Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Modern Marvel: Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1

The Star Wars: Rebels animated series debuted on the Disney Channel in October 2014.  The series is about a band of rebels against the Empire that takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  One of the main characters on the show is a human Jedi named Kanan Jarrus.  When Marvel launched the new Star Wars line in 2015, Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan was one of the original four titles announced.  The first issue was published in March 2015.  This ongoing series that was renamed to Star Wars: Kanan with issue #7 and ended with issue #12 in May 2016.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
All non-reprint modern Marvel Star Wars titles have a blank cover as a variant for the first issue.  The blank covers are of a thicker paper stock which are suitable for artist to sketch on.  The blank cover wraps the standard cover.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1b - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
blank variant
Many of the Star Wars titles debuted in 2015 with a Skottie Young variant cover.  Young variant covers for Star Wars feature cute "baby" versions of characters.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1c - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
Skottie Young variant
The Star Wars titles based on characters from the movies have first issue photo covers also known as movie variants.  For Kanan, based on a television animated series, there is a television variant.  This variant cover is a 1:15 retailer incentive.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1d - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
television variant


Kilian Plunket provides art for a 1:25 retailer incentive variant cover.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1e - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
Kilian Plunkett variant
The only store exclusive for Kanan #1 is from the Books-a-Million bookstore chain.  It was one issue in a series of Star Wars covers done for Books-a-Million by Phil Noto.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1f - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 2015)
Books-a-Million exclusive
Kanan had the lowest ordered first issue of the new Star Wars titles.  It is based on a character in an animated series that was only out for six months.  Still, like the other titles, Marvel went back to print for the first issue.

Star Wars: Kanan - The Last Padawan #1g - Marvel Comics, U.S. (May 2015)
2nd print

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