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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.

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Fantastic Four #6

Human Torch is full of witty comments, and apparently he knows how to use his wit to gain information from his enemies. I like that he’s different from the other members of the Fantastic Four and his humor is fun. I’m hoping Reed Richards isn’t as naive as he appears in this issue. Doom had planned for everything, even where the FF were going to ‘invade’ at. I like Doom’s over the top personality and I really like Doom’s herald, Victorious. If Doom is just using her, I hope it was all part of the plan and she’s in on it. If not, I’ll be a little disappointed. She’s very devoted and seems like she’d do whatever Doom told her, including sacrificing herself. Fantastic Four has been a great series so far and really fun to read. I definitely look forward to more!

Invaders #1

I don’t have much knowledge of the Invaders because I don’t like Captain America or Bucky, so I always avoided series with them in it. While this book was well written and interesting to read, it’s not really a book for me. That’s kind of disappointing too, since i was looking forward to it. And that disappointment is basically just me being disappointed in myself for not being more interested. The parts with Namor were the parts I liked the most and that’s probably because I really don’t like Captain America. I wasn’t expecting Machan to be a figment of Namor’s imagination, so that was a surprise when it was revealed.

I like how this book is focused on helping a war veteran overcome what’s happening to him, instead of him just being written off or destroyed. It sends a powerful message about our veterans.

I give credit to the team on this book for their excellent work. Just because I’m not digging a book, doesn’t mean it wasn’t done well. I will continue to get this title for a little while longer, to see if it changes topics to something I’m more interested in.

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #1

Someone just splashed the 90’s all over the pages of this book. I’m not complaining about it at all, so don’t take it that way! There were great books in the 90’s! This book was an interesting read and the main character has a nice personality. She also looks like she has a combination of powers from Carnage, Lady Deathstrike, and Spider-Man, which is also kind of cool. This was a fun read, though I wouldn’t recommend it for folks like that don’t like obscenities, raunchiness, and cold-blooded murder. I liked plenty of the offbeat comic heroes in the 90’s and it’s so much fun to see a new one in that style!

I picked up this book on a whim, but I’m actually interested in the story going forward, so I’ll be picking up this series. I also wanted to mention, one of my fellow comic guys said that this book felt ‘thin’, like it didn’t have as many pages as other books. There are 24 pages (that’s counting front and back as two separate pages) of comic in this book and there are ZERO pages of ads. Most of the other books I read contain right at 20 pages of comic and about 6-8 pages of ads. White Widow had great content on all the pages and has the same cover price as those other books… but with more pages and zero ads…

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #4

I love the warm fuzzies I get from reading an MLP book. They’re full of inspiring moments of friendship and triumph, even if the victory is small. This was another good issue where the smaller achievements will help the heroes rise to glorious victory. Luna reminds Stygian that nobody can save him from himself – only he can decide to be a better pony. Daybreaker is starting to see the light, pun intended. And Tempest is showing her softer side, which is quite wonderful. I also don’t believe Capper has betrayed his friends. I think it’s part of bigger plan that he’s cooked up in his head, or maybe one he’s made with one of the other ponies. Eris could be on to them as well, since she was so suspicious of Tempest’s ‘new nightmares’ – or I could be looking too much into it. I guess I’ll have to wait until next month to find out!

Star Trek vs Transformers #4

This series is the most outrageous Star Trek comic series I’ve ever read – and I LOVE it! I love the over the top dramatics that you’d expect from TAS and an 80’s cartoon like Transformers. I can almost hear the dramatic ‘dun dun dun’ music on the last panel of the comic. When you hear the sound effects and music in your head while reading, you’re either insane, or you’re just really into what you’re reading. I’m almost certain it’s the latter for me. For someone with little-to-no background knowledge of Transformers, I’ve found myself genuinely enjoying those characters. This makes me want to dig up the old series from somewhere and actually watch it. Fortress Tiberius is absolutely ridiculous, but so cool at the same time. I can’t wait to see the crew of the Enterprise defend Kronos from Starscream with the help of the Transformers. It’s going to be an epic battle!

Conclusion

I liked Fantastic Four this week, but I was just a little disappointed that I didn’t like Invaders more. Like I mentioned, the book isn’t bad, just not what I like to read. I hope it switches gears or I’ll have to drop it. White Widow was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to more issues of that 90’s throwback, offbeat super hero style. I have yet to dislike an MLP book and Star Trek rarely disappoints. This was a good week and I feel like I got my money’s worth on every book in my box, including Invaders.

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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
Avengers #12

This was a whole background issue on how Black Panther gathers intel for the Avengers. It was a fun read, the first time. I tried to read it again and found myself skipping parts. It’s one of those issues that I’ll keep because it’s #12 in the series, but I doubt I’ll find myself reading it again. I was happy to see Ka-Zar in this issue, though he didn’t seem like the Ka-Zar I remember.

I’m quickly losing interest in this title and it may be one that I drop soon. I got it because She-Hulk and Captain Marvel were on the roster and I thought I’d get to see more of them. They’re in one panel – on the last page of this issue, and I haven’t seen much of them lately anyway. This is starting to feel like a Black Panther story…

Captain Marvel #1

Yes! This book is absolutely wonderful! It’s a great start to what I hope continues to be an amazing series. If it keeps up this way, Captain Marvel will become my favorite Marvel book, right alongside Doctor Strange (don’t make me choose between them). I’d die for a She-Hulk series done by this team!

I was happy to see Carol and Jessica in action together again. I was never a fan of Spider Woman, but Carol is best friends with her and friends are important. I also totally relate to Carol when Tony is trying to talk her into the ‘interview’ thing for the Avengers. Even when Tony says that he was nominated to talk to Carol because she’s scary – I relate to Carol there too. I also like that Tony isn’t a huge annoying punk in this issue – such a breath of fresh air.

I think my favorite thing about this issue is the message that it sends to women and young ladies: Don’t give up. If you get knocked down, get back up and push forward. Even if you’re faced with what seems like an impossible task; whether it’s a kraken or a misogynist jerk, stand your ground.

This issue is also a perfect example of how a super hero writer can apply current real world issues into the world of super heroes, without bringing the real world into it. Captain Marvel is facing off against this giant of a man, who is a total jerk and takes every opportunity to point out that a woman doesn’t stand a chance against him – a man. Captain Marvel responds appropriately and shows him just what a determined woman is capable of. Captain Marvel’s male teammates stand by her as an equal and they are equally smacked down. But, Carol’s strong will and determination helps her to get her hands on Nuclear Man. He briefly gets the upper hand, but it’s long enough for him to kidnap the reporter that was supposed to interview Carol. Carol’s sheer determination to be better than she was, better than she is, is what propels her into a portal to save a woman she had only just met.

Everything about this book is great. Great writing, great art and colors, great action, great messages and overall content, and a great cliffhanger! This team is absolutely amazing – and who better to write and illustrate an amazing woman, than more amazingly talented women! Nice work, ladies. I look forward to more Captain Marvel!

