Greetings Fellow Gaming and Star Trek Fans!

 

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I hope that you found my site because of your love of gaming, Star Trek, and/or comics! I play a lot of board games, Star Trek: Attack Wing, and roleplaying games. I love Star Trek, most science fiction, and almost anything space related. I started this blog for Dice Masters related content and have since expanded into everything that I love. I write a variety of articles, so be sure to subscribe to keep up with the various articles so you don’t miss something you’re interested in.

The first thing you’ll find in this article is a list of links for my various social media pages and Facebook groups, as well as a section of links for folks that sell a variety of gaming accessories. Below the links, you’ll find the About Me and My Blog, Basic Rules, Contacting Me, and my Closing sections.

Dice Dice Kitty Links

Dice Dice Kitty Facebook
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Facebook page!
Dice Dice Kitty Instagram
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Dice Dice Kitty Twitter
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Twitter!
Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel!
Dice Masters Dyersburg
This is a link to the group for my FLGS. If you’re in the area, stop on in for a few games!
HeroClix Dyersburg
This is the link to the group for my FLGS. Be sure to stop by if you’re in the area!
Dyersburg Board Gaming
This is the link to the local board game group at my FLGS. We’d love to have folks stop by and play!
Attack Wing Dyersburg
This is the link to the group for my FLGS. We’re always up for a space battle!

Sellers of Nifty Accessories

What fun are games without a little customization? These are folks that I have ordered accessories from and have reviews up for their products. Most of these were accessories for Dice Masters, but many of these sellers have the ability to produce a variety of items for various games.

The 3D Geekery
They have a lots of 3D printed goodies for Board Games and Dice Masters! They even do custom orders that are non-game related. Check them out! Their Dice Masters storage units are amazing! You can also type in the3dgeekery.com and it will take you straight to their Facebook page.
Litko Game Accessories
Dice towers and tokens galore!
Turn One Gaming Supplies
Seller of awesome sleeves and if you want a Roll Master Mat, they have them.
PlaymatMasters on Etsy
Want an awesome custom playmat design? Check this dude out!
Inked Gaming
Have a playmat design but need it printed? This is who I use.

About Me and My Blog

The first time I ever did a public ‘article’ was on July 18, 2015 in our local Dice Masters group on Facebook about Captain Cold: Leonard Wynters. I wrote several articles in that group but it didn’t take long for me to realize that a Facebook group wasn’t the best place for publishing articles. I dug up an old WordPress site I’d started and hadn’t done anything with and began transferring my previous articles. My Dice Dice Kitty persona was born at that moment on November 8, 2015 and has spread to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

My blog used to be primarily about Dice Masters, but I’ve grown it to include Board Games, comics, Star Trek: Attack Wing, and even occasional recaps of our roleplaying sessions. I’m also a huge fan of My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so you’ll see I use lots of screen shots from those IPs for article pictures and other various things. I also attend conventions when I can and do coverage for those on my Facebook and Twitter.

I like to do a variety of reviews and unboxings and I hope folks find those helpful and informational. When it comes to my reviews, I do not play favorites with companies and I always give my honest opinion. My opinion is not fact, of course, but it is at least another perspective to take into consideration when it comes to products that folks want to spend their hard earned money on. I encourage everyone to seek out multiple reviews for a product so that they have as much information and perspective as possible!

I also try to do interviews with celebrity guests, vendors, and attendees at conventions. I do not discuss politics or political positions in those interviews and I try to avoid religious topics as well. I look at it this way – If I’m watching an interview about a celebrity or anyone else, I want to hear cool behind the scenes stuff or how they feel about the character they portrayed, not current world topics. There is plenty of coverage for that – elsewhere.

My audience has changed over the years and I’ve begun to move away from regularly published articles. I focus more on live streams from events and various videos.

Here are some of the types of content you’ll find:
~ Comic Box Recap – Typically weekly, whenever I finish reading the comics in my subscription box. These posts contain direct links to that week’s video.
~ Board Game Review – Component and game play reviews – no set publish date.
~ Comic Order Unboxings – Weekly, unless there is a delay. Delays happen but are not common. You can find the videos on my YouTube.

Cancelled Article Series
~ HeroClix Figure Spotlight – Cancelled due to low views.
~ Dice Masters Confusing Card of the Week – The fate of this series is currently being decided.
~ Star Trek Adventures Session Recap – Kage Hoshi Division recaps were published after our sessions, and we tried to play at least once a month. Due to scheduling conflicts among the players, we have not been able to maintain a regular play schedule and I have since postponed our sessions.

