Kanan – The Last Padawan #5

Kanan – The Last Padawan #5

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

Kanan – The Last Padawan #5 wraps up the first arc of the Kanan series as he deals with the ghosts of his past and moves on toward the future. To be honest, it wasn’t a stellar issue, but it was good and it wrapped things up while still leaving room for the next chapter in the story. There’s finally an end to the chase between Caleb, Styles and Grey. On top of that, Caleb changes his name. It’s just one step closer to catching up with the rebels we’re more familiar with.

The last issue ended with Caleb in custody as the clone troopers that have been chasing him finally caught him. Of course they don’t kill him, but Caleb still has to make his escape. Somewhat heavy handedly, the issue actually takes the plunge into vacuum to provide that escape. Now I’m not sure what kind of real life endurance the human body can endure in the vacuum of space. Movies would have us believe people explode. In this comic, it just make you cough a couple times. I’m sure reality is a bit harsher than that, Jedi or not. So that was certainly one point that caught me off guard in the comic and made me just a little disappointed. It seemed like to easy of an out, and too outlandish.

A nice example of some of the better coloring in this issue. There’s the nice lighting effects in space, the quality shading on Kanan’s face, and some interesting lighting effects for his Force shove.

One thing I did like was the conversation Caleb had with the two clones. He tries to break through their conditioning and brainwashing to make them realize that Order 66 wasn’t just an order, but a spell they couldn’t break free of. He plants the seeds of doubt which manages to get Grey to think about what really happened. It’s interesting to hear the clones talk about the event and how they perceived it, especially years after the fact. While the comic only gets to explore it briefly, it does fall nicely into the plot and worked well it granting Caleb and his friends yet another escape, this one much more believable.

Yet in these panels, the cartoonish style invades the explosions, engine trails and blaster bolts to the point that it starts to look goofy, especially in that last panel.

Sadly, there was one more event that caught me off guard and that’s how Caleb says goodbye to Janus. Janus just saved his live from the vacuum of space, and seems to be closer than ever to Caleb, and in return, Caleb knees him in the stomach and throws him into a rock. I didn’t quite understand what Greg Weisman was trying to do there. Whatever was going through Caleb’s head wasn’t clear and didn’t make sense. I get Caleb needing to part ways with Janus, but I don’t see why it had to be done so violently. On the flip side, it will be interesting if they meet again in the next issue with is taking place in the present. With the crew of the Ghost with him, will Kanan snub his old friend or try to mend the wounds of the past? That’s a question I’m looking forward to.

This one really killed the mood of the issue. It’s the last panel, a full page arrangement of Caleb and Kanan as he grows up. The problem is that the style of his face…well…it doesn’t work for me at all. He looks like a bunch of elves. I think this page could have used the most attention in the whole issue due to the impact it could have had. Unfortunately it was a missed opportunity.

Artwise, the interior is a bit of the same. It’s colorful and cartoony. It conveys the characters and the action, but I found myself wanting a little more from the artwork. Perhaps a bit more quality in the coloring or a bit more detail in the pencils. Either way, Mark Brooks did another stunning cover. His work for the entire first arc of the series was really amazing and would make for some awesome posters. Seriously Marvel, rollout some 24″ x 36″ posters of the cover art and you could be making some easy money. Of all the series out there right now, I dare say Mark Brooks would be the contender for the best when it comes to the current line of Star Wars covers.

By providing some closure and creating a nice plot nugget for next arc, Kanan – The Last Padawan #5 does a pretty good job of tying things off. There were some story elements that could have been better, and the visuals could have been better too, but overall, it was still good. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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