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Outer Darkness #3

I love this book so much. I feel like I’m reading an episode of a TV series. Will someone please make this into a movie or show?! It’s not often that I make a verbal exclamation while reading to myself, but I did this time. As soon as Ensign Hydzek was stabbed, I let out a very loud, “NO!” that was almost followed by an expletive. But, I have a three year old toddler in the house and she was playing on the floor right in front of me, so I stopped myself. But the loud, “NO!” made her jump and she looked at me as though I was scolding her. I don’t know what it is about Hydzek, but I really like her and I was instantly saddened by her death, until I saw they were retrieving her and Corporal Shin.

I hate that Hydzek is having trouble with the retrieval. I didn’t want this for her, but at least she’s alive. And Shin – oh boy… I knew something was up with him, long before I saw the final panels. He’s got demons! Or at least, that’s what they look like. And poor Elox – Rigg will never remember his name. And I still don’t trust Satalis and Prakash. I still feel like they’re up to something. I’d trust the Crone before either of them.

The characters in this story are all alive with personality and John Layman has done the most amazing job at writing this series. Afu Chan’s art is unique and the style works so well with the story. I love all the design choices for everything from the ship to the suits – especially the space suits. I love those helmets! I can’t say enough good things about this book and I hope others find it to be as entertaining and enjoyable as I do.

Conclusion

Avengers wasn’t terrible, but it was kind of lacking this week, especially compared to Captain Marvel and Outer Darkness. After reading those two books, I’m now left with an emptiness – a void that can only be filled with more Captain Marvel and Outer Darkness. I will have to not-so-patiently await the next installments… I wish I had them now!

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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!
DC
Batgirl #30

I’m so not a fan of this issue. This issue lost me when I saw the phrase, “pc garbage” pop up in a speech bubble. I forced myself through the rest of the issue and didn’t like any of it. This issue demonstrates just how bad politics are and how it separates folks when they get too dedicated to one side or the other. Gordon is clearly on one side and Babs is clearly on the other. It’s lucky for my subscription box that I don’t really consider “pc garbage” to be enough of a real world political topic to drop this title. It references political correctness, which is definitely real world politics, but it could be used in comics without an actual real world reference. That was kind of the case here where there were no references to Republicans or Democrats or whatever. Had the reference to real world parties been put in, I would have stopped my subscription and tossed every issue of Batgirl Rebirth. I read super hero books for the extraordinary, not the real world references. If I want political content, I’ll go read one of the many political themed comics out there, as I have in the past.

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Unnatural #6

Leslie just can’t catch a break. Every time it feels like she has a moment to rest, something happens. I expected a breather in this issue and a chance to learn a lot more. Mirka Andolfo has a way of giving you just enough to keep you holding on before the rug is pulled out from under you and you’re on the run again – just like Leslie! I’m running straight to the next issue of Unnatural – can I speed up time and get my copy sooner? With every bit of information that Leslie acquires, the intensity of the situation increases. I’m glad that Carol wants Leslie alive, but I’m also glad that she’s not afraid to do what needs to be done if their plan fails. What’s their plan? I have no clue yet, but if I were Leslie, I’d do whatever Carol told me to do. I absolutely love Saya and Khal too, and I hope neither of them are bad folks. I think I would cry.

If you haven’t started reading Unnatural, you’re missing out! So much has happened in just six issues and it’s such an awesome story! Each issue just leaves me wanting more. I envy those that will get to read this series all at once, like in a graphic novel. They won’t have the anticipation of waiting nearly a whole month for the next installment. I plan to read this series again after the final issue, but it won’t be same since I’ll know the ending. I pulled the first few issues out of the comic box the other day and when I saw Trish and Derek, I was reminded of their tragic deaths. This is definitely a story that you want to completely take in on the first read.

Conclusion

I do not make idle threats. When I say something, I mean it. In my December 12, 2018 Recap, I said, “If Avengers can’t keep the real world references out of its pages, then I’m dropping it. That goes for any of the super hero titles that I read, not just Avengers.” Batgirl skirted that think line this week. If the political story line keeps up for too long, I’ll definitely drop Batgirl.

Just like my last two weeks, this week would have been a drag if not for one specific book. In my last article, Grumble was the highlight, much like Unnatural was in this article. If the two books had been in the same article, my head might have exploded – figuratively of course. My head is still buzzing with all the events of Unnatural. I hope you enjoyed your books this week as much I enjoyed Unnatural!

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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.

You’ll notice that this article has two weeks of books, and that’s because I didn’t want to separate the December 26th article since it only had one book – Fantastic Four.

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Defenders: The Best Defense #1 (One-Shot)

I’m not a huge fan of Ewing’s writing, but I liked this book well enough. I was happy to see Astral Strange’s plan come together. I learned quite a bit about Silver Surfer and Namor’s histories in this issue too. I didn’t know Silver Surfer’s board had a name. I don’t think I knew about Namor being stranded in space and the board saving him, but all of that sounded familiar. It’s possible I read it and forgot about it. This book was entertaining and worth reading, which goes to show you that even if you don’t care for a particular writer’s work, they could still surprise you with a gem like this.

Fantastic Four #5 (650th Issue)

This issue has three mini stories in it: Change Partners, Guys’ Night Out, and 4-Minute Warning.

Change Partners
This was a touching and emotional story that shows glimpses into the past of Ben Grimm and Sue Richards. It shows how you can make mistakes and say things you don’t mean, but still remain close when you forgive someone. I enjoyed this story and could easily relate to the messages being delivered. This is a great story for anyone to read.

Guys’ Night Out
And a great story is followed up with a bachelor party. The content of this story wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, except for the panel where they cut to the girls’ party. But most of the story was fun and there was definitely a touching moment between Johnny Storm and Ben at the end. It’s not a bad story at all, but I’m not a fan of drinking and partying and so I’m glad there wasn’t a bunch of that at Ben’s bachelor party.

4-Minute Warning
The final story is the wrap up for the wedding issue, and there is indeed a wedding! It’s almost interrupted by Doctor Doom and Galactus, but thanks to Reed, Ben and Alicia are granted four minutes of peace and quiet to speak their vows and complete their ceremony. Once it’s done, the Fantastic Four is off to save the world from Galactus, even though Doom said he’d handle it. I’m not sure how I feel about them dropping in on Doom and Galactus fighting each other. I mean, let him deal with it and if he can’t handle it, step in. But we’ll see how it goes in the next issue.

I’m so happy to see Ben and Alicia’s wedding go down with very little interference. I’m also happy they actually got married. With all the ‘weddings’ lately that didn’t actually go down, it’s refreshing to see a follow through instead of a ‘twist’ to the story.

