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Let's Talk The Star Wars Canon

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Books & Comics + Legends' started by JediChase17, Apr 2, 2017.

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    Obi-Wan and Anakin was a good read with great art. It definitely illuminates the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin as well as Anakin and Palpatine some more, kinda filling in some of the gaps from the movies. I would recommend it.

    Poe Dameron is OK. The art is good and it's fun enough, but as other have said, it feels a bit Saturday morning cartoon. I won't dissuade you from reading it, but I would read some of the other series first.

    Shattered Empire is good, but perhaps a bit too brief. Excellent art work and a fun story following Poe Dameron's mother as she works with each of the main heroes from the OT. Each issue is kind of a story of its own about her interacting with one of the heroes. I really enjoyed it, just don't expect any major revelations about the Sequel Trilogy in it. It was definitely cool to see Poe's parents in it.

    Vader is excellent over all. It manages to delve further into his character without stripping him of his mystique. Lots of good stuff in the series. One or two arcs are weaker than the others, but even those are still good. It finishes out with a satisfying conclusion as well. I highly recommend this one.

    Aphra is good if you are interested in Star Wars lore and history as it has an archeological angle. Art work is enjoyable and fits the story IMO, but it may not be for everyone.

    Maul has just started so it's a little early to tell on that one.

    Son of Dathomir was good. You'll get the most out of it if you followed The Clone Wars.

    Honestly, of all of the new comics so far, the only ones I would recommend passing on are the Princess Leia and Chewbacca mini series. They aren't awful, but they aren't worth spending money on either though(maybe if you see the trades steeply discounted).
     
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    I enjoyed it as well, but both Obi-Wan and Anakin were definitely were not as intelligent as they should have been. They were getting fooled far too easily.
     
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    I'm also wondering if the YA novels are worth it. Particularity Weapon of a Jedi, Smuggler's Run, and Before the Awakening. I've only read the YA OT novelizations and Lost Stars, and I really only liked one or two of them. I'm not worried about their reading level or their costs, I'm more worried about if they're good, entertaining books. Should I actually read the YA books or just use Wookiepedia to find any major info?
     
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    If you are interested in more Star Wars, then they aren't bad, but I would put them on the backburner til you read the other stuff you want to get to in all honesty. They're nice little stories that fill in little details here and there, but they're hardly must read material. I certainly don't regret reading them, but you aren't missing a while lot of you don't get to them.
     
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    Alright, I'll wait to read these, though I'll also wait to see what people have to say about Guardians of the Whills and the new Jyn Erso book. I do also want to read some more Legends books, so I'll read some of those instead of these YA novels.

    Also: what did you guys think of Dark Disciple? That's been one of my favorite Canon books so far, but I don't really see people talking about this one much.
     
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    I really enjoyed it (probably in my top 5 new canon books), but I lent it to a friend who could barely get through the first chapters and gave up. And he usually reads ALL the books I recommend...
     
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    I love Dark Disciple (its my favorite canon novel as well)... sometimes I feel the book would have been better received if it had been released after TFA came out- novels released in 2016 definitely benefited from the enthusiasm generated by the movie.
     
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    Let's talk the new Anothology 40 Years ANH book!
     
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    That list of authors is impressive, most impressive. The idea is great, Star Wars was always the world in which background character could capture your imagination and in which each and every one of them can have a super interesting story. I really cannot wait, because I like anthologies. You don't have to invest as much time as in the novel and you can skip around. And it is easy to reread the favorites. :)
     
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    How about Phasma, Inferno Squad, Leia: Princess of Alderaan, and the Phasma miniseries?
     
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    Looking forward with great interest to the first three (especially more of Gray's take on Leia), but I've yet to make the dive into the comics based on what I've heard about many runs being hit-and-miss, though I am planning to pick up the Shattered Empire line as well as start reading Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith when that run starts up in June (I believe?).

    I've got many, many books on the back burner at the moment, but plan on righting that over the summer (in fact, as soon as my final exam finishes in June) by reading all of the original novels I've yet to take on: Tarkin, Ahsoka, Lords of the Sith, A New Dawn, Battlefront: Twilight Company, and Heir to the Jedi (as well as possibly Rebel Rising too). Also haven't picked up a copy of the novel adaptation of Rogue One, so I plan on picking that up - and reading it - too.

    So far, I've read Lost Stars, Bloodline, Catalyst and Aftermath (when they were originally released, as well as the TFA NA) and recently caught up on Life Debt, Empire's End and Thrawn.

    Having read the Thrawn trilogy when I was much younger (and reading it again before the release of the recent canon entry) I already had an attachment to this character, but feel the character was much more realised in Zahn's latest take, and I can't wait to see where he takes the character next!

    If I had to rank the original novels I've read in the new canon so far:
    1) Thrawn
    2) Bloodline
    3) Lost Stars
    4) Catalyst
    5) Empire's End
    6) Life Debt
    7) Aftermath
     
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    I'm going to get into the comics more starting this May. I REALLY need to get caught up on the main Star Wars series and I'm going to try to read the Darth Vader series in its entirety before the new series comes out, as I want to get issue when it comes out for that one. I also need to get caught up on Poe Dameron and Doctor Aphra, plus Obi-Wan And Anakin, Lando, and Shattered Empire. As for books, I need to get Aftermath: Life's Debt and the RO novelization. I'm saving Thrawn, Aftermath: Empire's End, Inferno Squad, Darth Maul miniseries, and Son Of Dathomir rerelease for this fall, plus some of TLJ content. Plus, I'm going to read some Legends books this spring/summer.

    My canon maybe list, at the moment, include:
    -Weapon of a Jedi
    -Moving Target
    -Smuggler's Run
    -Before The Awakening
    -Rebel Rising
    -Guardians of the Whills
    -Princess Leia miniseries
    -Han Solo miniseries
     
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    I have enjoyed the majority of the new canon novels and comics. And even the lesser ones still add depth to characters or have cool moments. Going through the ones I have here are my opinions.

    Novels
    Lost Stars- Absolutely surprised me with how much I wanted to read, everything from the characters to how they were placed in the OT was written so amazingly
    Dark Disciple- Another one that surprised me in how good it was. It was so good that even though you know the characters have to fail (since the plot is an assassination attempt on Dooku) you still want to read more and find out what happens
    Lords of the Sith- I honestly didn't care as much about this one but I did like Vader's characterization as well as seeing some of Palpatine's real power
    Catalyst- Definitely makes Rogue One a stronger story, the characters are all written very well and it adds a whole layer of depth to Galen and Krennic. It did drag on in some areas though
    A New Dawn- I really enjoyed this one, if you like Rebels (specifically Kanan and Hera) then you should love this. This also adds the best original new canon character introduced in the novels, Rae Sloane.
    Tarkin- I honestly didn't care as much about this one, I liked the backstory on Tarkin but the plot didn't keep me that interested.
    Heir to the Jedi- 1st person POV really kills this novel, I like Luke and it is nice to see him trying to learn more about the Jedi but the narrations style makes it a hard read. I do like seeing Luke on his own Rebel missions and the plot was OK.
    Battlefront: Twilight Company- I really loved this one, incredible battles with likable characters. I only wished the game had a story mode with them like the sequel will with Inferno squad.
    Aftermath- Really, really tough to read, the present tense writing alone could have made me quit, couple that with some pretty bad dialogue and you get a mess. The plot didn't keep me interested and Sloane is the only thing I really wanted to read more about.
    Aftermath: Life Debt- Much better than the first but still suffers from the weird present tense. The addition of Han and Chewie is much needed and allows for the reader to get to know the original characters better while still having the kick ass characters we already love. Some really cool battles also help this novel.
    Aftermath: Emprire's End- Like the previous novel this one also improves, my only real amin complaint is that the Battle of Jakku is like the entire last half of the novel but we don't really get many chapters in the fight. Also some of the interlude chapters are just really terrible.
    Bloodline-Really good characterization and storytelling but I felt the plot dragged a bit.
    Thrawn- Haven't finished it yet but from what i have read the writing is on point and Thrawn acts exactly like he should. Enjoying it so far.
    Ahsoka- Good but only if you have watched and liked her in Clone Wars and Rebels. I hope for a least one sequel book.

