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SPOILER Marvel's Star Wars Kanan #12

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by LadyMusashi, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. LadyMusashi

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    First Blood Epilogue: The Ties That Bind

    Story by Greg Weisman
    Art by Andrea Broccardo
    Colors by David Curiel
    Cover by Mark Brooks


    • The rebels’ adventures on Kaller come to an end!
    • But when a friend from Kanan’s past needs help, he stays behind…
    • The look into the past of the former Jedi concludes here!


    We have come to the end of Kanan’s comic adventure which started in The Last Padawan and continued in the First Blood. After twelve issues, it’s time to say goodbye to our favorite cowboy Jedi, at least in this incarnation.

    Spoilers follow



    Seeing the previews for this issue a couple of days earlier, filled me with a bit of dread. The comic was great so far and I was afraid of lukewarm or, worse, bad finish. Well, I can’t say exactly that it ended with a bang, but it was good and certainly a demonstration that we are dealing with firmly unified galaxy.

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    At the end of the last issue, Ghost crew managed to get out of a tight spot after Kanan recovered in the bacta tank. At the beginning of this one, they are on their way out of Kaller. Kanan and Ezra stay behind to help Morfizo of Moraga, “the oldest friend Kanan Jarrus has”, with the help of Gamut Key. We have met Morfizo at the end of issue 5, when Kanan breaks off from Janus Kasmir and uses his new name for the first time.


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    Morfizo’s wife informs Kanan that her husband was taken by the Empire to planet Lahn because he joined the Rebel cell. Kanan promises to rescue him. While we still don’t know much about Morfizo (including his species), it is clear Kanan and him remained friends over the years with Morfizo keeping and hiding Kanan’s old ship – Escape.

    On Lahn (whose tropic appearance bears a resemblance to leaked beach images from Rogue One) , Kanan and Ezra come up with the plan to rescue Morfizo from Ilmak Island Spaceport. It’s a plan that screams Star Wars: Rebels and, naturally, things don’t go as planned not just because Ezra encounters “the one bucket-head in the galaxy with half a brain” but because Kanan encounters the old foe. None other than Rae Sloane.


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    If you are an avid follower of new Star Wars canon, you know that Sloane and Kanan have met before on Gorse in John Jackson Miller’s novel A New Dawn. Sloane, who has since advanced in the imperial hierarchy to vice admiral, made Kanan “her hobby” trying to learn everything about his history. Of course, at the time, Kanan wasn’t using his Jedi powers which is why Sloane is quickly dispatched and Morfizo rescued.


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    After their escape, Sloane gets surprised by this particular visitor who is on Kanan’s tail.


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    After reuniting Morfizo’s family on Kaller, Kanan demands from Ezra to explain why he was late to the meeting point. Not knowing Lahn as well as Loth, Ezra was cornered by stormtroopers and rescued by a “random guy”.

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    Of course, there is nothing random in Star Wars and the mysterious rescuer is none other than Janus Kasmir. It appears that, even after all these years, Kasmir remains partnered with Kleeve and he still has a soft spot for random street rats. Or maybe he is just sentimental.

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    The Kanan run was, in my opinion, one of the best Marvel has done so far. Greg Weisman has managed to give us part of Kanan’s rich past and tie it to the overall history of GFFA in a way that was exciting and tugged at our heartstrings at the same time. We have witnessed Order 66 through the eyes of someone who survived it and got the insight into Jedi Order from the inside. We have learned what made Kanan the man he is now and met the people who shaped him.

    I missed the art of Pepe Larraz in this issue, although I liked Andrea Broccardo’s contribution as well. He tends to sometimes cram his panels and I didn’t like how he draws some of the expressions, but overall I was satisfied. (I grew up with Sergio Bonelli Editore comics for which he worked in the past, so I might be sentimental as well.)

    Kanan is undoubtedly one of the coolest characters in the new canon and probably one of the best developed. However, this issue in particular gave me the impression that we just scratched the surface. The running gag of the issue was that Kanan says “Never mind” every time he doesn’t want to discuss something including when Sloane asks him if he lied to Hera as well. I wonder what other secrets and from whom Kanan is hiding.

    As I said, I wanted the comic to end with a bang. What we got is essentially an episode of Star Wars: Rebels which isn’t a bad thing. It certainly made various connections to other canon material – The Grand Inquisitor to the show and Rae Sloane, who is becoming a through-line of the new canon, to A New Dawn, Aftermath and several stories. It was a decent ending to a comic I will miss very much and for which I am hoping will get a continuation some time in the future. For the time being, Kanan Jarrus, a newly minted Jedi Knight and space cowboy (Jedi cowboy!) will continue to ride in Star Wars: Rebels.

    If you still haven’t picked up any of new Star Wars comics, Kanan is a good place to start. At twelve issues, it’s not too great of investment and it’s still long enough to give you a well developed story. It was the most consistent comic in Marvel’s new repertoire in terms of story, art and character development and I wholeheartedly recommend it. Read it!
     
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    Amazing review @LadyMusashi !!! Just finished reading this issue and I felt like you, it was good as any given Rebels episode but somehow left me wanting. I sort of feel emotional too, since I started reading the comics and that made me start watching the TV series. Hopefully Marvel retakes this later on.