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #2

Both issues of Grumble have been great! Action, suspense, drama, and a foul mouthed pug – You just can’t ask for more. I’m curious as to why Tala is trying to stick with Eddie, despite his negative attitude towards her. He obviously cares, somewhere deep down, but he’s awfully mean to her. He’s almost thrown her to the wolves a few times now, but either his guilt or conscience has prevented him from doing so. I think she’s either desperate for his attention or there is something bigger going on, and I’m inclined to believe the latter. I was not disappointed by the crazy bird skull bounty hunter. I am slightly disappointed that she was taken down in this issue though. I was hoping for an ongoing threat from her, but I could be surprised! Her ship called for back up, so maybe there are more crazy bird skull bounty hunters on the way. I just really loved the design for the bounty hunter and how freaking cool she looks! Bernie is also a great character from what I’ve seen of her. I hope she turns up again. I want to know what she discovers about that bounty hunter!

I said this last time, but it’s more than worth saying again – Rafer Roberts and Mike Norton are an absolutely amazing team! And Marissa Louise does a spectacular job on the colors. This book is just fantastic all around and I can’t recommend it enough!

Boom!
Firefly #2

I was hoping that this issue would improve my perspective on this story, but it didn’t. I can’t put my finger on why, but it doesn’t feel like a Firefly comic. I’ve read the other Firefly comics from Dark Horse and I love them. I was expecting more of that from Boom, but I’m not getting it. The characters don’t feel like the characters I know, more like imitations of them. The writing isn’t bad and the art is fine, so I don’t know what it is that has me so let down. I’m going to give it one more issue and if I’m still not digging it, this will be a series I buy but don’t read – for now.

Conclusion

Hands down – Grumble was the best comic in my box for the weeks of December 19th and 26th. I liked Defenders and Fantastic Four, but Grumble was totally the highlight. Grumble is definitely a series I’ll read several times because I keep finding new things each time I read the issues again. It’s the way something was said, the small details in the art, or how a splash of color was used that I love finding during a second read through. It’s like I’m watching a movie for the second or third time and finding hidden things I didn’t see before. Speaking of movies, Grumble could be an amazing movie or mini series!

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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
Avengers #11

I love getting lost in super hero books. This issue was going great until the Brexit joke. That one speech bubble ruined my mood and I had to put this book down until I felt like picking it back up again. I literally just wrote about real world politics being in my SUPER HERO comics last week and how much I dislike it. Good job (sarcasm), Avengers writers – you are on my list of writers to be wary of if you’re on a super hero title.

Aside from the mention of Brexit, I liked just about everything else. Ursa Major eluded to something being up with Black Panther’s exclusion of US heroes from his summit, but I haven’t figured out why they were left out. I’m sure everyone who read the last issue already figured out that it was Squadron Supreme in Alaska. And oh my goodness! Phil Coulson has lost his mind! He’s not the Phil Coulson that I know and love from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I was definitely surprised to see that Thor is actually interested in Jen and not just She-Hulk. I’m so loving those two as a couple! And I thought Thor’s date idea in the Savage Land was a cute idea, so long as every date isn’t like that. There are so many things to like about this issue and it would have been an amazing issue, if not for the one speech bubble.

Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1

I like these one shot books for The Best Defense. I only ordered Namor, Doctor Strange, and Defenders. Namor and Doctor Strange were great reads, and Defenders hasn’t come out yet. Leave it to Strange to think himself powerful enough to change the past. He may pull it off though, and I’m looking forward to seeing a reference to this book pop up later. It was definitely a good read and it was different from the current content.

Fantastic Four: Wedding Special #1

You can find three stories in this Wedding Special: (Invisible) Girls Gone Wild, Father Figure, and The Puppet Master’s Lament.

(Invisible) Girls Gone Wild
This was agonizing to read. I’m not a ‘partying’ type of person and to see so many great female characters acting so foolishly was an embarrassment. If it had been a group of male super heroes and they did the things the women did in this book, there would be an uproar across every social media outlet. But I guess it’s just the girls having some fun… Give me a break! If you hold one gender to a certain standard, then all genders should be held to the same standard.

There was a message at the very end, and I’m surprised I made it to the end of the story. It felt like the story dragged on and I had a hard time reading it. I really didn’t like Medusa’s comment about Johnny Storm either. It was a little demeaning, rude, and unnecessary. I’m disappointed in this offensive portrayal of these women in this contribution to the Wedding Special, and also in the editors for including it.

Father Figure
This story was far too short. I would love to have read several more pages. I like the twist at the end and since I don’t know much about Fantastic Four or the characters around them, it was a surprise to see Alicia with the puppet of Puppet Master. I haven’t been able to find anything about her having powers like her stepfather, so this is either an interesting plot twist coming up in the future or just a fun mini story that has no affect on the current continuity. It was still a good story that deserved to have a few more pages than what it got.

The Puppet Master’s Lament
I learned a little about Alicia’s history in this story. There were only three pages, so there isn’t much to say about it. It was a fun little strip that made me a chuckle a few times. It was a fun way to close out the Wedding Special.

Overall, the best thing about this issue is the variant cover art with She-Hulk. I didn’t really enjoy reading this issue enough to read it again and that’s seriously disappointing.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #5

This issue shows just how great Luna is as a leader and an inspiration. She is able to keep everyone focused and on track, even though it means some of her friends are going sacrifice themselves. It’s all for the greater good and if Luna gets her power back, there’s a greater chance of her saving them. This is one of the few times I don’t want to see the villains reformed. I’m sure Daybreaker will be restored as that world’s Celestia, but I don’t want to see Eris reformed. She’s truly a nasty villain and I want to see her stay that way. You can’t fix everything and you can’t make everyone do the right thing. There need to be recurring villains, not just new ones all the time. I want to see Eris show up in Equestria prime (main universe for MLP:FiM). I like Eris a lot because she’s basically Discord, but with a major attitude problem and delusions of grandeur. I can’t wait for the next issue to see how Capper and Stygian get out of this trap they just walked into!

Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1

This issue has several short stories in it: Only You Can Save Yourself, Consider Eternity, My Human Is Not, and Histories.

Only You Can Save Yourself
There are a lot of Star Trek fans that give Ezri Dax a hard time. Recently, Mr. DDK and rewatched DS9 and when that unfortunate day came, we cried for the loss of Jadzia. Nicole de Boer was not given ample time to develop Ezri on screen. Ezri Dax was not a replacement for Jadzia Dax. She was her own character and fans were cruel. This story in this anthology made me cry. Ezri could have been such a great character if given the development time she deserved.

In this story, Ezri was smart and drew on the knowledge of past hosts, even Joran, which I thought was locked away but apparently isn’t. I cried so hard when Jadzia manifests and gives Ezri the confidence boost that she needs. What a beautiful panel that was. Dave Baker, I love you for writing this and I thank you for it. It proves that I have been right all along – Ezri is her own woman and deserved better than what she was given.

Consider Eternity
I think this was a fun creative way to show what happened to Will Decker and Ilia after the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I always figured they bumped into a Q, but it’s fun to think about them crossing paths with the Q. I love the reference to TNG too, when Q sees the Enterprise-D and Picard and then throws on his Judge outfit. It was a great story – well written and entertaining.

