Review: Han Solo #3

It’s been a little while since the last issue but I’d say it was definitely worth the wait! I’ve been enjoying the book so far but Issue #3 is where it felt like Marjorie Liu and the rest of the team really kicked into another gear. Hot damn this book is fun!

Mark Brooks’ artwork on this book positively thrills me especially during the race scenes. It’s chaotic yet beautiful and something about it really speaks to me. In particular, the two-page spread during the 12-hour phase of the race was just downright awesome. He really is the perfect pick for this book and I’m happy to see more of his work.

Like I said before, this book is fun. To be fair, it’d be tricky for the book to not be fun given the premise.  It’s a space race. That said, it’s not all fun and games because the Empire is still involved. Loo Re Anno, one of the legendary racers, is the last of her kind and Liu doesn’t shy away from the implications of this. When one of the Imperials mentions that he has always wondered how “an entire race can dwindle down to one individual,” Loo Re Anno points out that “it usually requires help.” Damn. There’s more of a story here and I’d like to know it. And also for her to meet Zeb. They can be friends.

It’s worth mentioning again that Liu really gets Han Solo. I can almost hear Harrison Ford’s voice in my mind as I read some of his lines. This Han is the perfect step between the out-for-himself smuggler we first met in Mos Eisley and the guy who’s actually starting to believe in this whole Rebellion thing. He’s a character in flux and it’s fascinating to read. Kudos to everyone involved.

In case it wasn’t clear, Han Solo definitely gets a strong recommendation from me!

Han Solo #3: Marjorie Liu/Writer, Mark Brooks/Artist, Sonia Oback/Colors, Joe Caramagna/Letterer, Jordan White/Editor, Heather Antos/Assistant Editor

Tosche Station Book Club #5: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

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This month on the Tosche Station Book Club, Nanci is joined by Book Club member (and first repeat guest!) Diana to discuss Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. They also talk about other books by the same author, as well as their opinions of science fiction/fantasy/magical realism mash-ups.

The Book Club will return in October to discuss Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston!

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ThrawnCast Episode 0: Introductions For All

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Welcome to ThrawnCast, the newest show on the Tosche Station Radio network! Join Nanci, Brian, Matthew, Amanda, and Tyler on a legendary adventure as they read through Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy. Our prologue episode breaks down the goals for the podcast, introduces the hosts, and delves into some Star Wars Expanded Universe history.

The show will return in two weeks with Episode 1.1, covering Chapters 1-4 of Heir to the Empire.

ThrawnCast is a part of the Tosche Station Radio network. For more podcasts and shows, be sure to subscribe to the Tosche Station Mega Podcast Feed in the iTunes music store or Google Play! Stay tuned for dedicated ThrawnCast feeds.

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To defeat an enemy, you must know them: Enter the ThrawnCast

A few months ago, I had an idea for a new podcast in which I (and a few of my friends) would read through the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. I was inspired by Rogue Podron, the show on the Far Far Away Radio network that’s reading through all the X-wing novels. (Check them out if you haven’t; it’s a great show.) It’s no secret I love the Thrawn Trilogy. They’re some of my favorite books of all time. I wanted to read them again, and I wanted to share them with my fellow Star Wars fans.

Then Celebration London happened, and as previously rumored, the Rebels Season 3 trailer introduced Grand Admiral Thrawn as the show’s new villain. Not only that, but it was announced that TImothy Zahn was already working on a new book, Thrawn, to be released in April. The stars were aligning, the signs were clear: it was time to start this podcast.

Thus the ThrawnCast was born.

Over the next several months, we’ll be reading through the Thrawn Trilogy – Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command – and ending just in time for Thrawn‘s release. Along the way we’ll compare and contrast Legends and the new canon, discuss the history of the Legends timeline, and the legacy of Grand Admiral Thrawn as a character. And of course we’ll discuss his appearances on Rebels.

I’ll be joined by four hosts on this journey: Brian, Matthew, Amanda, and Tyler. Some of us have revisited this trilogy recently, some haven’t read it in years, and one of us is a complete newbie! It’s going to be a great ride, and I hope you’ll join us. We’ll be recording our introductory episode on August 29, and regular episodes will begin the week of September 12.

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Catch the Tosche Station crew at Dragon Con!

As per usual, Brian, Nanci, and Bria will be attending Dragon Con next week in Atlanta. You’ll be able to catch them moderating and participating in several panels.

Brian: 

  • Post Force Awakens Scandals and Cliffhangers, Friday @ 11:30 am, Marriott A706
  • Star Wars’ Force Awakening & New Canon, Saturday @ 2:30 pm, Marriott A706
  • Star Wars in Gaming, Saturday @ 4 pm, Westin Augusta 1-2
  • Representation Matters (Minorities in Star Wars), Saturday @ 5:30 pm, Marriott A706
  • Anything You Can Do: Genderswap and Inclusion in Military Sci Fi, Sunday @ 1 pm, Mart2 204B
  • The Music of Star Wars, Monday at 1 pm, Marriott A706

Nanci: 

  • Post Force Awakens Scandals and Cliffhangers, Friday @ 11:30 am, Marriott A706
  • Star Wars Rogue One and Episode VIII Speculation, Friday @ 2:30 pm, Hilton Crystal Ballroom
  • Star Wars Rebels, Friday @ 5:30 pm, Marriott A706
  • Star Wars’ Force Awakening & New Canon, Saturday @ 2:30 pm, Marriott A706

Bria: 

  • Star Wars Costuming, Friday @ 4 pm, Marriott A706
  • Star Wars Rebels, Friday @ 5:30 pm, Marriott A706
  • New Star Wars Characters We Already Love, Sunday @ 10 am, Marriott A706

We’ll be recording most of these panels, so check the Tosche Station feed over the weekend! And as always, if you’re at Dragon Con be sure to say hi if you see us! We love chatting with fellow Star Wars fans!

