Star Wars: Obsession #1
November 2004
22ppg, $2.99

Script: Haden Blackman
Artist, Cover Artist: Brian Ching
Colorist: Sno Cone Studios
Letterer: Michael David Thomas
Cover Colors: Brad Anderson
Book Design: Debra Bailey
Associate Editor: Jeremy Barlow
Editor: Randy Stradley
Publisher: Mike Richardson


DROID
R2-D2 (Artoo Detoo), servant droid, R4-G9

LOCATION
Naboo, Naboo lake retreat, Coruscant, Trigalis

STARSHIP
Jedi Starfighter [Eta-3] (blue deco)

TECHNOLOGY
magnetic land mine, electro-whip

VEHICLE
Swoop bike

COMMENTS
According to the inside cover, the events in this issue takes place 5 months before Revenge of the Sith.

The events of this series were meant to help tie together the final threads of the Clone Wars, along with events depicted in Season 3 of the Clone Wars micro-series, and James Luceno's Labyrinth of Evil novel.

Anakin's scar over his right eye was given to him by Asajj Ventress (in this month of publication, no less) during the events of Republic #71.
SYNOPSIS
On the planet of Trigalis, a lone swoop bike and rider are being chased through the swamp by three other bikes. The initial rider arms a magnetic mine and tosses it one of the swoops. It sticks, destroying the vehicle and it's rider, while the other two continue on the pursuit, assured that the person they pursue is a Jedi and worth a large bounty.

As the would-be Jedi races into the city, he scoots under a low bridge which takes out one of the remaining riders. The Jedi dismounts his bike and tucks-and-rolls to come up just as the sole surviving bounty hunter races by him. The assassin is cut in two by the lightsaber held by the other man.

A group of surly locals surround the Jedi, asking for his money and weapon. The Jedi is not willing to part with anything, especially after that pursuit, and uses the Force to launch the local leader through a cantina window. The remaining "tax collectors" scatter and another Jedi, Aayla Secura tells the Jedi that she believed he was going to slip into town unnoticed.

Obi-Wan Kenobi reveals himself and says that his actions could not be helped as Master Secura shows him around the city, New Coronet. She explains that a local leader of Black Sun, the criminal organization, is moving weapons and info to the Confederacy. Obi-Wan needs to ask him some about some information on the movement of the enemy and has promised the Council that he will not interfere in Aayla's mission.

That night, at the lake retreat in Naboo, Anakin Skywalker and Artoo arrive to meet with Padmé Amidala. She asks about the new scar on his face, and he dismisses the question. Instead he focuses on the fact that he has 10 days with her, all to themselves.

Also that night an explosion rips through Xist's Black Sun palace. He wonders how an army could have snuck into town without him knowing about it. At that moment Obi-Wan enters letting him know he just needs to ask a few questions. Obi-Wan goes on to mention the scavengers on Coruscant with missing limbs, the decapitated Master Ruati on Nauton IV, and the rituals to the pale goddess on Mauk. He demands to know where Asajj Ventress is.

The two fight lightsaber against electro whip, but Obi-Wan manages to come out on top. Xist says he has heard similar rumors and will share his information with the Jedi.

Back on Naboo, Anakin tells Padmé that he believes the war to be near an end and that Obi-Wan believes that Ventress is still alive, even though he killed her during their last encounter. Padmé finds Anakin's concern for his friend and former Master charming.

At a tense conversation at one of Xist's dining tables, he says he cannot confirm the reports of Ventress being alive, but he does mention that for his service to Count Dooku, the Count has agreed to eliminate one of his rivals. Xist mentions that Dooku is sending "his best assassin" to deal with the Corellian Drama Korr on her space yacht near the Mid-Rim world of Maramere. He believes that this could be the woman that Obi-Wan seeks.

Obi-Wan makes contact with the Jedi Council to let them know what he has found out, and to get permission to continue his search. They agree, so he gathers his things, says good bye to Aayla and sets off to ask Anakin to help him stop the assassination attempt and bring Ventress to justice.


Related Issues
Obsession #2 Obsession #3 Obsession #4 Obsession #5


Trade Paperbacks and Alternate Covers
Star Wars Omnibus: Clone Wars – The Republic Falls #3 Clone Wars Trade Paperback #7