Kanan to Exit from Marvel’s Ongoing Monthly Star Wars Comics Series

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.
Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 5.44.41 PMWhile 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.

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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.

STWKANANV2TPB_cvrThe 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

 


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7 thoughts on “Kanan to Exit from Marvel’s Ongoing Monthly Star Wars Comics Series”

  1. I’m so really, really sad…

    So much new canon foundation the series have been put in place. So much feels on each issue.

    Oh well, the stark realities of the market. I’m still glad that it was given the chance to actually wrap up its stories.

    You will be missed, Star Wars: Kanan.

    1. I’ve been a bit confused if it really has anything to do with sales. Reports say it’s been cancelled but no one from Disney or Marvel has said it was cancelled. I had assumed that they were ending it since Kanan’s story continues in the novel A New Dawn. It had to end at some point.

      1. You’re right. The way the article was worded, though, mislead me to believing it was a decision solely based on sales.

        But, after acquiring the last issue, I’d say that it was a complete series.

        1. The article made it quite clear that sales were the mitigating factor.

          Kanan’s sales were strong but faltered. Unlike a lot of comics, it was allowed to conclude its arc, leaving it with 12 issues, which was ample enough to ensure a pair of soft-cover collections for issues 1-6 and 7-12, along with the planned hardcover that’s due out later this year.

          As for long, drawn out stories, that’s a good observation and one we’re seeing in Darth Vader, which is in the final glide of its 25-issue run. Marvel, unlike with Kanan, moved quickly and deftly to say the series was not being canceled, but concluded. Its writer, Kieron Gillen said he had enough story for 25 issues and that met the goals set forth when it was being pitched.

          It’s likely a similar fate could befall the flagship Star Wars series, too — but HIGHLY UNLIKELY. Even if that were to happen, there’s such a plethora of characters, events and history to be plumbed that Marvel and Lucasfilm will never be wanting for story ideas, mini-series or even maxi-series.

          And that’s a nice thing.

          As for the Poe Dameron series, it’s sales have been slipping, demonstrably, since it’s debut. There’s strong fan support, but the issues sold each month have declined, precipitously.

  2. I’m not to disappointed that it’s ending. I love it but the problem with comics tends to be that they tend to drag on. All the Star Wars comics since the Disney take over have done a good job of telling a short and sweet story and I’m really hoping that soon the Marvel Star Wars comics and Darth Vader comics come to a partial conclusion with the beginning of Episode 5 and then begin again with han being held captive by Jabba the Pizza Hut and Luke training with Yoda

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