Comic Review: Kanan, Vol. 1: The Last Padawan

25066765Star Wars: Kanan, Vol.1: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz, and Mark Brooks

Published by Marvel Comics on November 3, 2015

Genres: Comics, Science Fiction, Space, Action, Adventure

Pages: 144 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus is a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting the Galactic Empire alongside the ragtag crew of the Ghost. But years before, during the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, a Jedi Padawan training under Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that their “loyal” Clone Troopers would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66 — the Emperor’s directive to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume escape the Jedi purge? How did he learn to survive on his own after his master fell? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? What can a Padawan do when being a Jedi makes him a target? Join young Caleb for a tale that bridges the years between the Clone Wars and Rebels! Collecting KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1-6.

Kanan: The Last Padawan is yet another Star Wars comic being released by Marvel. If you haven’t watched Star Wars Rebels, you may not be familiar with the titular character of this story, Kanan Jarrus. He’s a fighter for the rebellion, working with a team to intercept supplies, stop Imperial plans, and really just being a hindrance to the Empire. He’s more than that though, one of the last remaining Jedi to survive Order 66. This is an origin story in flashback, triggered by the return to a familiar planet.

When a run for The Ghost brings Kanan back to Kaller, his memories of the past haunt him, reminding him of the last days of the Republic, fighting side by side with clone troopers and his master, Depa Billaba, as a young padawan. Order 66 is given and Kanan’s whole world crashes around him. He has to give up being a Jedi to avoid capture, becoming a rogue and making a living.

This narrative was a story of survival, of doing what you must to make it through. Relying on people, that may not be that reliable. Learning how to lie, cheat, and steal. Shifting and shaping one’s self to make a new life, taking a new name, and forging a new path. Filled with just as much action and adventure, pain and loss, Kanan’s story fits so well in the Star Wars universe.

Overall I enjoyed Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman. I’m not nearly as connected with the character as I am with those in the movies and Clone Wars but it was very interesting to find out how he survived and came to be with his crew on the Ghost. The art was beautifully done and I’ll definitely be keeping up with this story in the future. Now to go catch up on Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels!

So tell me, have you watched Star Wars Rebels? Were you interested to find out Kanan’s backstory? Let me know in the comments below!

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