Marvel is on fire as they yet again have managed to produce another magnificent Star Wars series that lays out the canon for a new era.
The fourth new Star Wars series to come from Marvel, Kanan: The Last Padawan is the first to take place outside of the original trilogy era. Set in the heart of the Clone Wars, The Last Padawan is about Kanan Jarrus from the animated Rebels series. Kanan was a former Padawan from the Jedi Temple named Caleb Dume, who is studying under Jedi Master Depa Billaba. As an in depth fan of Star Wars’ lore, I was excited to read Depa’s name in the opening crawl. She has little to no screen time in the movies and features only randomly in other Star Wars Legends.
The story takes place in flashback form as Kanan and the rest of his crew are headed back to the planet Kaller. Kanan is fighting alongside Depa and a platoon of Clone Troopers. For spoilers’ sake, I won’t go any further. In these Marvel comics, I very much enjoy when the stories reference a major plot point or event from the films. If you’re anything like me, you’ll really love this.
The story shows the bond between Master and Apprentice and shows many teachings, including the form of a Knight, and other traits such as patience. Lightsabers are a frequent sight in The Last Padawan, which is one of the cooler aspects of the Star Wars universe with respect to detail. Each Lightsaber is totally unique, often inspired by the holder’s master. In addition to the cool sights of the Lightsabers, the scenery and background is luminous and sets an atmosphere worthy of the name Star Wars. Add in some dialogue from the Clone Troopers and it’s not hard to see why The Last Padawan will be another success.
Kanan: The Last Padawan knocks it out of the park as it joins the Star Wars, Darth Vader, and Princess Leia series as must-haves for any Star Wars fan or collector.
+ Kanan & Depa’s relationship as Master and Apprentice.
+ Clone Wars setting is a refreshing change of pace from original trilogy era.
+ Colorful artwork and inviting visuals aid the attention-grabbing story.
Josiah LeRoy is The Geekiverse’s Senior Editor. He has learned much, but he is not a Jedi yet.
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