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.

Here are some of the types of content you’ll find and when to expect them:
~ Comic Box Recap – Typically weekly, whenever I finish reading the comics in my subscription box.
~ Board Game Review – Component and game play reviews – no set publish date.
~ Star Trek Adventures Session Recap – Kage Hoshi Division recaps are published after our sessions, and we try to play at least once a month.

Here is the list of potential content in the works:
~ Monthly D&D Campaign Recap (Whenever I start my game back up)
~ Star Trek related content about episodes, actors, books, etc.

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.

I have a lot of content across all my social media and YouTube as well as articles here.

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.

 

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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.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
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Sea of Stars #2

This was a great issue, full of backstory and catch-up with Kadyn’s dad, Gil. We get to see a glimpse into Kadyn and Gil’s pasts and also get a little of Gil’s perspective on their relationship before and after Kadyn’s mother passed. It appears that Gil loved his wife a lot and he worked very hard to provide for his family. It obviously took him away for long periods of time, but he did what he could.

I’m impressed at how resourceful Gil is – and lucky. He survived being eaten by a space whale thing; took out all of those ape creatures that attacked him; and flung himself into the dead of space in hopes of reaching a derelict ship. He even survived being attacked by a security drone and almost being eaten by a weird space plant on that ship. I don’t believe Gil’s dead after the light speed jump either. I bet one of the weird artifacts he was hauling on his ship gave him some power or something the way Kadyn was given power.

And that dude on the last page is super cool looking. I mean, there’s cool, and then there’s – “I have a flaming space bird as a pet and look like a tribal shaman in space” cool. But looking cool doesn’t mean he’s a good guy. I’m pretty sure this is an antagonist and I’m excitedly awaiting more issues!

Section Zero #5

I had a difficult time reading this issue. The story is jumping around a lot, not just between characters, but between moments in time. I had to go back and skim over the previous issues to keep the timeline straight. The story isn’t bad and I enjoy it, but I feel like this story would be best to read as a trade or all in one sitting. Having these books released once a month makes it difficult to follow. It would make a great TV series though.

Sam is a jerk. He will do whatever he can to achieve his goals – by any means. He hurt his friend Pepe, and then Pepe died as a direct result of his actions. Karma happens though, Sam is turned into a creature like Sargasso. He had to, or he’d die. At least, that’s what I get from this issue.

And there’s a kid on the Ghost Soldiers’ team now?! I bet that’s going to give them an advantage because nobody is going to suspect a kid. And oh my goodness – the Loch Ness Monster too… This book is getting silly. But I still like it and all of its 90’s retro glory.

Conclusion

Section Zero is silly with a dark undertone. And when I say silly, I mean ridiculous – in a good way. I don’t mean that it’s silly, like funny. It has it’s comedy moments, but there is a more serious story hidden under the absurd and over the top antics. Sea of Stars is just a really good book, so far. I look forward to the next installments for both of these books!

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!
Marvel
Fantastic Four #12

Now this is what I’m talking about! Just a normal day and then suddenly, a normal villain pops up – no galaxy imploding dilemma; no world ending catastrophe; just a typical villain clash with a bit of a complication. Ben and Alicia are on their honeymoon and he’s about to be human again for a short period of time. There are a few comedic moments upon their arrival to their honeymoon resort. Then they go for a walk on the beach and have a warm, heartfelt moment where Alicia ‘proposes’ to Ben, to show that she accepts him for whoever his is, inside and out. It was a very touching moment that was ruined by the Hulk! But the Hulk isn’t acting like… the Hulk. He’s bloodthirsty and ruthless and Ben even notices it. We see that the Puppet Master is really behind the Hulk going bonkers, but does Ben know it’s him? Alicia is trapped during a landslide caused by the Hulk throwing Ben into a mountainside, and Ben’s timer is running out. He’s about to be a human and he’ll be completely pulverized by the Hulk. I hope Ben figures something out soon!

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this issue of Fantastic Four. I like that it had heartwarming moments, comedy, and action – all in one issue! I’m excited for the next issue to see how Ben gets out of this!

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
Doctor Strange #16

I’m starting to get bored. Everyone is dying and the universe is about to be no more – again. I’m tired of galaxy ending war stories. I’m tired of everything getting reset. If these type of stories continue in Doctor Strange… I may stop reading it. I will continue to buy them, only because it’s Doctor Strange, but I won’t be actively reading them.

Albatross FunnyBooks
Grumble #8

Suck It“, “Spooky“, and “Go Back” – I love the changing license plate on Eddie’s car. It’s always fun to see what pops up on it.

I’m curious to see how Eddie’s going to get away from Takk and Donna. They’re closing in on him and I’m pretty sure they won’t be pushovers and I doubt Tala can whammy either of them. I also don’t see those dead folks that Eddie bribed stopping Joe and Sammy – I mean, Sammy’s the devil. I’m shocked that the FBI has been able to keep up with all the crazy stuff going on.

I bet Joe and Sammy are going to be able to walk right up to Eddie’s little safe spot and they’re going to run Eddie and friends out of there. Or, Takk and Donna will catch up to the safe spot and they’re going to kill Joe and Sammy for being in their way. Regardless of how it happens, Eddie and friends won’t be safe for long!

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #5

I knew Grix had something up her sleeve! Using the missiles that ate through the Lux ship’s hull was a smart move. And the crazy piloting she used to dodge the Lux ship’s weapons was awesome and illustrated so well.

I’m not completely sure about this, but I think Eline might be reading more into what she saw between Grix and Vess. Grix was concerned about Vess after realizing that Vess was missing. She ran to her side to help her, and Eline walked in on a scene that could easily have been mistaken for something else. I truly believe that Grix cares for Vess, but maybe not the same way she cares for Eline. If Eline lets jealously get the best of her, she’ll lose Grix for sure. But I’m not really sure about Grix and Vess – I mean, they could have deeper feelings. It’s really hard to tell right now.

I’m not surprised that society is cynical towards the corruption between Lux and the Renunctiation. That’s very relatable to current events and attitudes towards large companies and religious establishments today. Grix and her crew risked their lives for that information and nobody cares about the truth that was uncovered.

I was pleased to see the Dunian Government stepped in, even if it was only for a brief moment. It gives Grix and her crew time to get away. I can’t believe this first arc is done already! I’m looking forward to what the future holds for the crew of the Sun Dog.

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #6

This was a fun issue! I figured Amanda and the other Q, or the Traveler would be key to ending the conflict. It seems both were involved. So much chaos ensued in that last battle and it was great! And I totally didn’t expect Bashir to be the one to shoot Q. I also didn’t expect the demands from Q about Wesley and Amanda giving up their cosmic powers. I loved that the potential issue over memories was addressed as well. Some of the folks kept their memories and some of them didn’t. We’ll probably never know which ones, and that’s okay with me. It leaves the door open for potential story hooks in the future.

