Review: Kanan – The Last Padawan #3

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

Padawan Caleb Dume has managed to evade the clone patrols on Kaller, stole a ship and made the jump to hyperspace.  Only one small problem, he ended up at Coruscant with a squadron of former Republic, now Imperial, forces waiting to blast him out of the sky.

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Kanan – The Last Padawan #3

We pick up in issue 3 right where we left off at the end of 2, Caleb has arrived at Coruscant with a squadron of ARC-170’s waiting on him.  The ship has already been reported stolen and the Empire has been notified of a fugitive Jedi on board.  Caleb realizes only too late that he made a terrible mistake coming here.  The frenetic pace of the second issue continues here as the Imperial ships open fire and Caleb has to do his best to avoid them.

He does manage to escape but quickly realizes that he can’t think like a Jedi anymore, and heads back to the last place anyone would look for him.  Back to the planet Kaller where it all began.

Caleb returns the ship he stole back to it’s proper owner Janus.  Janus clearly wants nothing to do with him.  However, Janus was the only person who was even remotely kind to him.  Caleb sticks around and tries to work his way back into Janus’s good graces, with mostly disastrous results.

Halfway through the book we begin to see a change.  Caleb watches Janus from the shadows and waits for his chance.  Pepe Larraz uses just one page to show us the passage of time, but in only a few panels we can see everything.  It’s inventive and effective at showing the passage of time with the phases of the moon as Caleb grows and changes.

In this issue we see the first steps in changing from Caleb Dume to Kanan Jarrus.  The realization that he is no longer a Jedi, that there are no more masters to guide and protect him.  The first half shows the disappearance of Caleb Dume while the second half is the emergence of Kanan Jarrus, although he has not yet earned that name.

Janus finally accepts him in and begins to remake him, removing all traces of the Jedi Caleb Dume, remaking him into an underworld denizen, just one of the many faces in the galaxy.  Everything seems to be working until a job goes awry.  Our final image is Janus seemingly throwing under Kanan under the bus in an effort to save himself.

Greg Weisman’s script is solid and changes gears effortlessly from the frantic escape in the beginning to the slower pace of the second half as Kanan finds his new normal.  Larraz’s art flows right along with Weisman’s writing helping to keep it all moving.  The creators have once again delivered a fantastic book and leave us wanting more.

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.