My Human Is Not
This is wonderful story from the perspective of Data’s cat, Spot. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I thought the imposter was Mirror Data and not Lore, but that’s probably because I’ve been reading Terra Incognita. It was a nice surprise for me! Data showing concern for Spot was very ‘human’ of him. It was such a delightful story that I read it several times.

Histories
This story was a great lesson for mankind, “don’t change history.” There are terrible things in our history, but if we erase them or rewrite them, future generations can’t learn from them. Writing the narrative to say what you want it to say is not going to help anyone. This poor alien was exiled for speaking the truth and speaking out against society and their view of how things happened in the past. Our society will not be a better place if we rewrite any of our history, good or bad.

Overall, the stories in this book were fantastic and exactly what I would expect from Star Trek. I’ve already read this book a few times and some of the stories more than others.

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Outer Darkness #2

This book is crazy. So is Rigg. He’s also a genius, but I think genius and crazy go hand in hand. His plan to test the crew’s aptitude by flying into a dangerous area is definitely crazy and reckless, but also genius. What better way to be sure your crew has what it takes than to put them smack in the middle of an intense situation. That doesn’t make what he did, right. It wasn’t until after the danger has passed and Rigg starts watching his senior staff members’ reactions, that I realized he was doing more than testing the crew’s ability in a dire situation. I applauded Baxter for punching him in the face and also Reno for standing up to Rigg. Like them, I think what he did was wrong. When I saw Satalis and Prakash arguing with each other instead of chastising Rigg for his recklessness, I knew this was likely his main goal. Rigg and Agwe were discussing how he was trying to assess who might be a problem in the senior staff. It was very reckless and it got him quick results, but I’m sure there was a better way to go about it.

I’m loving this book so much. It’s like I’m reading a ‘Reckless Rejects of Starfleet’ type comic. I love Afu Chan’s artwork in this book. It’s almost like watching stills for a movie, which sounds weird, but it’s true! So, when this series is over, I hope someone considers making it into a movie. It would be so great! John Layman does an awesome job with writing the story too. Once I finished the book, I was sad that there wasn’t anymore to read. I will patiently await the arrival of issue three.

Conclusion

The only Marvel title I was completely happy with this week was the Doctor Strange one-shot. The other two had their problems and it’s more than enough to prevent me from picking either of those issues back up to read a second time. As for IDW and Image, they were the love of my reads this week! Star Trek, MLP, and the very vulgar and obscene Outer Darkness. I love how different Outer Darkness is from the rest of my reads, but it’s not a book for everyone. The language and content are vulgar, so parents should be aware of that if they have children asking about this title.

Warning – Rant Incoming
You can skip this last paragraph if you don’t want to read about me ranting about real world political/religious topics in super hero comics.

As a final note, I want to further clarify this view I have about real world politics/religion in mainstream super hero books. It was pointed out to me by an anonymous person on the internet, that I’m a hypocrite and anti-American. The basis of their argument is that Captain America was created to rally Americans against the Nazis and his whole existence is based on real world politics. I’m not sure how that makes ME a hypocrite because I never once said that I loved Captain America comics. I actually can’t stand Captain America and that’s why I never read Avengers. I didn’t want to have Captain America shoved in my face at every turn of the page. This new Avengers team is lead by Black Panther – not Captain America. My dislike of Captain America also doesn’t make me anti-American and my enjoyment of the new Avengers book doesn’t make me a hypocrite. It actually reinforces what I said about disliking real world political/religious topics in my super hero comics because Captain America isn’t the leader of the team and I’m happy about it! This week, when Captain Britain mentioned Brexit, I really wanted to crumple the book and throw it in the trash. I get so tired of being bogged down with real world crap and I really want an escape from it. If Avengers can’t keep the real world references out of its pages, then I’m dropping it. That goes for any of the super hero titles that I read, not just Avengers. I hope I emphasize this enough, I don’t read mainstream super hero titles that involve real world political/religious topics in their stories.

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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 #9

This book is a perfect example of how you include relevant political topics in a story without literally including real world topics. I’ll write more about this in the conclusion at the end of the article.

It’s a heartwarming story about Doctor Strange fighting off the corporate demon (literally), trying to keep his neighborhood together. I like that he’s fighting for the community because he loves the community. What better feel-good story could you want right now? I also love how he just dumps him on the moon to prove a point. I don’t think that’ll stop this demon dude, so I imagine we’ll see him or one of his subordinates again in the future.

I am anxious to see how the Ancient One has made his way back to what appears to be a corporeal state. I’m also curious as to why he would call Doctor Strange ‘master’. The Ancient One was still far more skilled than Strange, and even after all this time, I don’t feel like the student actually surpassed the teacher. I love Doctor Strange, but he’s flawed, where the Ancient One was not as flawed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next issue!

I do have one very important question though… Where was Bats?!

Namor: The Best Defense #1

The message in this book is crystal clear – or clear as a glass squid as it was so eloquently said by Kallthro. The world is doomed if can’t all get along. We need to stop fighting among ourselves and get along before a larger enemy comes along. We need to be unified as a single people, but it feels like a futile struggle. I feel what Namor is saying. It seems like the world, both his and ours, is full of strife and hatred. But just when you think all hope is lost, there is a silver lining shining down on us. This was a great book and it had information about Namor that I didn’t know. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Namor. I can’t wait for more Namor books!

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #1

Mike Norton is a fantastic artist who has a way of making the background interesting without detracting from the focal points and characters in the forefront. He puts tiny details on things that make you want to look at the background, just to see what all is there. All of the main characters and the background seem to come to life while I’m reading any book he does the art for. The writer, Rafer Roberts, has written an engaging and interesting story. I never felt bogged down with any of the text and the story flowed nicely from panel to panel. Roberts writing and Norton’s art compliment each other very well.

When you put Norton and Roberts together you get a foul mouthed, magic wielding dude that gets himself stuck in a pug body and has his estranged daughter thrown into the mix. Eddie’s daughter, Tala, has a cool ‘whammy’ power that she uses to sort of mind control folks. Tala says her mother is dead, but something tells me that she’s not telling the full truth of the situation.

I love the design of the S’taera, which Tala relates to archangels. And the way Tala had to focus when she blasted that one S’taera, makes me think she’s really powerful but has trouble controlling it. I also really like the ‘expendable freelance intermediate’ shown at the end of the book too. I think there are either some screws loose or she was talking to someone over a comm. My money is on her being a ‘crazy’ bounty hunter chick.

I’m super excited about this first first issue of Grumble and I really want the next issue, like now. Do I really have to wait?!

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #5

I was a little confused by the first few pages. Some of the panels had Barclay and Worf wearing some kind of apparatus on their mouths, but the previous panel or panel after would show no signs of the device. I have no clue why they were using these things, where they went when they weren’t using them, or what these devices were for. And Doctor Crusher was never shown with one, yet she’s human just like Mirror Barclay… sooooo… I’m totally confused. Also, when Worf and Barclay fired their phasers at some aggressors, they weren’t drawn like phasers. They looked more like a typical gunshot and that’s highly disappointing.

