Story: Christopher Cantwell
Art: Alessandro Miracolo
Colors: Frank William
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
What They Say:
THE BATTLE OF ABRION BRIDGE! While continuing to wait out a nasty sandstorm on Tatooine, Obi-Wan reflects on one of his most grueling experiences in the Clone Wars…It’s a memory full of pain and bloodshed, and one that has lasting consequences. The battle also reminds Obi-Wan of an age-old question he has long wrestled with throughout his life: what is a Jedi’s true purpose in war?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the new limited series hitting Disney+ as this series gets underway, the second issue arrives after it ended and that’s just a weird feeling, especially since it’s practically two months between releases. The timing did work well for me in that I wrapped up reading the novel about Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn that takes place while he’s still a Padawan. This series has Christopher Cantwell handling the writing duties and he’s definitely been a writer whose work I enjoy (and get frustrated by) and I liked what he brought to the series so far. With this issue, the incredibly talented Alessandro Miracolo takes on the art duties and I need a whole Clone Wars era series from him already. It’s just fantastic with the color design that Frank William brings to it as we get some strong action, layouts, and designs.
With this tale, we go back to the period after Geonosis and a few other campaigns where things are going in a hard way. Both Obi-Wan and Anakin have moved up to General positions with Obi-Wan also a Jedi Master at this point and he’s dealing with the way he’s befriended so many of the Clones and really admire the kinds of personalities that have come from it. With the story here, they’re being sent to a world where the Separatists have come up with designs for an anti-ship cannon that will prove disastrous if it can be figured out and that means going in strong and hard. That has Obi-Wan dealing with some new members to the 212th that he’s leading in the Clone side but also some non-Clones from a world that was part of a growing part of the war who have come to do their part, adding some color to the concept.
The structure of the story gives us a good lead-up time and then puts us on a basic footing of trying to gain ground across a bridge battle, but it’s all humanized through what Obi-Wan is thinking along the way. It’s tied to the journal he’s writing as well with what it means to be at war while being a Jedi and the cost of it all. It’s not in-depth but it shows the uncertainty that he felt throughout it more clearly and some of his moments where he both was reminded why he fights but also that there is something else out there as well. You can see easily why, after all those years, that he would take to becoming a hermit and just try to process everything that happened. And the story as it flows here puts more loss in front of him and reinforces so much of it. Nothing is going to really change when it comes to stories like this but I like that it fleshes out more of the larger impact of this war on someone like him.
I continue to find a lot to like about Clone Wars era stories and the way there are so many tales to tell there. While I do wish we had less about the core characters for it, it’s a given that it will be that with a series like this and Cantwell executes it beautifully here. I really like his take on Obi-Wan from this period and how he was feeling amid everything happening and his distaste, to say the least, for what the Jedi had to be involved in. The framing of this toward the end of his time on Tatooine continues to serve the story well and I’m really enjoying the rotating artists on it, though Miracolo is someone that needs an ongoing Star Wars book right now.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 27th, 2022