Obi-Wan Kenobi? I wonder if he means old Ben Kenobi...
There’s no Jedi quite like Obi-Wan Kenobi. No one so perfectly encapsulates the goodness of the Jedi Order. He is the safety amidst the turmoil of galactic civil war and treacherous betrayal. His character is developed from start to finish, and yet it feels like we will never exhaust the Obi-Wan stories to be told. From his apprenticeship under Qui-Gon to the Dark Times on Tatooine, Obi-Wan’s journey has graced every corner of Star Wars storytelling. If you only know Obi-Wan from visual media, you’ve barely scratched the surface.
On the canon side of things, Master and Apprentice shows Obi-Wan’s struggle to be the best by-the-books Jedi under the tutelage of a roguish master obsessed with ancient prophecy. Marvel’s prequel material explores Kenobi’s self-doubt regarding whether he will be as good a master as Qui-Gon. Dark Disciple displays Obi-Wan sparingly, but fantastically–the light-side counterbalance to the uncertainty of its main characters.
The Legends universe features Kenobi in wonderful ways as well. John Jackson Miller’s flagship novel, Kenobi, serves as the template for what life could be like a stranded Jedi-no-more in the period between Episodes III and IV. Wild Space is a buddy-cop novel featuring Obi-Wan alongside Bail Organa, forging a friendship that bridges into Revenge of the Sith and even Original Trilogy, from a certain point of view. Not to be overlooked are the stories that show the development of his camaraderie with Anakin Skywalker, who would become like a brother to him. Don’t snooze on Scholastic’s entries to Obi-Wan’s mythology either; the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series are perhaps the strangest and most in-depth glimpses into the character, featuring more than thirty young reader novels with everything from Obi-Wan witnessing the accidental death of arrival to leaving the Jedi Order to falling in love.
If you can’t wait for the new Disney+ series starring Ewan McGregor, there’s plenty here to fill the void in the meantime–you won’t be disappointed.
Following Order 66, General Obi Wan Kenobi vanished from the galaxy along with all the other Jedi. Years later, he re-emerged as a crazy old hermit by the name of Ben to play a hand in the fate of the galaxy. However, much more happened in the preceding years than one might expect. Even on a backwater planet like Tatooine, there is conflict, and soon Ben finds himself wrapped up in a decades-long feud between the moisture farmers and their arch nemeses, the Tusken Raiders. Ben must find a way to get to the bottom of an ever-deepening mystery that lies beneath the conflict while also keeping his identity—and his true purpose on Tatooine—a secret.
Kenobi is hands down one of the best books in the Expanded Universe. John Jackson Miller crafted a well-written, easy-to-read piece that not only focuses on one of the most beloved characters in all of Star Wars, but also manages to fill in a crucial gap in the story between movie trilogies. It takes the Western influences in Star Wars and runs with them to create not only an engaging story, but an essential one.
The relationship between Jedi Master and Padawan is tumultuous as often as it is tight. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi know this fact all too well. In the midst of their struggles to work together, Qui-Gon gets an offer that would allow them to part ways forever. However, after being sent on what may be their final mission together, Qui-Gon begins have visions that cast everyone’s future into doubt.
Claudia Gray once again does what she does best by delivering a moving, impactful story that delves into big questions surrounding the Force. She was entrusted with hugely important characters and uses them expertly.
In this Marvel miniseries, we get a glimpse at a mission wherein Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Padawan, Anakin Skywalker, receive a distress call to a remote snowy planet where two factions wage war for dominance. Written by masterful comics writer Charles Soule, this series provides something quite rare for Star Wars canon publishing–a Jedi team dispatched on a mission to preserve peace for the galaxy. It’s not a part of a larger galactic war, but a more localized story to a lone planet and two Jedi struggling to form a bond after the Force brought them together.
Luke Skywalker discovered Obi-Wan Kenobi’s journal in his hut on Tatooine. This standout issue shows us a glimpse of what life was like for a Jedi in a time without the Jedi Order.
Obi-Wan Kenobi is supposed to be keeping a low profile on Tatooine while he watches over young Luke Skywalker, but Owen Lars gets tired of his meddling in their affairs. But Obi-Wan can't stand idly by when Luke is in danger. Plus, Qui-Got Jinn, Jawas, Tusken Raiders, and Jabba the Hutt!
Every Star Wars movie has an accompanying novelization, but none so impressive as Revenge of the Sith. While it expertly tells the story of the film, it also manages to add to it in unexpected ways. Not only is it the best novelization, it’s a fantastic work of fiction in and of itself.
Matthew Stover outdoes himself in this novelization by painting Obi Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi as glorified super heroes in the eyes of the common man in the Star Wars universe. Somehow, this raises the stakes of one of the most intense episodes of the saga and makes Anakin’s ultimate fate even more impactful.
