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
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Dice Dice Kitty Instagram
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Dice Dice Kitty Twitter
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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.

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Is there a board game I need to check out?
Want me to write about something in particular?
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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!

Here is the video about the changes – HERE.

And here is the Comic Box Recap for January 8, 2020HERE. And please note – this video contains SPOILERS!

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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!

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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.

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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!
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!

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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 #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!

Heycat Comics
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.

IDW
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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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!
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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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A good book is the best vacation!

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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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 #16

I’m really loving Dan Slott’s writing on Fantastic Four. It’s a great story with an obvious message that the world needs to hear. For such an advanced civilization, they sure are stuck on some old fashioned mistakes – mistakes we’re still making today. Ignoring those that need help – especially those that gave their lives for their world – is terrible. But what makes it even worse is that the Overseer (and maybe other people too) segregated and discriminates against those same people. It baffles me that this world couldn’t find enough love and heart to help those that didn’t get the benefits that the Unparalleled have. Ben Grimm is an inspiring individual and probably my favorite of all the Fantastic Four.

As for Sue and Reed, I figured they would go along with the Overseer dude for as long as they felt they could. I’m a little confused as to what Reed knows about the Overseer though. The big secret seemed to be that he’s hidden away the failed attempts at creating Unparalleled by shipping them to Lowtown. But apparently Reed knows something else and I hope we’re enlightened on what that is in the next issue. I also really liked his clever idea to use Sue’s force fields as a way to signal Ben and Johnny.

And speaking of Johnny, I totally ship him and Sky! They’re too cute together! But, I’m afraid that she’s in on whatever the Overseer is doing and so it won’t work out for the two of them. I kind of feel bad for Citadel too. Poor guy got stuck in the middle of all this. I hate saying this, but I truly hope that all of the Unparalleled are just minions to the Overseer and that none of them are aware of anything he’s doing wrong.

I’m just really excited about this book and hope it continues like this!

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #3

I was so confused when I started reading this issue, until I realized that I missed an issue. There was a #2.5 ‘extended’ issue that released and I missed it. I read #3, but I was a little lost and felt like I was missing something by not reading #2.5 – even with the notes explaining things. I do not like important information being put into ‘extended’ issues or additional issues that have unusual numbering. Maybe I’ll be able to find #2.5 and get back on track.

Image
Space Bandits #5

What a way to end their mission! It was obvious that something was going to go wrong during the heist, but I had hoped that Thena and Cody would have discovered Viggo’s deceit sooner and been able to leave him behind. I knew Cody would have a backup plan of some kind, just in case things went south. It was a surprise to me when I saw she chose the Nature Reserve, which was very smart of her. I really like Cody, but I was actually shocked that she didn’t consider the possibility that Kaiser Crowe would be in on such a big heist to begin with. But it all worked out in the end and the girls made off with the loot!

Those two even tried to make things right for several of the folks they had wronged along the way. Sure, they kept most of the loot for themselves, but at least they did something to help some other folks. It really does show what kind of people they really are.

I don’t think I know who the guy and the boy are at the very end, other than bounty hunters of some kind. They look familiar, but I can’t recall if I’ve seen them before or not. Hopefully there’s more Space Bandits coming!

Conclusion

Even though I had some confusion with White Widow, I still liked it. I absolutely loved FF and Space Bandits. I started reading this Space Bandits issue today and before I knew it, it was done. If I get lost in a book like that, it means I’m seriously digging it. I hope there’s more to come and I will be super disappointed if that’s all there ever is!

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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
Doctor Strange Annual #1

There were two stories in this annual: “A Hallowed Evening” and “Treat”.

The first story, “A Hallowed Evening” is a lighter read that doesn’t take itself super serious. I thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween themed fun. I was surprised, but also not surprised at how much of a jerk Strange was. He was overly rude to Zelma, who is supposed to be his apprentice and friend – in some capacity. But overall, this was still a fun read.

