One of the great things about the Clone Wars series has been spotting the subtle changes in Anakin Skywalker’s personality before the tumultuous events of Episode III. However, the best stories in the series have been following back characters, showing the Clone Wars from the point of view of a collection of people who don’t feature high enough in the Skywalker dynasty to impact on the films, but still have their own parts to play in the proceedings.
Unfortunately, this volume does neither. Although it focuses on Anakin and Obi-Wan, perhaps now that we’ve actually witnessed the birth of Darth Vader in the third film, this is something of an anti-climax. Sure, Anakin ends up killing a couple of foes that he might have given a chance to if he didn’t have dark tendencies, and the likes of General Grievous and Count Dooku turn up to add to the drama. The art is nice too, with Brian Ching’s inky style, subtly coloured, successfully bringing the characters to life.
But ultimately it’s an unfulfilling slice of Star Wars pie. It’s still filling the missing months between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but without adding anything particularly new or dynamic.
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