I wasn't quite sure what to expect out of Dawn of the Jedi. The story primarily takes place 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin (Star Wars Episode IV). Dawn of the Jedi even takes place before the emergence of the Jedi and Sith. In a lot of ways, this era was wide open territory.
So far, Dawn of the Jedi is taking advantage of this tabula rasa. John Ostrander and Jan Duursema, writer and artist, respectively, have crafted an intriguing story. Rather than a Light and Dark Side, the Force is in Balance. The story is set in the Tython system with the planet Tython dedicated to the Jed'aii. However, this balance is upset by the Rakatan Empire (from the KOTOR games), which sends a Force Hound to explore the Force potential of the planet Tython.
The series introduces several compelling, mature new characters and stunning locales. However, the best part of the series is the wide open potential for storytelling. It's clearly a well thought out story that doesn't rely on cliches. The Force Hound, Xesh, turns out to be a compelling character in his own right. Despite looking like Darth Vader in his armor, he's so much more (I won't say what happens for fear of spoiling it, but I was surprised).
Overall, I'm finding this to be the most exciting Star Wars comic series in a long time. Definitely worth checking out for any Star Wars fan.