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Continue to explore the early days of Kanan Jarrus, the sensational star of STAR WARS REBELS! You've seen Kanan's last adventure as a Padawan, now witness his first! The boy who was Caleb Dune must find his feet as the Clone Wars rage all around him. When the Jedi Temple comes under attack, what can a mere Padawan do to make a difference? Caleb and his new master, Bilaba,Continue to explore the early days of Kanan Jarrus, the sensational star of STAR WARS REBELS! You've seen Kanan's last adventure as a Padawan, now witness his first! The boy who was Caleb Dune must find his feet as the Clone Wars rage all around him. When the Jedi Temple comes under attack, what can a mere Padawan do to make a difference? Caleb and his new master, Bilaba, will take command of their own clone troop, and lead them into the furious Battle of Mygeeto. But lying in wait for them there are a pair of Separatist Generals, one of whom is one of the most deadly threats in the entire galaxy! Can Caleb and Bilaba survive Grievous? Collecting KANAN #7-12....

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ISBN : 9780785196037
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Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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First Blood Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-29 10:40

    If you were hoping this one would pick up right after the first book, think again and get your sick bag ready because this one’s an origin story set during... the prequel, Revenge of the Sith (vomits). While Kanan heals in a bacta tank in the present, we flash back to his training at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant - enter cameos from Yoda, Mace Windu and Obi-Wan. Some baddies are stirring up some shit at the Temple, Kanan (then called Caleb Dume) defends the place, becomes Master Billaba’s padawan, and then the two head to a planet called Mygeeto. That’s basically the unnecessary backstory to the first volume, whatever that’s worth - I didn’t find it that interesting.If you’re a fan of the prequels then the big draw for you in this one is the fight between Billaba and General Grievous, that weird multi-armed lizard/robot thing from Revenge of the Sith. Here, he’s not defeated as many Jedi so he’s only got the two lightsabers to wield but he’s still a formidable opponent. To me Grievous remains a pertinent symbol of the excess and bad ideas of the prequels. The final issue brings us back to the present where Kanan is finally healed up and ready to go on a new adventure with his own pseudo-padawan, Ezra. The new villain looks cool and I’d have preferred less origin/prequel crap and more of him and Kanan in the present but there we go. I won’t say this is a bad comic but nothing that happens in it feels like it needed to be told. We got enough of Kanan’s origin in the first book to do without a book length repetition of it with a few pointless extra details thrown in. It’s competently written and drawn by Greg Weisman and Pepe Larraz and I wasn’t that bored reading it but I also wasn’t that gripped either. A decent read but ultimately unmemorable.

  • Sesana
    2018-12-07 07:45

    Not quite as good as the first volume. The thing is, this flashes even further back, to when young Caleb first met Depa Billaba, and their first missions together. I'm not exactly sure why. I wish this is where we'd started in the previous volume, because I don't see a particular need to jump around haphazardly in Kanan's life story. And it kind of makes everything grind to a halt, in a way. This isn't where I'd been hoping to go with his back story. But I did still like it, and I'm still enjoying getting more of Kanan's history.

  • Paul
    2018-11-17 06:49

    This one was just OK. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination but nothing about it really grabbed my interest.Probably one for fans of the Rebels cartoon and hardcore Star Wars completists only.

  • Stephen Richter
    2018-12-05 06:35

    Another excellent chapter in the story of Kanan. if you are a fan of Star Wars Rebels this is a great read with excellent art. Now, where is the back story for Zeb?

  • Jessamyn Leigh
    2018-11-23 07:39

    asdfghjkl I alternately squeeeeed and cried throughout.

  • Brandon St Mark
    2018-12-10 09:33

    I don't think this one was quite as good as the first volume, but it wasn't bad at all. Maybe the novelty of seeing Force-users in comic form had worn off, or maybe it just wasn't as strong as the first volume. Still, I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested!

  • Peace
    2018-11-18 07:51

    FIVE STARS IS NOT ENOUGH TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS.

  • Katie
    2018-12-07 04:36

    This is the flavor of Star Wars I love. I mean also there's Kanan who is my spirit Jedi but yeah.

