Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Star Wars: Kanan #9
Weisman, Larraz & Curiel
For those that long for Clone Wars comic books then this is the issue for you. This issue puts Kanan on his first mission with his master, Depa, and their clone battalion. It's a solid read that sets up the plot and puts the group in danger and then gives a nice cliffhanger for the next issue. I enjoyed this issue and any reader looking for some comics that explore the Jedi prior to their collapse then this will be a good pickup.
The reimaging of Depa is a good thing. She had a limited back story prior to this comic and was a bland character, as were most of the Jedi Council, and was really only in one very dark story, "Shatterpoint." Now she is more of the Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon mold. She mixes warmth, humor, some darkness, some love, some toughness and an awareness of life around her. She is a well-rounded and charismatic character that could have a long run of stories. Plus, she is the perfect master to Kanan.
This series needs to explore Kanan's roots and this issue is a perfect example of how to that right. Kanan's first mission is also the first for many of the clones. Kanan bonds with another newbie and also tests his limits with his master and his abilities. It's a very good growth issue for the character. Plus, he has a great personality in the comic.
As for the story, the Jedi and clones go on a recon mission and things don't go well. There is a pretty cool, but brief battle. The comic is bookended by Kanan, in present times, unconscious in a healing tank while they are surrounded by clones (Stormtroopers). He remembers back to the days of his apprenticeship. However, the backstory is more than that as highlighted by the ending. The cliffhanger for the comic is perfect.
The artwork is very good. There is a cartoon quality to the book which is the right tone. The book is also heavily detailed, which helps with emotions and action. I enjoyed the artwork and felt it fit the story and characters well.
While the new Star Wars movie is out this week you also can grab the latest issue of "Kanan." Set in the Clone Wars, this issue works on his master, Depa, and her reimaging. The comic also grows a bond between Kanan and the clones, which is important when Order 66 hits. The characters are well-defined and provide a level of complexity that helps this ordinary story stand out a little more. With detailed artwork that highlights the action and compliments the character's personalities, you have a winning formula. I enjoyed this comic book and definitely enjoyed the new Depa and her Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon qualities. If you like the Clone Wars then this is a good comic to pick up.
4 out of 5 Geek Goggles