Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Jacopo Camagni
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Pepe Larraz and David Curiel
Kanan #6 takes a nice step into the future as we see the present day Kanan and the crew of the Ghost. However, that doesn’t mean Kanan’s past is behind him. As they head to Kaller to pick up a shipment of supplies for Tarkintown, Kanan is confronted with the ghosts of his past life. Kaller is a place of bad memories. Every turn is another reminder of the hardships he has endured. It’s also another reminder of the past he’s tried to forget.
One thing I liked about this issue is how the ghosts of Kanan’s past keep popping up in the panels. They’re not real ghosts, but the style of the artwork makes them look like ghosts, and they serve as a representation of Kanan’s memories. He sees the spot where he and his master once sat around a fire the night that Order 66 went down. In town, he sees the alleys he once roamed and the dumpsters he once scavenged for resources. He remembers his old crime buddy Janus Kasmir, and now that he’s on the planet, he considers the possibility of a reunion. The whole setup is really nice and is a seamlessly way to merge the story from Kanan’s past to his present.
Beyond those old memories, this story focuses on the Rebellion. Now Fulcrum is named dropped early on, but midway through, Kanan mentions the Rebellion which would place this comic at the end of season one of Star Wars Rebels. In particular, they’re in search of allies for the Rebellion. As the story twists and turns, Kanan finds a possible ally. What he doesn’t expect to find, and could definitely do without, is a surprise attack that leaves him out cold. It’s an interesting way to end the issue and I found myself having to backtrack and read it twice just to fully understand what happened.
The art in Kanan #6 is a little different than the previous issues of the series. There’s still a cartoony style to it, but it’s a bit more polished. Overall I liked it. I liked the coloring, which added a lot of depth and made excellent use of lighting. I liked the layouts which did a good job of portraying the story and leading on the action. But I really liked the little touch of the ghost characters following Kanan around Kaller and haunting the panels. It’s an interesting way to remind the reader of what’s happened previously in the story while also adding a subtle narrative aspect as the ghosts begin to interact with the present rather than just mimicking the past.
I give Kanan #6 a solid four out of five metal bikinis. It’s a fun issue and I’m looking forward to seeing more stories utilizing the full crew of the Ghost.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.