Review: Kanan #11

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

Kanan Jarrus still lays in a bacta tank on the planet Kaller, Imperial troops have captured the rest of the crew of the Ghost.  However in his mind, he is still the padawan Caleb Dume on the planet Mygeeto fighting in the Clone Wars against General Grievous and the droid armies of the Separatists.

Kanan 11

Kanan #11

Young Caleb is confronted by a Kage warrior who killed clone trooper Stance at the end of the last issue.  Now he is face to face with him and Caleb is feeling the pull of the dark side.  He wants to give into his rage and anger but knows that he shouldn’t.

On the other side of the battlefield, Caleb’s master Depa Billaba is facing down General Grievous.  It’s implied that they have fought before, Grievous might even be the one who was responsible for defeat prior to taking on Caleb, but we don’t get any detail beyond that.  She is a stronger and more centered Jedi now than she was prior and holds her own against Grievous as well as any Jedi we’ve seen fight him.  Their fight even seemed very similar to the final encounter between Grievous and Obi-wan in Revenge of the Sith.  It seems Grievous doesn’t learn from his mistakes very well.  With the amount of times we have seen Grievous fight it is hard to come up with something new for him to do against a Jedi every time.

The majority of the issue is an intercut between Depa fighting Grievous and Caleb fighting the Kage warrior.  Both fights are similar as our heroes face a seemingly much stronger opponent and both heroes have to show how they’ve grown because of their battles.  The fights end very differently though.

Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz continue to create a fantastic book.  The characters are strong and well written, the art is fast and frenetic, matching the tone of battle it never lets up.  They have done a fantastic job of telling a story out of order but never making it seem confusing or hard to follow.

This is the second to last issue for Kanan.  With the final pages, the story has now come full circle back to where it began.  I’m not sure what the shape the final issue will take as it seems the flashback story has basically ended.  I’m both excited and saddened for the next issue.

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.