Marvel has announced a new Star Wars comic book series that will serve as a prequel to the animated series Star Wars Rebels. It's called Star Wars - Kanan: The Last Padawan, and it's being developed by Star Wars Rebels executive producer Greg Weisman.
The character Kanan is voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr. in the animated series, and he's the only Jedi on the team. This comic will tell the story of how he ended up where he did while being hunted down.
Marvel sat down with Wiseman at New York Comic Con for an interview, and he discusses some aspects of the comic starting out with how a look at the hero's past will impact his present.
"It’s more about informing his present rather than impacting it. But I think when you get this back story, you’ll see—especially as the television series continues into the recently announced season two—that it has a clear influence on his actions. Beyond that: NO SPOILERS."
He went on to talk about the tone of the story 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."
Wiseman was then asked about what Kanan’s greatest needs are in terms of training and about his relationship with his master, Depa Billaba.
"We’ll see Kanan train to be a Jedi. And then we’ll see him train specifically not to be a Jedi anymore. His relationship with Master Billaba is warm and wry."
This sounds like it's going to be an awesome story to follow. Based on this comic and the TV series so far, I like the direction that Lucasfilm and Disney are taking things. Star Wars – Kanan: The Last Padawan will hit comic book stores in April. Make sure to read the full interview here.