Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colors: David Curiel
Cover: Mark Brooks
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Kanan Jarrus continues to revisit his past life as the Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume. In the present, Kanan lies in a bacta tank healing from injuries on the planet Kaller, but in his mind, he is going to the planet Mygeeto with his master Depa Billaba to assist in the battle.
We open in the “present” as Kanan lies helpless in the bacta tank. Imperial stormtroopers have invaded and the crew of the Ghost must keep him safe. Larraz gives us a great transition from one timeline to the next as we jump from Kanan in the bacta tank to Caleb in the bacta tank. It’s a very effective transition and keeps the storylines from getting too jumbled.
We only visit the present in the first pages, after that it’s entirely in the past. Young Caleb’s heroics have bonded him with the clone troopers and given us the first glimpses of the type of man he will grow into.
Until now this comic has not directly tied in to anything that was happening on the Rebels TV show. Based on the costumes we know that the story is taking place some time before the Siege of Lothal that began season 2. However, in this issue, we get the first connection between the show and the comic. Much like what Marvel has been doing with their TV and movies the crossover happens at the same time in both the show and the comic. In the episode, The Protector of Concord Dawn, we meet Fenn Rau and Kanan says how the Mandalorian pilots of Skull Squadron saved him during the Battle of Mygeeto. In this issue, we see the battle where they saved Kanan’s life. Both products came out on the same day as well. It’s not clear if it was planned this way or if it was just a happy accident.
As with most of the Kanan comics, the story is fast paced and heavily action orientated. There was one brief moment that stood out for me. In one small break in the action as Master Billaba teaches a lesson to young Caleb he gets a brief glimpse of their future during Order 66. It’s the small touches that keep this being more than just another war story.
Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz continue to be a fantastic creative team on this. His writing is engaging and fun while Larraz’s art keeps the story moving at it’s frenetic pace. They have created a book that is unique in the Star Wars line but still keeps that classic Star Wars feel. I’m sad to hear that the book may be ending soon as it’s been simply fantastic from the get go.