Overall, the conclusion was satisfying and I enjoyed the entire series. I’m almost sad that it’s over, but I’m ready to get back to non-cosmic villains for a little while.

Conclusion

I’m so disappointed in Doctor Strange’s deluge of galaxy ending scenarios lately. But the other books were excellent this week and I can only hope that Strange gets back to average villains sometime soon. I’m looking forward to more Grumble; Invisible Kingdom’s next arc; and new Star Trek stories!

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 Gamers!

 

Origins Game Fair is the highlight of my con-going experience each year and this year was no different. I go to several conventions of all types, and nothing has come close to topping Origins, yet. I have more fun, feel safer, and meet more folks that are like myself at Origins. I want to tell you a little about my experience this year (2019); the good and the bad.

You can find my video about my experience, here. The video is a very brief version of this article.

Shaka, When the Walls Fell

I always find it best to get the bad stuff out of the way first. Now, this bad stuff doesn’t reflect on Origins specifically, but I wouldn’t have encountered these situations if I hadn’t been at Origins. That’s the only reason I’m including them in my overall experience.

The Hotel

The first bad thing involves the hotel we stayed at. There were things left out of our reservation that shouldn’t have been, which cost us extra money. The girl that checked us in was rude beyond belief – rolling her eyes and getting snarky about my questions. I actually lost my temper with her. Also, the elevators were either broken or terrifying to ride in. There was a lot more that went wrong, but I don’t want to drag out all the little things that don’t matter now. Tamara checked us out of our room, and she was the most pleasant lady I have ever met. She apologized for the girl that checked us in, and she should not have felt she needed to apologize for someone else’s behavior. I’ve already notified DoubleTree Suites of my grievances, but I will never stay at that location again.

The Tournament

The second and last bad experience was when I played in the Transformers TCG Invitational qualifier on Friday morning. Out of over 30 players, I was the only chick playing – not an issue for me. It becomes an issue when I’m treated differently. I tried to speak to several of the other players and was brushed off or flat out ignored. Nobody said it was because I was a chick – but the tones and attitude towards me were very different than the ones used towards the other players who were all male.

During the event, the organizers would make various announcements, which is perfectly fine. But, I have a noise sensory issue and their speaker was turned up very loud and pointed into the play area. My anxiety from being in close proximity to people that I was sure didn’t like me, paired with my sensory trouble, made me drop after my third round match. The only positive experience I had during the three rounds I played, was with Cameron and a gentleman playing in the match next to us. Thank you, to both of you, for treating me like I was fellow TF TCG player.

Cameron is a fellow content creator and does content for the Transformers TCG – HERE.

The only thing I would have done differently in this situation, is I would have approached the organizers about the speaker, and also made them aware of how I felt about the players excluding me. While they can’t force other players to be inclusive, they might have been able to adjust the speaker volume. It’s not their fault because they didn’t know about my sensory trouble.

Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

Bad stuff aside – time for all the amazingly, wonderful good stuff! One of the reasons that I love Origins so much, is for the overall inclusiveness. You can be a person of any gender identity, fandom, gaming community, etc, and not feel left out. (That Transformers event I mentioned above is a TCG/CCG – not a board game.) I come to Origins for the board games and to play those games with fellow attendees. The tabletop/board game community is warm and welcoming. I couldn’t walk by a table in the open gaming areas without folks looking up and smiling, or waving me over to see if I wanted to play. Folks playing games in the hallways would invite strangers to help them learn a new game they’d just purchased or to play an old favorite with them. This convention is where you go to meet fellow gamers, play games, and have a good time!

I had one experience in particular with a group of Star Trek FASA players who were eager to teach me the game. Those gentlemen were very nice and entertained all the questions I had, as well as made conversation about topics outside of FASA. I also had a blast playing Star Trek Ascendancy with a group of folks that I’d never met before. It was super fun scheming with the gentleman next to me against his two buddies across the table.

I played in the Star Trek Attack Wing Nationals tournament on Saturday and I had the best competitive gaming experience I’ve ever had! I did an article and video specifically for that experience! You can find the article, HERE, and a link to the video is in the article. I can’t say enough good things about the STAW community. I feel like these folks embody everything that Star Trek represents. I didn’t feel out of place and certainly didn’t feel like folks were singling me out for any reason. I was a Star Trek Attack Wing player, just like everyone else and if felt amazing. If you’re looking for a great competitive Star Trek game with a great community, then this is where you need to be looking. If you want a single box, self contained Star Trek game that’s amazing, Gale Force Nine has you covered with Star Trek Ascendancy.

I also got to play Nemo Rising (WizKids) with the game’s designer, Andrew Parks. I’ve never played a full game with the designer of the game. It was truly like a dream come true! Ben (the Star Trek Attack Wing judge) was also playing with us and another gentleman. Mr. Parks is one of the creators and designers for STAW. I’ve been a fan of his work for years and I will never forget playing Nemo Rising!

I want to highlight several experiences with some designers and publishers.

Gale Force Nine

Find them online: HERE

I always have a great experience when I visit GF9 and I’m certain they’re tired of seeing my face! I usually hang around their booth for a few hours each day. But I can’t help it! Their games are great and I love watching folks play them! And Mr. Mullins is so nice and he’s such a great teacher as well. I always see him at Origins and my trip is not complete until I spend some time talking to him. The other staff and volunteers at GF9’s booth are all great folks! They will do what they can to help you and if they can’t, they will be sure you find the right person to talk to. They will try always try to hook you up with all the right products for your gaming needs.

I have an unboxing video up for the Star Trek: Ascendancy Borg Expansion that I picked up at Origins this year. You can find it on my YouTube: HERE.

Ares Games

Find them online: HERE

Ares is another wonderful company that’s definitely customer driven. Their volunteers and staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. Mr. Jim Long is a wonderful man who will talk to you about all aspects of gaming. Ms. Olivia Long is a charming young lady that will go above and beyond to help customers. This year there was a HUGE Battlestar Galactica game that wrapped around two sides of Ares’ booth area. It was an incredible sight to see! Actually, you can see clips of that very event in this VIDEO at about 2:25. I also obtained a copy of Master of the Galaxy, thanks to Ms. Olivia Long, and you can find the unboxing for it, HERE. I will have my component and game play review up soon, so be on the look out for it! Just like GF9, I feel like a trip to Origins is not complete until I make my way to Ares Games.