Basic Rules

I keep my private life out of my blog, so you won’t see articles about politics or religion. This is not the place for it, so I do not allow any political or religious related content – regardless of any good intentions. These types of statements will be removed without warning.

I do not approve of anything obscene, vulgar, or offensive being posted in comments on any of the sites I host from. These type of statements will be removed without warning.

I don’t like folks being mean to each other. There is enough cruelty in the world and I don’t want it on any of my content. Please, express your negativity in a more constructive way and don’t direct it at anyone.

Bottom line – be nice and friendly. There is enough hate in the world and I want folks to feel like they can safely explore my sites without fear of being exposed to current world issues. I don’t believe in the absolute censoring of folks, but there are platforms available for that discussion and this is not that platform.

Contacting Me

While I have folks from the community on my private Facebook page, I do not share my private social media pages with everyone. I have a Facebook page (Kitty Masters) that I use to share my content on Facebook. If you message Kitty Masters, you will not get a response. You can contact me through email at dicedicekitty@gmail.com or on my official blog Facebook page, here.

Closing

I hope that you find at least one thing you enjoy or that is of interest to you in my content. I’m so thankful that you visited my site and I appreciate all the likes, followers, and subscribers for taking that extra step and hitting those buttons. The bigger my sites get, the better variety of content I can provide!

If you’re looking for my previous sticky post with all the Dice Masters links, you can find it here.

Is there a convention you want to see me at?
Is there a board game I need to check out?
Want me to write about something in particular?
Leave me a comment here or message me on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty.

 

Boldly Go!

Greetings Fellow Star Realms Fans!

 

One thing I’ve never done is put my actual writing out there for strangers to read. It’s a scary thing to do when you don’t have any published work other than rules articles or opinion pieces. But I know how hard it is to get a book published. I’ve tried… for a long time. I’ve given up. So instead of trying to publish a book, I’ve decided to put a fan-fiction story into the æther for the enjoyment of others.

I’ve never written a fan-fic piece until now. For all my love of Star Trek, I’ve never written any books (excluding the personal content for the RPG game I ran) for it. I knew I would never be able to publish it, so I didn’t bother writing it. Everything I have – my poems, short stories, novels, etc, are all original works. Well, except for this particular piece of fan-fic and it’s not done. This is only the first part of many. The reception will dictate the speed in which I publish future parts of this story.

I know that there are lots of fan-fic pieces for various IP’s all over the internet. I also know that they are frowned upon on occasion too. This story is not going to go in a ‘romantic’ direction. I don’t like romance and hate reading it. There will be affection – like mother/daughter, father/son, brother/sister, best friends, etc – but nothing beyond that. That’s my rule for this story and I want to be sure that my intent is clear from the beginning.

As for some of my background with the Star Realms Deckbuilding Game – I finally learned to play in 2019 after years of seeing it and never trying it. I instantly fell in love with the game. I bought the Commander Decks with the Frontiers Starter and found that I connected with the Coalition commander deck. I love Valken! She’s still my favorite Commander to play with. The art of the card and the game itself sparked a story in my soul. I don’t have the ability to license and publish it in an official capacity, so I’m gonna tell here as a piece of fan fiction.

Valken

Before you get into my work, I need to put some legal stuff out there.

  • I do not own Star Realms or any of the related IP terminology, such as base names, faction names, character names, etc. White Wizard Games owns all the amazing Star Realms stuff.
  • High Director Valken is a character that was designed by Emily Sampson (who is an amazing artist!) – which you can follow on Instagram and other social media. I got confirmation from her that Valken’s first name is Amelia. I did not create High Director Valken and I definitely do not own the character.
  • My affiliation with White Wizard Games is strictly as a fan, customer, and player. I’m not an employee or volunteer.
  • I was not contracted, paid, or otherwise compensated for anything in this article – nor do I expect to be. It’s fan-fiction.
  • I do not give anyone or any entity permission to use any part of my original content from this article, without written consent. You can email me at dicedicekitty@gmail.com for details. It’s okay to share a link to this article. It’s on the internet, I can’t stop you from sharing a link, but you can’t copy, use or claim any of my content as yours. And you certainly can’t claim White Wizard Games’ stuff.
  • The characters in this story are of my own creation. If there are similarities between them and anyone else, it’s pure coincidence. High Director Valken is the only character that I borrowed from the Star Realms universe and is not one of my creations.

