Now that A New Dawn has been out for a bit and people seem to be finishing it, I want to get a discussion going on what we think. I still have a small chunk at the end to finish but I’ll kickstart things.
First, I was super excited for this book being the first 100% canon release in this new era we live in. That alone gave it a lot of steam. I immediately liked Kainan’s backstory – Obi-Wan says in Ep3 that he reverses the signal and here we have one of those Jedi he saved. It makes sense and clicks. I am also really enjoying the Count Vidian villain…something of an economic Darth Vader. John Jackson Miller does a decent job of “justifying” his actions while still keeping him evil. I’m definitely finding him a fresh and interesting bad guy.
A lot of the book is pretty standard Star Wars – start off with a group of characters who eventually join up to save the day, jumping between perspectives, the Imperial who has second thoughts. Then again…standard Star Wars is really fun. All in all, I’ve enjoyed the read. New Star Wars!
On a somewhat related noted, personally, I’m not bent up about the “clean slate” treatment of the EU, but I will say I wish the Story Group would grandfather in select tales. They can pick which ones, but it seems like they could do the fan community a service here and there. I’ve never been much into the post-OT stuff, but there’s a lot of TOR and…man, the Darth Bane trilogy. I wish that was canon. Wait…are the video games considered canon? As in TOR?