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Marvel's 'Kanan: The Last Padawan' shows life before 'Star Wars Rebels

While Star Wars Rebels may be on hiatus, the story is still going strong, thanks to Marvel Comic’s new Star Wars comic series, Kanan: The Last Padawan. As the name suggests, the comic takes place prior to the events in Rebels, but ties into both John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn and the current Rebels timeline by giving us a better look at Kanan’s past, his former Jedi Master, Depa Billaba, and how a young Caleb Dume became the Kanan Jarrus we know today.

Kanan is written by Star Wars Rebels writer and executive producer Greg Weisman, whose interviews during NYCC 2014 show that vision for the comic series is very much in line with what the Lucasfilm Story Group has in mind. So if you’re a Rebels fan, it’s amazingly easy to slip into the story because we already have a feel for Kanan as a character.

Kanan, The Last Padawan pages

Weisman’s other writing credits include Young Justice, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Gargoyles, so there’s no doubt he’s comfortable with serialized storytelling. But he also knows how to hook the reader, and the first issue absolutely delivers in both instances.

I loved the art by Pepe Larraz (Deadpool vs. X-Force, Inhuman). I’m not a seasoned comic-book reader, so forgive my neophyte description, but his pages showing Kanan and Master Billaba training and fighting made me think of a Samurai Western. The art goes from dusty and sweeping panorama (if that makes sense) to intimate close-up and camaraderie organically. It all just flows.

Kanan, The Last Padawan

As a Star Wars fan, a die-hard Rebels fan, and a newbie comic reader, I totally recommend it.

Which is why I have a request for a new Star Wars Marvel comic starring Hera Syndulla.

I already know Weisman would be down to write it (I asked), and he’s more than familiar with the character, so why not? As much as I love Kanan (and I do, believe me), I’m dying to know how Cham Syndulla’s little girl grew up to become a kickass pilot and a Rebel leader in her own right. How did she get the Ghost and Chopper? How much of her training comes from her time on Ryloth? There’s a lot of story there.

So I guess the question is, would people want to see a Hera comic series? I know I would!

Of course, I’d like to see more of the story after the events of A New Dawn as well. There’s a lot of story to be told about our Star Wars Rebels, and I’m definitely looking forward to more.

Which reminds me: Kanan: The Last Padawan #2 comes out on May 6.

Kanan, The Last Padawan #2

May the Force be with you.

P.S. I never thought I’d be a comics fan. I’m thinking the 80 bucks I dropped on Star Wars comics at Wondercon means I am? Star Wars, the new gateway drug.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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