f you’re missing Obi-Wan Kenobi as much as we are, you might be wondering where to turn for more content featuring the Jedi Master. Lucky for us, there are so many books and comics with him that we can’t even feature them all in one article! Between Legends and Canon, books and comics, adult and young adult, there’s a wide variety of stories for everyone. Ready to get over your Obi-Wan Kenobi FOMO? Check out the books and comics below!
Padawan by Kiersten White
Padawan by Kiersten White is a young adult novel that, focuses on a young Obi-Wan going on one of his first missions with his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn. They get separated along the way, and Obi-Wan is forced to deal with things on his own, despite his lack of experience outside of the walls of the Jedi Temple. After seeing so much of Kenobi’s life during the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire, we’re looking forward to traveling in the opposite direction to experience a coming of age story for Obi-Wan! Padawan releases on July 26, 2022.
Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray is an adult novel and is one of Youtini’s most highly regarded books. This book features one of our rare Masterpiece ratings on our site, and is number four on our Youtini Reading Order. The writing is amazing, which is no surprise given Gray’s previous work - especially in her descriptions of Force lore which she doesn’t always get to play with in her books featuring non-Force users. This book displays Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s relationship in the clearest and most interesting manner we’ve seen yet. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are polar opposites: Obi-Wan holds rules and procedure in high regard, whereas Qui-Gon likes to skirt the rules and learn about prophecies and other subjects Jedi frown upon. The plot of this book takes them on a diplomatic mission to Pijal, where we get to see them work together, all while Qui-Gon has intrusive visions. Gray writes Obi-Wan masterfully, and we couldn’t recommend a book about Obi-Wan more than this one.
Age of Republic: Obi-Wan by Jody Houser, Art by Wilton Santos and Cory Smith
Age of Republic: Obi-Wan by Jody Houser with pencils by Wilton Santos and Cory Smith is a single issue comic in the Age of series. This is the first piece of content in this list that features him as a Jedi Knight. Specifically, this takes place very early in Knighthood as he’s struggling with his promise to Qui-Gon Jinn to train Anakin Skywalker. While this story is very contained and doesn’t directly affect the overall Skywalker saga, it has a very interesting premise: Obi-Wan and new Padawan Anakin Skywalker go on a mission to find a rare Holocron. If you like good character driven stories as well as the dynamic between Kenobi and Skywalker, this story is well worth reading.
Obi-Wan & Anakin by Charles Soule, Art by Marco Checchetto
Obi-Wan and Anakin by Charles Soule with pencils by Marco Checchetto is a five issue miniseries. We yet again see Obi-Wan as a Jedi Knight with Anakin Skywalker as his Padawan. Focused more on character building than intense action sequences, Soule delves deep into Kenobi and Skywalker’s relationship, as well as getting to the heart of what the duty of a Jedi is - or at least what it was intended to be: guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Obi-Wan and Anakin go to Carnelion IV, a snowy and archaic planet, on a mission in the role of diplomats trying to bring peace to two groups native to the planet fighting each other. They end up stranded there, and the duo need to balance Obi-Wan’s deference to the rules with Anakin’s rashness in order to accomplish the mission and get off the planet safely.
Brotherhood by Mike Chen
Brotherhood by Mike Chen is an adult novel that came out around the time of Obi-Wan Kenobi on May 10, 2022. Given the timing of the release as promotion for the show, expectations were very high. As we stated in our review, the book absolutely delivered as a wonderful Clone Wars era character study of Obi-Wan, all while containing action and high stakes. Taking place on Cato Neimoidia, Obi-Wan Kenobi must investigate a bombing of one of the planet’s cities. Anakin is on a separate mission teaching younglings, but when Obi-Wan’s investigation gets him into trouble, Anakin has no choice but to save him. Cato Neimoidia is home to the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation, so many different politics are at play throughout the book. Because of this, we get to see Kenobi utilize his famous diplomacy. Remember in Revenge of the Sith when General Grievous greets Obi-Wan by saying “ah yes, the negotiator!”? This is the origin of that moniker! Also in Sith, when Kenobi mentions “that business on Cato Neimoidia”, this is that business, and it’s up to you whether it counts or not! We can honestly say that this book is a love letter to the Prequels. It feels like a Clone Wars arc in the best way, and the references are off the charts. Prequel fans rejoice!
Stories of Jedi & Sith by Various Authors
While Stories of Jedi and Sith is an anthology containing many stories by many authors about many different Jedi and Sith, there is a particular story that focuses on Obi-Wan and Anakin! The specific story is called “The Eye of the Beholder” by Sarwat Chadda. The story takes place on the planet Devalok and follows two children, Zohra and Dumuz. They find themselves, and their planet, in the middle of a battle in the Clone Wars. Things look bleak for them: their parents are missing and feared dead, and they are stuck in an increasingly severe firefight with battle droids. Who swoops in to save them? None other than Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, of course! This story is very contained and focused without having much impact on the story at large, but if you’re looking for even more character building for Obi-Wan, then this story will be an enjoyable read.
Obi-Wan by Christopher Cantwell, Art by Ario Anindito, Luke Ross, Alessandro Miracolo, Madibek Musabekov, and Adriana Melo
Obi-Wan by Christopher Cantwel is a five issue miniseries, with each issue taking place in a different time in Kenobi’s life. Each issue is drawn by a different artist: Ario Anindito, Luke Ross, Alessandro Miracolo, Madibek Musabekov, and Adriana Melo, respectively. There’s a framing story that runs throughout the miniseries: old Ben Kenobi is sitting in his hut on Tatooine writing in his journal about his life as a Jedi. The first issue followed Obi-Wan as a Youngling, taking on an adventure on a Coruscant night. The second issue follows him as a Padawan alongside his Master Qui-Gon Jinn, and is a bit of a haunted house story. Issues three and four take place when Kenobi is a Master and General in The Clone Wars, depicting war and the costs of war. Issue five takes place in the early stages of his hiding on Tatooine, and is a sort of western story. This miniseries is a great character study of someone who we see throughout so many eras of Star Wars.
From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi by Jason Aaron, Art by Simone Bianchi, Mike Mayhew, Salvador Larroca, and Andrea Sorrentino
From the Journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi by Jason Aaron with pencils by Simone Bianchi, Mike Mayhew, Salvador Larroca, and Andrea Sorrentino is a nine issue collection of comics. The frame story is similar to Obi-Wan in that Kenobi wrote tales of his adventures in his journals. In this case, Luke is reading the journal which kicks off the flashbacks to Kenobi. The story involves Obi-Wan deciding whether or not to get involved and potentially risk Luke’s protection when he witnesses injustices occur on Tatooine. His decision creates consequences which drive forward the rest of the story. Before the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, this was one of our only Canon looks into this period of Kenobi’s life, and a well-done story at that. This is one of the pieces of media that had an obvious influence on the show, making it a very interesting read!
These are not the only stories you’re looking for…
Looking for even more Obi-Wan content? Youtini content creator Nathan Emery put together a video with all the best Canon and Legends books featuring Kenobi! Or, if you’d like a more centralized list, check out Youtini’s Obi-Wan Kenobi reading collection. Happy reading!