Until The Last Jedi, each different Star Wars film had not less than one lightsaber duel between a Jedi and a Sith. Often instances, that was the most effective a part of the films. Seeing Luke come into his personal towards Vader, Yoda’s acrobatics or Count Dooku’s fencing prowess all the time gave proof of these characters’ ability with the lightsaber and talents within the Force.
While the most effective lightsaber struggle is a hotly debated matter with out a proper reply, there’s little argument that The Phantom Menace’s ending duel was among the finest. It pitted Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi towards the evil-looking Darth Maul. Now, in Star Wars: Obi-Wan #4 (by Christopher Cantwell, Madibek Musabekov, Sebastian Cheng, VC’s Joe Caramagna and Phil Noto), Obi-Wan simply relived a heartbreaking a part of that duel.
The Obi-Wan collection is framed by completely different tales from Obi-Wan’s life. Shortly earlier than A New Hope, he had holed as much as wait out a sandstorm. To go the time, the Jedi Master recorded tales from completely different instances in his life. In Issue #1, he recounted the primary time he tried a Jedi thoughts trick. Then, in Issue #2, took a thought detour to Darth Maul earlier than remembering an odd mission that he went on with Qui-Gon. Issue #3 defined why he by no means joined the Rebellion, and now in Obi-Wan #4, he advised a narrative referred to as “The Sun Sets and It Rises.”
As the problem opened, Obi-Wan and Anakin had been referred to as to a top-secret briefing with Admiral Yularen. He tasked them with placing a cease to a Commander Mekedrix. The commander had served with Obi-Wan earlier than, however he had gone rouge after experiencing the horrors of conflict. He and his troops started indiscriminately attacking Republic forces, Separatist leaders, and random civilians, assassination model. As the pair went to trace Mekendrix down on the planet Ando, Obi-Wan remembered his first duel with Darth Maul.
He was fearful about having to kill Mekedrix, and that introduced him again to his time as a youngling. When he was younger, he suppressed the inevitable proven fact that he would finally use his lightsaber to take somebody’s life. Then, he remembered that as a padawan, he noticed Qui-Gon die, and he did not even hesitate to attract his weapon cleave Maul in half. The proven fact that Obi-Wan remembered his ideas so vividly meant that it was a watershed second. First, seeing his grasp die was arduous sufficient, however all indication was that Obi-Wan used the Dark Side to cease Maul.
He had no hope to defeat such a gifted duelist, so Obi-Wan fought with anger, and he fought for revenge. It was one thing that he needed to do, however it wasn’t good for his private well-being. Not solely did he lose his innocence with having to take a life (or so he thought), he touched the Dark Side for the primary time. Luckily, the expertise did not flip Obi-Wan away from the sunshine, however it was nonetheless a troublesome place for him to be, proper when he was named a Jedi knight and took Anakin on as his personal padawan.