Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
The Empire closes in on the crew of the Ghost while Kanan’s flashback continues. In this issue, we see some bonding with the clones. We also see some action. Waging war with the Separatists, Billaba leads her clones into battle. It all ends with a familiar face.
All in all, this is a pretty good issue. The bonding between Caleb/Kanan and the clones adds nicely to the events we already know will unfold. It makes the betrayal of Order 66 that much more personal. The lighthearted humor also serves as a nice contrast with the emotional turmoil of the battle that erupts. Plus there’s a small subplot with a mysterious Separatist leader that’s been building up and is finally played out. It’s a good story.
The art adds its usual flair to the story with its stylistic animation. There’s some nice panels that stand out. There’s good transitions. But overall, I’m happy with the consistency of the look. It’s nice having the same artists throughout the series.
The highlight of this issue is definitely the battle. Throught the violence of battle, and the bonds between soldiers, we see the clones risk their lives to defend the Jedi. That deepening of the bond between Caleb and the clone troopers he’s fighting with adds significance to his character arc and the tragedies that befall him. It adds an emotional punch to the story. CT-1157 sticks his neck out to save Caleb, and in doing so, earns a name for himself. In a way the battles of the clone wars are the most fertile storytelling ground available for characters in this time period as it provides pivotal moments to jump the characters forward in their development. Alas there are only so many flashbacks they can do.
I give Kanan #9 a five out of five metal bikinis. I really enjoyed this issue. The story was great and the artwork was pretty good.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.