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

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Kanan Jarrus

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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Kanan Omnibus (Hardcover)amazon button
Graphic Novel
Canon

Kanan Omnibus (Hardcover)

Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz
19 BBY - 4 BBY

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.

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Adult Novel
Canon

A New Dawn

John Jackson Miller
11 BBY

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.

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Tales From Vader's Castle #1amazon button
Single Issue Comic
Canon

Tales From Vader's Castle #1

Cavan Scott
1 BBY

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!

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The Art of Star Wars Rebelsamazon button
Reference Book
Canon

The Art of Star Wars Rebels

Daniel Wallace

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.

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Rebels: The Rebellion Beginsamazon button
Junior Reader
Canon

Rebels: The Rebellion Begins

Michael Kogge
5 BBY

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.

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Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (cinestory comic)amazon button
Graphic Novel
Canon

Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion (cinestory comic)

Dave Filoni
5 BBY

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.

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Rebels: Path Of The Jedi (cinestory comic)amazon button
Graphic Novel
Canon

Rebels: Path Of The Jedi (cinestory comic)

Dave Filoni
4 BBY

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.

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The Secret Jedi: The Adventures of Kanan Jarrus: Rebel Leaderamazon button
Junior Reader
Canon

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

Ben Harper
5 BBY

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?

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Rebels Manga Volume 1amazon button
Graphic Novel
Canon

Rebels Manga Volume 1

Akira Aoki
5 BBY

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.

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