It is an era of betrayal. The Republic has fallen after the elimination of the JEDI KNIGHTS by Chancellor Palpatine’s ORDER 66. Now, as Emperor, Palpatine firmly commands the galaxy by his own rules.
Rebels have banded together to fight back. Among them is former Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume, who now calls himself KANAN JARRUS. He and his rebel companions are back on planet KALLER, where Kanan lost his Master years ago.
Kanan’s past haunts him as he searches for his ex-partner Janus Kasmir, who he suspects smuggled supplies the rebels need. In his search, he is wounded by Tapusk before falling unconscious while the ghosts of his Padawan past zero in….
Kanan 7 starts the new arc off strong, taking place in the unconscious mind of a bacta tank ridden Kanan Jarrus, as his friends look on. We are transported back to the time of the Clone Wars, when Kanan was just a padawan. Seeing Yoda give the “Do or do not” quote was pretty good for nostalgia, but I was surprised at how aggressive the padawans were. You would think they would be more relaxed.
Anyway, we learn Depa Billaba was in a coma for 6 months and has recently come out of it. As I read the comic, I waited to hear what the cause was, to see if it re-canonizes the events of Shatterpoint, but it seems to have been replaced with a General Grievous inflicted coma. A little disappointing, but it’s all well, since Grievous will be featured later in this series.
Aside from the rudest possible 2-1B medical droid, the padawans and Kanan are relatively likeable characters, and we even get a little Obi-Wan Kenobi humor as he remarks if nobody in the Order faced failure, there would be none of us here. I really liked that, and it injects some humanity into a galaxy far, far away.
We even get an Anakin Skywalker and R2-D2 cameo in the Jedi Temple, which was done correctly and not overdone. (Anakin doesn’t need to be in everything.) At the end of the comic, we are given an “explosive” cliffhanger, as a ninja-like warrior has infiltrated the temple and set detonators into the temple corridors. He looks a little like those Kage warriors from the Ventress/Bounty Hunter arc of Clone Wars, and perhaps is.
All in all, it was a pretty decent comic that sets up an adventure where Kanan and Depa will be forced to work together, and then become master and apprentice. I give Kanan 7, 3 ½ out of 5 Death Stars.
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