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Kanan Jarrus
“I lost my way for a long time. But now I have the chance to change things.”

Caleb Dume was only a padawan during Order 66 when the Great Jedi Purge suddenly struck. He had managed to survive with the help of Jedi Master Depa Billaba, his mentor who had sacrificed herself to ensure that her young pupil had a future. Never being able to forget what happened that day, never being able to forgive himself for preventing such a tragedy, Caleb reluctantly ran from the new Empire carrying a heavy weight on his shoulders.

With a new life came a new name: Kanan Jarrus.

After making his way around the galaxy living in the shadows, Kanan ended up in the Gorse system where he found a steady job and income as a miner. The days were monotonous. Work in the mines, drink at the bar, sleep, repeat. Some days presented a little danger which Kanan learned to deal with while abstaining from using his Force abilities. Nothing was worth being seen by the Empire.

Nothing was worth being seen by the Empire except for helping a strong, beautiful, and mysterious woman in her cause for a better world.

For many years Kanan Jarrus had lost his drive to fight back. He simply survived, nothing more. But meeting Hera Syndulla and being entranced by her impeccable strength and willpower encouraged him to finally stand back up. They both risked their lives to cripple the Empire that day and lived to do it again and again.

Kanan Jarrus became the first Jedi to join the Ghost Crew. In the beginning, he did it solely for her. By each passing day he admired Hera even more, and doing something that felt right was a nice change from whatever he was doing on Gorse all these years. He had finally found his home. Then one day the team was on a mission on Lothal and things were about to take a turn for Kanan once again.

On a mission to steal supply crates from the Empire, local street kid Ezra Bridger interfered and unintentionally proved his worth to the Ghost Crew by duping both the stormtroopers and Rebels all on his own. What Ezra didn’t know was that he wasn’t the only one with his mysterious powers. Kanan noticed the potential in him right away and found a new responsibility in taking the young boy under his wing to carry on the Jedi legacy.


Although Kanan immediately took on the responsibility of training Ezra, he wasn’t completely sure on how to go about such a daunting task. He was only a padawan himself when his master was taken away from him. Without having gone through the proper Jedi training, how does he expect to teach this boy? Where does he even begin?

Being two inexperienced Force wielders with little to no guidance, it’s only natural that Kanan and Ezra conflict with each other along the path of knowledge. Rather than being a fully-equipped master with a detailed lesson plan, Kanan accepted the fact that he must learn alongside Ezra if they were to preserve the Jedi way.

By being forced to carry on their Jedi training through nontraditional ways, Kanan and Ezra learned both the importance of wielding the Force for good and cherishing the value of family. Kanan wasn’t just a master to Ezra, he was also a father figure who cared for the boy’s wellbeing.

What started off as a breath of fresh air from the rock known as Gorse ended up being something much greater that credits couldn’t buy. Kanan was a father in an adoptive family of a loving wife, two ambitious kids, a caring uncle, and a loyal dog. They went through everything together. They were inseparable.

While Caleb Dume was a padawan who was robbed of a future in the Jedi temple, Kanan Jarrus had something even more meaningful that he would give anything to protect. As a boy, he had lost his way surviving one of the most traumatic events in history. As a Jedi Knight, Kanan gave everything to carry on the Jedi legacy and pave the way for future generations.

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Canon
Canon
Single Issue Comic

Star Wars Adventures: Tales From Vader's Castle #1

Written by
Cavan Scott
Artwork by
Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Robbie Robbins, Francesco Francavilla
You’ve seen Kanan and Hera take on some daring, action-packed adventures. Now they’re dealing with the paranormal. This first issue of Vader’s Castle is a classic ghost story featuring one of your favorite Star Wars duos. Who is the ghost? What does it want? How will these Rebels be free of the curse? Obviously you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out!

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader—all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle!

Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy, including Derek Charm, Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III!

