Jedi News Comic Review: Kanan #10

    FIRST BLOOD

    PART FOUR

    It is a period of discontent. Fifteen years after the defeat of the Jedi Order, Emperor Palpatine now rules the galaxy with an iron fist. Rebels have banded together to fight back.

    Among them is former Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume, who now goes by Kanan Jarrus. While searching for his ex-partner, Kanan is wounded and falls unconscious, recalling his first missions as Padawan under Jedi Master Depa Billaba.

    The Jedi joined a group of clone troopers to search for a Sepratist presence on the planet Kaller when the command finds themselves under attack from a Sepratist army. Caleb is eager to join in the fray; however, he falls when struck by enemy blasts, and a brave clone called Stance stands guard. After defeating the Separatists, the group moves to Mygeeto for their next mission. Little do they know that General Grievous is waiting for them….

    The Review

    Kanan 10 is an exciting and compelling issue to say the least. Alternating between the present day, and Kanan’s past, we see Kanan and his Master Depa Billaba in action, as they take the fight to Mygeeto, which is war-torn and the comic informs us that it is the third battle of Mygeeto. This makes the war seem even more realistic, as it shows that there are sieges that take places for undetermined lengths of time, in the same place.

    The part where Depa, Kanan, Stance and Styles are trapped on top of a tower, while hundreds of battle droids climb up, reminds me of World War Z, where the zombies would climb up in a massive wave. This scene is both creepy and cool, and I love how they have to survive for 4 minutes, until reinforcements arrive.

    It really feels like a war story; the authenticity is even better than the Clone Wars itself! One of my favourite new characters is Stance, the brave clone that saved Kanan’s life in the last issue. He is considered a kid just like Kanan, even though he is physically older, due to the clones accelerated aging.

    We get a surprise appearance from Fenn Rau, a Mandalorian that is set to appear on tonight’s episode of Star Wars Rebels (January 27th), and I’m sure that it is no coincidence. It’s fun to have things connected.

    The end of the comic has a great cliffhanger, as Grievous has entered the fray, and with Kanan’s inexperience and Billaba having been put in a coma previously by Grievous, it is bound to be an action packed final issue, next month. Until then, I give this comic 4 ½ out of 5 Death Stars.

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    Max Nocerino
    Max writes reviews on both canon and non-canon comic books and also reviews the short stories in Star Wars Insider. He has interviewed such authors such as Kevin Hearne and Jason Fry.