Kanan #11

Kanan #11 (of 12)

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

Kanan #11 wraps up the Grievous arc as the Third Battle of Mygeeto comes to a close. Young padawan Caleb Dume faces a ferocious Separatist colonel while his master Depa Billaba squares off against General Grievous. Both sides dance with danger. Yet the victories of the past do not ensure safety for the future. As Kanan wakes up from his coma, he finds the crew of the Ghost at the mercy of the Imperials.

While there aren’t a lot of great shots of Grievous, the story does keep him frightening.

For the penultimate issue in this series, Kanan #11 actually does a really good job of wrapping everything up. In fact, they could end the series here and be perfectly fine. It finishes off the Mygeeto battle, the confrontation with Grievous, it ties up the flashbacks by leading into the mission to Kaller, and it wraps up the present day troubles as Kanan wakes up and saves his friends. I’m not really sure what Kanan #12 is going to do. Regardless, Greg did a good job with this one. It’s a satisfying story that brings a lot of closure, some action, and a little drama.

Fighting Jedi with fire isn’t necessarily a recipe for success, but I really liked the colors in this panel. There’s the warm colors of the flame but also the nice earthy tones in the background.

The artwork is about normal. There’s not a lot of really impressive panels, and Pepe didn’t kick the story off with any huge, two page spread. There’s still some panels spreading across the pages, and everything looks pretty decent for its particular style. There’s lots of colors to go with it and it does a good job of presenting an overall enjoyable comic.

Caleb brushes the dark side at one moment as seen in this dark, foreboding panel.

That said, I’d like to point out the gorgeous cover by Mark Brooks. Mark has been doing some stunning work with the covers, and not just Kanan, but many of the Star Wars comic titles. This one, however, really stands out. The contrast of the red striped Clonetroopers with their white armor, the white background and even the red lettering of the comic title, is eye popping. Kanan, done in full color with his earthy tones, really stands out as the center of attention. It’s the kind of cover that catches your eye and pleases your sensibilities. Very nicely done.

Pepe throws a bone out there to all the fans with a Kanan crush by depicting a dashing…and shirtless…Kanan.

I give Kanan #11 a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s pretty good and does a nice job of wrapping the series up. If you’ve been with it this long, you definitely have to check this one out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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