Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Star Wars #28
Star Wars has just confirmed a new connection between Luke Skywalker and Star Wars Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus. Thanks to one of Marvel’s canon Star Wars comic series set after the events of The Empire Strikes Back, it’s revealed that Luke’s ongoing journey to become a Jedi Knight has made him a major source of inspiration for the Rebellion as his skills in the Force continue to grow. As such, his new commanding officer notes the similarities between Skywalker and the Jedi who preceded him as a hero of the Rebellion.
Taking place in the years just before A New Hope, the animated Star Wars Rebels series featured the crew of The Ghost, a Rebel cell featuring pilot Hera Syndulla, the male Lasat Zeb Orrelios, a Mandalorian warrior and artist Sabine Wren, and the crew’s droid Chopper. However, the crew was co-led by Hera and Jedi survivor Kanan Jarrus, formerly known as Caleb Dume. Taking on the young Force-sensitive Ezra Bridger as his apprentice, Kanan and the Ghost crew were key figures who helped turn the pockets of resistance against the Empire into a full-on Rebellion. However, Kanan ended up giving his life to save his crew shortly before the series’ end and the beginning of the original trilogy.
Now, the new Star Wars #28 from Charles Soule and Andrés Genolet sees Luke choosing to trust in the Force, requesting to embark on an extremely dangerous mission to Coruscant, the metropolitan galactic core and throne world of the Emperor himself. However, his commanding officer is none other than Hera Syndulla herself, now a major general. Believing that the Force wants him to respond to a distress call from a family of Imperial defectors, it’s fortunate for Luke that Hera is his general who recognizes the power of the Jedi, having seen it firsthand with Kanan.
Although this new connection between Luke and Kanan via Hera is a great way to tie the two Rebellion eras and their heroes, it does make Kanan’s sacrifice that much more tragic. Had he still been alive and around during Luke’s Jedi path and joining the Alliance, he could have been a major resource and ally for Skywalker. The two of them would have been a truly dynamic Jedi duo alongside Ezra Bridger who also became a Jedi in his own right. Additionally, Luke’s approved mission sees him saving the family by forming a connection with a handful of sewer creatures who attack a group of security agents, mirroring Ezra’s ability to Force bond with animals as seen in Star Wars Rebels.
Seeing as how Ezra’s whereabouts are still unknown after the series finale of Star Wars Rebels, the possibility does exist for Luke Skywalker to potentially meet Kanan’s apprentice in future Star Wars stories. An any rate, it’s very exciting to see Hera drawing connections between the Rebellion’s past and present Jedi Knights in this current series. Star Wars #28 is on sale now.