Fireside Games

Find them online: HERE

Fireside is another company that’s near and dear to my heart. The DeWitts publish and design amazing games that are engaging and fun. They’re truly awesome folks and I always enjoy stopping by their booth at Origins. They’re usually super busy, so I don’t get to sit and chat long. I demoed Here, Kitty, Kitty! this year. It’s a semi-light game that’s lots of fun! There is strategy to the game, but the game play is very easy to explain and pick up. It’s also got lots of cute little kitties in it! While I was visiting Fireside, I picked up My First Castle Panic. Mini DDK was super excited when she saw her new board game and she was able to learn the game play after a full game. I highly recommend that anyone with children around the ages of 3-5 check out this game. I love visiting Fireside at Origins because I always find something I need to buy!

You can see a review for My First Castle Panic, HERE. I even have a special guest reviewer join me – Mini DDK!

White Wizard Games

Find them online: HERE

I met lots of folks from White Wizard this year at Origins. The staff and volunteers really do go out of their way to help, if they can. In years past, it’s been impossible for me to get a demo for Star Realms because of how busy they are and my schedule in previous years. This year, they had a booth in one of the game halls, which are open on Wednesday (and they may have last year too, but I don’t remember). My friend and I were able to catch a few of the staff and volunteers early on Wednesday and they gave us a demo for Star Realms. After the demo, they showed us the product and gave us the best advice as to which products to start with. These folks would even wave when I was walking by the booth during the week, which tells me that they care enough to remember and acknowledge folks. The folks at White Wizard remind me a lot of the folks from Gale Force Nine and I look forward to seeing them again! I also look forward to playing Star Realms at Origins in the future!

Obscure Reference Games

Find them online: HERE

These folks are definitely awesome and I love stopping by the booth! When you walk up to them, they treat you like a really good friend that they haven’t seen in a year. This bunch is enthusiastic when it comes to showing off ORG products. I convinced my friends to demo Overlords of Infamy, which gave me a chance to play a little too. I love this game and will even pitch it to folks while standing there at their booth. I haven’t been able to get a copy, until this year. I’ve desperately wanted this game since Origins 2018 and now my order is in! I went with the updated version that’s not released yet. I even picked up a Waffles pin! Waffles is definitely the best Overlord!

Other Companies

A lot of the other companies, like the big-big companies, were all too busy to chat unless you scheduled an interview ahead of time. I’m a spontaneous person at conventions because scheduling is way too stressful. But those folks usually have enough coverage as it is. I want to shine a light on some of the other companies and developers that deserve just as much attention!

I featured lots of sci-fi games from the following companies in one of my Origins videos: HERE. Most of these companies make other games as well, not just sci-fi ones. Be sure to check the their pages for information about their games! You can find links in the company names below.

Fight in a Box

I met several of these folks at Origins and they were great! Processing has become a regularly played game in our group. They have several games that play fast and would make great filler games. Be sure to check those out – especially Hedgehog Hop – because it looks so cute!

Deep Water Games

This was a delightfully enthusiastic bunch of folks and rightfully so. They have a small library that consist of beautifully rendered games with interesting mechanics. Be sure to check them out.

Sentient Cow Games

This group of folks are awesome and lots of fun to talk to! Escape from Dulce looks like a blast and they have more games planned for their Secret Unknown Stuff line! I hope to get a copy of Escape from Dulce at some point. A sci-fi dungeon crawl game is exactly what I need!

25th Century Games

25th Century has a variety of games that would appeal to different folks. Space Explorers is the game that drew me in to their booth. I like games that look unique and have interesting mechanics. Be sure to check out their other games!

Weird Giraffe Games

Weird Giraffe has a few different games of various genres and mechanics. Fire in the Library seems to be getting some hype in several gaming groups, but Stellar Leap is what caught my eye. A lot of their games show they have a solo mode for one player, which is a big draw for me as well.

Czech Games Edition

Everyone has at least heard of Codenames. I love Galaxy Trucker and I saw Pulsar 2849 and had to mention it. The CGE demo area was always packed full of folks and the volunteers and staff were great!

Seajay Games

The gentleman from Seajay was very excited and enthusiastic about Galactic Era, which is a very large game that looks like an amazing game. I didn’t get a chance to sit for a demo, but the game can’t be too complicated because I saw a young group of players engaging in a demo. I look forward to checking this game out in depth whenever I can get a copy.

Keymaster Games

Keymaster wasn’t at Origins. Their games were being represented by a third party. Their games look great and the representatives were helpful and polite.

Origins Staff and Volunteers

I have never met a more dedicated and wonderful group of convention folks than the ones who make Origins possible. I had a few hiccups at registration, but it was corrected quickly and everything was super smooth afterwards. Every large convention will have hiccups somewhere and I’d rather they happen with me than someone else. If you have a question or need, these folks will go out of their way to find the answer.

If it weren’t for the folks of GAMA/Origins – we wouldn’t have such a great place to see all these games and spend time with wonderful people. I know GenCon is a thing – but people like me can’t go to GenCon. I would have a panic attack if I walked into that convention. Origins is absolutely perfect for me.

Greater Columbus Convention Center

I absolutely love this venue. I have never been to a venue that’s so accommodating or has such a great layout. There is a lot of space and because of that, there can be 20,000 people there and it not feel crowded. I think Origins has a great home here and I hope they continue to choose this venue for Origins Game Fair.

There are lots of things to love about this venue and two of my favorite things are Heroes and Games, which is my favorite place in Columbus for comics and collectibles; and the restaurant area (food court) of the convention center. The food court has a wide variety of eateries and pleasant area to sit with your friends and enjoy your meal.

The convention center also has loads of charging areas as well as comfortable seating with and without tables. We often get our lunch and then make our way to a table to play a game while we eat and relax. Then we’re back off to Origins for more exploring!

Sokath, His Eyes Opened

Sometimes, folks will let one negative thing affect an entire experience. I am not like that. Once we got checked in at the hotel, it was done and I moved on. I wasn’t angry or upset over it after we were in the room. I didn’t forget what happened – but I also didn’t dwell on it. Same for the negative tournament experience. I wasn’t dwelling on it the next morning, but because of it, I almost opted out of a different competitive event to prevent being exposed to a similar experience. Sometimes, you have to take that risk and I’m so happy that I did!

As for all the good things – there are far more positive, happy, and exciting things that happened at Origins. There are too many to list in a single article. I could talk to folks for hours about all the wonderful things at Origins. It’s such a great gaming convention that feels like it’s truly focused on gaming and the gaming community – in all the right ways! If you’ve never been, it’s more than worth it to go.

Thanks for reading!
Feel free to share your experiences!

Board out, game on!

