Kanan: The Last Padawan is the fourth Star Wars comic Marvel has launched in as many months. This series is the first, however, not to be set during the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Instead, it ties into the Star Wars Rebels animated series and explores the past of aspiring Jedi-turned-smuggler and rabble-rouser Kanan Jarrus. With Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman at the helm, it should come as no surprise that this series is every bit the worthy addition to the franchise Marvel’s other projects are.

Rather than cover similar ground to that of the Kanan-centric Star Wars: A New Dawn novel, The Last Padawan further dials back the clock to the waning days Clone Wars. In this period, Kanan was a Jedi trainee named Caleb Dume still learning the ropes and getting his first taste of battle. The flashback approach means this book is accessible even for those not familiar with Rebels. Only one scene focuses on the present-day Rebels timeline, and even that stands out as unnecessary. I’m not sure this book would benefit from any sort of ongoing interplay between past and present. 

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