Something else that bothers me a little is not knowing the year that this all takes place. I could have missed it and I’ll have to go back and look through the previous issues. The reason this matters to me is because there are a number of Starfleet ships shown on the viewscreen and they’re all shown as Galaxy Class ships – which they’re not. There’s at least an Ambassador, Nebula, and Excelsior. There may be another class that I missed, but I dislike that they’re all represented by a Galaxy Class silhouette. At least all the registry numbers were correct as far as I can tell.

Errors are going to happen when you have an IP as large as Star Trek, and I hate to sound like I’m nit picking. I’m sure someone will tear holes in my RPG write ups, but at least I can bluff out of those mistakes since our ship is classified.

But once I got out of those first few pages, it was a typical Star Trek book with social dilemmas, scientific and diplomatic challenges, and of course – a surprise! Who would have guessed that Data had been replaced by the Mirror Data?! Not me, unless I forgot something from a previous issue. I really do like the series, I just get a little meticulous about some things. It’s a flaw of mine. I am looking forward to the next issue to see what’s going to happen with Mirror Data and Mirror Barclay.

Star Trek vs Transformers #3

This particular Star Trek book definitely does not fall within the main continuity. I’m much less critical of the things that happen in this series because of that. John Barber and Mike Johnson are excellent at writing action and combat scenes. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series up to this point and the final panel of this issue made me giggle. Fortress Tiberious! Kirk and Shatner are both arrogant enough to name something like that after themselves. The writers nailed the name of that transforming Enterprise and I love it! It’s absolutely perfect!

If you’re looking for a good, entertaining, and not-to-be-taken-seriously read, this is hands down the book you should be looking at. I’m looking forward to the next issue so I can see Fortress Tiberious take on some Decepticons!

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Unnatural #5

This story just gets better with every issue. Not sure if I’ve said that or not about Unnatural, but it’s true and the truth needs to be repeated anyway. I’m starting to get a little annoyed with Leslie’s attitude, but I can kind of understand why she’s acting like a whiny little girl. She has lost everything and everyone dear to her. None of us can say how we would respond in that kind of situation, even if we’ve been there before already. I try to empathize with her as much as possible and that helps me get around her personality quirks that she currently has. Khal is a different story. Even after hearing part of his tragic story, Leslie has the nerve to call him a monster. Maybe he is and we just don’t know it yet, but I wouldn’t be so cold about it. There is likely more than meets the eye with him. I also was not expecting Carol to be a pig. I’m not sure I was expecting any particular animal, more of the cloak and dagger type, but I was shocked to see her. I hope we get the backstory behind those horrific scars too.

I really like how Mirka Andolfo has written this story, and her art is so gorgeous! She’s constantly left me guessing at the fate of Leslie and that wolf spirit thing that she carries with her. I’m guessing that Khal is going to have a big part to play in this too and I hope that he doesn’t have to sacrifice himself (if he’s a good guy). I’m super curious to see what’s under Glance’s mask and I hope ‘Jones’ bites the dust before this is over. That pig is a real PIG! This book is one that I’m always excited to get and anxious to read! It’s definitely in my top ten right now and the story isn’t even done yet!

Conclusion

I’m one of the few folks that would prefer real world politics be kept out of superhero comics like Doctor Strange, Batgirl, Avengers, etc. I love how Mark Waid was able to include important topics that are relatable to current things, without bringing up those real world topics. I’m totally for heroes having political turmoil, I just don’t want to read about the current real world political topics with my superheroes. I don’t mind other books having real world politics, but there need to be some that keep us shielded from it. I read superhero comics to escape from all of that mess for a few minutes.

There are plenty of works out there that include real world topics and they’re absolutely worth reading, regardless of where you stand politically. I enjoy all forms of entertainment, regardless of my political stance and religious beliefs. Politics and religion are touchy subjects and I want folks to feel safe from being bombarded with it here.

I love weeks like this where I enjoy every issue I get that week. I wish every week was like this – even with the slight confusion in my Terra Incognita issue this week. It was still entertaining and worth reading. There wasn’t a single series from this week that I regret buying. All of them are series that I’m anxiously awaiting the next installments for, particularly Grumble and Unnatural. Those two books are unique and interesting and if you’re not reading them, you’re missing out!

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A good book is the best vacation!

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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.

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
DC
Batgirl #29

I’m always looking for messages behind the stories in the comics I read, regardless of whether or not those messages were intentional. Batgirl always seems to have messages behind the great stories. This issue told me that you can always come back from something bad. You may have to suffer the consequences of your actions, but it’s not too late to redeem yourself. I also got the message that it’s okay to not be okay. Having a bad day, week, month, year, or whatever – it will eventually be okay but it’s okay to not be okay for that moment in time. You shouldn’t just roll over and wait for things to fix themselves. You should strive to find a solution and don’t give up. Batgirl seems to have the best messages. This is one of the reasons that I love this book. The stories that deliver the messages are entertaining and well written.

I’m definitely super digging Batgirl’s new costume. It’s like a combination of classic, chic, and modern hero. I also love the art overall. There are subtle details in the panels that I really like seeing, like the staples that you see running up her spine in the panel where she’s changing into the gala dress. Folks forget or don’t know about her past and this is a well placed visual reminder of it. That same panel shows her struggle with putting the dress on, which is a struggle most of us women have and can relate to. Her face is really cute in that same panel. The rest of the art is wonderful and the transitions from one panel to the next are excellent and easy to follow.

As for the story, I didn’t actually think Evan would flip on Wyrm, but I knew it was a possibility. I’m kind of happy he did, but I hate that he’s probably dead now. Babs said he didn’t make it, but you know how things go in comics – he may be holed up in a cryo-tube somewhere or his consciousness could be contained in the internet now. I’m also happy to see Babs going in for surgery and I hope those FBI dudes don’t make Commissioner Gordon break his promise to her about being there when she wakes up. That’s not cool if they do. I wonder why they’re there to talk to him and I hope he’s not in trouble for something!

Marvel
Fantastic Four #4

Batgirl isn’t the only book with moral lessons and messages in it. Here is the short list I got from this issue:

  • “Never hide who you truly are.” (Reed Richards)
  • Always look at the bigger picture.
  • Super powers aren’t always ‘magical’, sometimes it’s normal stuff, like intelligence or even creativity.
  • Things are sometimes not what they appear to be.
  • Make friends, not enemies and work together.
  • Family is precious, blood relatives or not.

This issue was great! There is a copy cat superhero ‘family’ trying to prevent a robbery, which turns out to have been staged. This new family has also moved into the Baxter Building, which is the now former home of the Fantastic Four. Did the Fantastix actually know it was all staged ahead of time? I’m not totally convinced they’re on the up-and-up. But the Fantastic Four showed their true character when they shook hands and parted ways with the Fantastix, who still own the Baxter Building.