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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Marvel
Captain Marvel #8

Carol Danvers is definitely suffering from sabotage. Someone is out to get her and I’m pretty sure it’s Minn-Erva doing it. I also think Minnerva is actually Star. There are too many similarities and it’s too much of a coincidence that she shows up a week after Star. Carol just can’t seem to catch a break. Everything she does is painted as ‘bad’ by the media and they don’t have all the facts. I’m afraid of where this is going to lead Carol. I’m afraid that she’s going to take Minnerva up on her offer and that’s not going to help her reputation at all. And I don’t like Tony Stark either, but if it were me and my powers were acting up, he’s the first person I would have went to. There isn’t another person on the planet that could help her more than Stark can right now. I hope that the first panel of the next issue has Carol giving Minnerva a false handshake just so she can toss Minnerva into space, but I have a feeling that’s not what’s going to happen.

At least Jessica and her other friends were there to show her some love and support. But that’s not exactly what she needs right now. She needs folks to back off of her. She needs some positive press to help alleviate some of her negative self-image. It just seems like Carol’s entire life is spinning out of control.

And oh my goodness – Goose/Chewie (not sure which name is correct at this point) – She is now one of Carnage’s minions because of the Grendel symbiote (Maybe? Not sure if this is all true). I have no clue what all that means because I’m not reading Carnage/Venom stories, but it’s likely not a good thing. Carnage is bad news and Venom can’t make up its mind if it’s good, evil, or an anti-hero. Here’s hoping we don’t see Carol taken over by a symbiote – because then the Marvel Universe would probably cease to exist.

Dark Horse
The Orville #1 of 2

This is GREAT! I love this two part series already. It’s filling in the blanks between season one and season two of the TV series, The Orville. If you haven’t watched any of the Orville yet, you’re going to be lost. If you plan to watch the series, but just haven’t yet, go ahead and pick up this two part series – and then go start season one – now.

This issue shows us how Kelly met Cassius and better explains Topa’s rapid growth. I love the side story so far too, with Ed and Gordon on the planet of penguin people. So far, everything that’s happened has been fairly predictable, but like I’ve mentioned in previous articles – I like predictable sometimes. I like that this book was predictable. I also like how easy and light of a read it was. I sometimes want a smooth story that doesn’t require a ton of in depth thinking. I was hoping this two part series was going to be like that. I have enough complex and deep stories to read in my other books and it was relaxing to read something like this.

Ed and Gordon were in the shuttle on their way to a conference. They found a distress beacon and went looking for the Burton, which is likely named for LeVar Burton who portrays Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. If not, that’s a funny coincidence. The beacon was over a hundred years old, but they had to follow protocol and check it out. The Burton crashed on this planet they found, and the cause of the crash is currently unknown. The cannon on the ship is what shot them out of the sky, but we don’t know yet if it was automated or intentional. It looks like the life forms in the area go to the ruins of the ship for food. I don’t have enough knowledge of the Orville’s universe to know if they had food synthesizers on the Burton or not. So someone could be using technology to create food and keep the inhabitants under their control. We also don’t know if anyone survived and had children on the planet. It’s possible, even though the penguin dude didn’t know what a human was. If there are any humans here, they’re either disguising themselves or they’ve likely been mutated from the radiation that Ed detected.

So many new questions, which are sure to be answered in the next issue! At least, I hope they are since this is a two part series.

Conclusion

I kind of wish I knew more about what was going on in Marvel right now, because when Goose got gobbled by those rats’ tendrils, I thought they were a type of Flerken rat. I had to go Google Flerken to see if there were Flerken rats… which it doesn’t look like there are at the moment. A little more digging on Google led me to a site that says Grendel did it and Goose is now a Carnage minion. I wonder how much of that is going to play into the actual story for Captain Marvel…

The Orville was exactly what I wanted. I wanted a light story that tied into the show. I just really hope it’s wrapped up next issue and doesn’t trail off into another mini series. I don’t mind more mini series, but I want individual mini series stories that don’t tie into each other outside of the show. Guess we’ll find out next month!

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Greetings Fellow Star Trek and STAW Fans!

 

Congratulations to the champion, Matthew Dobson!

You can find the corresponding video for this article, HERE.

Years ago, there were WKO’s with STAW events. I remember looking them up and then disappointment setting in when I realized they were all about ten or more hours away from me. There was no way I could justify taking a trip like that for a single event. I traveled to Memphis a few times for some organized play events, and I hosted and played in our local events. But as much as I wanted, I never got to play in a major event.

I learned that Nationals, which was held at Origins Game Fair, did not require a qualification from a WKO to play. All you had to do was bring a fleet and pay the entry fee. Well, I was going to Origins anyway – which is becoming a regular thing, so I decided to play in the Nationals event. After looking over my fleet, I changed my mind and decided not to play when I realized it just wasn’t going to cut it. I changed my mind once again and decided to play after a few changes to my fleet. I was that determined to play, regardless of the match outcomes, just for the experience of it.

With a poor community experience during a Transformers event on Friday at Origins, my attendance in the Attack Wing Nationals event was once again in jeopardy. I was terrified that I’d be treated differently if I was the only girl, just like in the other gaming event the day before. I don’t like being treated differently, good or bad, I just want to be treated like a fellow player. Dice Masters had a great community for that, even though there were several cliques – folks were still welcoming to new players. Because of that fear of being treated differently, I was once again leaning towards not playing. At the very last minute, before leaving the hotel Saturday morning, I decided I was going to play – no matter what. I wandered around the game rooms for about an hour after breakfast and then made my way to the WizKids gaming area.

I saw a few folks chilling at the STAW tables, so I approached the area and sat at a vacant table. It wasn’t long, maybe five minutes, and I was approached by a friendly young man named James (Jeff Sonas’ son). He asked if I was playing STAW and we struck up a conversation. Not long after that, more folks were arriving and introducing themselves and chatting with everyone. It was such a great experience and I felt welcomed and like I was part of the community. I wasn’t looked at differently (in a good or bad way) for being a girl or a new face around the competitive scene. James even helped me with some rules I was not aware of for tournament play and was giving me advice and tips. The experience was vastly different that the one I had playing Transformers the day before. It’s all in how you approach someone and how you speak to them.

When it was time for round one to start, I wasn’t anxious or nervous about playing. A stark difference from any other competitive game I’ve played. The STAW community eased my worries and I was able to enjoy myself in a competitive event – for the first time in a very long time.

My Fleet

Utopia Link
HERE

Thanks to Jeff Sonas for putting the work into all the Utopia builds! It saved me a ton of time because I didn’t have to scan cards!

Chang’s Bird-of-Prey [22]
– Kargan 6 (Captain) [4]
– Kemocite [3]
– Photon Torpedoes [2]
– Stand By Torpedoes [3]
– N’Garen [4]
Ship Total: 38 SP

Chang's Bird of Prey

I.K.S. Vorn [24]
– Gowron 6 (Captain) [4]
– Advanced Weapon System [5]
– Photon Torpedoes [4]
– Toral [2]
– Seven of Nine [5]
Ship Total: 44 SP

Vorn

K’mpec’s Attack Cruiser [25]
– Martok 8 (Captain) [5]
– Advanced Weapon System [5]
– Phaser Array Retrofit [5]
– Worf [5]
– Leskit [3]
Ship Total: 48 SP

K'mpec's Attack Cruiser

Fleet Total: 130 SP

Generated by Utopia

For the recaps below, I won’t bore you with details on fleets. I want to focus on my experience with the person I played in each round. There is a thread in the Star Trek Attack Wing Community Facebook group that details many things about the event – here. Another thank you to Jeff for putting the fleet builds together and for the coverage of Nationals!

