Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 Review

A painful memory and a forever changed life.

EXECUTE ORDER 66

SPOILERS BELOW

The Great Jedi Purge is one of the darkest moments in Star Wars history, either in film or in lore. Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 is no different.

As the story starts, Kanan is recalling where he was when the soon-to-be self-proclaimed Emperor Palpatine issued Order 66 to all of his Clone commanders. This comic shows a vital moment in Kanan’s existence as a young Padawan – a freeze. He freezes as the Clones turn on him and his master, Depa Billaba. Depa screams at Kanan to flea, promising to be right behind him. Of course, she was simply trying to save his life and stays behind to hold off the squad of Clones.

I can imagine the sound of the gunfire taking down Depa, as she falls lifeless to the ground. The visual is painted for us and it is the one that Kanan will forever have burned in his memory. This is such a powerful rendering. As readers, we can get a sense of what young Kanan has just gone through in his mind.

Writer Greg Weisman does an absolutely superb job of conveying the sense of loneliness and grief that Kanan is feeling, something not always easy to do in a comic book. The artistry and coloring of Pepe Larraz and David Curiel is on point, helping to illustrate the very emotions Weisman was aiming to help us feel.

The comic also shows us Kanan’s youthful, naive nature. He is now alone in the universe and he can’t go back home to the Jedi Temple. A special appearance from Obi-Wan Kenobi really helps authenticate the timeline of The Last Padawan #2, foreshadowing the future hope that will arise in the coming decades.

FINAL SCORE

9.0/10

Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 is another win for Marvel. With top-notch writing that rivals the other Star Wars comic series, Kanan is arguably my favorite series to date.

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Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 – Flight

+ Illustration and writing help convey the magnitude of the events and the emotions that follow.

+ Artwork is again colorful and adds excitement.

+ Battle scenes

+ Appearance of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Josiah LeRoy is The Geekiverse’s Senior Editor. He is stoked to hear of NHL 16’s upcoming beta. Follow him on Twitter.

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