Talk about going from zero to a million in one second flat! We went from a fun, not-too-serious, Halloween story to a story of a murder demon that wears the skins of folks and corrupts others that they’re close to. It was terrifying but also another good story. The murder demon thing is hunting a sword called the Gu Baodao (which has a bunch of special characters that it won’t let me add here). We find out that it’s not actually a sword, but a spell that’s tailored for Wong to use against Strange, should he go crazy or turn evil or something. But using that spell to kill Strange would kill Wong too. Now, I can’t recall if this Gu Baodao has been mentioned before in a Strange book, but it made this terrifying story even more morbid and dark – and I love it. Well done, Pornsak Pichetshote, well done.

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #6

I’m not sure what happened to me with this issue, but I feel like I dredged through it until the last three pages. I don’t know if I just wasn’t digging the content or what, but I had a really hard time reading this month’s issue. I don’t mind a story about weird love triangles, but something about the way Eline was acting bothered me a lot. I didn’t get the impression that she was as childish and immature in the beginning as she acted in this issue. Vess isn’t acting like herself either. She’s much more aggressive and easy to agitate. It could be the stress of recent events, but I don’t like the change in their personalities. I guess we’ll see what comes of all of this – if anything.

When I got to the moment that Turo boarded the ship, I was much more tuned in. For a scavenger of sorts, he seemed more reasonable than what I expected. He just wanted to steal the Sundog… he was going to let them be guests on his ship. That definitely seems more reasonable than other scavenger types because they kill you first and then take your stuff. What I think Grix and crew should do – leave Turo on the Sundog and steal his ship. That might put Lux a little behind on tracking them. I guess we’ll have to wait until late November to see what happens next!

IDW
Stark Trek: Year Five #7

It sounds like the silvery-blackish Tholian might be a shape-shifter of sorts. The Tholians refer to it as a ‘trespasser from beyond the stars’ and they mention that it took their form again. Being a huge Trek fan, my mind instantly jumps to the idea that it’s a Founder. But I highly doubt that’s the case. In TOS, there were several creatures that could shape shift or take on the appearance of other creatures. It could easily be any one of those (maybe not the M-113 Salt Vampire), but Trelane comes to mind first. This whole ordeal seems a little too involved and too intricate of a plan for Trelane though. He has a flighty personality and the longer something is drawn out, the more bored he gets and is likely to move on. I highly doubt Trelane’s directly involved in this. It’s also possible that it’s a creature or person that we’ve never seen before. I remember in the first issue of this series, there was an ominous dark humanoid figure that had a weapon of some sort pointed at Kirk. That figure’s speech bubble was also black with white text, just like the dark Tholian. I am willing to bet that the dark Tholian and the shadowy figure are one in the same! If not, those two are from the same species of shape shifters. Whoever this entity is, they’ve woven a web of deception and have tried to start an interstellar war between Tholia and the Federation.

There’s some trouble that occurs in this issue – the Enterprise hits a Tholian Web! They also discover another ship trapped in the web. The ship is from a race of aquatic humanoids called the I’Qosa. Ayal is all that’s left of the ship’s crew, but they’re more than willing to help Kirk and Sulu with a plan to free the Enterprise from the web. Before they can fully implement their plan, the Tholians start to close in!

Here comes my ‘but, wait a minute’ voice. Tholians can’t be exposed to low temperatures for an extended period of time, because their carapace will crack and they’ll die. They require a temperature of 480 Kelvin (207 °C, 404 °F) and anything 380 Kelvin (106 °C, 224 °F) or less could spell trouble. So my ‘but, wait a minute’ voice says: “But, wait a minute – how are the Tholians bip-bopping around in open space?” Are the web filaments generating extreme temperatures as well as energy, allowing them to scurry about like spiders? Are they wearing super thin translucent space suits? Are they immune to space temperatures of 2.73 Kelvin (-270.42 °C, -454.75 °F)? I’d love to know what’s going on in this final panel because I can’t find any information that explains it. The best assumption I have is that the energy from the web filaments helps them generate heat. Hopefully this gets explained or someone can point me to the information I need to help me figure this out.

Conclusion

I liked all three books this week. I wouldn’t say I loved them all, but definitely liked them. Invisible Kingdom was my least favorite, which is surprising to me. It’s usually one of my favorites. Star Trek was my favorite this week, even with the weird Tholians in space thing going on. The Doctor Strange Annual was just a fun read.

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