    Comics
    Lando- Fantastic comic, the story itself doesn't really matter because the Lando and Lobot characters are so strong that it carries the comic. This comic makes me hope that Lobot is in the Han Solo movie as Lando's "Chewie"
    Leia- Didn't care too much about it but Evaan Verlaine is a decent character and I hope she shows up on Rebels, other than that Nien Nunb is the only other highlight.
    Han Solo- Really good Han Solo story, everything about the writing is spot on Han, it also capture a sort of Firefly feel which works so well with Han.
    Chewbacca- Don't really care for it. The only big thing I liked was that Chewie got a medal from ANH.
    Obi Wan and Anakin- I really liked it, less for the plot and more for the relationship between the two. I especially liked how Obi Wan was willing to leave the Jedi if Anakin left so that he would honor Qui Gon's wishes.
    Kanan- Cool backstory for Kanan but if you don't like/watch Rebels than don't bother.
    Shattered Empire- Cool to see Poe's parents as well as Jedi Luke. Unless the Trees factor into future stuff than the story doesn't really matter.
    Poe Vol 1.- Pretty good, best thing is the pilots from TFA get more characterization and since Poe was the weakest of the 4 new main characters this helps him out a lot. Good villain as well.
    Star Wars Vol 1.- 4.- I have enjoyed the comics and how they show Luke's growth pre-ESB, Sana "Solo" was the type of character I thought I'd hate but she grew on me and I hope she is in the Han Solo movie. Sgt. Kreel is a badass villain as well. I think they should start adding some other characters like Wedge to the group just to change it up.
    Vader Vol1.-4.- Really good Vader characterization but I didn't feel some of the cyber-psuedo force villains. Dr. Aphra never clicked for me (don't hate her just neutral) and I only really cared about 000 and BT in her story. I also like Black Krrristaan (or however it is spelt) and Inspector Thanoth.
     
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    I told myself that I'd wait for the trade paperback for Maul to come out this November... but I don't listen to myself very well! I finally found a comic book store near me (one that sells new, individual comics, rather than trade paperbacks) and I picked up the first two issues of Maul and I also picked up the C-3PO comic. I wasn't even planning to read that one, as it's pretty hard to find, but I decided to get it for that same reason. Pretty good day, I picked up the four Legends Thrawn books and three comics today!
     
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    I listened to Tosche Station Podcast with Tom from Del Rey about the anthology From a Certain Point of View (#Operation Blue Milk) and I am even more excited for it. They are literally going to retell A New Hope from POVs of background character or characters who weren't even on the screen (but have a good reason to be there), they range from funny to tragic, from many authors who never wrote in Star Wars or sci-fi at all to many who are veterans of Star Wars. Just listening how they approached it and how this guy is excited about it made me want to have this book right now. If you want to listen to it, you might want to skip first 10 minutes when they talk about other things.
     
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    What have you guys thought of Thrawn?
     
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    I thought it was a excellent book there are several threads on this book if you want to check them out.
     
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    Thanks!

    Has anybody gotten the new YA Rogue One novels yet? I haven't decided if I am going to pick up, at least these ones. So for those of you who are reading it, whaddaya think of it?
     
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    I am dying to find out what all this unknown regions lore will lead to, I would love to read a whole book that takes place in the unknown regions. Maybe Zahns next book will do just that. I do think Snoke is from there.

    As regards to The Old Republic era in new canon, I am interested to read Dr Aphra and see if she'll recover any history from the Jedi Sith wars that appear similarly in the Old EU, (recanonize them) being an archeologist.
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    I'd love the Sith mention in the Lando comic I read that bit of Dialogue over and over.
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    I though it was awesome especially it was soley focused on Thrawn and only a few other characters, So a lot of fleshing out was done. I prefer it personally to what little I read in the Heir to the Empire.
     
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    I finally got the next six issues of the Star Wars series and man, they were great! I think I even prefer them to the first six issues! I liked the storyline of the Obi-Wan issue (issue 7) but I didn't really like the artwork in that one, for some reason. The character just looked a little "off" to me. I really liked Luke's arc in these issues too, some nice advancement in his training. Chewbacca and C3PO were pretty funny too and I liked how Han kept getting cut off when he was trying to talk. Some nice continuity was the Zabrak bartender appearing as a child in Darth Maul #2, helping his father out at the place he'd one day own.

    I also read the Lando miniseries, which was pretty solid. I like being able to imagine the characters' voices in my head with these books and comics, and this miniseries did just that. Packed with some nice comedy and action, I liked it a lot. Not too much to say about it, but it was a solid one.

    All in all, I say give these comics a read, if you haven't already. Next, I'm planning on buying the entire Darth Vader series on Amazon this weekend, so I'm really looking forward to that.
     
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