New 'Star Wars' Comic From Marvel Will Fill In Missing Years Between Episodes I And II


Star Wars: The Clone Wars went to great lengths to fill in the time gap between Episodes II and III, aka Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Star Wars Rebels is bridging part of the 19-year distance between Episode III and Episode IV: A New Hope. Marvel Comics is currently telling stories set between IV and V: The Empire Strikes Back, as well as the 30-year gap between VI: Return of the Jedi and VII: The Force Awakens, along with some help from Del Rey Books.

One time period that's gotten very little attention, though, is the 10-year gap between Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones. It was during this time that Anakin Skywalker grew from a child into a young man, and Obi-Wan Kenobi trained him in the ways of the Force. Yet we know very little about what took place during that decade, what adventures this duo had.

On Saturday, at Marvel's traditional "Cup o' Joe" panel at New York Comic Con, it was announced that Marvel is planning a five-issue series that tells a pivotal story from that time period. Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin is set three years after Phantom Menace, when Anakin is thirteen years old and just beginning to question things about the world he lives in, even though the galaxy is at relative peace.

Obi-Wan, meanwhile, is starting to realize just how much of a handful he's taken on in promising to train headstrong Anakin. Not only that, but many in the Jedi Order know of the role Anakin is believed to play in the prophecy about balancing the Force. So he's kind of a big deal — which might not sit so well with other attendees of the Jedi Academy.

The story is about Anakin and Obi-Wan receiving a distress call from a remote world that appears to be deserted. But writer Charles Soule says that this world is "a mountainous place with deep valleys containing huge roiling clouds of green mist that cover the surface." He adds that it's home to "many, many secrets."

The series will also play around with time a bit, flashing back and forth to various other parts of the duo's history.

Written by Soule with art by Marco Checchetto, Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin kicks off in January.

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