It’s great to see the Fantastic Four back on Earth and getting back into the swing of things. They’ve moved into the building that Ben owns and I hope to see that as their new headquarters. It’s nice to see evolution in character stories and even if they don’t stay in Ben’s building, I want them to find a new headquarters – not return to the Baxter Building.

I’m actually excited to see the wedding between Ben and Alicia! The ad in this issue says it’s going to happen – no fooling.

I totally loved when Ben (The Thing) busted out the retro Fantasticar! And the panel where they parked it outside Ben’s building is hilarious! I actually chuckled out loud at Johnny’s interaction with those neighborhood kids. This is such a wonderful book to read and it’s great for readers of all ages.

Conclusion

I couldn’t have asked for better stories this week. Both books are appropriate for children and adults, and they have great messages and morals tucked into the writing. I really wish I had read Fantastic Four when I was younger. I’ve gone back and read several of the issues that would have been on the rack when I was reading Amazing Spider-Man, and I’m absolutely sure I would have liked the book. I just didn’t give it a chance. That’s a lesson in itself – don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

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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 #8

So, the whole fight against Casey and Mordo isn’t what I was most interested to read about in this issue. The fight was great and Kanna came rushing in to save the day with Bats at her side. That’s exactly what I wanted to see! Doctor Strange saves Casey, kind of, and I’m glad the weight of his failure to initially save her was lifted. But then, there is the other part of the story that completely overshadows all of this, at least for me. It’s not a ‘bad’ kind of overshadowing – it’s a character building and important kind.

I had completely forgotten about the whole ‘memory wipe’ incident until Bats so kindly reminded me and Kanna! I was screaming – almost literally. I love Bats, and this wasn’t his fault. He shouldn’t have to keep Doctor Strange’s secrets and this was completely Doctor Strange’s fault. I remember what I thought when that whole situation happened – this is bad and won’t end well. Well, it didn’t. Kanna finished her work and then rushed in to save the day, but once it was all done, she called him out. She stood her ground and didn’t accept any of his excuses. I admire her for that, but at the same time, I was heartbroken when she walked away. I want to slap Doctor Strange for just standing there and slowly closing the door as she left. He’s an idiot!

But I still love the character and he’s still one of my absolute favorites – and it’s because he’s not perfect. Flawed characters have the best character.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #2

I always look forward to the lighthearted books on my list. The MLP books are perfect for younger readers and MLP enthusiasts alike. I love the team of Nightmare Knights that have been assembled to invade Eris’ casino-castle and their alter egos are great! It’s great to see stories that expand and connect characters in a large world like the MLP universe. These characters wouldn’t normally have connected with each other if not for the need of their individual talents for this mission.

I also enjoy seeing the backstories of individual characters being expanded on. Tempest’s childhood friend, Glitter Drops, is a green-ish colored foal that you see in the flashback Tempest has while singing ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ in My Little Pony: The Movie. Another reason I enjoy backstories as much as I do, is because I often find inconsistencies with continuity and it makes me dig for reasons for the inconsistencies. In this case, Glitter Drop’s magic in the flashback is yellow in color. In this comic issue, it’s light blue with a purple tint. Now, trying to figure out why her magic is different led me down the rabbit hole of speculation and pony theory. There is no ‘official’ explanation for the color changes in magic auras and I won’t go into the fan theories and speculation here. I wish they would explain it officially, but I doubt that will happen.

Conclusion

Both my books were entertaining and enjoyable. I had an emotional roller coaster with Doctor Strange and Kanna, and a feeling of comradery with the reformed villains in the MLP book. Now I have to wait a whole week for more comics…

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Before we get into this article, I want to take a moment to pay tribute to Stan ‘The Man’ Lee. He was the face of Marvel and co-creator of the most memorable characters in comic history. His creations and their stories shaped my childhood and ultimately helped me to become the halfway decent person I am today. While there are lots of other creators that are just as important, Stan Lee held a special place in my heart and he’s the reason I explored writing in the first place.

Back when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, we were told to write a paragraph about someone important to us. Fictional people were not approved, so I couldn’t write about Spider-Man. Most of my classmates wrote about a family members, friends, or someone they actually knew. I wrote about a man named Stanley Lieber, who everyone knows as Stan ‘The Man’ Lee. He was important to me at that time because he created my favorite comic book character, Spider-Man, and the content that he created told stories with morals and his work inspired and fueled my imagination. We need those morals now more than ever, in our world today.

He became more important to me as I got older because of who he was – a fellow geek who loved to create content for others to enjoy.

I was lucky enough to meet him in passing while in California. He had my writing portfolio given to him by another major company that I was interviewing for. He was an amazing person and cared so much about what I had to say and about my work. I was given genuine compliments and tips from him. I wish I’d gotten an autograph or a picture, but that wasn’t the time or place to do that.

Many don’t know about his Star Trek connection. Small though it may be, it’s there: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Stan_Lee

I feel like I lost a family member on Monday. I’m sure many of you feel that way too. I wish I’d been lucky enough to actually know him or be friends with him. We all knew his time was growing shorter, but that doesn’t make his passing any easier.

I want you all to know, that if you need to cry with someone, I’m here. I’ll ugly cry with you. Don’t be ashamed of showing your feelings for someone you never knew. He’s important to lots of people because of his work. While he may be gone, his work is still here for us to continue to be inspired by.

Mr. Lee, go boldly, one last time.

~ Excelsior!

Stan Lee Tribute

Art not mine. Credit to the artist.

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
Avengers #10 (#700)

This issue is crammed full of crazy goodness! Namor’s Ocean Defenders are a freaky lot that I am definitely digging as bad guys. I know Namor isn’t a bad guy and he shows it towards the end when he takes down some of the Piranhas. I love Echidna and Bloodtide! So, Bloodtide didn’t always look like she crawled out of a well in a horror movie. She was muscular and pretty, but I definitely prefer this version. I absolutely love Echidna’s look too. I’m not a fan of Tiger Shark or Orka, but they fit into the group’s meanie theme. King Crab is absolutely hilarious and I love him! I couldn’t find any previous appearances, so I guess he’s a new dude. Manowar didn’t do much except get destroyed by the Crimson Dynamo. I’m not sure how Andromeda fits into this group yet, but then again, Namor kind of doesn’t fit either – not the way I see him anyway. I guess it’s a good thing the Winter Guard showed up to help the Avengers or Namor’s merry band of meanies could have defeated them.

Speaking of the Winter Guard, I had never heard of them until now. But I don’t read Iron Man and I never read the Avengers until this run and that seems to be where you can find most of their appearances (according to Wikis). They are basically the Avengers of Russia and each one looks like a counterpart to one of the Avengers. But if you’re expecting to see the Avengers, just with a Russian accent, you’re going to be in for a surprise. They do not have the personalities of the Avengers at all. Crimson Dynamo may be the only one that acts like an Avenger, but the rest are rude, ruthless, and deadly. I don’t dislike the Winter Guard at all. I actually find them interesting and different enough that I’d read a book based on them alongside an Avengers title.

