Marvel’s solicitations for its April issues of Star Wars comics are out with new clues, new destinations, old friends and old enemies. There are returns to planets integral to the saga, too, along with the debut of Kanan: The Last Padawan, which bridges events between the end of Revenge of the Sith and the beginning of Star Wars: Rebels.

(Cover to "Kanan -- The Last Padawn" No. 1/Marvel.)

(“Kanan” No. 1/Marvel.)

("Darth Vader" No. 4/Marvel.)

(“Darth Vader” No. 4/Marvel.)

The new monthly series begins April 1 with a $3.99 32-page first issue written by Greg Weisman, the writer and executive producer ofthe first season of Rebels, and drawn by artist Pepe Larraz. It’s the fist chapter in how then-Caleb Dume — padawan to Jedi Master Depa Billaba — survived Order 66 to become the cocksure Kanan Jarrus.

The issue’s cover is drawn by Mark Brooks and there is also a variant cover by Skottie Young, another variant focusing on the Rebels show, a blank variant and another to be announced.

("Star Wars" No. 4/Marvel.)

(“Star Wars” No. 4/Marvel.)

("Princess Leia" No. 3/Marvel.)

(“Princess Leia” No. 3/Marvel.)

Meanwhile, in Star Wars No. 4, Luke Skywalker returns to Tatooine to visit Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hut as he wrestles with his past and his hopes for becoming a Jedi knight. The 32-page, $3.99 issue is released April 22.

In issue No. 3 of Princess Leia, writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson take Leia to Sullust as she continues her quest to save what’s left of the people of Alderaan while keeping a step ahead of the Empire. The issue is on stands April 15.

In the pages of Darth Vader No. 4, writer Kieron Gillen and artst Salvador Larroca take readers back to Geonosis (keep an eye peeled for Battle Droids) as the Dark Lord of the Sith strives to rebuild his army and propel his ascension to new heights of power, prestige and punishment. The 32-page issue features a cover by Adi Granov and variant by Larroca, retails for $3.99 and is out April 8.

Matt Moore has been perpetrating journalism since 1985, reveling in Star Wars since 1977 and reading comics since 1974.

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  1. Becca Benjamin
    January 20, 2015 at 11:35 Reply

    OM-SW-Goodness! This is spectacular!
    The imagery is funtastically spellbinding, Love it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Dennis Keithly (@DJKver2)
    January 22, 2015 at 14:51 Reply

    I’ve subscribed to the main Star Wars title, Darth Vader, and Princes Leia. Is it possible to subscribe to the Kanan series yet? Anyone know?

  3. Matt Moore
    January 22, 2015 at 22:21 Reply

    Dennis, given that the Kanan title began life as a projected mini-series, only to be upgraded to a monthly title, it’s likely Marvel may put in the subscription bin within a month or so. I’ve reached out to Marvel on your behalf and raised your question. Let’s see what they say.

  4. Matt Moore
    January 23, 2015 at 19:59 Reply

    Dennis there’s no word, yet, on a Kanan subscription, but given that the title doesn’t come out until April and the final order cutoff for retailers isn’t until March, it’s conceivable you’d see it available in late March or early April.

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