  • Anchorpete
    2018-12-06 06:55

    Let me try a new approach with these reviews- this book did not make me very excited. There wasn't anything to add to my knowledge of Star Wars, and there was little suspense, because it didn't focus on characters besides one who I knew was destined to die(The master who trains Kanan), and one who I knew was destined to live (Kanan).The artwork was solid. It was cartoonish enough to harken back to the Rebels and Clone Wars cartoons, but with more of an edge to it, to give it a mature feel. I enjoyed the book, but I can't say much more than that.

  • Austin Zook
    2018-11-21 04:39

    This one wasn't exceptional, wasn't terrible... It just sort of existed in between. The story was okay, but it wasn't as exciting or fresh as Vol. 1 because, instead of focusing on Kanan's life post-Order 66, this one was all about his early days as a padawan, and we already know how that turns out; we saw the clones under his and his master's command trying to murder them in the last volume.Vol. 2 switches between these glimpses into Kanan's past--he learns that war sucks and people die, etc.--and him healing in a bacta tank in the present while the rest of his companions stand around wondering when he'll wake up/duking it out with stormtroopers. This entire entry in Kanan's backstory just felt rote to me; whereas the first volume was playing with some original material showing us what made the rebellious young padawan into the agent of the Rebellion we see in Star Wars: Rebels, this volume just showed us things we either already knew or could have figured out by using our imagination and knowledge of hero tropes.The art was pretty standard fare for a Star Wars graphic novel. I could tell who was who and what was going on during the action sequences, which is all you really expect these days from the corporate-mandated EU work. It was solid, but, like the story, nothing to write home about, with the exception of a couple of really dynamic panels showing General Grievous in all his psycho-robotic glory dueling with Depa Billaba. The epilogue felt off in comparison to the rest of the issue, in both art and storytelling. If the arc of this volume concerned Kanan's flashbacks to his padawan-hood while he healed in the bacta tank, then continuing the story with an epilogue after his emergence and heroics seemed out of place. It didn't flow naturally from the five issues preceding it, which, for all their flaws, were thematically related and told a coherent--if not entirely novel--story.If you desperately want to experience some more Star Wars EU comics in your life, then you should give First Blood a try. If you can take or leave your Star Wars graphic novels and you like to save your time for the truly exceptional arcs, this is a volume you don't need to sit down with or add to your collection. There's a 99% chance you already know everything that happens in it anyway.

  • Jim C
    2018-11-26 05:45

    This continues the series that features the character Kanan which we first met in the Rebels cartoon series. The first collection was a prequel to the show and this one is a prequel to that prequel. In this one, we learn how Kanan is chosen by his master and Kanan's first mission with his master.I didn't think this was as enjoyable as the first collection but it is still worth a read. I think my problem with this one is this being set before the first collection. I think this would have benefited by being the first collection and having all the collections being introduced in a linear timeline. By going back even more it kind of ruined any suspense and looked like a cash grab by extending the series longer than it should. The highlight is the artwork as that remains top notch and I did like how everything came full circle. The ending was perfect and did give me the "feels".I do like the background information to this character and it is a nice read. I just think the distribution was a little suspect which did affect my rating.

  • Paul Decker
    2018-12-05 10:43

    I love that this comic takes place in the Clone Wars era. My favorite Star Wars comics were the ones that are now Legends that took place during this era. Depa Billaba is featured in this book and its so cool to see her interacting with Kanan. Depa doing the tests blindfolded was really cool. There is a lot of action in this book. The art style is perfect for it. Of course, there are references to other Star Wars characters. Rae Sloane!!! And I thought I saw the younglings from the Clone Wars tv show, but I may have been mistaken. The crew of Rebels also appears and they are drawn more realistic. I give this book a 4/5. I definitely recommend it to Star Wars fans of the tv shows Clone Wars and Rebels.

  • Grace
    2018-11-22 04:38

    Padawan Caleb is the BEST. I love him. He hears some negative gossip about Depa and then immediately takes it straight to her to ask, "So, what do you think about this?" My son. He and Depa have such a good relationship -- I would love to read a novel centered around them. It was also nice to see Kanan get to do some present-day shenanigans with Ghost Crew, and the art continues to be awesome. (That last pinup panel of Kanan though lol.)

