Padawan Kanan Jarrus’ fight to survive will be revealed in a comic series from Marvel starting April 2015.
The new ongoing series, written by Greg Weisman and drawn by Pepe Laraz, will serve as a bridge between the previous Star Wars animated series “The Clone Wars” and the new “Rebels” series showing how Kanan escaped the extinction of the Jedi and the loss of his master Depa Billaba.
Kanan will struggle to make his way in a changed galaxy in the wake of Order 66, which saw Clone Troopers turn on their Jedi leaders as the Empire took over the galaxy.
“He’s never had to be in the real world, he was sheltered in the Jedi Temple,” said Jennifer Heddle, Lucasfilm senior editor, at a panel about upcoming “Star Wars” literature at New York Comic Con 2014.
Fans have already learned about Kanan’s first meeting with fellow “Rebels” hero Hera Syndulla in John Jackson Miller’s novel “Star Wars: A New Dawn.”
“I always looked at (Kanan) as the flip side of the Obi-Wan Kenobi, who had purpose after Order 66,” said Miller at the panel, referring to the Jedi Master’s mission to keep Luke Skywalker safe on Tatooine.
By contrast, Kanan lacked direction as he fought to survive until the events of “A New Dawn.”
The panel also revealed details about four previously announced “Star Wars” novels.
“Tarkin,” by veteran “Star Wars” writer James Luceno, will cover Governor Tarkin‘s rise to power in the early years of the Empire and show how he found himself in a position to give Darth Vader orders.
The novel, due out on Nov. 4, will also reveal Emperor Palpatine‘s first name.
“Heir to the Jedi,” a first person novel from Luke Skywalker’s, perspective, will follow on Feb. 17, 2015.
Readers will get inside Luke’s head as he continues his Jedi training without Obi-Wan’s aid in the time period between the movies “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.”
“Luke will learn about his responsibility to the Force,” said Heddle, referring to his status as the last of the Jedi.
Fans will see Vader and his Master, the Emperor, in a new context; fighting to escape an inhospitable planet.
“Part of it’s like a Vader/Palpatine road trip,” said Heddle.
The final novel the panel mentioned was Christie Golden’s “Dark Disciple,” due out in July 2015.
It will star former Dark Jedi apprentice Asajj Ventress and Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, forcing the enemies to work together.
“The two of them have to team up for a mission and sparks fly,” Heddle said.
Shelly Shapiro, editor at publisher Del Rey, noted that the latest “Star Wars” publications gave them new storytelling opportunities in the universe.
“We’re getting to explore the Empire as a character,’ she said.
Shapiro also assured fans that Disney has not asked the adult publisher to tone down their books since they bought Lucasfilm in 2012.