Canon
Canon
Junior Reader

Rebels: The Rebellion Begins

Written by
Michael Kogge
Artwork by
Every amazing story has a humble beginning, and Star Wars Rebels is no exception. The Rebellion Begins is a retelling of Ezra’s first run-in with the Ghost Crew and the ultimate decision to join their cause. Revisit this first step into one of the greatest stories ever told in a way you’ve never experienced it before: In the form of a novelization written by Michael Kogge.
Ezra Bridger knows how to take care of himself. Growing up in the shadow of the Galactic Empire, Ezra has always stolen what he can to survive--and to mess with the Empire. But when one of Ezra's heists goes terribly wrong, he finds himself thrown together with a team of rebels. Lead by brash maverick Kanan Jarrus and fearless pilot Hera Syndulla, the rebels are on a mission to free enslaved Wookiees from an Imperial prison. Now Ezra must decide whether to go back to his simple life on Lothal, or join the rebels in their fight for freedom.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Rebels: Path Of The Jedi (cinestory comic)

Written by
Dave Filoni
Artwork by
If you’re a Jedi struggling with your identity you can always count on taking a trip to your local ancient temple (or tree) for answers. In the Star Wars Rebels episode “Path of the Jedi” Ezra and Kanan visit the Jedi temple on Lothal for guidance. This cinestory comic book captures all of the beautiful screencaps from that spiritual journey.
As the Ghost crew fights to escape the Inquisitor, Ezra is tempted by the lure of the dark side when he learns something about his past that makes him question everything. And when Ezra encounters one of the greatest Jedi the galaxy has ever known, he must learn to embrace his fear in his quest to reconcile his past and master the Force.
Canon
Canon
Junior Reader

The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus: Rebel Leader

Written by
Ben Harper
Artwork by
If you’ve ever wanted someone to pick out the best Kanan moments from the first ten episodes of Star Wars Rebels, then this is the perfect book for you. The hardcover features a shiny holocron next to Kanan’s overly enthusiastic face and the book also includes instructions on how to access a secret Jedi website. What more could you possibly ask for?
This breakthrough new book is filled with amazing insights and high-action adventures of the Jedi knight Kanan Jarrus. Plus the foldable holocron provides a gateway to carefully guarded exclusive digital content. The holocron is an organic crystal-lattice device which stores phenomenal quantities of data and guarded secrets! Discover the history and secrets of Kanan Jarrus, the newest Jedi to emerge in the Star Wars universe! Who was his master? How strong is the Force within him? What are his fighting skills and what type of light-saber does he wield? This exciting storybook with exclusive links to rare online content, will reveal intriguing answers to many of these questions. Based on action and events from the first 10 episodes of Star Wars Rebels, this book features five tales from the perspective of Kanan Jarrus, the secret Jedi. Packed with action, adventure, great reading, humor, and bold visuals, The Secret Jedi provides a wonderful glimpse into the new world of Star Wars Rebels, and the Jedi leading the rebel team. But what makes this a truly unique package is … the holocron! Packaged with each book will be a “holocron” toy that when arranged properly, reveals a secret code to a gated website that includes a wide range of bonus content linked to the book and the broader Jedi world.
Canon
Canon
Reference Book

The Art of Star Wars: Rebels

Written by
Daniel Wallace
Artwork by
Various
Star Wars art books have earned their reputation as some of the most visually stunning pieces of reference material out there. The Art of Star Wars: Rebels gives fans a series of behind-the-scenes glimpses into how each character and location was developed in all four seasons of the show. The book includes a brief introduction from Dave Filoni himself explaining the choices behind the show’s unique art style and the original artwork that inspired it all.
An incredible hardcover amassing art and creator commentary chronicling four seasons of adventure in a galaxy far, far away! In the early days of the rebellion, a tight-knit group of rebels from various backgrounds banded together against all odds to do their part in the larger mission of defeating the Galactic Empire, sparking hope across the galaxy. The award-winning team from Lucasfilm Animation brought the beloved occupants of the Ghost into our homes five years ago, now, take a step behind-the-scenes to witness the journey from paper to screen with The Art of Star Wars Rebels. Featuring never-before-seen concept art and process pieces along with exclusive commentary from the creative team behind the show, Dark Horse Books and Lucasfilm proudly present the official look inside one of the galaxy's most beloved shows.
Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (cinestory comic)