Just click the link in the text and it’ll take you to each of my opponent’s fleet builds in Utopia. Thanks to Chris for all the work on Utopia and that amazing trophy for this year!

Round One vs Matt Brown

Matt’s Fleet

Matt and I were set up and ready to go fairly quickly. I was familiar with most of the cards on Matt’s fleet, but hadn’t seen them used in a build like his. I kept my distance to start with, moving up ‘1’ straight for the first two turns. When I had an idea of where he was going, I went full attack mode. My attacks whiffed, like usual, and my defense rolls didn’t fair any better. They just weren’t good enough to stop the onslaught of Matt’s rolls, which were not just hot – they were on fire. I felt like I was literally being struck by phaser blasts! He took out Martok and Kargan very quickly, but Gowron survived by sheer luck.

Close to the end of the match, Matt had struck Gowron and I thought he was defeated, but Matt pointed out that he survived! I had no delusions about what would be the outcome of our match, but one thing I hate doing is giving up. I will not stop until the final blow has been dealt. I did the best I could to maneuver Gowron around but Matt’s ships were in a much more advantageous position. Gowron somehow survived a few more attacks – only by the will of Kahless. But in the end, Gowron died an honorable death as the Vorn exploded in the black vacuum of space.

Even if I had been better prepared for Matt’s fleet, the outcome would have been close to the same. Part of my trouble was not settling on a single target for focus firing. The only difference might have been me scoring a few points or keeping a ship afloat, but Matt still would have taken the overall victory. It was a great way for me to start the event because the match was a lot of fun and I learned a lot from it.

Round Two vs Gene Zuratynsky

Gene’s Fleet

I think Matt passed the phaser dice to me after our match because I rolled like I was on fire in this match – and not just my attack dice, but my defense dice too! I felt really bad about it though, because I was just in Gene’s place in the previous round. His fleet was a Dominion fleet which is something I play against when Mr. DDK and I play. I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, so I went straight for the biggest, juiciest target. I know better than to allow a Battle Cruiser to stay on the map for too long against my fleet. I may roll a lot of defense dice while cloaked, but it’s too hard to negate all the potential hits from a Cruiser or Battleship.

With the way we placed the obstacles, I was left with one opening large enough to fly my three-ship formation through. Gene seemed to notice it and went straight for it as well, which would cut me off and limit my options drastically. But I’m used to Dominion fleets, so I took it slow and steady until I was able to soft bank around some obstacles. My next maneuvers were going to be full ahead and straight for my enemy. Gene assumed I would continue my slow progression. Playing someone that didn’t know my tactics proved to be advantageous for me. Mr. DDK would have known I would go for the throat on my next turn, and that’s exactly what I did. Gene seemed a little surprised that I went as far forward as I did and it worked perfect for me. I was set and ready for the assault on the Cruiser and I took it. After a few attacks and a turn or so later, the Cruiser was down and so was one of my ships. A worthy sacrifice for such a glorious battle!

The battle raged on as we flew around the map, firing phasers and torpedoes in an effort to defeat one another. Time was running out in the match and Martok was flying around with very little left on his hull. Gene needed to take another ship to secure his victory and so he took a risk with his generic Attack Ship. He flew straight into Martok and used Suicide Attack, hoping for a Direct Hit or something else that would destroy Martok’s ship. I got lucky and Gene was down a third ship.

I know how frustrating it can be when your dice turn cold as ice and refuse to roll anything you need or want. I also know how disappointing it is when you do everything you can, but you still can’t get ahead of your opponent. I felt really bad about defeating Gene, only because of how terrible his dice rolled for him. He likely would have won if he had landed a few of those hits that I evaded. He put up a fight and didn’t give up!

Round Three vs Dan Ward

Dan’s Fleet

This match went well on both sides as far as dice rolls and maneuvering. Dan was using Cloaked Mines, which is something I haven’t played with or against. I’ve seen them on the map, but never gave enough attention to them to understand what I needed to do. This was definitely a fleet I had never seen before with two Bioships and the Romulan mine generator.

I went in with my ships focused on one of the Bioships. I decided to focus fire one of the heavy hitters, like I do with Dominion and Borg builds. That was a mistake! I heavily damaged one Bioship but not enough that it was in danger of being destroyed anytime soon. It’s shields were gone and had a little damage on the hull, which was a serious chore for my fleet. Being able to eat through six shields and dealing a few points to the hull was an achievement in my eyes! I think I popped a few shields off the other Bioship, but both were still flying when my last ship was destroyed.

My mistake was not going after that Romulan! Or I should have flown away from the Romulan ship’s area. By the time I could have made an attack, the ship would have already deployed both Cloaked Mines anyway. It’s always tough to know what you should do when you’re playing against a fleet you’ve never seen before, being piloted by a player you’ve never played against. The Cloaked Mines really messed me up though, and I was left without enough firepower to take down any of his ships.

Dan was a great person to play against. We had a lot of moments that were exciting or shocking and our reactions to them made this game loads of fun; like hits that landed when we didn’t expect them to, or maneuvers that landed one of us in an unexpected precarious predicament. I had fun all day, but I had the most fun playing against Dan. When you have opponents like this, losing is not as disappointing.

Conclusion

I re-learned a valuable lesson at Origins this year, when it comes to competitive gaming. Play what you love. I shouldn’t have changed my fleet before Origins. I should have left it Klingon pure, even though Seven of Nine and Kemocite helped me at some point. I just really wish I’d left my build the way it was because I knew that build so much better. I enjoy the new cards I added, I just hadn’t played with them enough.

When I play a competitive game, I understand that’s there’s something on the line but I want to have fun too. I will usually continue my matches until I am undeniably defeated. This perspective is usually frowned upon in other competitive games, because folks accuse me of drawing out the inevitable. This was not the case with STAW. I felt at home with these people that I had just met.

And to think, I almost didn’t play because of the negativity in a totally different gaming community. Do not judge all competitive communities based off the actions of another.

I can’t wait to play again! I spent several hours with those folks and I started to miss them all the moment the tournament was over. I just wasn’t ready for those goodbyes. A huge thank you to the community for being awesome, and also to Ben for his excellent judging!

Attack Wing
#WeAreAttackWing

But – we have Worlds to look forward to! I hope to see everyone again at Worlds and I’m excited to potentially meet more of the STAW community that didn’t make it to Origins. Until then, live long, and prosper!

