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SPOILER SWNN Review: Marvel’s Star Wars #20

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by LadyMusashi, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. LadyMusashi

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    Story by Jason Aaron
    Art by Mike Mayhew

    • Another dive into the journal of Obi-Wan Kenobi!
    • Jabba has hired bounty hunter Black Krrsantan to find out who’s been thwarting his men!
    • The old hermit of the dune wastes might know something about that.

    Back in Star Wars #15, Jabba the Hutt hired Black Krrsantan, a Wookiee bounty hunter, to find out who defeated his thugs a year ago during the great draught on Tatooine. This issue continues that story.

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    Jabba’s thugs show Krrsantan where the attack happened. We also find out that Jabba fed defeated men to his rancor.


    Back on Lars homestead, Owen obviously regretted taking away skyhopper parts Obi-Wan bought for Luke and wants him and the boy to work on it together. But Luke is nowhere to be found. Owen doesn’t get the opportunity to find him because Black Krrsantan kidnaps him.

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    Luke has run away from home. Ben’s journal tells us that this has happened before and it will happen again. Only this time Luke senses that something is wrong and hurries back home only to find Beru hurt. She urges him to hide until she gets help. But, Luke has other ideas.

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    In the canyons, Wookiee is torturing Owen because he wants to get Ben’s attention. And he gets it.

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    Ben knows who Krrsantan is and who hired him. He attempts to resolve the matter without fight, using mind trick, because he doesn’t want to use lightsaber and show that he is a Jedi. But, that doesn’t work on this bounty hunter. Ben is feeling his years on Tatooine and the Wookiee quickly gets the upper hand.

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    Ben gets the help from unexpected source. Owen thinks well and, though his intervention distracted Krrsantan, Ben is now forced to both fight the bounty hunter and try to save Owen’s life. The fight is dramatic and painful for Ben as Wookiee is a relentless fighter.

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    Just as it seems that Owen’s life is lost, Luke arrives to help saving his uncle.

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    With Owen saved, Ben is free to fight Krrsantan. He defeats him and Wookiee falls of the cliff. He survives, but earns the scar by which we all know him. We learn that he escaped from Tatooine earning Jabba’s ire.

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    Ben witnesses the warm reunion between Owen and Luke and, later, reunion of the entire family and returns to his life with the renewed sense of hope.

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    I am one of those people who want to see Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off movie from Lucasfilm. While there is still a chance of that happening, these Star Wars comic intermissions are succeeding in giving me bits and pieces of Ben’s story I want. And they are indeed bits and pieces, because there is only so much story you can cram into 20 or so pages. In a way, this is the end of a small mini-arc that the authors started in issue 7.

    Most of this issue was dedicated to the fight between Ben and Krrsantan, but we get some of the information about Ben’s life. He spends his time in meditation with barely any human contact – we see him talking to banthas and even giving them names. He feels his age and inactivity on Tatooine, not just through the pains and aches of his body. Faced with enormous Wookiee he feels fear, something he, by his own account, hadn’t felt in years. When in great need, he calls upon his master, Qui-Gon, for the assistance. And he has his doubts about being Jedi enough to overcome Krrsantan.

    I’d say he does very well, in spite of needing Luke’s assistance.

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    Mayhew does a great job portraying action, predominant in this issue, as well as characters’ facial expressions and different emotions. Once again, the colors of Tatooine are gorgeous, perfectly complementing his art.

    The events of this issue might not have completely ironed out the relationship between Obi-Wan and Owen, but a small progression was made and Luke returned on the path of becoming a pilot. It was interesting to learn that he tried to escape home multiple times, making me wonder if we will see some Ben’s adventure with young Luke in the future. We also now know that Krrsantan was forced to leave Kashyyyk, though not why.

    The issue didn’t push Obi-Wan’s story on Tatooine significantly ahead. We still don’t know if Qui-Gon Jinn established contact with Obi-Wan and started his training to become one with the Force. I wonder if Lucasfilm is preserving that story for a potential film, but I will like to see it, at least on the pages of this comic, as it will certainly be significantly different than Yoda’s because his personal demons are different. You won’t miss anything if you skip this issue, but if you like Obi-Wan as I do and appreciate beautiful art, you will enjoy it. And we will not see old Ben Kenobi for a while because The Last Flight of the Harbinger arc begins in…

    THE NEXT ISSUE:

    • Sgt. Kreel is back with an all-new squad of stormtroopers!
    • Go inside the minds of an elite group of Imperial soldiers!
    • Join incoming artist Jorge Molina for a walk on the dark side!

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    Amazing review @LadyMusashi ! I loved too the art and colors of this issue, little Luke is so endearing and I can say Uncle Owen was somehow vindicated to me from last Obi-Wan Journal adventure that he was a total d-bag. Here you can sort of understand his fears of risking Luke and how he and Aunt Beru care about him.

    I would be up for a Obi-Wan spinoff and I agree that 20 pages are short compared to the potential storyline of a film. And we know Ewan MacGregor is totally up for it! He could totally pull an aged Obi-Wan like the one portrayed in these issues.

    Hope so!
     
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    Exciting issue. Loved Uncle Owen's little wink too.
     
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    Yeah, that was great. :)
     
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    This was my favorite SW Marvel New Comics so far, it's so good all around, the story, the characters, the art, some action sequences and even some nice one line jokes. Great Star Wars material all over this issue, really , REALLY LIKED IT LOT!!!!!!!

