Sunday, February 12, 2017

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Obsession

Star Wars: Obsession is a 5-part mini-series that is a lead-in to Revenge of the Sith.  In the story, Obi-Wan Kenobi is obsessed with finding Asajj Ventress, who the rest of the galaxy believes was killed by Anakin Skywalker, but Obi-Wan knows is alive.  After learning about her tragic origin, Obi-Wan believes she can be saved from the Dark Side.  The story starts on the planet Trigalis where Obi-Wan meets Jedi Master Aayla Secura who tells him where to find Xist, a Black Sun agent, who might be able to help Obi-Wan on his mission.  After being defeated in combat by Obi-Wan, Xist reveals one of Count Dooku's agents is in the Karthaak system.  Obi-Wan enlists the aid of a reluctant Anakin and near the planet Maramere, they encounter a derelict starship.  Aboard the ship Anakin Skywalker battles and kills Durge by guiding an escape pod containing him into the Karthaak star, foreshadowing Anakin's eventual dispatching of Dooku in the movie.  The pair are picked up by a Republic Star Destroyer, the Intervention, and learn another Dooku agent is on the graveyard planet Boz Pity in the Outer Rim.  The Republic discovers a large Confederate base at Boz Pity and attack with the assistance of many Jedi stationed in the Outer Rim.  Anakin crash lands the Intervention on the surface of the planet and a ground battle ensues.  Both Dooku and General Grievous are on the planet and during the battle, Grievous kills Jedi Master Adi Gallia, but Jedi Master Mace Windu injures Grievous.  On the base, Obi-Wan finds Ventress in a Bacta tank and she attacks him.  Dooku has his droids retrieve Grievous and orders his troops to kill Ventress.  Ventress is injured by Dooku's droids and when Obi-Wan tries to help her, she attacks and Anakin cuts her down.  In the prologue, a shuttle is returning Ventress' body to Coruscant for burial, but it turns out she is alive.  She commandeers the shuttle and orders the pilots to take her far from the war.

This story is used to account for Asajj Ventress' and Durge's absence in Revenge of the Sith.  The injuries caused by Windu also explains Grievous cough although another explanation is shown in the 2003 Clone Wars cartoon.  Additionally, Adi Gallia dies again under different circumstances in the 2008 Clone Wars animated series.

Star Wars: Obsession #1a (November 2004)
Star Wars: Obsession #2a (December 2004)
Star Wars: Obsession #3a (February 2005)
Star Wars: Obsession #4a (March 2005)
Star Wars: Obsession #5a (May 2005)
This mini-series has commanded higher than cover prices since it was released.  Individually, issue range from $5 - $10 and the entire set, in near mint condition, fetches from $25 - $40 on eBay.

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