Kanan – The Last Padawan #2
Kanan – The Last Padawan #2
Writer: Greg Weisman
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: David Curiel
Cover Artist: Mark Brooks
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Young Caleb Dume must find a way to survive Order 66. Yet outrunning clones is only the beginning of his worries. For the first time ever, he is alone in the galaxy. With no Jedi Order to support and guide him, Caleb Dume must find a way to survive.
The last issue ended at a dramatic climax with the beginning of Order 66. Issue #2 picks up with Caleb finding peace with the galaxy right before it all falls apart. As we knew would happen, Master Billaba tells Caleb to run. And while he does run, there is one bit I hadn’t considered. The very people attacking Caleb are the people he considered his friends. Before running, he fights by Master Billaba’s side, and together, they kill his clone friends. Yet with the numbers against them, Billaba tells him to run again, and this time he listens. It’s the first step along a long path of survival for Kanan.
While on the run, he comes across an alien named Janus Kasmir who gives him some advice: You lie. You cheat. You steal. You survive. It’s an odd turn of advice for someone who was a Jedi, but Caleb is desperate, and desperate circumstances call for desperate measures. Unfortunately for Caleb, that gets him in even worse trouble. All in all it’s an emotional roller coaster for Caleb as he goes from one danger to another.
Supporting the story is the artwork by Pepe Larraz and David Curiel. They give the issue a very animated style that at first is very striking. You have Caleb who is cartoony, smug and happy. Then there are the clone troopers looking realistic, cold and deadly. The issue kicks off with another two page spread showcasing the battle, then quickly plunges into rapid panels which help emphasize the drama. Master Billaba is all action, her face never getting a real detailed close-up until the end when the action stops…for her at least. For Caleb, there is not stopping, and the panels showcase his running and survival.
It’s interesting how the artists portray Caleb as the issue goes along. At first, he is the cartoony child you’d expect to see in a cartoon. Yet when he buries himself to stay alive and emerges from the earthen floor, he does not look like a cartoony kid anymore. His journey along the streets and into dumpsters maintains that serious edge. However, when Janus offers him something to eat, he goes back into kid mode. In a way, his appearance changes to reinforce the emotions of the story. His initial cartoony image goes with his happiness with world prior to it exploding. He gets serious as the situation gets serious. When hope arrives, a bit of the child returns. It’ll be interesting to see if that theme continues and how much we’ll see Caleb grow up as this series continues.
Kanan – The Last Padawan #2 does a good job of pushing the story forward and adding to Kanan’s backstory. Readers can now see the death of his master and her last words to her padawan. Yet we’re also getting a glimpse of what he’s going to have to go through to survive, and how this might turn him into the character we saw in A New Dawn. One way or the other, I’m intrigued to see what happens to Caleb. For now, I give this issue a solid four out of five metal bikinis.