Announced today during the Cup o’ Joe panel at New York Comic Con, Kanan, a Jedi from Star Wars Rebels, will be the focus of a new ongoing comic series from Marvel.
The comic license for Star Wars reverts back to Marvel at the beginning of 2015, so it is time for the company to start marketing those first books they will start with. And with all of the corporate synergy happening over at Disney with their handful of giant media companies, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that a comic based on the new animated show Star Wars Rebels is in the works.
The series, Star Wars – Kanan: The Last Padawan, will follow the current leader of the ship Ghost that flies the rag tag group of rebels around the galaxy trying to fight the Empire in Rebels. What will be interesting to see happen in the coming comic series is that we will see Kanan at a different age in the comic and at a time that Jedi are being hunted down by the Empire.
The Last Padawan will be written by Greg Weismann (Gargoyles, Young Justice, Star Wars Rebels) and illustrated by former creative on The Mighty Thor Pepe Larraz.
Weismann commented on the dangerous time period the comic series will take place in saying:
The tone is slightly darker than the television series because it covers an extremely dark time. But from my point of view, nothing has changed, and the tone I’m always going for is that of Episodes IV and V.
Check out the cover art for The Last Padawan below and look for it on shelves and digitally when it begins in April 2015.