Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Aurorient Express
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Aurorient Express was originally published as a two part miniseries in 2002. It was never collected in a trade paperback, but was included in the 2009 omnibus "Rise of the Sith".
Aurorient Express is a short adventure detailing the sabotage of a luxury ship on the world of Yorn Skot. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon infiltrate the ship, and attempt to its course before it is crushed in the depths of the planet's tibannosphere. There are many different groups interested in the destruction or incapacitation of the ship, and the duo encounter all of them in their quest to save the ship from destruction.
The plot is full of twists and seemingly everyone has a part to play in the destruction of the ship. This aspect of it was ok, but the comic was alittle short for so many complications. The direct opposition to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan consists solely of crab droids that seem to have little attack capability. They aren't particularly menacing, and the fight scenes are subdued and often pushed to the background.
Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are characterized nicely, however. It is always fun to see these two in action, and their dynamic here is great. Qui-Gon actually comes off better and more realistic here than he does in the movies, not victim to the same maddening decisions that were present in Phantom Menace. Obi-Wan shows a bit of his brash side, while getting a few moments to shine of his own.
|A closeup of Saul|
|An example of the humor at work in Aurorient Express|
Overall, the comic has great characterization of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, but boring side characters and an overly complex plot detract from the experience.
Aurorient Express features cartoonish, stylized art that draws significantly from real world attire and fashion. Colors are extremely vibrant, and drawings tend to have minimal detail. The interior of the ship, with the exception of the bland holding deck, looks great. The design looks very stately, and there are plenty of little details to be found in some of the sketches.
|Aurorient Express captain|
Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are captured well here. Qui-Gon's unnaturally straight beard gives him a very stern look in this particular comic, and Obi-Wan is given a very youthful appearance that manages to show his mood and emotions perfectly. The combat droids look really good too, despite their actual capabilities. Finally, I liked the design of the ship, even if it was only glimpsed a handful of times.
Aurorient Express has a really interesting art design, and, problems with plot and side characters aside, serves as a solid adventure with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan.