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Let's Talk The Star Wars Canon

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by The Hero With No Fear, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. The Hero With No Fear

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    Let's talk about all the Star Wars books and comics released during or after 2014. It could be anything in the Star Wars canon, as long as it's only about the books and comics. I'd be happy to give recommendations on any books or comics, if you're interested. Who wants to start us off?
     
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    Good topic, I just asked much the same thing yesterday.....how about the book "Tarkin"....looks interesting....any thoughts on it?
     
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    Tarkin was alright. It wasn't anything special. If you're a big Tarkin fan, then you'll like it!
     
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    Tarkin has good moments but tough to get through IMO. Catalyst is awesome and functions as a prequel to the Tarkin novel (as well as RO of course). That would be my recommendation to anyone looking to get into the books, especially with the RO home release coming out this month.
     
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    I've enjoyed them all to varying degrees except for Heir to the Force. Ashoka was a slow read. Surprised with how much I liked Catalyst. Really enjoyed Tarkin, New Dawn, Bloodline and Lords of the Sith. Dark Disciple is a great read if you want to go back to the Clone Wars period. I'm a big fan of the Aftermath series with each book better that the previous one. I'm not a big fan of YA, but Lost Stars wasn't a bad read at all.
     
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    I personally enjoyed Tarkin because of how deep it went into the character of the man himself. If your interested in a deep character study it is worth a read. Luceno has written way better novels, but it was still good for what it was.
     
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    Tarkin is, so far, my favorite new canon book maybe because I wasn't expecting it - I didn't care much for Tarkin as character before, but Luceno changed my mind. The book is dense but, as a fantasy reader, I love that. His coming-of-age trials alone are worth the price of the book. But, also the insight in the triumvirate - Emperor, Vader, Tarkin - that heads the Empire, Palpatine's greater plans, Vader/Tarkin relationship and humanizing of one of the Empire's greatest villains.
     
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    I had some issues with the book, but ultimately enjoyed it for this reason. Like so many others, I began the novel with that age-old question - "Just why does Tarkin appear to be Vader's boss?" Even though I don't think it's *explicitly* explained, I finished the book with an understanding of what was going on.

    As for the story, I thought a solidly strong start fizzled about midway through. I also found the flashback interstitials to be a bit over the top. But I definitely recommend the book to anyone who hasn't read it.

    I'm behind in my canon reading, so my best and worst of canon is a bit out of date. But for me, the best has probably been 'A New Dawn.' The worst - 'Lords of the Sith.' I'm in the minority for both opinions. ;)

    ETA - This appears to be a spoiler-free thread. Let's be considerate to others. Thanks!
     
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    I enjoyed Tarkin, but my problems with it stem from the fact that act two is rather sluggish. While I was heavily invested in the story at the beginning, by the end of the second act, I just wanted some resolution to the conflict.
     
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    Lost Stars kept me gripped throughout, to the point where I got annoyed that I had to sleep instead of continuing to read.

    Bloodline was a fabulous read, full o f great little details ahead of TFA.

    Lords of the Sith was damn good, especially for Vader's inner turmoils

    Finally, Catalyst was brilliant, and made R1 a much richer and more satisfying story knowing the history of the characters

    That said, I've read all of the new canon now, and even Heir to the Jedi has it's moments...
     
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    I actually really enjoyed Heir To The Jedi, but didn't really enjoy Lords of the Sith or Catalyst.
     
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    What didn't you enjoy about LotS or Catalyst? Out of interest :)
     
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    There's a lot of mention of the novels, what have people's opinions of the canon comic been? I've only read the Shattered Empire mini-series which launched the Journey to The Force Awakens line. It was ok, but not quite as insightful/revelatory about what had happened between ROTJ and the (then) upcoming TFA - though the rumours around Force Trees in relation to TLJ may put a more canon relevant spin on it.

    Since that series there have been a bunch of other titles released based on known characters, the Vader series, Poe Dameron etc and now we have the much touted Doctor Aphra which sounds like a female led Han Solo/Indiana Jones crossover... I'd be interested to know what others opinion on the canon comics are and whether anyone thinks there are any stories which particularly influence or are influenced by the movies.
     
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    I have read the Vader comic run which I enjoyed enormously in particular the Bader Down arc. Currently reading Doctor Aphra which is great & really looking forward to the Screaming Citadel involving Luke. & the new Vader run which will start where RotS finished.
     
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    It's important to keep in mind that as far as details important to the films go, we are really only going to get supplemental details and clues in the stories right now. This is still rewarding of course when we put the pieces together, but their never going to completely reveal their hand about details important to the films until we see the films. For instance, we have plenty of clues about Snoke right now, but we are never going to get all the details til they reveal them in the movies. Still fun to speculate, but don't expect any smoking guns. The payoff is later when we watch the next film and then we're like "Oh! Now I get what that little clue means!"

    Like you said about Shattered Empire, after watching the next film, aspects may become more relevant than we initially realized.

    A series in the comics that is really quite excellent and reveals important details about the relationship between some film characters is the Lando mini series though. It gives much more context to the relationship between Lando and Lobot and is an excellent read as well. I would say it's probably the best comic series in the new Canon so far.
     
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    Great points. Once I sort of accepted that the stories are mainly going to be supplemental in nature–at least for right now–I began to enjoy them a lot more. The Lando mini is actually my favorite thing in the new canon, book or comic–it's so good.
     
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    I liked some of the Vader parts in the Lords of the Sith, but most of the book wasn't even about them. I was kinda rushing to get it over with. For Catalyst, I liked some of the parts with Krennic, but I was just bored most of the time. I'd always groan when there was a Has Obitt chapter, because I'd rather be reading about Krennic or the Erso's. It wasn't necessary bad, but I was just bored through most of it. But that's just my opinion! I've heard that most people did like Catalyst and thought Lords of the Sith was decent.
    Yeah, I'm kind of wondering the same thing. I'm not worried about the comics being overly "revealing", more so if they're just good reads, well drawn, and if they're entertaining. I'm trying to get a lot of other people's thoughts on this book, because I've noticed that these comics are kinda pricy. Here are the comics that I'm interested in (outside of the main Star Wars comic), would any of you recommend/not recommend these comics?
    -Obi-Wan and Anakin
    -Poe Dameron
    -Shattered Empire
    -Darth Vader
    -Doctor Aphra
    -Darth Maul
    -Son of Dathomir
    Thanks! And thanks to Lock_S_Foils for starting off our "book club" discussion! ;)
     
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    I've read the first few trades of the Vader comic.

    On Aftermath now, then Lost Stars. After that, probably going to Life Debt.

    I'm all over the place, is what I'm saying- but I should have a lot of time to read, soon.
     
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    No love for my boy Has? All good man, everyone is going to have their own take on these things. Just to provide a different perspective, I will say that I really enjoyed this character particularly his partnership with Saw and the way he played the game so well between Tarkin and Krennic. I found myself really interested to know more about him afterwards that I stumbled across this picture of Dressellians in ROTJ. Then I wondered if one them could someday be canonized as Has (similar to how the old Rebel soldier in ROTJ may be Rex).


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    While I don't think that it will factor into the movies, I greatly enjoyed the Lando short series.
     
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