Originally posted on The Canon Rebel - July 23rd 2015
I started this blog on the 30th April, a whole 3 months ago and my word things have changed a little bit! I now have over 130 people following me on Twitter, most of which share my love for Star Wars and I have also been privileged enough to appear on the Who Wars podcast on two occasions.
However, this isn’t all that has changed, I’m happy to say that my confidence and happiness has grown too. I’m a very lucky guy, I have a great job, a wonderful group of family and friends, plus a girlfriend who loves me despite my geekiness but sadly I was diagnosed with depression earlier this year and was encouraged to start something new about a passion of mine. As a result The Canon Rebel was born and a Twitter account was made. Three months in and I’m not looking back plus I’m doing much better with the old head stuff too.
You, my readers and friends on Twitter have been of great help, all of you will never have known how or why you were helping me as I have been quiet about my depression until now but I think you should know that you really did. Thank you.
Who’d have thought it eh, not only is Star Wars amazing on the screen and in text but it can really help when our own personal galaxy isn’t all that great.
Special thanks to Elaine, Rob, Mark, Florian and those wonderful people at Good Morning Empirefor being especially kind and friendly!
Anyway – on to the actual blog post about canon, as… you know, thats what the site is about. Aftermath by Chuck Wendig is going to be huge but silently sneaking up behind it is the novel Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed.
I cannot wait for this book, I’m not going to say I’m looking forward to it more than Aftermath as the consequences of that will be much larger (I assume) but Battlefront has the potential to be fantastic in three different ways:
Brand New Characters:
I think it’s safe to say, that albeit being superb, the canon so far hasn’t gone into too many new areas, the reasons for that are obvious, they want new fans to be aware of what is going on and they want to set the scene for what Wendig and Abrams are going to give us later this year. Twilight Company is hopefully going to break that mould effectively and give us some new names and stories to fall in love with.
I’m hoping Freed takes that literary flexibility with both hands and runs with it – wouldn’t it be exciting if he treats us to a new cast of characters who’s story doesn’t just end but carries on?! High hopes? Maybe, but the short excerpt at the end of Dark Disciple had me gripped from the off.
Finally, we have no idea what happens to these characters, those mentioned in the preview make their first appearance in the Star Wars universe within this novel. This will add a larger degree of tension that we just haven’t witnessed within the other novels as, in the case of Battlefront, we don’t know what is going to happen when we turn the next page. We all knew, for example, that Luke was going to survive in Heir to the Jedi so no matter how awful of a situation he got himself into, we knew he would come out unscathed, we don’t have that security in this book.
I know, I know, its another novel based just after A New Hope along with Heir to the Jedi and the majority of Marvel’s comics! However, in this case it’s pretty understandable, we are in the midst of the war between the Empire and the Rebellion and the former is doing all it can to mount a devastating counter attack. Darth Vader and co are a wounded animal and they’re sure to strike back (pun intended)! For me the Story Group have chosen the best time in which to base a novel on the front lines of the battlefield.
As we know destroying the first Death Star didn’t create immediate peace and the Rebel Alliance is still heavily outgunned, how are they going to raise their game? What can they achieve? What can the Twilight Company do to help? These questions may not all be answered but they will help give a far richer picture of what is going on in the wider galaxy.
The “War” in Star Wars
I realise this may sound dark but this novel has the potential to give us the real war within the war. The films give us all the major battles, which is a given, but this story should dive deeper into the nuances of war, the real tactics of the front line. This would be an incredibly exciting addition to the new canon, a battle with people we will have just of met against the brutal extremism of a damaged Empire.
So what is my dream for this new cast of characters? Could they make an appearance in Rogue One before A New Hope? Could they be in the thick of it on the Battle of Hoth? Who knows?! I for one hope Freed creates a inspiring cast of characters who take the canon in a new direction and hopefully some we continue to know in future books to come.
That’s your lot from me, just a few thoughts as I peer into the future, Aftermath is next and what a book that promises to be!
I hope to be on before then and should have some pretty exciting news if some things come in to place, (annoyingly elusive I know) but I’m really excited!
See you all soon and thanks again,