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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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Sea of Stars #2

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

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

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

Section Zero #5

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #12

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

Conclusion

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

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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
Doctor Strange #16

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

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Grumble #8

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

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

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

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #5

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

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #6

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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
Captain Marvel #8

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

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

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

Dark Horse
The Orville #1 of 2

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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Greetings Fellow 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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Outer Darkness #8

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unnatural #11

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #3

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

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

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

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

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

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Sea of Stars #1

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

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

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

Section Zero #4

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

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

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

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

Space Bandits #1

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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Marvel
Doctor Strange #15

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

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

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

Fantastic Four #11

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

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

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #2

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #7

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

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

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

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

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #4

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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.

I apologize for how late this article is, but I left for Origins on Tuesday, June 11. The comics release on Wednesdays, and it would cost too much to have them over-nighted to me at Origins. I decided to wait until I returned and got some of my Origins content out.

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Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #7

Eddie kidnaps Jimmy with the help of Tala. I guess Sammy helped some, or at least he kept Joe busy long enough for those two to slip in and get Jimmy out. Sammy agreed to help as long as Eddie signed a contract with him. I find it hard to believe that Eddie actually signed a legit contract with Sammy though. I think Eddie has a ‘get outta Hell free’ card or something of the like up his sleeve. It’s possible Sammy could get killed by the bounty hunters in their attempts at capturing Eddie and Tala and that’ll get Eddie off the hook, supposedly. Those bounty hunters are still on Eddie’s trail and they have cute little spy bot things watching Eddie and Tala. I’m sure next issue will have some bounty hunter action – unless something else pops up!

This issue had lots of action in it: Eddie and Tala’s shenanigans; the FBI busting in on Joe’s operation; Sammy getting beat to the edge of oblivion; and the bounty hunters targeting Eddie and Tala. There’s so much going on, it’s easy to miss the little details in the background. There are hilariously named arcade games in many of the panels with Sammy and Joe. There’s even a prize toy that looks like Homer Simpson. I love the background detail throughout all the issues of Grumble.

I’m surprised that more folks aren’t talking about Grumble. I see a lot of talk about it, but not as much as I’d like. This book is one of the few with a interesting story that’s pretty original. Also, the art is killer!

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #5

So, Amanda and the other Q (Q2) are keeping an eye on Q. I thought they were either doing that or Q was acting on their orders. It seems that the Q Continuum agreed with Q and went to war with the other god-like beings, in an attempt to put them in their place. But it looks like Q had other plans and so now the Continuum is watching Q and plans to shut him down if he oversteps too far.

But it’s Trelane that continues to prove how much of a child he is – much more than the other all mighty beings. He even mentions his parents (major kudos to the writers on that reference to the TOS episode). He wants a Borg Queen in his menagerie, just to say he had one for a while. Three of the four captains were outspoken against this challenge, and then Kirk speaks up. Many folks forget that Kirk never saw the Borg. I don’t know if the writers intended that moment to be as funny as I took it, but I was practically rolling with laughter.

There is a speech bubble from Picard that says, “And how will we make our way deep into the Delta Quadrant to even find one?” I really wish it was being said by Sisko who’s standing next to Picard. Picard already knows that Q can hurl them into the Delta Quadrant so I don’t feel like he should be the one asking this. But, I suppose he’s being rhetorical.

And – O M G – The Traveler and Wesley! I about fell off the couch when I saw Wesley pop out of the shadows. I kept saying, “Please be the Traveler, please be the Traveler.” Because that would have been the best possible thing to happen. It was never really explained, not in decent detail, as to what happened to Wes and the Traveler after Wes left with him in TNG. I was so excited to see them both! The Traveler will likely help Q2 and Amanda sort all of this out. I was trying to figure out how this was all going to end, and when Q poked the Prophets, I thought it would have something to do with them. And it may still involve them in the conclusion, but I have no clue how this will all sort itself out and I am on the edge of seat waiting for the next issue!