Written by
Dave Filoni
Artwork by
Spark of Rebellion: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic brings the characters and story you know and love into comic book form, featuring the early beginnings of the adventures featuring Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, and the remaining crew of The Ghost. This graphic novel adapts the first five episodes of the series: Spark of Rebellion, Droids in Distress, Fighter Flight, Rise of the Old Masters and Breaking Ranks. Stills from the series are used to recreate key moments from each episode.
Imperial oppression on Lothal grows stronger and the rebels must seek out new allies and resources to sustain their fight against the evil Empire. The crew of the Ghost joins forces with another rebel cell: ex-clone troopers who fought in the Clone Wars. As the rebels grow in number, so will their enemies. Through dangerous rescue missions, thrilling space chases, and spectacular lightsaber duels – the bond of our rebel crew will be put to the test like never before.
Canon
Canon
Omnibus

Kanan: Hardcover Omnibus Collection

Written by
Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz
Artwork by
Jacopo Camagn, Andrea Broccardo[
Kanan Jarrus wasn’t always his name. Former Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume was on a remote mission with his master when their clone troopers turned on them. This comic series tells the story of how Caleb survived countless obstacles to become the Jedi we meet in Star Wars: Rebels. The hardcover omnibus combines all 12 issues of Kanan’s story into one volume so you can easily read from start to finish.

Discover how Jedi Padawan Caleb Dume became Kanan Jarrus, the cocky, sarcastic renegade hero of Star Wars: Rebels! As Caleb trained under Master Depa Billaba, neither one of them ever suspected that their "loyal" Clone Troopers would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66 - the Emperor's directive to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume escape the Jedi purge? Then, journey even further back and experience Caleb's very first adventure as a Padawan, protecting the Jedi Temple alongside his new Master. As they head towards the furious Battle of Mygeeto, they'll face one of the deadliest threats in the entire galaxy - General Grievous! Bridge the gap between the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels!

Canon
Canon
Adult Novel

A New Dawn

Written by
John Jackson Miller
Artwork by

Star Wars Rebels tugged on the heartstrings of countless fans, and this story is where it all began. Taking place before the beloved show, A New Dawn shows us how Kanan and Hera were destined to cross paths and fight together in the Galactic Civil War.

Being the first novel released in the new Canon era of Star Wars books, John Jackson Miller leaves a lasting first impression on what’s to come.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

“The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine

For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .

Canon
Canon
Graphic Novel

Rebels Volume 1 (Manga)

Written by
Akira Aoki
Artwork by
Akira Aoki
The universe never ceases to give us Star Wars Rebels in new and exciting ways. Just when you thought the fun was over, Yen Press gives us the story we know and love in the form of the unique Japanese art style. If you are a big fan of Rebels and anime, you’ll no doubt want to look into this manga series.
A manga adaptation of the hit 3D animated series Star Wars Rebels seen on Disney XD. The animated series launched with the first two episodes titled Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion and was followed by four seasons that aired from 2014 to 2018. The critically-acclaimed show featured fan-favorite Star Wars characters, such as Kanan Jarrus, who was the focus of his own novel and comic book series, and Chopper, a droid who made a brief appearance in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Set during an era when the Galactic Empire is hunting down the last of the Jedi, a fledgling rebellion against the Empire begins to take form. Star Wars Rebels takes place in the area surrounding the planet Lothal, where the Galactic Empire battles against Ezra, a teenage con artist with latent Force abilities, Kanan, one of the last surviving members of the Jedi Order, and the rest of the ragtag rebels on board the starship Ghost.