By doing war of stars Cartoon, Star Wars: The Bad BatchKanan Jarrus’ survival from Order 66 is reconnected, contradicting this Star Wars: Kanan Comic series. Kanan Jarrus, formerly known as Caleb Dume, was the padawan of Jedi master Depa Billaba during the Clone Wars. When Order 66 was issued, Billaba was killed by the now brainwashed Clone Troopers, but Caleb escaped. Kanan changed his name, leaving behind his Jedi identity. He became one of the main actors in Star Wars Rebellen, works as a smuggler and eventually rebel. The specific details of Billaba’s sacrifice and Caleb’s survival were presented in the first five editions of Star Wars: Kanan, but the opening sequence of The bad batch presents these events differently in large and small ways. What could that mean for the comic book series?
The war of stars Franchises have been around for more than four decades, and while film and television are the most popular media outlets, it also includes a wide variety of comics, novels, and video games. The franchise’s original timeline, the Expanded Universe (renamed from Disney to Legends), has had a fair share of continuity growls over the years, but when it was relegated to an alternate universe, its few inconsistencies about retcons were resolved. For example, Boba Fett had several conflicting origin stories prior to the prequel trilogy, but these were again linked to rumors from the underworld that Fett did not attempt to correct. The most unforgiving continuity flaws in Legends came from 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which officially belongs to both timelines, but some fans consider it just part of Canon.
By doing Star Wars: Kanan Comics, Caleb and Billaba are around the campfire on Kaller with Clone Officers Gray and Styles exchanging jokes when Order 66 was issued. Commander Gray received orders from Darth Sidious to activate the control chips of his and every other clone. Depa Billaba held back the clones while Caleb escaped at the cost of their lives. For the next four issues, Caleb was pursued by Gray and Styles until the former somehow resisted his implant and sacrificed himself and Styles to save the young padawan. The bad batch shows these events with many superficial differences (Billaba’s blade color, the appearance of Styles’ armor, and the event during the day), but its overall representation is incompatible with the comic version.
Instead of focusing on Gray and Styles, who were close friends with Caleb, The bad batch The focus is on Clone Force 99 and their confusion over the sudden order to kill the Jedi (and leave Gray out altogether). This is understandable given that they are the protagonists of the series, but this redesign removes the tragedy, sacrifice, and irony of the comic’s portrayal. Instead of being saved for his friend by Grey’s strong-willed sacrifice, Caleb escapes because Hunter has not been brainwashed at all. Although it is a short series of twelve issues, Star Wars: Kanan was well received by readers and can no longer be considered canon.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Canon has contradicted itself. The epic and heartbreaking final four episodes of The Clone Wars contradict elements of the 2016 novel Ahsoka. To like Die Bad Batch’s Pilot episode, the two representations cannot coexist. The Mandalorians also made significant changes to Mandalorian culture that were never shown or referred to The Clone Wars or RebelsBut the show’s second season addresses this issue by stating that these rules only apply to Din Djarin’s tribe. This is similar to the many Legends era retcons that fixed most of the continuity issues. With two different versions of how Kanan Order 66 survived war of stars Canon may need to use a media-based tier system in order for properties like Star Wars: The Bad Batch and Star Wars: Kanan could coexist without persistent retcons.
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