Image
Outer Darkness #7

I love this book so much. How is this book not more popular? It should be on the top sellers list. The story is amazing and has complimentary art. There are ghosts, demons, and exorcists… in space. The ship has a captain that’s hated by most of the crew, who all likely want him dead or to have the honor of killing him themselves. There are backstabbers, deceivers, and all kinds of things going on. The ship is powered by a GOD in a tank! They feed it living things to power it up. They bring people back from the dead by retrieving their souls and building them a replacement body. This world is rich with background and stories. The characters are deep with personalities and quirks all their own. The plots and events are well thought out and leave you wanting more, anxious to get that next issue.

What’s wrong with all you folks who aren’t reading this?! I don’t usually get all worked up over folks not reading a particular title, but this one is so good! It’s unique and different in a world of reused ideas and rewritten or rebooted characters and stories.

The crew of the Charon encountered a ghost house in this issue. You read that right – a GHOST HOUSE from Earth – in the middle of space. There is a deep story behind that house that could easily be a movie on its own. They even rescued a nun who had been trapped in the house since 1942. I hope she likes the 28th century. It’s almost like every issue is a round in a game of Russian Roulette. You never know when it’s going to go off or who it’ll hit. I’m just waiting for the issue where Rigg bites it. I feel like it’ll happen, but how and who gets to off him? Will Satalis get that honor? Maybe Agwe, who doesn’t act like he wants Rigg dead, but would probably open that door the very second opportunity knocks. But those folks will all have to survive the onslaught of crazy to get their chance. And who know? Maybe Rigg will be the sole survivor when this is all said and done.

Go buy the trade and start reading this title. I demand it.

Sector Zero #2

I got my copy of this issue and #3 late.

Sector Zero really scratches that 90’s itch for me. If you want to read a ‘new’ 90’s book, this is the title to grab. I like the characters in this book and the story is beginning to fall into place. The first issue was like an ‘origin story’ type book, except it’s for a group of folks that already have a history. We’re picking up with this group after things have fallen apart and been hastily duck taped back together. They picked up a new team member, Thom, last issue and he’s starting to fit in. He gets along well with Tesla, the alien. Sam seems like the reckless and brutish type, while Tina is the delicate and methodical type. I like those dynamics and they show those sides very clearly in this issue.

So the team has discovered a dried up, mummified merman… thing. Turns out, he was part of the team back in the 60’s and 70’s, which they discover after he re-hydrates himself. He meanders off and the team discovers a saber-tooth tiger wandering the desert. There’s a tussle with the tiger and it vanishes through a ring of fire, pulling Tina with it. The team decides to follow the only clue they have, from Sargasso the merman thing, which he provides when they return to base. Sam does the ‘hero’ thing and rushes off on his own.

We then get a flashback from Sam. The flashback is of his honeymoon with Tina which ends with her stepping on a landmine and him trying to save her. We know she lives, but she was saying something about her legs. Is she partially robotic? Did they restore her legs? I want to know what happened! After the flashback, we see Tina in a prehistoric world with a dwindling ring of fire in the grass around her.

There is a lot going on in the pasts of these characters and I definitely want to know more. But I also want to see where they go from here! Sector Zero is a super fun read. It has an X-Files and Supernatural vibe to it, which I thoroughly enjoy!

Sector Zero #3

I’m actually really surprised at how much I enjoy this book. I knew I’d like it, but I find it hard to put the book down until I’ve finished it. I read really slow, so it takes me a little bit to read a whole comic. I usually have to put it down, grab a refill on my tea, grab a snack, or take a restroom break part way through it – but not this book. The more I read, the more I like it. It’s getting very close to the point of me loving the book.