A Star Realms Story

Part One: Falling Apart

 

The windowless control room grew silent as a woman clad in a royal blue military uniform stood up from her seat, hands firmly on her hips. The only light in the room was from the back-light of the conference table and various consoles lining the walls. The ethereal illumination gave her lightly tanned skin a blue, almost ghostly glow. She gazed, very sternly, across the table at a group of men and women who wore uniforms accented in yellow. Her blue-green eyes peered at them in disappointment. The streaks of grey in her ashen brown hair seemed to have an eerie neon glow in the dim light of the room. One of the men in yellow coughed suddenly, which startled the woman next to him. She made an almost inaudible squeak and tried to hide her face in embarrassment. One of the other men in yellow stood very slowly from his seat, his spidery limbs creaking as he rose. His hair was mostly grey, his skin pale and his crooked nose pointed toward the ground. His eyes were dull and betrayed how bored he felt. He twirled his hand in the direction of the woman in blue and finally spoke in an attempt to break the tension in the room.

“Lady Warren,” he began.

“General Warren.” She abruptly corrected him and crossed her arms in front of her. “My military status outranks my diplomatic and social titles.”

He began again, “General Warren, the Trade Federation has more than enough resources to supply its stations’ troops. The Star Empire is simply asking for a little support. If we can forge this alliance, it will make both our factions stronger. Our bases in this sector are in desperate need of supplies that the Trade Federation can easily supply. I implore you to not make the same mistakes as your predecessor.”

General Warren placed both hands flat on the table and leaned toward the entourage in yellow. She spoke assertively and with a tone of finality in her voice that made the other people in yellow lean back from the table.

“Like all business dealings, Chancellor Bram, there must be some exchange. I will not give away any resources from my station, nor ask others to do so, without receiving something in return; be it goods, services or troops. If you need goods and have no troops to lend, then provide us with services. It would be most beneficial for us to have a place to dock for repairs out on the fringes. It’s a simple proposal. I’ve had no trouble negotiating with the Machine Cult. Why is the Star Empire being difficult about this particular negotiation? Is there a reason you don’t want us docking at the fringe bases?”

There were two guards standing on either side of the solitary entrance to the control room. The door slowly opened just wide enough for a tall, lean figure to slide in. The two guards saluted the figure as it entered the room. No one at the conference table seemed to notice as the figure glided silently around the edge of the room toward them.

“You boast a lot about the legendary Machine-Federation Treaty, but I still don’t believe you worked out any kind of cooperation between the Trade Federation and the Machine Cult. Those heretics are impossible to deal with. They’re more machine than they are people.” Chancellor Bram waved dismissively and stepped away from the table. He paced nervously behind his chair, still oblivious to the shadowed figure.

“I completely disagree with your opinion, Chancellor.” Chancellor Bram looked as if the life had instantly drained from his body when a soft, unfamiliar voice sounded from behind him. A woman in a blue uniform with red accents stepped into the light of the table. Her soft, pale skin glowed with an ethereal blue hue. Her deep blue eyes stared with a coldness that felt as though it cut all the way to the soul. Her reddish-brown hair was pulled back in a tidy, low bun. “Funny thing about opinions, Chancellor, is that they are often wrong. I prefer to deal with facts. I am from the Machine Cult and yet, I’m more human than machine. I do not have a single machine piece in my entire body. The Machine Cult is not difficult to deal with, if you keep an open mind. When you cling to old traditions and wallow in outdated perspectives, it becomes increasingly difficult to cultivate new alliances. Wouldn’t you agree, General Warren?”

General Warren’s face relaxed with a smug grin and newly sparked twinkle in her eyes. “Absolutely, High Director. It’s an honor to have someone who is held in such high regard at these negotiations. Chancellor, this is High Director Valken, commander of the first cooperative fleet and official liaison between the Trade Federation and Machine Cult.”

“What is the meaning of this, General Warren?! These negotiations were not to have any outsiders. We agreed to only have representatives from your outland stations and from our Gotaga Colonies in attendance. To have an outsider present goes against our agreements, and I will not negotiate for anything with her here.” Chancellor Bram was furiously flailing about the control room. He was furious at his loss of composure and was now posturing in an attempt to regain it. The other members of his entourage were now standing and their expressions mirrored his mood.

“Chancellor, sit down.” General Warren’s voice boomed throughout the control room. The Chancellor’s entire entourage sat down simultaneously and the Chancellor stumbled backward. “She is a representative for both the Trade Federation and the Machine Cult. She is a bridge between the two empires and she holds both of their interest. If anyone…”

General Warren’s voice was suddenly drowned out by the sounds of screeching metal and an alarm that sounded like a screaming cat. The Chancellor and his entourage panicked and scrambled for any hiding spot they could find among the consoles and other various equipment in the room. A soldier in a blue uniform flung the door open and quickly scanned the room for General Warren.

