Review: Kanan #12

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

Kanan Jarrus has awoken from his bacta tank on Kaller and is now trying to complete one last piece of unfinished business.  The story of how the padawan Caleb Dume became Kanan Jarrus has now come full circle in this final chapter.

Kanan 12

Kanan #12

The Ghost has completed their mission on Kaller, but they left Kanan and Ezra behind so they can complete a mission for Kanan’s “oldest friend.”  They planet hop from Kaller to Moraga and later to Lahn.  Kanan’s friend has joined a Rebel cell and is now detained by the Empire.  Kanan is having to confront much more of his past than he was initially expecting, but somehow he keeps from revealing any of his past to Ezra.

On Lahn, Kanan and Ezra do what they do best.  They fight and outwit the Imperial troopers who are holding his friend Morfizo.  It’s all pretty standard for what we have seen in the show.  What really stands out is who is leading the Imperial troops on Lahn.  Captain Sloane, now Vice-Admiral Sloane, has been following Kanan for years ever since she encountered him on Gorse in the A New Dawn novel.  This is a great way to bring the two stories together, especially as this comic has been all about exploring Kanan’s past.  His adventures in A New Dawn are very much an important part of that past.  Unfortunately, it’s also about the only true high point in this issue.

Sloane has been following up on Kanan, she calls him her “hobby” investigating his past in her free time, following the trail all the way back to Morfizo.  She hasn’t figured out what happened to that prior though, because as we have now seen, he wasn’t Kanan Jarrus until that point, before then he was still Caleb Dume.  One more surprise guest helps to fill in the final gaps in the story as Sloane’s investigation and attempted capture of Kanan has attracted the attention of the Grand Inquisitor.

This issue closes out Kanan’s story, at least his past and how he became Kanan Jarrus.  I enjoyed that the story came back around full circle and included both Sloane and the Inquisitor.  However, much of the story felt flat and rushed.  Part of that could be due to the change in art.  Pepe Larraz’s art has felt like such a quintessential part of this story.  In this issue, Andrea Broccardo took over art and I didn’t feel the same level of energy in the pacing of the story and the layouts.  Admittedly, Larraz set the bar very high.  It feels like they may have tried to squeeze too much story into one issue.

The Kanan book has been one of my favorites of the Marvel Star Wars line.  They fleshed out his backstory in such a way that tied to the existing stories we already knew but felt new and original.  It is wrapped up extremely well here, but I don’t know if this final issue can live up to the anticipation I had going into it.  Of course, that’s the problem with finales, they can never quite live up to what we expect or want them to be.

3.5/5 Kath Hounds

3.5/5 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.