Meh, perhaps. It depends on how he's written. Honestly, I've got a bad feeling about his character, but I coudl be pleasantly surprised. I hope I am, but I'm not counting on it - I'm already having visions of yet more whiny Skywalker-ness.
Luke's mother may have been a "mere mortal" but you know as well as I what any guy on this board thinks of that "mere mortal," Astro.
I don't know that Yoda could have ever defeated Sidious, unless perhaps on the dark side himself. But you've got to give Luke credit - he took on 2 Sith Lords with a grand total of 4 weeks of training. And he beat one of them, and resisted the other quite a long time. Not bad for a practically untrained brat. The fact that he eventually "lost" doesn't diminish that at all; in fact, his moral victory "No, your majesty. I'm a Jedi, llke my father before me," lightsaber tossed away
shows a strength that even Yoda and Ben never saw coming - they only saw him killing the Emperor and Vader, never overcoming through peace. I think that by the time of the [u]Legacy[u] series (trying to stay at least a little
bit on topic here, I am) he could easily rival any of the old Jedi Masters for skill and wisdom. Think of everything he's been through. He survived going to the dark side, marrying Mara Jade (can you imagine?
), the Yuuzhan Vong (including getting stabbed by super-amphistaff Shimrra), etc.
I'll agree with you about Luke and Anakin to a certain extent: that is, Anakin had more pure potential (though I think it can be argued that it's not by a ton). But Luke is, by the end of the NJO, far more powerful than Anakin ever was, because he has much more experience, training (if a little rough at times), has overcome much more, and is far more centered. I think it's hard to argue with the Master who recreated an order murdered by his father and father's master.
I'll be curious to see how Jacen's growing ability plays into the "great Jedi" group, too. And how we'll change our minds about Obi-Wan's abilities after Ep. III...
*is counting down the days* I have tickets for the 21st, and I'm stoked... midnight showings were, of course, sold out before I got out of my classes the day they went on sale, and I didn't have a credit card handy to buy them online... yargh.