Here’s a Star Wars spoiler that’s not related to The Force Awakens: The monthly adventures of Kanan Jarrus in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: Kanan is coming to an end in March.
Series writer Greg Weisman tweeted Dec. 15 that he was “told it ends with 12.”
The book’s last issue is due out March 16. In it, Weisman and artist Andrea Broccardo see the rebels’ adventures conclude on Kaller, but for Kanan, the past is never far as a former friend needs help.
While Marvel hasn’t commented, Coffee With Kenobi has learned that the comic book series is ending with #12. Issue #9 was released today, Dec. 16.
Kanan’s adventures, however, aren’t ending. They’ll continue in the wildly popular Star Wars: Rebels animated show.
Kanan is one of three monthly Star Wars comics from Marvel, along with the titular Star Wars and the Star Wars: Darth Vader solo series.
Initially, Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan was to be a five-issue mini-series, but within 24 hours of its announcement, Marvel upgraded the title to an ongoing monthly. Starting with issue #6, the title was shortened to Star Wars: Kanan.
There has been no official word from Marvel about the series’ cancellation or any reason as to why. The book has been critical success and fairly popular with comics readers, too, given its telling of both Kanan AND Caleb Dume. And, a reminder, it is canon. It debuted in February with estimated sales of 108,167 copies, make it the No. 8 comic sold that month, according to Diamond, per figures compiled by ComiChron, The Comics Chronicles website run by John Jackson Miller. Afterward, the title never approached that success, declining steadily in estimated copies sold and Diamond rankings.
- Issue 2, 64,960 copies, 23rd
- Issue 3, 56,370 copies, 29th
- Issue 4, 52,260 copies, 28th
- Issue 5, 46,351 copies, 30th
- Issue 6, 45,402 copies, 20th
- Issue 7, 44,127 copies, 47th
- Issue 8, 42,824 copies, 52nd
It’s fitting, then, that issue #12 is a near mirror image to the first issue in its composition and arrangement, serving, if you will, as bookends to the series.
The final collected edition of the series, volume 2 of Star Wars: Kanan, and titled First Blood, is scheduled by Marvel to be released on May 4.
The 136-page softcover collects Kanan issues 7-12. It will cost $17.99
Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.
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