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Star Wars: A New Dawn

Star Wars: A New Dawn
Posted on July 5, 2015 by James Shults

Published: September 2, 2014

Author: John Jackson Miller

Overall Rating: Good

In the dark time of the Galaxy, between Episode’s 3 and 4 of the Star Wars films, we find out the origin of how Kanan Jarrus and Hera first crossed passed with each other. Of course these are two characters you may already be familiar with from the television show Star Wars Rebels.

The Good

Star Wars: A New Dawn is a fun adventure and a great compliment to the TV show Star Wars Rebels. None of the characters here are from the Star Wars films. They are only tangentially related. It’s quite a joy to see the beginnings of the rebellion forming with this seed of dissidence that will eventually lead to the destruction of the Emperor.

The Bad

Kanan Jarrus closely resembles the same characteristics of Han Solo. Like Han, Kanan is seemingly a self-serving, reluctant anti-hero who turns out to be quite generous and self sacrificing. It’s not a deal breaker that his character feels like a rehashed Han Solo. But maybe it would have been more interesting if our hero had a personality that was uniquely his own.

The Ugly

I read Star Wars: A New Dawn after having watched the first season of Star Wars Rebels, which informed my imagination while reading the book. The problem with this is that the Kanan character from the TV show didn’t match up with the Kanan character from the book. The one from the book, Star Wars: A New Dawn, is much more complex, much more complicated. The one from the TV show is somber, serious and kind of boring. Which one is the real Kanan?

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