“General, the Blobs are attacking the station! We have to get you and the delegates to safety immediately!” The soldier waved at her to follow him and she started to move towards the soldier, but stopped when she saw the Star Empire delegates hiding.

“Help get these cowards on their feet, Private!” Warren motioned to the soldier towards the cowering delegates.

“General, the first wave of Stingers has already destroyed the agricultural dome and they’re coming back around. We think they’re going to strike the med dome next.” The soldier explained as he grabbed two terrified delegates by the arms and pulled them towards the door. Warren acknowledged the soldier’s report and stepped towards one of the delegates that was still huddled under a console.

“Commander Lod, get the Cutters airborne and blow those Blobs out of our skies! We need to protect the base!”  Warren barked orders into a square watch-like communication device on her wrist as she reached for one of the cowering people. Warren and Valken pulled the remaining Star Empire delegates out from under the consoles and shoved them towards the soldier. The soldier helped usher the whimpering delegates out of the control room just as an electrical conduit under the consoles closest to them ruptured, showering the area in sparks.

Valken turned to Warren, a look of absolution on her face, “General, do you have a ship docked nearby that I can borrow?”

“Amelia, I don’t want you out there. We need you here. But I assume you’re going to go anyway.” General Warren sighed.

She was about to direct Valken to the hangar when a plasma blast struck the outside of the base near their location. Molten metal dripped onto the floor of the hallway in front of them. A green fleshy ball with glowing red spikes was just barely visible through the gaping hole in the base’s hull. It was stuck to the hull of the station with some type of translucent green goop. There was a insect-like clicking noise coming from the ball. The speed of the clicking noise rapidly increased just before sparks and smoke burst from it. The ball hissed as though a fuse had been lit. Warren and Valken threw themselves to the floor just before the ball exploded, spewing highly corrosive acid all around it. The green liquid made quick work of the station’s metal hull.

“That acid is going to compromise the structural integrity of this dome’s arm. We need to get back to the central dome, now!” Warren shouted as the metal all around them whined and creaked.

“I’ll be right behind you, General!” Valken rose to her feet as another plasma blast struck the dome.

Warren was thrown back into the hallway toward the central dome, away from Valken. Warren shook her head, her ears ringing from the blast. The hallway was filled with smoke and flashing red alert lights. She looked around frantically but didn’t see any sign of Valken. Warren called out, but she couldn’t hear her own voice and was convinced Valken wouldn’t hear her either. She stumbled towards the last place she saw Valken, but stopped abruptly. As the smoke cleared from the hallway, Warren saw nothing but a winding canyon below her. The dome had been completely blown off by the blast.

“Amelia, no!” Warren fell to her knees and cried out as she stretched her hands toward the canyon below, as if she could magically pull Valken from the ostensibly bottomless chasm.

*** End Part One ***

Would I actually kill my favorite character in the whole game? All I’ll say is that my name is Kat, not George. I love cliffhangers! 

Thanks for reading! If you like my fan-fic, please be sure to support the company that makes the game, White Wizard Games!

Comic Order Preview Video!

Posted: February 25, 2020 in Comic
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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

The new preview video for Dyersburg’s comic store, Collector’s Connetion, is up on my YouTube!

You can find the video, here.

Look for my Comic Box Recap later this week!

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

My Comic Box Recap series is being converted from an article format to a video format! Be on the lookout for my new video series that you can find in the playlist – Comic Box Recap!

Here is the video about the changes – HERE.

And here is the Comic Box Recap for January 22, 2020HERE. And please note – this video contains SPOILERS!

The comics I talk about in this week’s video are:

  1. Captain Marvel #14 (Marvel)
  2. Fantastic Four #18 (Marvel)

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

My Comic Box Recap series is being converted from an article format to a video format! Be on the lookout for my new video series that you can find in the playlist – Comic Box Recap!

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A good book is the best vacation!

 

 

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #13

Well, my disappointment was overwhelming for this particular issue. It started off fine, with Carol going after Tony. Then it all fell apart when she went into her pocket dimension…

It appears that she’s killing clones of the Avengers. Carol gives her reasoning behind what she’s doing – to save Kree refugees, which is admirable and she’s doing in it in typical Carol fashion. I’m not digging Vox Supreme. I really don’t like the idea that Carol barfed up her new suit – it’s just gross. None of this story is going the way I expected and certainly not he way I like.

Fantastic Four #17

I enjoy this book, most of the time. This issue was fine until the very end. I’m not down for a change to their origin story and I may be dropping this book. I thought the whole thing was going to be some weird connection for Johnny, not all of the Fantastic Four.

I like the wholesome messages in the story, but I’m just not down for anything like an adjustment to their origin story. It was totally fine the way it was. I don’t know why they have to change it from an accident to something more… malicious.