    But.... a question raises........ does this interaction between Obi Wan, Uncle Owen and young Luke is linear with the main story of "A New Hope"?

    BTW i felt Han Solo comic started a bit slow but if no one feel like it maybe i was just over antecipating again, i also would like if Boba Fett entered this mini.
     
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    I love the Kenobi issues, and this one fit in just fine. There were a few panels that seemed out of order during the floating Owen pages, and I hate "kid saves the day" stories, but other than that, not much to complain about.
    One question: What's to stop BK from spreading the word about a Jedi on Tatooine watching over the Lars farm?
     
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    Thought the art was beautiful, but the part that got me was when Luke swooped in to save Owen. When Ben makes the statement, " Through the boy who would someday save us all" I got chills like I haven't gotten since sitting in the theatre watching Rey display Excalibur to the great one. Thought it was a truly brilliant moment and it really got me. I've said it once and I'll say it again, I freaking love Luke Skywalker, he is the greatest of all time.

    The more and more I get of these Old Ben journals, the more and more I wan't a Netflix series and not a trilogy. I think it'd be perfect for the storyline, because this stuff didn't happen over a short time period and there's so much that we need more info on. I feel Netflix would be a perfect platform to get it done. It also gives us another outlet to enjoy it through and we already know Ewan is ready to go at the whistle. I'd either wan't that or a New Jedi Order series with Sebastian Stan starring as Luke.

    I'd give this issue a 9.3/10
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    How can you not love a story where a young Luke Skywalker saves his Uncle from death and shows hints of force sensitivity in the process?
    Obi-Wan is still the guy who takes out the wookiee. There's almost no stories about a really young Luke, I love every second of getting to see him at this age.

    I think we'll be hearing a lot more about a mysterious hermit protecting the Lars farm, maybe it becomes an old urban legend and that's why people won't even mess with them anymore.
     
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    That art was so beautiful and it was a pretty Maclunkey good issue.

    Disney, just make an Obi-Wan movie, goddamn it
     
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    OB1 netflix series plzz...
     
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    I'm always in favour of any new Star Wars movie/series, but i realize that any Star Wars live motion stuff carries HUGE production costs, this ain't no Young Indiana Jones, so it's very unlikely we see a SW in Netflix.
     
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    I bet Disney has the money
     
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    But it doesn't make sense to spend alot of money in a product that would return only a few dollars, they got more from merchandising and gaming without spending that much, please consider that "The Clone Wars" TV Show was a finantial bust now imagine if it was live action?

    Either way, Disney is in this for the money not for mine or your preferences.
     
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    I loved this issue, more than the previous one with the prison. I think the best arc for the Star Wars comic until now was the crossover with Vader and the Hutt that collected Jedi stuff.

    Some impressions:

    • DAT ART. I was seriously impressed how they managed to make the characters like real people and like their movie counterparts. Especially OB1, who has been played by two different actors, but this artist managed to mix them into one face rather well.
    • Relative to that, young Luke's design looks like a real kid: the imperfections/moles on his face, the crooked teeth, the dimples... someone either paid a lot of attention to Mark Hamill's face in ANH, or managed to find his baby photos. Kudos.
    • The fight with the wookie tired me a little, but the Luke characterisation was so good I forgave (and even forgot) it. Luke trying to run away multiple times, but returning when seeing his family in trouble was spot-on; in ANH he refused to go to Alderaan exactly because he couldn't abandon his family and he did leave only when they were dead.
    • Beru with a gun, heck yeah!
    • OB1's family are Banthas. God bless.

    Seriously, these stories pretty much scream "turn this into a series/movies" with McGregor and Jacob Tremblay as young Luke. And make Tatooine the Mad Max: Fury Road world, because that's exactly what it is.
     
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    It seems so. In the movie they seem to have interacted before but not so frequently.

    Maybe because he is a Wookie and even if he is a bounty hunter he might know the Jedi didn't betray the Old Republic. Just speculating here.

    Someone did their homework.

    This is young Mark Hamill:

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    And this is young Luke:

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    I enjoyed it too because it might seem sort of unfair that Leia got to be raised as a princess, pampered and living in a palace whereas Luke was sent to a harsh environment to live in a moisture farm. However, we can see that Owen and Beru cared truly about him and raised him as their own kid.
     
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    That art is unbelievable
     
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    I know. According to Mike Mayhem he'd never seen that picture from Mark Hamill before, but it is a great job!
     
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    awesome inclusion of all those moles. Anakin was moley. Luke was moley. Leia was also moley. Ben is the moleyest of the moleys.

    it's a nice detail (and i get to admire it because i am likewise moley ~ hahaha)
     
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    I kind of like it when they kind of look like the actor/s, but is not exact, like the character is different from the actual actor. These are fantastic though, and they give that illusion and you know who it's supposed to be. Middle aged Obi-wan is really hot too.
     
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    I hear you, same case here!:D

    He is actually. :cool:
     
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    Great review, @LadyMusashi. The art was so cinematic, this was the most pleasurable Obi-Wan side story I've read (so far). Seeing Obi-Wan slowly lose his powers is painful, but for a guy who does nothing but meditate for days, his muscles and his practical abilities would slowly give away. Plus living in any terribly hot location weakens the body. Young Luke saving Owen was hilarious, but still pretty cool. My only real issue was sometimes Beru looked like she was 25, and other times like she was 45 in the art. Small gripe, but it threw me off.
     
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