Kanan – The Last Padawan #3

Kanan – The Last Padawan #3

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

Kanan – The Last Padawan #3 puts Caleb Dume in a new profession. Going from Jedi to thief may be an easy transition for the ex-padawan, but it turns out to be no less treacherous. From escaping the Empire to finding a new mentor, he winds up in one mess of trouble after another. The good side is that it makes for a fun story.

The short and sweet of it is that Greg Weisman knocks out a nice little story in Kanan #3. It’s nicely self-contained and satisfying even with the cliffhanger ending. We get a lot of narration from Caleb/Kanan as he thinks through his situation and comes to terms with where he is in the galaxy. There’s a tight focus between him and the criminal Janus Kasmir, whose ship he steals. The story provides an opportunity to develop both of the characters while tossing in some action. The suspenseful ending leaves readers eager for the next issue, but with everything that happens in this one, there’s enough to leave you content.

Completing the enjoyment of the comic is the artwork which steps up a notch or two. The first three pages are gorgeous. The series continues the trend of opening with a two page spread, but this time with starfighters in space. There’s some great action scenes—be they starfighter combat or fist-to-cuffs between the characters—and equally impressive quiet moments. Scenes like Caleb tearing his mind apart for direction while sitting in the cockpit of his stolen ship resonate with emotion. The artwork brings him to life, touching on the empathy of the reader, and cementing the story on a personal level. And that’s all because of the artwork.

There are plenty of scenes eliciting emotion, yet there’s also panels showing off the manipulative skill of the artists. For instance, the initial hyperspace panel is beautiful. It’s not just a streaking effect of stars but a brilliant burst of blue lighting as engines are blurred into a shift in reality. There are also more cartoony looking panels that are kept vividly bright and colorful. Often enough, the color and the character expressions make it work. One of my favorites is the face shot of Caleb after Kasmir draws a blaster on him. He has a crease on his brow and a look that makes him appear far older than his years. It’s a nice touchstone.

With a good story and some stellar artwork, I give Kanan – The Last Padawan #3 a five out of five metal bikinis. It walks the line between dramatic and cartoony for a story that’s both fun and entertaining.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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