IDW
Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors & Smoke One-Shot

I was super excited to pick this up and read it after reading two disappointing books this week. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! There are far too few Voyager comics, and almost no Mirror Universe Voyager content – but that’s because the Terran Empire had almost fallen to the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. I think the date (non-official canon date) of the Empire’s fall is around 2500 – give or take ten years.

I.S.S. Voyager gets lost in the Delta Quadrant, just like U.S.S. Voyager does in the prime universe. But MU Janeway decided to conquer it as a pirate queen instead of looking for a way home. She’s much harsher and takes literally no smack from anyone. She’s totally bad and I love it! Sign me up! I’ll serve under MU Janeway any day!

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Battlepug #4

I was just as excited for Battlepug as I was the Trek book this week. I love this book so much and this issue was awesome! I will admit, I was a little worried about the whole dimensional portal thing though. I didn’t want like a weird multiverse thing going on, but it appears to just be different worlds rather than different realities. (Please… don’t be different realities – just different worlds…) The giant people are keepers of sorts and Siglund’s actions have had repercussions that a child couldn’t have predicted. I don’t think Missus Queen has any idea what she’s unleashed either. I can’t wait to see how the Kinmundian takes on this challenge!

I also noticed the Star Wars reference, which I thought was absolutely great! The part where Kinmundian is in the ice cave with the giant white hairy creature is a reference to when Luke was upside down in the Wampa cave. The scene is pretty close to the Star Wars scene, until the Kinmundian uses the creature like a hammer to break the ice loose around his feet. I loved it!

I’m still curious about where Sprinkles is going to end up. Will he stay with the Kinmundian or go back to Siglund? I can’t wait for issue #5 – it can’t get here soon enough!

Conclusion

I really hope that Captain Marvel gets back on track after this arc. I wanted Star to be the ‘dark’ Captain Marvel. I want Fantastic Four to get back on track too. I will continue to buy Captain Marvel, regardless of where the story goes but not Fantastic Four. If it doesn’t get back on track in the next issue or two, I’ll cancel my FF sub. Star Trek books are always great reads for me. Battlepug has delivered once again and left me in high anticipation of the next issue!

What are you reading?
Is there a series I should be reading?
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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #8

I don’t know where to start. I guess, with what I didn’t like – the Tholians floating in space is an issue for me. I’m still bothered that they’re floating in space without a heat suit or something to keep their body temperatures up. I don’t know why it bothers me as much as it does, but it’s definitely something I wish I could find an explanation for.

I really liked how the gender identity discussion was handled. It showed two different viewpoints being discussed in a civil manner. It’s a shame that people can’t have more discussions like this. Neither Ayal or Sulu are wrong in their view of gender identity. Gender identity is a personal thing and it doesn’t ultimately define who we are as people. It was a great moment that I enjoyed reading, but I felt like it was rushed. I wanted more romance build up between the two. I think that’s just my repressed romantic trying to surface.

And then, OH MY GOODNESS – Isis and Gary Seven! I didn’t think that the shapeshifter would actually be Isis! That’s crazy awesome! This series just got a million times more interesting and there are so many things buzzing around in my head. I am so excited for issue nine!

Conclusion

I want to see more of the relationship between Sulu and Ayal. I also want to see what’s going on with Gary and Isis and why they’re back. So much excitement and my brain continues to remind me of the Tholians floating in space… I still want an answer to that.

What are you reading?
Is there a series I should be reading?
You can drop me a line here or find me on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!
Thanks for reading and remember to like, follow, and subscribe!

A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #7

This is exactly what Grix needs! She needs allies, even if they are scavengers and pirate types. I hope she hasn’t messed up by alerting those Lux folks and telling them they’re in danger. I don’t know why Turo would be giving Grix and her crew accommodations and practically the run of his ship if he had ill intentions. I don’t think he’d hurt the Lux folks either, and what Grix did may have just got them killed. Or I could be completely off-base about Turo. Maybe this is all a ruse and Grix sees what I don’t.

Turo definitely saw that ‘spark’ between Grix and Vess. Well, the spark from Vess towards Grix. Grix is oblivious to it but everyone else sees it. I’m curious to see where this goes between those two. I’m also curious to see what happens between Turo and Grix and if those Lux folks are in trouble or not!

IDW
Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1

This issue is setting the stage for the new Picard series that’s going to air in January 2020 on CBS All Access. I found all the information exciting and interesting, but I think it’s because I’m such a huge Trekkie. If I wasn’t, or if I was only a fan of the cinematic/TV content, I might not find this issue to be that interesting. There are plenty of fans that only watch the movies and shows and I don’t think they’re missing out if they don’t read this mini series. But naturally, I want everyone to be as excited as I am to read this series!