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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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Outer Darkness #8

Well, I wanted to know more about Hydzek – and I got what I asked for! I think Hydzek is my favorite character in Outer Darkness. I relate to her in several ways and I think that’s probably why I like her so much – I get her. She excelled in her academy training and was kind of naïve enough to be manipulated by a guy into throwing her life away. Now she’s stuck in a place that she really doesn’t want to be in. She feels trapped and has a desperate need to escape. She even goes as far as trying to ditch the nun when all the poop hit the fan on the Charon. I guess it’s a good thing Sister Magdalena kept her from running away. If Hydzek runs, she’ll likely be hunted and her life will be worse than it is now… maybe.

Life aboard the Charon appears difficult and Admiral Prakash obviously sent Hydzek there to keep her from taking over his position. I don’t think he needed to ruin her career with all the fake convictions – he just wanted to do it so she couldn’t come back from it. I don’t like him at all, and I’m not a fan of his daughter either. I don’t think she’s a badly written character – I think she’s written perfectly because I have a strong opinion about her. There’s a huge difference in a poorly written character and a character that’s written so well, that you have strong emotions about them. I’m convinced Soreena Prakash is up to no good and I think she’s working with Satalis. I think Admiral Prakash is giving both of them orders to take control of demons and the possessed – maybe so he can make his own demonic army and take over the galaxy. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

I’m still suspicious of Sister Magdalena too. I know we saw her as a captive of the ghost house, but what if that was all a facade? She just hit Hydzek with the emotional, ‘Maybe we can be friends?’ line in an effort to keep Hydzek on the Charon. To what purpose? There are plenty of other folks on the Charon – why put so much effort into keeping someone aboard that’s desperately trying to leave? There are definitely easier targets for manipulation. And then she drops a HUGE secret on Hydzek – Sister Magdalena has a bun in the oven. How did she slip this by everyone? I definitely didn’t see it coming.

John Layman posed the question on Twitter – for fun, who would you cast as Captain Joshua Rigg and Administrator Soreena Prakash? Well, this issue had me thinking about the entire crew.

Joshua Rigg: Anthony Mackie – or – Roger Cross
Soreena Prakash: Morena Baccarin
Agwe: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – or – Ian Verdun
Alastor Satalis: Benedict Cumberbatch
Baxter: Samantha Morton
Malachi Reno: John Rhys-Davies
Willits: Christopher Lloyd (Voice – CGI character)
Malona Hydzek: Michelle Pfeiffer – or – Kate Fleetwood
Zaphus: John Lithgow
Elox: Doug Jones
Sato Shin: Keanu Reeves
The Crone: Zoe Saldana – or – Krysten Ritter – or – Kate Fleetwood (Any one of these ladies could pull off a stellar performance in heavy prosthetics while being able to play the sexy night version too.)
Sister Magdalena: Eline Powell – or – Elizabeth Henstridge
Gallu: Keith David (Voice)

Naturally, this is just who I see in all these characters and if this was ever made into a movie or show, the casting would likely be drastically different. Sooooo… Netflix or Hulu, are you folks listening? They both make amazing shows and I love lots of what they do. How about one of you streaming folks pick this up and run with it?

Unnatural #11

It seems that everything is coming full circle. Leslie decides that she’s had enough and it looks like she’s started an internal conflict with the Albino. I think the death of Pif is what really sent her over that mental ledge and she’s not a scared little girl anymore. It seems that she’s found her inner strength and she’s going to need it if she’s going after the Albino.

Carol has escaped into the hallways of where she’s being held and she’s found Khal’s little sister. She bursts into the classroom and helps to inspire the youngsters into rising up against the evil overseer. Carol takes Shea with her, but she eventually runs into Maxime. Maxime does the typical villain thing (which I like) and monologues about her past with Carol. We finally see how Carol gets her scars and we learn that she was one of the cult folks that wanted to control society. We see a good deal of Maxime’s journey to become a shaman and prepare herself to take the Albino’s power from Leslie.

After the monologue, we believe Maxime has fired her gun at Carol, but Leslie has come up behind Maxime and stopped the bullet from even leaving the gun – and with her bare hand! It appears that Leslie has gained control over the Albino, and it doesn’t look like she’s all too happy to see her mother.

With the next issue being the final one, what’s Leslie going to do? Is she going to kill her mother? How will they stop the government from enforcing those ridiculous laws? Maybe taking out Maxime will solve that – since she’s behind the the ones pulling those strings. What’s going to happen to all the detained folks and to the resistance folks like Carol? How is all of this going to be wrapped up in one final issue?! I have complete faith in Mirka Andolfo to complete the story. If she leaves it open for a secondary series, I’m fine with that too.

Conclusion

I’m a little sad that Unnatural is coming to an end, but we knew from the beginning that it was only going to be 12 issues. I haven’t found any definitive information about whether or not Outer Darkness is going to be an ongoing title or limited/mini series. I want Outer Darkness to keep going for as long as John Layman and Afu Chan want to keep it going. They are a powerhouse team and I am totally in love with this book. There are lots of books that I really like, but Outer Darkness has been the book that I am most anxious to get my hands on each month. Grumble and Unnatural come in at a close second, just behind Outer Darkness.

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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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IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #3

I absolutely love when a writer includes specific things from the shows and movies in their work. I love it even more when we see what’s happened to one of the many worlds that were visited or in this case, changed, by the presence of the Federation. A Piece of the Action is an episode in season two of TOS. McCoy left his communicator behind, and the repercussions are never revealed in any of the shows (as far as I can remember). It’s one of the many times that viewers are left wondering and imagining what may have happened to the civilization. I always assumed that nothing came of it, since it wasn’t explored later or in other series.

This issue explains what’s happened to the inhabitants of Sigma Iotia II after they dissected and studied McCoy’s communicator. The civilization quickly changed and adapted to a heavy democracy where the processes are greatly exaggerated and even shortened. A president’s term is a week long unlike our current four year term and there is a designated section of the city for election propaganda. It seems like the Prime Directive breach has bettered the whole of the society, until we find out about the Astro-Liberation party. There’s always someone that wants to destroy civility and decency – or so it seems. Spock is taken as a voluntary hostage by Krako and his Astro-Liberation party and is enlightened to some things that are going on behind the scenes. Ever the logical being, Spock decides he should represent the Astro-Liberation party in the election – because that makes the most sense, right? Well, I see lots of complications ahead!