In this issue, the US government isn’t happy about the change in leadership within the ranks of the Avengers. They want Captain America to stay in charge so the government feels like they have ‘control’ over the super team. I support the Avengers in the change of leadership and I stand by Cap. He told General Ross, “And the Avengers don’t work for any country. We fight for the Earth.” I wanted to jump out of my seat and cheer because that’s exactly how superheroes should be. Governments have agendas and bias versus others that don’t agree with them. No government or country should have absolute control over a team of superheroes like the Avengers. I don’t like General Ross and I don’t like that he recruited Phil Coulson to bring in the Squadron Supreme of America. It looks like a bunch of the founding members of the original Squadron Supreme are there; Hyperion, Nighthawk, Whizzer, Doctor Spectrum, and Princess Power. I only know who they are because they are basically the Marvel version of the JLA; Superman (Hyperion), Batman (Nighthawk), Flash (Whizzer), Green Lantern (Doctor Spectrum), and Wonder Woman (Princess Power). It looks like there are going to be several clashes of super teams on the horizon!

After what appears to be the conclusion of the ‘main’ story content, we get several mini stories. The first one is about Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, getting attacked by drunk Odin, but then sitting and having a nice long talk with him. I don’t see what purpose this portion of the book served, other that to fill close to ten pages. The only thing I got from it is Robbie wants to learn more about the Riders that came before him, but I thought I already knew that. The next mini story is about Loki, who is standing among the Celestials, and they just took his Infinity Stones… wait… nobody told me this would tie into Infinity Wars… But then, who should appear, but Wolverine! I was absolutely done with this mini story at this point, but I kept reading. I think there’s something going on with Star Brand, because the symbol is all over the art and Odin was trying to kill Robbie for killing Star Brand. But Loki refers to Wolverine as a host to the Phoenix Force because he calls him a Phoenix Wolverine. But then that’s it and it moves on to the next mini story with Wasp doing a recon mission, but going somewhat rogue and deciding to extract the target instead. We find out that it’s Blade and she’s trying to recruit him as an Avenger.

I could have gone the rest of my life without reading those mini stories. I didn’t like any of them and all the Loki/Wolverine one did was confuse me. But the first half of the issue was great, so I’ll just stick to reading that part when I go back to read it again.

Captain Marvel Prelude #1

I absolutely love these Prelude titles. They really help recap everything you should know prior to the release of a Marvel movie. This one hit me kind of hard though. It brought back all the raw emotion of watching Avengers: Infinity War for the first time. I was in tears in the theater and at the final scene where Fury pages Captain Marvel, I cried harder. The end of this book is basically that scene from Infinity War and with the recent passing of Stan Lee, seeing this scene again hurts really bad. It’s all because of this one piece of art that someone did.

Stan Lee Tribute 2

Art not mine. Credit to the artist.

I can’t wait for the Captain Marvel movie. I love Captain Marvel and I’m excited to see her on the big screen. If you’d like a nice recap to get you ready for the movie, this is the book you want.

Fantastic Four #3

I love this title so much. I love how the Fantastic Four can come up with a solution that’s ‘out of the box’, so to speak. I couldn’t predict how they were going to defeat Griever because the information needed for the solution was too obscure and that’s how I like it. All you know is that Reed wants one telepod left in tact on the ship and he sends Val (Brainstorm) to the broken telepod. That’s all we know until the plan comes to fruition. I had a feeling he was going to strand Griever in the universe they were in, but he was actually more forgiving and gave her a way home to her own universe. They plan to use the telepod that Val repairs to go home, which is what I thought they were going to use the one on her ship for.

I have to give major kudos to Dan Slott. He’s got a talent for keeping me guessing and he also has the ability to mix the right about of serious and comedy. The panels with Spider-Man are hilarious! Especially when he’s getting ready to give his speech to Franklin, but he’s picked up by the scruff of his neck by Ben (Thing), and put to the side. I love it! Ben gives Franklin the motivation he needs instead of the pressure that Spidey’s speech would have put on his young shoulders. There’s nothing wrong with the “Great Power/Great Responsibility” speech, but it’s not always what someone needs to hear.

I also love the speech Reed gives about how he acknowledges magic as a science he doesn’t yet understand. It shows folks that it’s okay if you don’t understand something. You shouldn’t be scared of it, just know that it exists and you don’t have to explain it. That’s much like the entities that claim to be gods. They exist and he acknowledges their existence. Not to get all philosophical or anything on you folks, but it’s okay to acknowledge that others have a different belief in a deity or higher power without you adhering to that belief too. That’s the life-applicable message that I got from this, and it’s a very important one.

I also got the very obvious message that’s kind of thrown in your face – family is important. Everyone has a different view of family. You don’t have to be related by blood to be family. Reed pulled in his ‘family’ for help, which consisted of every member of the Fantastic Four that there had ever been (as far as we know). I have an extended family beyond my blood family. I totally understand this message.

I have to say, I was almost misty eyed when Franklin and Ben yelled, “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” together. What a great moment and it was captured beautifully. I know, I’m gushing a little over this book. It’s nice to have a book that has so much mushy stuff in it.

The only thing I didn’t like was the end. There wasn’t another page to read after the last page. I love when books leave me wanting more. I was only confused by one part in the book and that was when the Hulk (Bruce Banner, I assume), told Human Torch to keep it a secret that he was there. I’m not totally sure why that happened – unless it’s something to do with something going on in another book that I’m not fully aware of. I know the Hulk was dead, but I thought he came back already? Oh well, I’m sure I’ll figure it out at some point.

I loved the scene at the end, with all four of them together and I absolutely can’t wait for the next issue!

Boom! Studios
Firefly #1

I was so excited to get this book, but I think I let my excitement carry me away. It wasn’t terrible, by any means, but it didn’t feel like Firefly to me. It’s missing something and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The story has a decent start, so we’ll see how the upcoming issues pan out. I wish I had more than that, but I don’t. I just wasn’t excited or disappointed with this issue – just kind of, meh.

IDW
Star Trek vs Transformers #2

Now this is a series that’s been most entertaining for someone who loves Star Trek! I have almost no knowledge of Transformers, but I’m definitely liking a lot of what I see. I’m not surprised that the Klingons decided to help the Decepticons by letting them utilize their cloaking device. That’s totally something those smooth-headed dishonorable Klingons would do! I was also happy to see that Megatron isn’t a complete idiot like most villains from the 80’s. He actually wanted to know how the Klingons could be useful and I have a feeling he would have literally disposed of them if they didn’t have a good answer.

I don’t like the way Scotty comes off with his “they’re as human as us” speech. Vulcans aren’t humans… Neither are Andorians or Catians. Humans aren’t the only race in the galaxy and they’re not the superior race of the Star Trek universe either. That was poor judgement on the writers’ parts. It definitely feels like TOS/TAS with a comment like that, and maybe that’s what the writers were aiming for. If so, they hit the mark. But I was hoping for a little more updated writing. I honestly feel like I’m reading an episode that could have been made in the 70’s or 80’s though.