I really like the blonde Romulan, Governor Shiana. Blonde Romulans are not very common. The only one I can think of is Sela, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are others. Seeing Shiana gives me hope that Sela may return. I’m suspicious that Shiana might be Sela’s daughter. Sela was born in 2345 and this story currently takes place in 2385-2386. It’s totally possible and it would be a huge treat to see Denise Crosby reprise her role as Sela!

I also want to mention that I love Commander Raffi Musiker! Her personality is a nice balance to Picard, from what I’ve seen here. And I’m dying over the new uniforms! They’re so sleek and formal. I’m super excited for the next issue and even more excited for the new series!

Conclusion

I had two great books to read this week. They both left me with anticipation for the next issues and the Picard book has gotten me so hyped up for the series!

What are you reading?
Is there a series I should be reading?
You can drop me a line here or find me on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!
Thanks for reading and remember to like, follow, and subscribe!

A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #12

Well, I was thrown for a loop in this issue. I thought Star was going to be the dark Captain Marvel. Guess what – I was WRONG! This issue starts with an epic fight between Carol and Thor, which ultimately ends with Thor’s beheading. We don’t actually see Carol do the deed, so it’s possible that it could be a facade, but there’s no way to really know until we’re told for sure. But something is obviously going on because Carol does NOT want to hurt Thor. But in the end, she delivers Thor’s head to Vox Supreme. If you read Death of the Inhumans, you’d know that the Vox are the next stage of evolution for Inhumans. They were engineered by the Kree to rid their subjects of the humanity in them. The Vox leader is Vox Supreme, who we see here – and he’s terrifying! We know that Carol is part Kree, but because she’s on the side of Humanity, she probably has no ability to control or manage Vox Supreme.

I want to know how this all started. How did he get Carol under his influence? Did she really kill Thor? Is she really going to kill the other Avengers? We know comics like to resurrect characters all the time, so if the Avengers die, are they going to stay dead? Where was Vox Supreme hiding? Is the Kree behind this? So many questions and more keep coming to mind. It’s times like this that I wish I was able to read the entire story in one sitting, but I have to wait for the next issue to release!

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David #1

Well, I wish there was more to this first issue because I’m not completely sure where this is going. The writing isn’t bad, and it’s a good issue as far as background context goes, but I need more. It’s a tragic story about a kid who’s zombie-like. The cause was from a curse put on his mother while she was pregnant with him, by a woman in New Orleans. His mother died in childbirth and his father hid him from the world. His father died and so he went looking for the woman that cursed his mother. We end with him burning her shop down. So, I’m confused as to where this story is going. I need issue two to be able to make a solid opinion on the story as a whole.

I love the art for the story, and it’s in black and white – not color. I like some stories being done in black and white, like this one. I think the decision to not do color was a good one for this title.

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Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath #3

This story was good. It wasn’t amazing or great, but it was a good filler story for the gap after season two. It gives us the events that led Spock to his decision for returning to Starfleet and it also shows us more of L’rell’s resolve and her love for the Klingon Empire. She will do what it takes to protect the Empire, even if it means she has to destroy her own ship.

The Shadows of Kahless seem like a group of radicals and homegrown terrorists. I wonder if they’re going to show up anymore in future Star Trek content? If you like seeing additional story material, this series is a good one to read.

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Outer Darkness #12

WOAH!!! I thought the crew was DEAD! I had no clue that it was a hallucination. Well played, Mr. Layman. Did Afu Chan know they weren’t dead when he did the art for issue 11? If he did, he didn’t put any indicators in the art for that previous issue. I was also convinced Admiral Prakash was dead too. Surprise! He’s not! My heart can’t take this! Admiral Prakash kind of planned on Rigg pulling these shenanigans. He didn’t plan on his daughter staying on the Charon though so there’s a wrench thrown into his plan now, whatever that plan may be. I think it’s something to do with bringing Rochelle back. This should be a wild ride in season two!

We still have a pregnant, time-displaced nun hiding on the ship, and Satalis with his own ship now en-route to catch the Charon. I’m so excited to see what happens with all of this! Everything I thought I knew is a lie! Rigg isn’t as cold and cruel as I thought he was – because he didn’t actually murder a bunch of folks.

I want to see this as a TV series… someone please make this. This is too good to not be a series!