Tosche Station Radio #153: Dragon Con 2016 Preview

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This week on Tosche Station Radio, we’re joined by Dragon Con’s Star Wars track director Brandy to preview the upcoming Star Wars programming at this year’s convention. Hosts Brian and Nanci also look at the panels they’ll be moderating and participating on. 

Tosche Station Radio is the official podcast of Tosche-Station.net and a part of Majestic Giraffe Productions. If you like what you hear, please leave a review on the iTunes Music Store and Google Play. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

This podcast has been brought to you in part by Her Universe and your support on Patreon!

Review: Star Wars #22

Stealing a Star Destroyer is such a time honored tradition in the Star Wars Expanded Universe that it was only a matter of time before the comics tackle such a feat.  The plan makes for a fun issue that really lets Jason Aaron flex his space battle writing muscles and creates a nice little challenge for Jorge Molina.  If there’s one thing that’s always going to look better on the screen, it’s a space battle but Molina certainly puts in a valiant effort.  There are X-wings everywhere though, including the pilots of Red Squadron, and we’re definitely a fan of seeing more of that around here.  One can only hope that Aaron will eventually tackle the story in which the current Red Five decides to form a rogue squadron of his very own…

What Aaron’s Star Wars definitely seems committed to is doubling down on the arguing between Leia and Han.  While I’m always a fan of their bickering, I’m a tiny bit (just a very tiny bit) worried that getting too much of their arguing will make it harder for readers to find their Empire Strikes Back love story that much more believable.  But hey!  Then again, we’re still in the pretty early days after Yavin.  I don’t think we’ve gotten the actual timeline but I suspect we’re not even a year out yet.  There’s still plenty of time for the bickering to shift into bickering-flirting.  In the mean time, we get to see Luke play the mediator which is always entertaining.  I’m also pleased to see that Sana is a continuing presence in the Star Wars comics and isn’t just being used as a one-off for that “Han’s wife” reveal.  The galaxy could always use another capable lady especially when she’s a woman of color.

On the art front, I’m not a huge fan of how Jorge Molina does likenesses.  It’s not a big deal for the characters we don’t know but Leia, Han, and Luke all just look a liiiiittle bit off but then again, the Big Three haven’t been the easiest for artists to nail in Star Wars comics since, well, the start.

The Harbringer arc is off to a good start and I’m intrigued to see where they go with it!  (Stormtroopers.  I bet there will be an elite group of stormtroopers.)

Star Wars #22: Jason Aaron/Writer, Jorge Molina/Artist, Matt Milla/Colorist, Joe Caramagna/Letterer, Jordan White/Editor, Heather Antos/Assistant Editor

Tosche Station Radio #152: A Hot Slice of Krennic

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This week on Tosche Station Radio, the hosts catch up on the news and break down two all-new Rogue One trailers!

Tosche Station Radio is the official podcast of Tosche-Station.net and a part of Majestic Giraffe Productions. If you like what you hear, please leave a review on the iTunes Music Store and Google Play. We can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Nanci and Brian are the co-founders and writers of Tosche-Station.net. You can find Nanci on Twitter with the handle @Nancipants and you can find Brian with @LaneWinree.

This podcast has been brought to you in part by Her Universe and your support on Patreon!

Western Reaches #11

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This episode hosts Megan and Saf talk about books with AI, and indie games with and without dialogue, as well as Megan finally getting a Pokemon GO story! Our big topic is Ancillary Justice, and what we thought of the worldbuilding, the handling of gender, and the AI characters.
Books:
Updraft – Fran Wilde
Supernova – C.A. Higgins
Queen of Angels – Greg Bear
Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
Games: 
Kentucky Route Zero
Abzû
Oxenfree
Inside
Destiny

You can find Megan on Twitter with the handle @blogfullofwords and you can find Saf with @Wanderlustin. Be sure to subscribe to Western Reaches on iTunes/Google Play and subscribe to the Tosche Station Radio Mega Feed for more great shows, discussion, and commentary.

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Review: Poe Dameron #5

Black Squadron keeps reminding me more and more of Wraith Squadron and that’s definitely a good thing. Sure they’re all damn good pilots but they’ve also got some mad skills down on the ground too. (Wait that didn’t come out right… oh you all know what I meant!)

What really resonated with me this issue was how we finally get more insight into Jessika Pava. This is the first time that I’ve really felt like we’ve gotten to know who she is beneath the surface. Charles Soule doesn’t give us much—just a page—but it’s enough to have a lasting impact on the reader. These are the sort of character moments and revelations that I was really looking forward to in this book. Hot-shot pilots are great but I can’t really love them until I know them.

Of course, you can’t have an X-Wing book without some loyal and capable droids there to back their pilots up! BB-8 may have to take the crown of King of the Droids away from Tonin. (Hey, I told you this book was giving me more and more Wraith vibes!)

It’s worth continuing to point out the elements that continue to rock issue after issue in this book. Phil Noto’s artwork is a continuous delight and Agent Terex is so good at being bad that you can’t help but love him. The only other comment I have to make is that while Issue #4 felt like there were a hundred things happening in those 20ish pages, this issue almost felt too short. That’s not necessarily a criticism, just an observation. It’s almost the nature of comics– they’ve got to keep you coming back for more each time!

As it continues through its second arc, Poe Dameron is definitely a comic you should be picking up every month.

Poe Dameron #4: Charles Soule/Writer, Phil Noto/Artist, Joe Caramagna/Letterer, Jordan White/Editor, Heather Antos/Assistant Editor