There are a couple of side stories going on in addition to the main story. Uhura has come to the defense of the Tholian that Scotty and his engineering crew have moved to engineering. One of the crew has fallen victim to the old adage, ‘fear what you don’t understand’, and he is trying to dispose of the Tholian. Uhura is the definition of calm, while her fellow crewman is the exact opposite. She’s also a fierce force for what she believes to be right. She’s trying to convince him to stand down when Scotty steps in. Scotty’s attempts don’t yield any results either and the two sides are facing off with the Tholian in the background. In one panel, the Tholian was standing and in the next panel, the poor thing looks like a stunned spider on its back and legs curling inward. There’s nothing to indicate that it was shot or otherwise injured, so what happened?!

Kirk is also dealing with the news that Carol will not allow him to be a part of his son’s life. He’s not taking it well when he opens up to McCoy about it, he expresses everything that was obvious to us – he’s Captain Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Who is he if he’s not the captain of a starship? Who is he outside of Starfleet? Not even he knows. That’s something that follows Kirk throughout all of his life. He always has to have that one last adventure, all the way up to his death in Generations.

Once again, I am not disappointed with my Star Trek comic. I always look forward to getting any Trek comics in my subscription box.

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Sea of Stars #1

This story is definitely interesting. It starts off with a young boy, maybe around age eight (plus or minus a year), riding along with his space trucker father on a delivery. It seems like the two have a strained relationship and Gil is trying to be a father to his son, Kadyn, while also trying to do his job. It doesn’t appear that Kadyn’s mother is around. Kadyn mentions that he lost his mom, but that could mean dead or missing. This wouldn’t be a story without something crazy happening. There is a giant space leviathan thing that comes straight for Gil’s ship and chomps down on it. Luckily, Gil and Kadyn are both in spacesuits. The ship is demolished and Kadyn is starring into the eye of the giant monstrosity. Gil boosters his way directly at the monster’s eye with a sharp object and it turns its attention on him, chomping down on him next. Kadyn, who was slowly drifting away, is flailing in an attempt to escape the creature. His hand brushes against an artifact and there’s some unexplained flash of light. When Kadyn starts to wake up, there are two strange creatures, one that looks like a monkey and the other that looks like a whale, discussing how to go about eating him. He can understand them, which is unusual and what’s more unusual is that he can navigate himself through space unaided – and apparently without a functioning space suit. The last few pages show us what became of Gil. He survived! He likely hadn’t been digested enough before Kadyn’s flash of energy-light disintegrated the creature’s face off. His resolve is to find Kadyn, but there is a new threat approaching from the darkness.

This is an entertaining story with action as well as strange creatures that look like they leapt from the very depths of imagination. I really lost myself in the story and in the art, which complement each other nicely. When I was reading this issue, I was so engrossed in the story that I was actually upset when I came to the last page and there was no more. Now I have to wait a whole month before I find out what’s going to happen next, but I’m patient and I can wait. But that speaks volumes about the book and how great this first issue was.

I bet Kadyn is going to transcend his human self and become one with space. Just kidding – but seriously, the kid seems to be more than human now. I wonder if Gil got some of that power as well or if he’s still just a human? Will Kadyn return to being a normal human? Was he a normal human to begin with or something more? What about those creatures that found Kadyn – are they friends or foes? Is that monkey looking one the same thing as those shadowy creatures that Gil’s run into? Sooooo many questions and more keep coming to mind! I’m so excited for the next issue!

Section Zero #4

This issue did not disappoint me at all. I like that there has been a time-jump. I kind of didn’t want to see Tina rescued right away. I like seeing Thom grown up a little and still part of the team. I caught the image of the Star Trek Delta that’s not really a Star Trek Delta on his shirt. He also makes a crack about ‘phasers on stun’ when all the shooting starts. There’s also a TMNT reference with four of the changelings jumping into the fray with the same weapons the turtles use and yelling ‘Cowabungle!’ – which Thom corrected. I’m certain there are plenty of other pop culture references that I missed because I’m not as familiar with them.

I thought the Selkie was an interesting addition to the story and I wonder if they’re going to officially add her to the team as a reformed villain type or if they’ll send her off to be dealt with by the Fairy Courts. I guess she could ‘escape’ from them if she were to also agree to stop being so nasty. Either way, I like Munro and would like to see her around the story in any capacity. I also thought it was clever to make her fancy fur coat into her Selkie coat.

I do not trust Curio – not at all. She’s obviously the chaotic party in all of this and will do as she pleases. I think she’s the reason Thom has that cursed bug tattoo and I think she did it for a reason – the bug bank!

So Carlos has Sam’s sword. He also knows his way around the Sargasso Sea wreckage, which he seems to have a connection to. I think Curio had something to do with all of this. I think there was some kind of manipulation and Carlos ended up doing something awful. Also – OMG! Sam?! What happened?! I bet Curio had something to do with it too! Everything is Curio’s doing! This book is defintiely turning out to be better than I expected when I first picked it up. It’s almost like a ragtag group of superheroes meets the X-Files and Supernatural. There is a lot going on and so much deeper story than just what we’re reading.

Space Bandits #1

I wasn’t completely sure if I was going to like this book. I saw it in the Previews and loved the 80’s style art, and it sounded like science-fantasy, so I decided to give it a shot. Once again, I’ve been impressed by a title that isn’t from Marvel or DC. The art is absolutely amazing and the story is stellar so far. I love Cody – she’s such a naïve yet brilliant criminal. Thena is also naïve, but she’s got some brawn hiding under that delicate looking physique. I foresee a bonding between these two on the horizon. Putting two scorned women together just spells disaster for the entire galaxy!

Thena was scorned by a lover, who anyone could tell that he was about to ditch her on that ‘one last job’ that he wanted to do. I mean, that’s how it always happens! He totally left her holding the bag and she was sent to a really nasty prison, the Crustacean.

Cody was double crossed by the baddest bandits in the galaxy. When you’ve done the job and stolen all the loots, you should expect there to be a double cross. It’s just going to happen when your gang isn’t loyal to you. They were in it for the loot and that was it. When the opportunity presented itself for them to profit a little more, they took it.

Both of these ladies had a predictable outcome to their beginnings. Even though it was predictable, it was a fun and entertaining read. There was a weird satisfying feeling that came over me when it all played out the way I predicted. I know these two are going to team up – but what’s going to happen when they do? Are they going to escape the Crustacean, or get that free pass? Are they going to double cross each other? Are they going to get revenge on those that scorned them? Are they just going to run away together and live on a beach somewhere? So many possibilities and I can’t wait to see what happens with this story.

Conclusion

It’s a glorious day when you have several comics in your subscription box and they all turn out to be great reads! I was pleasantly surprised by Space Bandits. I enjoyed Sea of Stars more than I thought I would. Star Trek is always great! And of course, Section Zero had another awesome issue. I can’t wait for the upcoming issues for all of these books. If you’re looking for something different from stereotypical heroes, and something that feels new, all of the Image books this week are ones I would suggest you check out!