Conclusion

I enjoyed all the books this week, and even had an additional book – David. I picked that book up at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention on November 16, so I worked it into this week’s recap. That weekend was the release of David. I wasn’t disappointed with any of the books this week. Outer Darkness is the gem of the bunch with Captain Marvel shining almost as bright.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from my subscriptions that week. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them. Others are ones I may have started reading, but lost interest in but I still order them. You never know when you may want to go back and revisit a series at a later date.

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Battlepug #3

Haha! I knew someone was going to tear into the Nobody’s Ponies! I wasn’t sure if Sasha, Bryony, or both of them were going to do it, but I knew someone would! Sasha let her guard down though and almost got Ladora killed by… Dankmeme. Okay… These names are absolutely hilarious: Dankmeme, Slamprancer, Sugarspit. I love them!

But back to the story – Ladora is saved by Bryony, who has lost her cool, completely. This little girl almost murdered a herd of the baddest horses around. If not for Sasha’s cool head and quick thinking, Bryony would have totally splattered those horses. But that’s what they get. Bryony totally turns them into her little horsies and they all ride off towards the north after the Kinmundian. I’m totally happy with the outcome of that encounter.

As for the Kinmundian, I’m not sure if he’s actually killed Jofel this time or not. That guy keeps popping up like a cowlick. Just when you think you’ve gotten a handle on it, it springs back up. Jofel is just like that. But it’s safe to say that those elves are probably dead. He also let his guard down in the fight with the Queen of the Northland Elves. She stabbed him and he’s bleeding out (again) in the snow.

The Queen mentioned another realm. So, does this mean that Battlepug officially has a multiverse now? I knew there was something up with that giant spinning portal of death. And Sprinkles (Modi) isn’t from the Kinmundian’s world?!!?! This changes everything! The Kinmundian is a Claw Mage and so was Catwulf, but Sprinkles didn’t obey Catwulf. Was Sprinkles following the Kinmundian because of friendship? What’s going to happen now that Sprinkles is back with his owner? Will Sprinkles just forget about the Kinmundian?

I also want to say that the story Kelly Williams did at the end of this issue made me so very sad. It was good, but sad.

Sea of Stars #5

I’m so happy that the Zzazteks captured Gil and didn’t kill him. Gil’s helmet, which has the security robot’s personality in it, hasn’t fully grasped the concept of loss and grief. Gil had given up because he thought he had lost Kadyn. Gil didn’t have the will or desire to continue on, until he realized that Kadyn was very possibly nearby. And then we see Gil acting like himself again, so it’s a good thing the Zzazteks didn’t kill him. He helps the monkey and the whale without knowing that they’re Kadyn’s friends. They try to escape and happen to run into Kadyn and all the crazy stuff that’s happening with him. I was happy with how that all played out because it made sense and the story flowed nicely.

We all knew what the Zzazteks were going to do to Kadyn in order to get the magic club out of him. But what I didn’t see coming was Dalla trying to stop it from happening. She was pretty set on getting her place back in society and Kadyn had to die for that to happen. And I was completely blindsided by the ‘most exalted star shaman’ and his betrayal. He always acted like a jerk, so I really didn’t think anything of it until the panel after he slashed Kadyn and proclaimed the power of the war club was his. It was that moment that I gasped and realized he was a super bad dude, not just a bad dude.

Now there’s a giant monster hovering above the Zzaztek’s temple thing and Kadyn’s giving off light like a glow stick. Gil’s probably going to kill that shaman or get killed – or both. Kadyn will have to save the Zzazteks and their moon, and will probably become an exalted hero. But will Gil survive? Will Kadyn survive? Will they make it home to Earth? What’s going to happen to Dalla, monkey, and whale?

Conclusion

I love both of these books. Sea of Stars has a bit more fantasy than what I originally had hoped, but it’s turned out to be an excellent read. I like fantasy, but I’m more of a sci-fi person and I’m very picky when it comes to the fantasy I read. Battlepug is a great example of the type of fantasy content I like. I like it over the top, crazy, awesome, epic, and fun.

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Greetings Folks!

I want to welcome you to my Retro Recap series! In this series, I will review and recap some of the older comics and novels I’ve recently read. These books might be a year old, or several decades old. Just because something isn’t the newest thing on the shelf doesn’t make it any less entertaining or enjoyable.

For this installment of Retro Recap, I want to shine the spotlight on a comic series called Mek Corps by Larry Cathey of Heycat Comics. You can find copies of Mek Corps, here.

Mek Corps #1: September 2014
Mek Corps #2: November 2014
Mek Corps #3: March 2015
Mek Corps #4: September 2015
Mek Corps #5: Not yet published.

