Marvel’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan Sheds Light on the Jedi Master’s Long Life

Marvel Comics has announced Star Wars: Obi-Wan, the latest addition to its ever-growing Star Wars lineup. This new limited series will feature five stories set at different points in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life, from his days as a Jedi Initiate to his exile on Tatooine.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan is written by Christopher Cantwell (Iron Man) and illustrated by Ario Anindito (Star Wars: The High Republic). Similar to the Kenobi-centric issues of Jason Aaron’s Star Wars series, the stories in this comic will use Obi-Wan’s journals as a framing device, as the aging Jedi Master chronicles his past adventures and keeps a distant, watchful eye over Luke Skywalker.

Art by Phil Noto.  (Image Credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

Art by Phil Noto. (Image Credit: Marvel / Lucasfilm)

“What I love about Obi-Wan is that he is so much a character of patience and fortitude,” Cantwell told StarWars.com. “He holds out hope and keeps that flame going even in the darkest times. He lost his Master, his best friend… he’s experienced a lot of grief. But he pushes forward. He waits on Tatooine for decades. He is the Buddhist concept of kshanti – patience – personified. He is able to hold onto the glimmers of light amidst the cloak of darkness. Every issue thematically deals with his ability to do that as a person. “

Cantwell adds, “The frame story of the entire series takes place just weeks before A New Hope begins. So here’s Obi-Wan, waiting and sensing that things are about to drastically change. There is going to be some culmination of his destiny. And – just like what happens to us all when we face some of our greatest challenges – he is really wrestling with it internally. It’s this wrestling that is in fact causing him to reflect on his past. He’s searching for strength and wisdom he’s gained over his lifetime, wanting it to reinforce his readiness to face his fate. “

Naturally, Star Wars fans can expect a number of familiar prequel-era faces to show up in these five tales, including Jedi Masters Qui-Gon Jin and Yoda and Obi-Wan’s doomed pupil, Anakin Skywalker. The series also promises to showcase Obi-Wan at the early stages of his Jedi career, a pre-Episode I period not often explored in the Disney era.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan # 1 will hit stores in May 2022.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Concept Art

This new series arrives as Lucasfilm gears up to debut the Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi live-action series on Disney +. That series will feature Ewan McGregor reprising the role of Obi-Wan, and Hayden Christensen is also returning to play Darth Vader. Christensen’s return may help finally solve a decades-old Star Wars mystery.

The live-action series does not have a release date yet, but hopefully it will not be long after the comic’s May debut. For now, brush up on what to expect from Star Wars in 2022.

Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

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