Saturday Issue Review: Kanan Vol 1 – The Last Padawan


The Saturday Issue focuses on the more visual books read here at In Libris Veritas; ranging from graphic novels to manga to game companion guides.

KananvolSource: Purchased 
Publisher: Marvel
Series: The Last Padawan #1-6
 Paperback, 144 Pages
 Science-Fiction Comic
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5

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!

The Last Padawan follows the character Kanan Jarrus, one of the main characters in the Star Wars tv show Rebels. He’s a Jedi who survived the deadly Order 66 and has since been focusing on making a life that doesn’t pull that past to the forefront. Unfortunately as time goes on and he beings working more and more with the rebellion he is forced to face that past.

This new EU doesn’t have a ton of Order 66 era stories, only those in the Clone Wars movie and tv shows, so this is a welcome look back into that history. Especially since Kanan is one of the few Jedi who managed to survive it against all odds. Kanan of the show Rebels one slow to trust, daring, and exceedingly cautious about putting himself in the path of the Empire..and it’s great to have a comic that focuses on the events that have shaped him. It’s really awesome to see how he got into the life that lead him to A New Dawn, and why running with Hera wasn’t all that new to him.

The art is fantastic though, and I think it really brings in details that they sort of smooth out and lose in Rebels (seriously, everyone looks to be made of plastic). The art does change at the end, but the majority of the volume is done beautifully.

Is this a super necessary SW book? Maybe not entirely. We already know much about Kanan from the show itself, but it really does add some nice depth to his character and sheds some light on just why he struggles the way he does. I can’t wait to read the next set of issues!

4 stars

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