So, with my limited Transformers knowledge, I have to figure out if Jazz is always that much of a jerk, or he’s just like that in this series. I don’t like him at all because of his personality. I’m also not a fan of Bumblebee. He seems kind of annoying. The rest of the Autobots seem kind of cool though.

One thing Kirk is definitely known for is how much of a flirt he is, but he’s also well known for how much he likes to take risks. The final panel had me laughing so hard. You have Kirk with a raised eyebrow and sly grin asking Ratchet, “Okay, my large metal friend, what kind of risk do you have in mind?” I read that and saw that face and instantly burst into laughter. That’s exactly how I see Shatner’s Kirk and they captured it perfectly! It’s as if Kirk is flirting with danger!

Conclusion

Most of the comics I had this week were entertaining and great reads. I can’t say that I actually disliked any of them, but surprisingly, Firefly was my least favorite. I still can’t quite figure out what’s wrong, but it doesn’t feel right. Maybe it’s the interaction between Mal and Inara, or the way Inara and Book were just chilling during the whole ship crisis… I don’t know for sure. I hope the next issue is better or I’ll be extremely disappointed. At least I won’t go in with such high expectations for issue #2.

Fantastic Four was probably my favorite book for the week. I liked pretty much every bit of it and Dan Slott is a talent that I admire. But as I mentioned already, I didn’t really dislike anything from this week.

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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.

Last week, for October 31, I didn’t have an article because I didn’t have any books to recap! But we have plenty to look at this week.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Death of the Inhumans #5

What a roller coaster of emotions. I guess the only Inhumans left are Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal, and Lockjaw? What about Ms. Marvel? To my understanding, she’s an Inhuman. And what about Captain Marvel who is a Human/Kree hybrid? I have so many questions still… I get that they were turning Inhumans into the Vox things, but why do they all look identical? Did they alter the physiology of each Inhuman to be identical to Vox? Some may think it’s silly to wonder about that and tell me – ‘It’s a comic book. No explanation needed.’ But I need to know. What about the rest of the Kree, the ones that weren’t in that location? I want to know what’s going to happen!

I’m happy that Lockjaw and Crystal were saved, kind of. Hopefully Karnak can restore them and reverse what the Kree did to them. I really want to see Medusa and Black Bolt rebuild the Inhumans. I’m very happy they weren’t all destroyed like I thought they would be. Overall, I feel satisfied with the ending. Just because I have questions, doesn’t mean the book wasn’t good – it did its job! The series was entertaining to read and thought provoking. It leaves me wanting more, but if I don’t get it, I won’t be too disappointed.

Doctor Strange #7

First off, I loved the dynamic between Bats and Strange, but I love the friendship that’s forming between Bats and Kanna even more! Those two are perfect buddies for each other, especially when Strange leaves to go deal with something or someone. I also really like Kanna as a character and I’m so happy we’re getting to see more of her backstory. And I’m sure, if you’re a Strange fan, you know romances never really work out for him. If Kanna ever tells Strange how she feels, I hope she doesn’t get hurt – emotionally or physically. I would love to see Strange finally end up with someone who loves and appreciates him, and I would squee with joy if these two have a working romance.

This particular issue was one I definitely enjoyed reading. I still didn’t know who Casey Kinmont was and had to go dig around on the internet to figure it out. I honestly don’t remember her and it’s probably because I only read that particular limited series once and I don’t remember any of it. What I do know is that someone is manipulating her and she’s probably doing all this stuff in an attempt to keep Strange safe. It looks like Baron Mordo was behind the shenanigans all along. Casey keeps repeating, “I’m the price!”, just before Mordo makes his rather dramatic appearance. I believe she’s trying to tell Strange something but can’t because there’s probably some spell on her making her say ‘I’m the price!’ instead of her intended words.

I really want to know what’s going on, besides the return of a big bad dude. I want to see Kanna and Bats come busting in to save the day with some awesome magical trinket she made. I also want to see Kanna and Strange’s relationship evolve and flourish. And most importantly, I want to see Bats stick around as a guard dog for the Sanctum Sanctorum while Strange is out trying to save the world. Please, Mr. Waid, I’m terrified that you’ll write Bats out. I’m begging you not to do that.

Infinity Wars #5

I’m now officially bored with this series. It’s become predictable and not in a fun way. It’s painfully predictable and that’s not why I bought into this series. I thought it was going to be different. Even though I’ll buy the rest, I won’t be reading it any longer.

No surprise – Loki back-stabbed his ‘team’ and stole the stones…

Image/Skybound
Outer Darkness #1

I love horror. I love science fiction. This book combined the two in a beautiful clash of technology, gore, and paranormal. The first thing I noticed was the inside of the front cover. There are lots of the normal credits for the Image and Skybound publishers, but it’s the details in the art that are what I found interesting. I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into – other than a sci-fi horror title. I saw things like, “Banishment”, “Exorcism Successful”, and “Resurrection Failed” all hidden in the strings of numbers around the artwork. It wasn’t until the second page that I realized what I was about to read. I’ve never really read a paranormal sci-fi comic, but this first issue definitely works. I want more of this, not just Outer Darkness, but more of this type of book!

Mr. John Layman’s letter on the inside of the back cover is glorious. It explains exactly how I see this book. I love how much this feels like a horror themed Star Trek with a little bit of Firefly mixed in, and I never realized how much I needed that until I read this book. The crew reminds me of the dysfunctional but potentially functional (when it counts) crew of Serenity from Firefly. The tech and overall design reminds me of Star Trek. The horror theme and the feeling of impending doom reminds me of Alien.

If you want to read something new and different and you like horror/sci-fi/paranormal genres – you NEED to be looking into this book. I rarely tell folks that they NEED to do something, but I seriously mean it.

Conclusion

Aside from Infinity Wars, I rather enjoyed my comics this week. I even got a rare treat – something new! Outer Darkness was a delicious read! But, I feel like I need to give an advanced warning to anyone that doesn’t like profanity – preview Outer Darkness first. I personally don’t mind the use of profanity in the comics I read, unless it’s not appropriate for the characters. A good example is Supergirl – I don’t want to see her using language that isn’t appropriate for young ladies. Those young ladies may be reading her book and using her as a role model. If you know that Outer Darkness is a sci-fi/horror genre book, it’s not likely you’re going to let a child read it. I don’t find the language inappropriate for this book. Think of it this way if you need to: I wouldn’t let a child read The Walking Dead because of the content – bashing zombie skulls and folks killing each other. There is also plenty of profanity in that series and it doesn’t bother me, because a child shouldn’t really be reading it anyway. Outer Darkness is a book that parents should preview before letting a child read it.

I can’t wait to dig into the next issue of Outer Darkness and Doctor Strange, but before I do, I have other titles to read for the next installment of my Comic Box Recap!

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