wait for the next Obi-Wan standalone. My only complaint is also that we have to wait for a whole 'nother story arc to get it. But as they say, good things come to those who wait.
     
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    I want this so much. Ewan wants it, we want it, c'mon Disney! Get with the program! :D

    That's a great point! I want to believe that we will see Obi-Wan encountering krayt dragon one day and realize how effective that would be. Just imagine the pure awesomeness!

    I know, I know. I tried to be as objective as I can be, but in my heart - I feel exactly like you. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    Too bad the canon version of this call is actually now a varactyl yelp like his mount (Boga) on Utapau in ROTS...I liked it better when it was a Krayt dragon...
     
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    If they can bring back the Force to its origins... That skeleton is still on Tatooine in ANH. I have hope. :)
     
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    Tremendous Art Work on this issue.

    Besides that a nice background builder story and the continuity of the black wookie mercenary.
     
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    This issue was great! I think it really hit all the points I wanted it to. The art, and the characterisation especially. I really like the encounter between Owen and Obi-Wan (though yeah... Owen went a bit far).
    There is one thing I absolutely hate (okay... maybe not really. :p But let me my hyperbole here). You're gonna give me a cliffhanger? For a story that I won't get a resolution to for months? That's a low blow Marvel.
     
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    Beautiful art! I wish this artist would illustrate a marvel Star Wars book.
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    Great review!!

    I just read it and I truly enjoyed having another glimpse of the period between ROTS and ANH. I agree, Uncle Owen is a d-bag, who does not want Luke to ever leave Tatooine, and as sad as the "Burning Homestead" scene might be, he had it coming in how he treated Obi-Wan. He was the first Jedi to kill (or well, defeat at least) a Sith in a long time. The man deserves respect!!!

    The timing was kind of interesting, I found this issue quite endearing and reading it after watching the new episode of "Star Wars Rebels" yesterday, where we see young Leia in her first steps as a Rebel whereas we read about young Luke with his piloting skills is sort of spot on.

    Agree, the issue felt like it was so short with the cliffhanger and the Black Wookie but hope they add more info about Obi-Wan before he was the "old Ben" that could be the same from the hologram ("Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.")
     
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    Yes! I forgot to mention how amazing the artwork! I was so thrilled to see the treatment of the classic characters, but at the same time, have them look fresh and with mannerisms we have never seen.

    More of this please...
     
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    I think the sucess of everything coming from the Obi-Wan exile period should point out to the big guys that we need more Obi-Wan stories, i don't mean a running series but a couple of minis would be great.

    During Obi-Wan exile he doesn't need to be all the time in Tattoine, he could easily jump around just making sure to end in Tattoine for "A New Hope" and by the way is wereabouts are know to some, because Leia knew exactly were to find him, so he might even could get a few visitors asking for aid.

    Just a thought, but i would buy/read that.
     
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    Intriguing, however would'nt that hinder his initial task of looking over the homestead and Luke?
     
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    Great review @LadyMusashi! I gotta admit, I was always skeptical about Obi-Wan not training Luke, and I still am, but seeing how the Obi-Wan of the PT became Ben of the OT, and how it affected Luke's life, is really fun to watch and read. I like Obi-Wan looking like a blend of Ewan and Alec especially! And the contrast to how Anakin slaughtered the Tusken Raiders vs Obi-Wan using their gaffe sticks to fight was very nice.
     
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    One of the best SW issues thus far.
     
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    @LadyMusashi, great review. I love these more and more, and I'm not a comics reader. Awesome! ;)
     
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    Really? I didn't catch that. Why change it when it's been established for 30+ years as a Krayt Dragon call? So does this mean they have to go back to the SE and change the call in audio and sub title?
     
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    Listen to it on the DVD or Blu Ray cuts and you'll notice that it is the beast from episode 3. The Blu Ray version is the canonical cut.
     
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    I noticed this when I was watching ANH a few weeks ago and it really threw me. I thought the reference in this book may have actually been a tongue-in-cheek reference not just to the call itself, but to all the various replacements its had since release.
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