  • Jedi Master Megan
    2018-11-23 10:48

    I love anything Clone Wars, Jedi, and Kanan so this was AWESOME! I find Kanan's backstory super interesting and always love hearing more. Maybe we'll see more in the upcoming season 4 of Star Wars Rebels! SO EXCITED!!

  • victoria.p
    2018-11-29 06:43

    Enjoyable, if a bit repetitive to read in trade.

  • Book Walk
    2018-12-06 10:30

    Leider nur halb so gut wie der erste Teil. Sehr hektisch und kaum interessante Hintergründe zu Kanan

  • Dimitris
    2018-11-22 09:34

    Well, it's good. I liked the 1st volume much more, but... what can you do?The problem is not the story or the artwork, it's the fact that we got introduced to Kanan as a kid growing up getting away from those who hunted him down and killed his Master. All of that was great, top stuff. And then after he grew up we get a Kanan in some tube being injured, healing and whatnot, and we get a bunch of flashbacks for a story for when his was a kid padawan with his already dead Master Jedi and while meeting his soon to be hired killers, and that's just kills not only the mood to read because we already know what's going to happen.But also fucks up everything because we were waiting so bad for the story to continue with Kanan as an adult so.... yeah... 3 stars and that's only cuz the story wasn't bad and at least at the end of this volume there's a nice cliffhanger for what happens next.But the stories still stay in that flashback theme every issue on the way... and I do not like that. Nope. Sorry. Hope this thing gets over soon.

  • Andrei Stoian
    2018-12-05 10:39

    Romanian review: Pot spune că acest volum a fost mai bun decât primul, întâmplările au fost mai interesante și mi-a plăcut apariția sub formă de flashback a unor personaje mai vechi.Îmbunătățirea față de primul volum este sesizabilă, dar evenimentele prezentate nu sunt suficient de bune încât să fii curios de ce se va întâmpla în următorul volum.English review: I can say that this volume was better than the first, the incidents were more interesting and I liked the flashback appearance of older characters.The improvement from the first volume is noticeable, but the presented events are not good enough to make you curious to what will happen in the next volume.

  • Michael
    2018-11-18 06:43

    Not as strong as the first volume, namely with some of the issues I had with the new cannon including how a certain villain was portrayed. It's pretty good and gives great backstory to some fan favourite characters from the tv series and there are plenty of great moments from one of my favourite animators out there. Just not as good as the first volume

  • Jason
    2018-12-04 10:42

    A good second half of the series. I enjoy Star Wars Rebels (although I've fallen behind in watching them), and this is a great back story. Excellent artwork too. I'm looking forward to the 3rd volume.

  • Karen
    2018-12-05 06:29

    Welp, turns out I liked this even better than the first volume! (And am now kind of dying to check out the novel, A New Dawn.) Really enjoyed the use of past and present parallels and seeing more of what makes Kanan tick. Again, recommended for fans of the show.

  • John
    2018-11-29 03:51

    It got even better in the second story arc! Amazing artwork, action-packed scenes and, as before, a brilliant way to have the Clone Wars depicted on the page without breaking from the Original Trilogy setting that most of the comics are exploring. Super stuff.

  • Ritinha
    2018-11-18 03:25

    Gosto de origin stories. (quem não gosta que se karabast consigo mesmo)Não sendo genial, esta é plenamente aceitável.

  • Darth
    2018-12-12 03:53

    Great illustration and coloring. The story seemed to be made for children though. Loved the female Jedi master.