    One thing for sure: I will read "A New Dawn" since I haven't read it yet. I sort of I understood the role of ViceAdmiral Sloane, but I'm definitely reading it.
     
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    Great review @LadyMusashi. I thought the ending was apt. It was cancelled, so they couldn't stretch this out, but I felt the ending was apt. And this inter-connectivity thing is amazing in all of Star Wars. RAE SLOANE, once again! This is awesome! I will miss Kanan, and even if it doesn't come back, I am very pleased with it.
     
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    Great review as always, @LadyMusashi. I felt like this was a good ending, but certainly far from my favorite issue. You summed it up nicely! Always look forward to reading your thoughts.

    Pepe Larraz was very much missed by me as well. I read this issue early this morning over breakfast and dropped my spoon when Sloane showed up. It's great to put a face with a name. I'm hoping they unify the canon with more things like this going forward. I'm really going to miss this series, but I think there's enough cool Marvel stuff on the horizon.

    A little off-topic, but my employer at my 9-to-5 job just worked out a trade with a few independent comic publishers. The dusty old magazine rack in at my workplace now looks like this:
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    Comics for everyone, I say!!!
     
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    Yeah ... no. People might disagree, but I did not like this issue. It was not necessary (for me at least) to tag this story to the end of the arc. Perhaps it would have been better to have saved this story for another day when the story could have been fleshed out better. I must say that I did not like the drawings either. Sometimes the faces just looked weird to me. The coloring was good.
     
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    I thought this issue was... fine. I don't know if it's a result of the series getting extended, and then cut or not, but it felt like a very abrupt disjointed tale from the rest of the series.
    That being said, I did enjoy the main tale, even if it felt inconsequential. I like seeing Slone pop up from time to time here in the new canon, and her appearance was fun. I think that the very end was somewhat satisfying, tying First Blood and Last Padawan together, but it also speaks to me of the rushed nature of the wrap-up.
    All in all, alright, but not the finale I was hoping for.
     
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    Read it! Some people didn't like it, but I did because we spend a lot of time in Kanan's head. You might want to explore a little and find the short stories that precede the novel (one about Sloane and one about Count Vidian who is the main villain).

    I really enjoy Sloane a lot. She is definitely showing up everywhere. We'll see if she will appear again in Aftermath, particularly in Empire's End or if she is gone for now.

    Yeah, I knew this issue wouldn't be for everyone. The art bothered me a bit too. But, I liked it for what it was, though I hoped for something better giving the quality of overall series. Well, new comics are on the horizon. :)
     
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    I definitely missed Larraz's pencils this time around, and although the conclusion was far from epic - like issue #6 before, it was intended as an epilogue and not as a climactic conclusion. Issue #11 (great issue) was the true conclusion to the First Blood story arc. That being said, I really enjoyed this issue and I will miss the Kanan mini-series. I own every issue, but I will probably pick up the two trade paperback volumes for this title as well. This is definitely my favorite of the Marvel SW comics, and I just hope that Soule's Poe Dameron can fill the big void that will be left behind after Weisman's fantastic contribution to SW comics. I also loved the tie-in with Kasmir and Kleeve. That was nicely done. It seems like Rae Sloane is and will continue to be one of those characters that writers use as a link between the different SW media, and I'm totally cool with that because I like the character. I hope we see her again in the Aftermath trilogy and it would be awesome to see her pop up in season 3 of Rebels as well. I liked how the comic actually listed a reference to A New Dawn. We've made these connections as fans, but's nice to see a story actually making reference to another story in a marginal note to make it easier on the readers.
     
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    Was happy to see Rae Sloane finally in a comic! Hope she appears in some of the other comics. Still need to read Aftermath, but am waiting for the soft cover. I only buy softcover so I can fit it in my purse.
     
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    I really thought they used like 3 or 4 fill in artists just to push the issue out. I couldn't believe when I saw it was just one. awful. Still a great series. Hope they bring it back at some point.
     
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    @LadyMusashi, great review (and great Daredevil shoutout - just remember, Red, once you cross that line you can't come back (unless you're Oliver Queen from Arrow...))!

    I 100% agree with this and will be sad to see the series go, but better to have it end definitely than go on and become simply "ok." I'm also happy about the appearance of the Grand Inquisitor, because now we can definitively place where this is in the timeline of Rebels (before, due to the fact they were willing to leave Lothal, made the timing a bit nebulous IMO). And Sloane! That was a perfect cameo!

    As Kanan and Rebels Season 2 wrap up, I'll miss our favorite Jedi-cowboy-rebel, but this review was great and I can't wait to see where the character goes!
     
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    Nice review. This comic covers a lot of ground in Kanan's (Caleb) life. young padawan living in the temple, to clone wars, master's sacrifice (which we see tie into his life later). Alliances to survive. He has a very interesting journey and is no surprise that he and Ahsoka get along so well for they have expierenced a lot of similar events. I wasn't a big Kanan fan at first but he has come to be one of the best portrayed Jedi we've seen. I hope we haven't seen the last of Kanan but it seems likely. I think they linked his past and present together very well in this comic and greater depth to what we saw of him in rebels. definitely worth the read.
     
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