Review: Kanan – The Last Padawan #1

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Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colors: David Curiel
Cover: Mark Brooks
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

The crew of the Ghost has been sent by Fulcrum on a mission to the planet Kaller to pick up supplies for the people back on Lothal.  What should be a fairly simple mission becomes a dark reminder of Kanan’s past.

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Kanan – The Last Padawan #1

We don’t know much about Kanan’s past, the novel, A New Dawn, only touches on his past briefly.  We know that he was padawan to Jedi Master Depa Billaba and that he was able to survive the events of Order 66 while she did not.  As it turns out the planet Kaller where the Rebels are headed was the planet that the padawan Caleb Dume’s life would change forever.

The issue opens in the “present” of the Rebels TV show but that is only for the first page.  The rest of the issue is a flashback to Caleb and Depa during the final days of the Clone Wars.  We don’t know exactly where in the timeline of Rebels this story falls, but it is after A Spark of Rebellion because Ezra is a part of the crew.  The timeline is not the only canon issue that is raised.  The issue references Depa Billaba’s past and it’s not entirely clear if they are referencing Depa’s actions during Shatterpoint or not.

Master Billaba and Padawan Dume are leading a siege on the planet Kaller.  It’s the same story we saw over much of the Clone Wars, the Separatists are entrenched and it’s up to the Jedi lead forces to liberate the planet.  For most of the issue it feels like a lost episode of the Clone Wars with Jedi philosophy and some fantastic action throughout.  Things take a dark turn in the final panels with one huge cliffhanger ending.

It’s a shame that Greg Weisman is no longer writing for the Rebels TV show, but I am glad that he is still writing in the Star Wars universe.  Weisman really captures the unique feel of the Clone Wars era.  Pepe Larraz’s art with David Curiel’s colors makes for a truly dramatic story especially during the Jedi training.

I was initially unsure about this book when it was first announced but this issue might be one of the best issues since Marvel took over the Star Wars brand.

4.5/5 Kath Hounds

4.5/5 Kath Hounds

About the Author

Paul joined the EUCantina staff in 2012, combining his love of Star Wars and his obsession with comic books. He has been a Star Wars fan since the early 80's and is always finding a way to tie Star Wars into every facet of his life. Paul lives in Virginia. He loves movies, plays guitar and is TK-5990, a proud member of the 501st Legion.