Science Fiction

Star Wars: Incognito

Author: John Jackson Miller

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                I have always wondered how Luke Skywalker ended up on Tatooine Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith explained some of that, but it couldn't have been easy for a hunted Jedi to get a young baby to Tatooine without drawing some attention and getting into a scrape or two.  John Jackson Miller's latest short story, Star Wars: Incognito, published in Issue #143 of Star Wars Insider Magazine, seeks to shed some light on that.

                Incognito takes place shortly after Obi-Wan Kenobi receives custody of Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala's son, Luke.  Anakin doesn't know about the birth of Padme's twins and Kenobi and Senator Bail Organa want to keep it that way.  Organa has taken Leia home with him and she will henceforth be known as his daughter.  Kenobi has decided that Luke shall be raised by Anakin's stepbrother and his wife, Owen and Beru Lars, believing that Anakin Skywalker, now Darth Vader, will never have reason to want to return to Tatooine after the death of his mother, Shmi.

                But the trip is not without perils.  After all, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a Jedi and in the days of Emperor Palpatine, all Jedi are hunted.  Obi-Wan tries to hide his identity, but it isn't easy to turn a blind eye towards helping people, especially since being a Jedi means doing just that.  Unfortunately, a fellow traveler, who also happens to be on the run from the Emperor, is finding himself unable to stop coming to the aide of those in need. 

                Obi-Wan must help this stranger, preventing his capture and certain demise at the hands of local thugs and, later, Clone Troopers.  But can he do so without revealing his own identity and ruining his most precious mission?

                I enjoyed this Obi-Wan Kenobi tale, a lead in for John Jackson Miller's new novel, Kenobi, set for release in late August 2013.  If you pay attention, Obi-Wan never reveals his name throughout the story.  The tale is told in the point of view of a Senator who has denounced Palpatine and is now on the run.  His kind have difficulty seeing and he doesn't recognize Obi-Wan.  Were it not for the pictures or the fact that he is a Jedi, trying to conceal his identity and that of the baby he is traveling with, one would never know this was a tale about Kenobi's adventures while traveling to Tatooine.

                I loved the way Obi-Wan handled the situation without truly tipping his hand.  I also enjoyed how his actions influenced the Senator to find a different route, acting as a Palpatine supporter in an effort to help those who are on the run.  Having some part of Obi-Wan and Luke's travels to Tatooine solved, I must learn more.  Star Wars: Incognito was a great way to get me excited for the coming of this new novel featuring Obi-Wan Kenobi.  I can't wait for Star Wars: Kenobi to hit the book stores. 


For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson
Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood

Star Wars: Buyer's Market
Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three

Star Wars: A Fair Trade
Star Wars: The Tenebrous Way
Star Wars: Maze Run

Star Wars: The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai
Star Wars: Hunting the Gorach
Star Wars: Getaway
Star Wars: Roll of the Dice
Star Wars: Reputation
Star Wars: Heist
Star Wars: Speaking Silently
Star Wars: Eruption

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