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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
Doctor Strange #15

It’s yet another galaxy-ending event issue. I don’t mind a good apocalyptic story, but this one has gone on for several issues now and I really want Strange to get back to dealing with everyday bad folks – not just the galactic bad folks. I found it funny that the Living Tribunal and Eternity spun Strange’s arguments against him. And it was nice to see all the backup that finally arrived in the last few panels. I’m still not convinced that they can defeat Galactus. I think there’s going to be some divine intervention from Living Tribunal or Eternity – or some other all-mighty, older than the universe, entity.

As much as I’d love to see Strange and Clea re-marry, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think they function better as an occasional team-up and not a permanent duo. And that’s because Strange’s ego will ruin it, so it’s better for the two of them to remain separate and work together on occasion. Being away from her and then reuniting occasionally is humbling for him and he needs that.

I know that I complain about galaxy-ending events popping up all the time, but luckily we don’t have the issue of a power-up, power creep like most anime and manga do. The hero levels up to beat the big bad, then another big bad is suddenly alerted to the power creep and so they come to investigate or eliminate the potential threat. This leads to the hero needing to level up once more and the cycle repeats itself. For as much as I love DBZ and Bleach, I wish the power creep wasn’t present. We (hopefully) won’t have to worry about Strange becoming the Super Mega Sorcerer Supreme Exponential God-Mode Deity Doctor Strange – He’ll always be Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

Fantastic Four #11

Fantastic Four is always a great read for anyone looking for a family oriented and wholesome morals type book. In this issue, Reed and Sue are approached by the DEMV and informed that Val and Franklin will have to take driver tests if they want to legally drive any of the Fantastic Four’s vehicles. The children object, but Reed reminds them that the Fantastic Four doesn’t break the law. Now, I feel like that statement may be tested in a future issue, but it definitely sends the right kind of message to the readers.

I figured that Val would be the one to fail and Franklin would pass the driver test, because he needed a confidence boost. What better way to do that than to let him be better at something than Val. He also single handedly stopped the big bad in this issue and he did it with reverse psychology instead of beating her up. This was a wonderful book for Franklin and I hope that he gets his emotions in order and resolves some of his angst after all his successes.

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #2

Just like Section Zero, White Widow is another of what I call a ‘new 90’s’ comic. These type of books feel like they came straight from the supermarket rack in the 90’s. Their stories are over the top but fun and entertaining. The art is reminiscent of the 90’s style artwork too, which is some of my favorite art. I guess you could say that I’m a sucker for these type of books.

White Widow’s origin isn’t really ‘original’, but it’s still a good origin. I can’t think of any other character with the exact same origin, but it reflects a few various origins. As a baby, she had a crippling, terminal disease and her genius scientist mother spliced her genes with a white widow spider for its regenerative ability. That worked until recently (as an adult) when the disease started to overwhelm her spider genes and so her genius scientist father added nanotech to the mix. We end up with a woman who can cover herself, at will, with a metallic silk like material and make it appear however she wants. It also acts like a weapon, becoming razor sharp talons or whip like strands.

Her first super powered villain encounter is against a woman called Pulse, who can make EMP’s that almost fry White Widow’s nanotech. Pulse has that EMP gimmick, but White Widow was able to outrun it and get the drop on her. I like the dynamic that’s forming between those two – kind of like a nemesis or rival dynamic. I hope it’s something that the writers pursue and capitalize on.

Conclusion

Three really good stories, even if one was a typical galaxy-ending story. I still enjoyed Doctor Strange and there is still at least one more galaxy-ending issue, but I hope that’s it. I really want to get back to the small time baddies. Fantastic Four was fun, as always and White Widow is just a great way for me to scratch my 90’s itch with a brand new book.

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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 #7

I’m not digging the artist for these Captain Marvel War of the Realms tie-ins. It’s not that the art is bad, I just don’t care for it. Everyone has different tastes, so don’t get angry with me for disliking it.

As for the story, I wasn’t expecting the tie-ins to wrap up so quickly. As entertaining as it was to see Carol and Strange mind-swapped, I don’t like drawn out tie-ins. I think the two issues were plenty and they were fun to read. I like the background comedic relief from Black Widow, even though I don’t like that particular character. And as much as I love Doctor Strange, I also like when he is humbled in some way. He is very full of himself, and he needs an ego check on occasion. I was glad to see that his ego was well managed in this issue.

For all the different mistakes that Carol makes, she always finds a way to make up for them or redeem herself. She never seems to be recognized for her part in anything, except for when she goofs – then everyone sees it. This situation is likely not going to be any different. Strange will most likely get the credit for Enchantress’s capture, although Carol was in his body. Strange told Carol that she found an effective and quicker solution than he would have. Carol is to the mass media as Spider-Man is to Jameson. I can’t wait to see what’s said – or not said – about Carol’s accomplishment in this issue.

I also noticed that they changed Chewie’s name to Goose in the comics. I don’t remember if it was mentioned previously or not, but I caught it in this issue. I also saw the bloody tissue Carol left behind after she coughed and now my level of concern has just skyrocketed!

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #4

Well, this went from 100 to a million real fast. There’s a lot to process in this issue. So fist thing, Grix and Vess escaped how I thought they would, via Grix’s small craft. They out-ran the Renunciation’s monastery and left Duni for Grix’s ship. Once Grix and Vess were back aboard the Sundog, Grix called a meeting and it was rudely disrupted by the Hammer of the Path. They look like enforcers for the Renunciation, which I find alarming that they feel they need those types of folks. Some fancy flying got them out of a sticky situation with a homing torpedo. That torpedo was launched by the Hammer of the Path which ended up hitting their ship and they blew up.

After the chaos, Grix and Eline left the common area to have a discussion, which turned into a romantic encounter. I was actually surprised by this. I never picked up that those two had previously been involved, but according to the conversation, they were indeed something to each other. Now I want to know what happened to them and why they decided to split. I assume it was probably because of Eline’s job with Lux, but I really want more background on these two.

Vess was able to get in touch with Krikko and got some information in an attempt to help Grix gain leverage and build a case against Lux and the Renunciation. I question Krikko’s loyalty, but I question everyone – even the most loyal. I really like Grix and her paranoia because I totally relate to that. Grix tries to get the attention of Eline’s cousin on Duni. Eline’s contact ends up being a dead end because of politics and we find our crew staring down the front of a giant menacing ship in the final panel.

The political intrigue intensifies. I think the giant menacing ship may be an ally and not an enemy. But we won’t know for sure until the next issue!

Conclusion

I had a bunch of books last week and all were excellent reads. This week, I only had two  and they were both entertaining and great reads. I like when my books are all good reads. I can’t wait to get back to normal Captain Marvel stories that aren’t tie-ins and I can’t wait to see what happens with the giant ship in Invisible Kingdom.

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