  • Abigail
    2018-11-21 03:39

    First Blood started where I thought Last Padawan was going to start. I liked seeing the glimpse of Caleb's life in the Temple and it was nice seeing familiar faces in the background or in passing. In some ways, I would have like him and his friends to encounter Anakin or Ahsoka, etc but it makes sense that they might have sen each other around but not really had contact. So the Panel of Anakin and R2 walking by with no dialogue was a great touch. So was having Obi Wan around but again, not really interacting with the younglings. First Blood really shows how Caleb became Depa Billaba's padawan and how he rose to the challenge. It seems his first mission was easier off than Ahsoka's, but that's not hard to do. Also reading this and learning the personalities of the Clones that would eventually; attack the Jedi made it that much more heart wrenching. It also gives a bigger grounding in Kanan's feelings upon meeting Rex. This book makes it more than an understanding of what happened, but how personal it all was. And the scene in Season 2 with Kanan and Fenn Rau is that much more important now that I've read this. It really hones in that Kanan fought in the CLone Wars and how young he was when he did so. The more I read this the more alike Caleb/Kanan and Ezra seem, both a bit in background and with personality. I also have to wonder why Kanan keeps calling Ezra "kid" when he hated being called that so much himself. As a side note though, I did notice some editing issues, and some continuity issues with the artwork that were a bit distracting.

  • Adam
    2018-11-18 03:29

    Ostensibly a new arc from Last Padawan but this one loops back on the first pretty intensely. The narrative setup is pretty neat, actually: it feels like a straightforward flashback story, woven into a present tense event where the parallels are relevant. But the flashback is a prequel to the flashback in the first arc while the present wraps up the storyline in the first arc and there are a bunch of subtle connections between all four. It feels effortless but on consideration it's pretty impressive. The content of this volume, though, particularly in the flashback, isn't quite as interesting as the first. The Confederate warrior nemesis is boring and there aren't a lot of dramatically important events. Nothing matches the clone trooper ending of the previous one, certainly. It feels like the main story's already been told.It's interesting that this arc brings the outline of Billaba's experience in Shatterpoint into new Canon but loses their substance. She still went to Haruun Kal, had a harrowing experience that shook her mentally, but it wasn't an interesting encounter. Why keep those details but lose the story? Maybe they were already alluded to in Clone Wars or something? Who knows.

  • Cale
    2018-11-15 06:28

    This second volume of Kanan's exploits isn't quite as effective as the first. The story of Kanan's early days as a Padawan are okay, and getting to know Depa Billaba a bit more is nice, but the arc doesn't work as well, the wraparound Rebels story is weaker, and the resolution doesn't quite stick the landing. The epilogue issue especially, which randomly pulls in characters from the novel 'A New Dawn' for no real purpose, makes it feel like something is missing. The artwork is still pretty strong, though, and young Kanan is a likable enough character (although the empathy intended to be built with the clone soldiers doesn't quite make it). It's still readable, but it's a definite step back from the first volume.

  • Kat
    2018-12-10 04:48

    This is the second and concluding half of the comic book series "Kanan" which explores the past of our favorite fallen Jedi Knight from "Star Wars Rebels." This covers Kanan's time just before and immediately after being taken as Master Depa Billaba's Padawan. Once again, it's in the form of a flashback, but takes place while Kanan is unconscious in a bacta tank after suffering a grievous wound at the end of the previous book. The story jumps back and forth between events of the present and past, retaining the same emotion and effective artwork as the previous book. While part of me wishes that the Kanan comics continued, it remains a satisfying conclusion to this particular arc while leaving room for more stories in the future.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-26 05:54

    Just as excellent as vol 1. The use of flashbacks and flashforwards is really neat and I love the mirrored art each time it happens. Caleb's relationships with Master Billaba and the clones are lovely. The art is all around very good, though yet again the epilogue issue was done by a different artist. The bit about skull squadron seems a bit out of nowhere. The character appeared in a Rebels episode shortly after (or before?) that individual issue was published. It was a very cool moment of synchronicity at the time, but read later in the trade it suffers a bit for being out of context.What is still awesome is a certain character cameo at the end. LOVE IT.

  • Matt
    2018-12-14 09:36

    Collects Kanan issues #7-12This is set in the world of "Star Wars Rebels," and features its main character, Kanan. I haven't been following that animated series, but this was still a pretty good story. Even though this comic alludes to things that have happened on the show, as well as a novel called "New Dawn," I was still able to follow things fairly easily. For most of this collection, we get a Kanan-centric flashback story, telling us of a time when he was a young Padawan, and Order 66 hadn't been given yet. Familiar characters from the Prequel trilogy appear, and new characters are introduced. Final rating = 3.5 stars