This issue shows us some of Sam’s dark side dealings and the lengths he’ll go for Tina. We also see Tesla get taken out of commission for most of the book, and it’s a good thing. If Tesla was up and conscience, there wouldn’t have been much excitement. That alien has the most incredible power. I’m sort of scared of what Tesla might be capable of. I’m liking Sargasso the more I see him. He’s a big brutish merman thing, but he’s got a dry sense of humor. I find that to be hilarious! Thom looks like he might be finding himself a little more and getting more comfortable being the bug.

And why am I not surprised that there is a cannibal Rat King in the sewers? And is Sam actually going to eat him?! I think he might continue to beat him until he gets the info he wants… but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam took a huge bite out of him.

Unnatural #10

Color me, shocked!

Okay, before we get to that, we get more background with Leslie’s mother, Maxime. I love it. I wanted more and I got more – and still want more! Maxime is just selfish and insane, and I love her as a big baddie. I feel bad for Leslie, when she eventually learns that her mother is Glance. I bet she’s going to lose it and probably kill her own mother – or the Albino will do it. Carol is still being tortured by Maxime’s lackeys too. She’s going through some pretty intrusive events and she’s keeping it together pretty well. I have faith in her, even though I’m sure the other lackeys will catch her before she actually escapes, I think she’ll give them enough trouble to slow up Maxime’s plans just enough.

And I knew Leslie wasn’t dead at the end of the last issue. But the Albino definitely has more control than he should have. Leslie is trying so hard to keep him caged, but I don’t think she’s strong enough. Unless the death of her pet gives her the strength she needs. I couldn’t believe it – when Pif attacked Khal and Khal instinctively defended himself, he killed the pitiful little thing. I was floored! I didn’t expect that at all and that’s all we’re left with in that final panel is a dead dino pet. Shocked… utterly shocked. I just don’t know what to think. I expected Khal or Saya to die… not Pif.

Absolutely stellar book – writing and art both. The story is fantastic and keeps me guessing and even shocks me still, ten issues in!

Conclusion

Wow. What a week of books! And all of these were waiting for me when I got back from Origins. I wish I could have taken them with me, but I left a day too early for that. I couldn’t have asked for a better batch of books to read – quality and quantity!

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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.

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

This issue ties in with the current Marvel event, War of the Realms. I’m not a huge fan of tie-ins because I’m usually lost if I’m not reading the event series, but this story wasn’t hard to follow. There is a brief recap at the beginning of the issue, just like the other issues, but this recap covers what’s going on in War of the Realms. It has enough information to get you started for this tie-in issue. I’m not reading War of the Realms – so if I followed this issue, anyone else not reading the event series should also be able to follow along.

Black Widow has a vision of Enchantress’ defeat. She goes to find Strange and Captain Marvel because Strange is who stops Enchantress and Captain Marvel is there with him and Black Widow. After Black Widow gets the group together, Enchantress tries to put a stop to their efforts by tracking them down before they reach the location of their victory. Enchantress swaps Strange and Carol’s minds so that they can’t use their powers and they’re in unfamiliar bodies. Strange is trying to show Carol how to use the magic in his body and she’s having serious trouble grasping it. A small horde of undead show up and the only person with any real punch at the moment is Black Widow. And that’s where it leaves us, with a ‘to be continued’.

I find it absolutely hilarious that two of my four favorite Marvel characters have had their minds swapped with each other! I love both Strange and Carol and this is great – watching them work through this odd situation they’ve gotten themselves into. I found this issue to be very entertaining and I was so glad I was able to follow what was happening. I hate having to read an event mini series just so I can read my regular series. But this was well done and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Conclusion

Well, it was a light week for my reading list! I was afraid I wouldn’t have an article this week because of Captain Marvel being a tie-in, and the only book in my box this week. I was pleasantly surprised.

This is also my 400th article! I can’t believe I’ve written 400 articles! Next week, I’ll be at Origins Game Fair, so be sure to watch my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get my Comic Box Recap for June 12, 2019 out until after we come home, but I’ll try my best!

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