Star Wars: Kanan #1

Star Wars: Kanan #1

Writer: Greg Weisman Artist: Pepe Larraz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 1, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 14
7.9Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

• Kanan Jarrus--in STAR WARS REBELS, he's a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting against the Galactic Empire alongside the rag-tag crew of the Ghost...but years before, at the height of the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, Jedi Padawan under the instruction of Jedi Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that the Clone Troopers they commanded would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66-the order to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume survive? How did he learn to survive on his own? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? Writer Greg Weisman (writer/executive producer on STAR WARS REBELS, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN) and artist Pepe Larraz (DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE, THOR, INHUMAN) bring us a tale bridging the years between the Clone Wars and Rebels!

  • 10
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Apr 4, 2015

    Kanan: The Last Padawan really met all my expectations and ended up being my favorite comic for the week. It is definitely worth checking out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Apr 3, 2015

    A fantastic origin begins with spectacular art. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Latest Pull - Derek L. Chase Apr 1, 2015

    By the end it's almost heartbreaking to see Palpatine commanding the clone troopers to carry out Order 66, the death sentence for all Jedi, if for no reason more than how likable and entertaining Billaba and Caleb are together. The coming issues are sure to take a dark turn, but one that will hopefully illuminate more of how Kanan came to be. The Last Padawan is definitely a book worth adding to your pull list, but be careful! By the end you'll be craving for an ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Mar 31, 2015

    Pepe Larraz is a great fit for the series and his art really shines during battle sequences. Larraz also devotes a ton of time to background and environments which was a pleasure all on its own. I found myself spending extra time on each and every panel just because there was so much to see. People get blasted in the background, smokes settles on the horizon, and troops guard over the camp. There's so much to look at that the world itself takes on a life of its own, which is wonderful to see in aStar Wars comic since the world has already been established so vividly across media for decades. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Apr 4, 2015

    The first issue of Kanan is a fantastic start to this series. The book has action, nice character moments and it explores some good themes that tap into the best the Clone Wars has to offer. The comic requires no knowledge of the TV Show and provides a stronger first issue than the other three Marvel series. This is a comic book to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Outright Geekery - Akadavid Apr 5, 2015

    If you are a fan of the Rebels television series, then you should definitely pick up this comic. There are small nods to the show peppered throughout this issue, and it's certainly a nice touch. It's also nice to see Marvel develop Star Wars new expanded universe beyond that of our favorite characters from the movies. I hope to see more follow-ups to Kanan Last Padawan, perhaps revolving around the other crew-members of the Ghost. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 2, 2015

    This series is like a little back door entrance to the Clone Wars in comic form and that's a very welcome thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 31, 2015

    Marvel is batting 1.000 so far with their Star Wars comics. This latest series takes a much-needed break from the original Trilogy era and begins shedding interesting light on the origins of Kanan Jarrus. This first issue is great at developing the bond between master and apprentice, which will only pay off when tragedy inevitably strikes. This is a series that should appeal to fans of rebels in particular or just Star Wars in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 31, 2015

    Marvel has released another new comic series. Rather than focus on the period following Episode IV, this one will fill in some of the gaps between Episode III and the Star Wars Rebels animated show. With a focus on Kanan, one of the characters from Rebels, we'll get to see more on the mysterious time period and how a young padawan could have survived the Great Jedi Purge. Greg Weisman is clearly a great choice to tell this story with his connection to the show and Pepe Larraz's art with David Curiel's colors capture the Star Wars feel nicely. This issue is a bit of a set up but once the story is set up, it's clear this series will be moving into the action at light speed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Apr 1, 2015