Obi-Wan is dispatched to retrieve a rare artifact from the Dallenor, but he is reluctant to bring along his impulsive young apprentice, Anakin. After the death of his master, Qui-on, Obi-Wan struggles to believe he can be a good teacher for Anakin. But on Dallenor Anakin proves to be quite the resourceful Jedi student.
In the start to this series written for audiences ages 9-12, Jedi student Obi-Wan Kenobi competes for the attention of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. He and fellow hopeful Padawan Bruck Chun provoke each other to anger, threatening their futures with the Jedi. Obi-Wan’s future as a Jedi Knight hangs in the balance as he battles his anger with his peer.
As a result of his displays of his temper, Obi-Wan is sentenced to serve in the Agricultural Corps on the planet of Bandomeer. Also assigned to this mission is Qui-Gon himself. En route to their destination, the Republic ship is ambushed by pirates. This mission might prove to be Obi-Wan’s last chance to prove that he has what it takes to be a Jedi.
Part of Jude Watson’s massive series of Star Wars books published by Scholastic, the Way of the Apprentice begins a ten-book series about Obi-Wan Kenobi training Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Quest: Path to Truth is not a numbered entry in the series, it should probably be considered book 1). Although marketed for young readers, these easily digestible stories are certainly worth anyone’s time. Watson develops an assortment of side characters across her multiple series, the star of whom is Obi-Wan’s Jedi friend and rival, Siri Tachi. She also does a masterful job in creating unique planets, cultures, species, and plots in each book with an overarching villain making repeated appearances throughout. Although it would be helpful to read the Jedi Apprentice series before Jedi Quest, it isn’t necessary in order to dive into Jedi Quest. Audiobooks are available for the first four books in the series.
Secrets of the Jedi is an essential book in the Jude Watson universe of young reader books. It tells three connected stories about illicit relationships that three Jedi hide: Qui-Gon and Tahl, Obi-Wan and Siri, and Anakin and Padmé. The plot revolves around the Jedi trying to save a young boy and his family from an assassination plot by a gang of bounty hunters. This book should probably be read after reading both the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest series, but you could also enjoy it on its own if you prefer chaos.
This remarkable Clone Wars novel is largely a buddy-cop adventure starring Obi-Wan and Senator Bail Organa. And Obi-Wan famously isn’t overly fond of politicians. But in order to escape Zigoola, they’ll have to find common ground. This book serves as an important piece of the connectivity puzzle linking Episodes II, III, and IV, as Organa and Kenobi forge a friendship that will serve pivotal to galactic events.
Taking place early in the Clone Wars timeline, Wild Space is the story of Obi-Wan and Bail Organa going in search of a Sith holocron on the far away planet of Zigoola.
The Clone Wars novels are very accessible to fans with all levels of prior knowledge. You don’t have to have seen a single episode of the TV series or have read any other Star Wars books to be able to enjoy this. However, it features Ahsoka as a sideline character and takes place alongside Clone Wars Season One episodes Downfall of a Droid and Duel of the Droids.
The Clone Wars are being fought on many fronts, battles between Jedi and Sith, Republic and Separatists, clones and droids, good and evil. Just how far are the Separatists willing to go to achieve victory? On the planet Lanteeb, Obi-Wan and Anakin track down a scientist developing a catastrophic biological weapon for the Nemoidian Lok Durd. The story is an excellent addition to the drama of the drama of the Clone Wars because of the massive threat of the bioweapon and because of the personal moments between Obi-Wan and Anakin.
The Clone Wars novels are very accessible to fans with all levels of prior knowledge. You don’t have to have seen a single episode of the TV series or have read any other Star Wars books to be able to enjoy this. The Clone Wars Gambit books, Stealth and Siege, form a two-part story arc.
The Clone Wars Gambit books are an Anakin & Obi-Wan story where they try to take down a Separatist scientist who is developing a bioweapon with crippling destructive capabilities.
This is the sequel to Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth.
Asajj Ventress did not deserve the pain she endured as a child, but she endured it all the same. While most know her as the relentless, hardened Sith apprentice who will stop at nothing to please her master, there’s a much less sinister side to her -- one that may even be capable of falling in love.
There were many stories originally meant to complete The Clone Wars that never got their chance to be told. But Ventress’s journey deserved a proper ending, and it got exactly that. In this story of love, loss, and triumph, watch as the villain you thought you knew transforms into a celebrated hero of the Republic.
This Legends collection shows stories of Anakin and Obi-Wan as galactic war heroes facing off against the likes of Asajj Ventress and the regenerative general, Durge. It now serves as a Legends alternative to the events of the Clone Wars TV show, departing in some significant but entertaining ways.