The new trailer for Obi-Wan Kenobi revealed that the upcoming streaming series will draw on some elements of established starwars lore, including the Inquisitors and their iconic underwater base. The show could also potentially draw on some of the best Obi-Wan Kenobi comics ever as it explores a period of time that a few comic books have touched on in the past.
Some of the best Obi-Wan Kenobi comic books have already been enormously influential on canon, with one in particular inspiring the resurrection of Darth Maul in the clone wars animatedseries. His best comics by him could continue to inspire elements of the new series, but even if they don’t, they provide fans of the venerable Jedi Master a lot to consider as they wait for May.
The Merson Pirates
The original volume of Marvel Comics featured a lot of crazy adventures and ideas no longer in the canon, but one of the best early stories features a possible and plausible look into Obi-Wan’s past. In issue #24 of the series, Obi-Wan fights off Merson pirates on a starliner.
This dashing look into Obi-Wan’s past isn’t too far off from what fans would see in the prequels, even if his costume and look are closer to Count Dooku. This is one of the earliest and funniest glimpses into what would become the prequel trilogy era of the franchise.
The Battle of Jabiim
Some of the most epic battles of the prequel era occur in the best episodes of the clone wars animated series, but one of the biggest and most important occurs in Star Wars Republic. This storyline puts Obi-Wan front and center in one of the grimmest fights of the war.
Obi-Wan valiantly leads clone troopers and Jedi against overwhelming Separatist forces on Jabiim, providing many iconic and heroic moments for the Jedi Knight. But he’s injured, leaving Anakin alone and vulnerable to the temptation to indulge his anger from him.
The Force That Binds
Darth Vader #8 from 2020 is one of the best Obi-Wan Kenobi comics for showing how long a shadow he casts over his former apprentice. Vader takes a long strange trip through the Force in the issue and relives the murder of his former master from him.
Obi-Wan dies at Darth Vader’s hands in A New Hope, but in this issue, it’s clear how victorious Kenobi was in yielding to the Force and casting Vader’s power into doubt. It proves once again how Obi-Wan’s sacrifice is one of his most powerful moments.
Obi-Wan And Anakin
The prequel trilogy is ostensibly all about Obi-Wan and Anakin’s relationship. Still, it left plenty of room to explore, and one of the best stories focused on this critical dynamic in the saga is Star Wars: Obi-Wan And Anakin from 2016.
The comic does a great job of showing how the two Jedi built a rapport and trust early in their relationship, and how at the same time, Chancellor Palpatine was subtly undermining it as he planted the seeds of his eventual destruction of the Jedi Order.
Darth Vader (2017) #13 is another great example of how much Obi-Wan Kenobi haunts Darth Vader. This issue reimagines the fateful battle on Mustafar, one of the greatest duels in starwars history, with Vader defeating his master and killing him.
Though the sequence is brief, it illustrates the symbiotic relationship between the two men and could serve to inspire some scenes in the upcoming streaming series, especially if the show focuses on Vader’s mindset in this period.
Age Of Republic: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Little is known of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s early life beyond a few details, and the one-shot Age Of Republic: Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the best Obi-Wan comics for giving fans a glimpse into his earliest days as a student under Qui-Gon Jinn.
The story bounces back and forth between his tutelage with Qui-Gon and his fitful apprenticeship of Anakin. Though Obi-Wan sees a lot of himself in Anakin, he doesn’t have Qui-Gon’s patience or experience in training a Padawan.
Dueling A’Sharad Hett
Obi-Wan Kenobi has played a major role in events of galactic lore, and he does so again in Star Wars Legacy #16. In the storyline beginning in this issue, Obi-Wan battles A’Sharad Hett while in exile on Tatooine. Hett would eventually become Darth Krayt in the future history of Legends.
Kenobi and Hett came to blows over a war between the Tuskens and Tatooine settlers, which is potentially something that could manifest in the streaming series given the intense focus on the Tuskens and their unique culture in The Book of Boba Fett.
One of the best Obi-Wan Kenobi comic books ever and one of the most influential is star wars visionaries, which contains the story “Old Wounds.” In this tale, Obi-Wan fights Darth Maul, who has tracked him down to the Lars Homestead on Tatooine.
This story is bound to have some impact on the streaming series in regards to Kenobi’s relationship to the Lars family, and it inspired the resurrection of Maul with his cyborg legs in the clone wars animatedseries.
Fighting Black Krrsantan
One of the best modern Obi-Wan Kenobi comics is starwars #20, in which he faces off against the Wookiee bounty hunter Black Krrsantan. Comic book fans know Black Krrsantan got his facial scar from Obi-Wan’s lightsaber.
Since this incident is canon, it is very likely to play out in live-action. Black Krrsantan, who appeared in The Book of Boba Fett, could appear in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series to harass the Lars family as he did in this excellent comic book.
The Last Of His Breed
The Last of His Breed is one of the best Obi-Wan Kenobi comics and one that may have some influence on the upcoming series. Written by Jason Aaron during the early issues of the 2015 return of starwars to Marvel, it explores Obi-Wan’s past through his journals.
Luke Skywalker learns from his first teacher even after death as he reads the journals and discovered everything Obi-Wan did to protect him during the first eighteen years of his life on Tatooine as well as the regular people of the planet who Jedi always sought to help .
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