Errors

I want to get this out of the way first. I’m super critical of Marvel and DC for errors in their books. They’re large enough companies with lots of folks on their payroll that someone should catch errors before the book is printed. I’m much more forgiving with fellow bloggers (because I make plenty of errors too) and independent self-publishers. I didn’t see an editor listed in any of the issues, so I assume that Mr. Cathey is doing all of the writing, editing, letters, and art on his own or with the help of family and friends. I’m not sure if folks understand how much work that is for one person. Even with help from family and friends, there will likely be at least one error on occasion.

That being said, I only noticed one, maybe two typos, for all four issues. I also noticed one small potential error in the art in one panel where Lord Dysan looks to be missing a lower part of his head piece. None of these are a big deal and they don’t diminish the work that’s been done on these books – I just want any of you potential readers to be forgiving if you find errors. This is a huge undertaking for one person and I appreciate the work Mr. Cathey has put into this series.

Story Genre and Art Style

Mek Corps has a lot of science fiction elements to it that reminds me of sci-fi pulp, but with a modern flare. I’m a sucker for sci-fi, and even more so for sci-fi pulp. The pulp era of science fiction (1930s-1950s) has lots of outrageous designs and ideas that we now know are not likely or probable, but they’re still fun. A lot of the science in Mek Corps sounds like obvious fiction, just like pulp science sounds if you read it today. That is one of the things that I absolutely love about this story!

But there’s more to it than the sci-fi pulp feel. Mek Corps is more of a modern sci-fi pulp super hero story. The Mek Corps are a team of folks that are enhanced or have superior abilities that set out to take down the evil of their world. And that’s how I describe it to folks too; Avengers or Justice League mingled with science fiction and a touch of pulp. And I’m not sure, but there might be the slightest hint of Cthulhu in there too. But that could still be something science related, like a portal of some kind and not magic.

The art style has a very retro feel to it as well. I really appreciate the classic 80s-90s style that Mr. Cathey has and I think that helps amplify the retro feel of Mek Corps. I’m such a sucker for 80s and 90s comics and when that’s paired that with the sci-fi pulp feel of the story, I’m completely drawn in.

Story

I’m going to say this with the nicest of intentions – this comic could easily be a novel. There is a wealth of information in the first few pages of issue one and two. I don’t mind a deluge of information in a few issues, so long as it’s pertinent. The backstory that’s being told could have easily been expanded on into a prequel to Mek Corps, but I think it was done tastefully and appropriately. It is indeed relevant to what’s going on and the content might matter in future issues. There’s so much information there and I hope we don’t run into a recap scenario with Nether. We came close, but Mr. Cathey handled it well and didn’t bog down the story with an unnecessary recap. We briefly see Nether’s journey and perspective, which is absolutely fine.

Hell Hunter is a mini-story about a guy named Jay who has stumbled into something ‘mystical’ that may or may not be tied to Dysan. I like that this isn’t part of the main story, but I really want to know how this is all tied in to it. I hope it’s not magic, but I’ll go along for the ride if it is. Magic is just science we don’t understand, right?

Characters

When I read a book that focuses on several characters, like a team, I usually have a favorite almost immediately. I’ve read all four of the issues that are currently released and every time I think I like a character, my mind changes. I broke the Mek Corps into two groups of who I like the most. I like all the characters equally in each group, but I like the group one characters more than characters in group two.

Group 1: Circuits, Carbon, and Synth.
Group 2: Hammer, Lydia, Brad (Mektro), Ion, and Goldfish.

As far as the ‘bad guys’ go, Torrent is pretty awesome but I really like Shard too. We don’t know enough about Crosshair, Surge, or Mange yet. Lord Dysan and Madame Ionate are classic villainous masterminds… or are they? I’m really interested to see which way Madame Ionate goes with the information she has about Mektro. Will she turn to the side of good or try to corrupt him?

I feel like each character is well thought out and they all have a distinct personality – though they all seem to have an occasional witty streak. You can read more about some of the characters, here.

Conclusion

I like a lot of current comics, but they often feel like they’re based more in fantasy than science fiction. I don’t get that from Mek Corps because of the sci-fi pulp feel I get from it. If you think you would like a well thought out science fiction story about a super hero team fighting super villains, then Mek Corps is a comic series that highly recommend you look into to.

Not everyone will find the story or art of Mek Corps appealing. If you’re not into it, that’s totally fine. I don’t allow hateful remarks, but constructive criticism is always welcome – just be kind. I hope that others find Mek Corps as entertaining as I did and I look forward to future issues!

*** Note ***
Mr. Larry Cathey will be attending the 2019 Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention. If you’d like to meet him, head on down and buy Mek Corps comics or other awesome items from him. He has a variety of prints, original art, and does commissions too!

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