It has become a convention tradition for Joe Quesada to lead a little panel called ‘Cup O Joe’. Not only does the former Marvel Comics E-I-C turned Marvel Entertainment CCO give fans a chance to talk back with some of the biggest players at the House of Ideas, Quesada uses the time to talk about some of the most interesting odds and ends of the company in all areas including comics, movies, animation, and television.
At this year’s installment at New York Comic Con, the panel discussed some previously announced milestones such as Captain America’s 75th anniversary, Black Panther’s 50th anniversary, and Silver Surfer’s 50th anniversary (all of which will be taking place in 2016), as well as the mobile game ‘Contest of Champions’ and it’s in-continuity comic book tie-in, a number of Inhumans titles, and the upcoming Captain Marvel novel from Shannon & Dean Hale. However, the big reveal of the session was the brand new ‘Star Wars’ mini-series coming in January.
During Saturday’s panel, Quesada and writer Charles Soule unveiled ‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin’, the new five-part book drawn by Marco Checchetto that follows other acclaimed limited series from a galaxy far, far away such as ‘Star Wars: Princess Leia’ and ‘Star Wars: Lando’. Hitting shelves in January 2016 and set between Episodes I & II before the Clone Wars even start, the book will show the Jedi at the height of their power during a time of peace as they act as samurai-like problem solvers. But more specifically, we’ll finally get to see young Anakin Skywalker’s training under the tutelage of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
While Skywalker may not be the best student and Kenobi may be questioning his teaching ability despite the promise he made to the dying Qui-Gon Jinn that he would train the boy in his place, we’re told that we’ll still see Anakin hold his master in high regard as both a father figure and a badass as the two embark on a mission to a deserted planet filled with secrets where seeds of crisis are planted between the two of them.
Considering that this is a time period that ‘Star Wars’ has yet to explore, Soule has a lot of room to play with this concept. It’s exciting to think about what’s to come in ‘Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin’, so while we wait for it to jump to lightspeed and into a comic book store near you, share your thoughts and theories on the upcoming book in the comments below.