    There is no doubt that Kanan – The Last Padawan will be enjoyed more by fans of Star Wars: Rebels, and is easily the least casual of Marvel's first Star Wars comics since reacquiring the license. There's no iconic characters, and no big name creative team, and as a result the book just doesn't feel as special. With that said, this debut still exceeded expectations, and continues Marvel's hot streak with the Star Wars property. While not an issue that will blow anybody away, what it does show me is that Marvel is capable of telling solid Star Wars stories much in the vein of what Dark Horse did for years. Some readers might not know who Kanan is, or what he has been up to in the cartoon, butthere's enough in this first issue to make them care about what happens next young Padawan and his Master. Not only am I excited for the rest of this series, but I can't wait to see what other unestablished characters Marvel will take a stab at fleshing out in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 1, 2015

    "Kanan - The Last Padawan" #1 is the first Marvel "Star Wars" comic to dive into the breach between "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: A New Hope" (or, as most of us call it, just "Star Wars"). Weisman and Larraz are masterfully appointed to this tale, making this a must-read destination for readers who are fans of the "Star Wars" universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Apr 7, 2015

    On the whole then, Kanan The Last Padawan gets off to a strong start. Theres plenty of potential for this book to explore things in the time period of Order 66 as well as that the Star Wars Rebels timeline. The creative team is off to a good start and this book manages to hit the ground running, offering the perfect way for Star Wars Rebels fans to get their fix whilst waiting for the return of Season 2. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Apr 3, 2015

    I'm sure Weisman will answer these questions and more, as we head into the next issue.While I really like the book, I do have some concerns with the series moving forward. Much like with the other Star Wars comics we all know what's coming. Yes, Kanan eventually becomes the man we see in the TV series, but as I've said in my Darth Vader review, it's more about the journey than the end result. My other concern is just how long this series can actually run. Will we see Kanan meet the rest of the Ghost's crew? What happens to Billaba, does she die on Kaller or do the pair escape and continue Kanan's training in secret? I'm sure Weisman will answer these questions and more, as we head into the next issue and their "loyal Clone Troopers" turn on them after Executive Order 66. I will say that the Force has given this book much potential and I'm looking forward to reading more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Apr 1, 2015

    All in all, Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 is a quality foundation for future escapades. Greg Weisman's solid grasp of the Jedi combined with Pepe Larraz's emotive pencils make for an interesting read, even if the plot doesn't exactly thunder out of the gates. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Apr 1, 2015

    Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 is a decent start to this new Star Wars tale, and though it's bound to garner less attention than it's original trilogy counterparts, it shows real promise in the long run. Unfortunately this opening issue didn't quite astound, and though it's enough to have this fanboy returning, I doubt it will win over the masses quite as easily. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Apr 2, 2015

    Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 is an ok start. It didn't quite grab me like Marvel's other three series, but that might be because I'm unfamiliar with the characters. I'm sure for those who watch the television series will have a different opinion, or will have noticed things I didn't. You don't need prior knowledge of the animated series, but knowing Star Wars mythos is helpful. The line of comics need a comic that's geared more towards kids, and I think this one is it. Not quite my cup of tea, but definitely interesting enough to get me to keep reading and see where it all goes…. and see what I might have missed when it comes to the animated series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Apr 14, 2015

    With the Dark Horse era of Star Wars comics now becoming legend, it's nice to see a new hope in the extended part of this universe with the Marvel reboot as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 2, 2015

    While this isn't as strong of a debut as Star Wars, Darth Vader, or Princes Leia, I think this six issue mini-series will either sink or swim with direction of Greg Weisman. He has a firm understanding of the Clone Wars era and makes it his own while developing interesting characters, no matter how little time we have with them. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    GWW - Thereelbradbell Apr 2, 2015

    Unfortunately based on the direction of the book that will have Kanan deal with the tragedy of Order 66, the strongest part of this book seems destined to be short-lived. While hopefully the Depa and Kanan dynamic will continue through flashbacks, it may be hard to return to this book if the Jedi to Padawan mentorship established here isn't at least touched on in future issues. By the time Order 66 is given by Emperor Palpatine at the end of this issue the best way to describe Kanan's Marvel Comic's debut would be problematic. Read Full Review

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