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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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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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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 #10

I appreciate the wholesomeness of this series. There are situations that younger readers can relate to and lessons that they can learn from. I think that’s important for young readers, but also important to draw in younger readers. Franklin is having emotional growing pains and has seemingly worked through them. But we’ll see if that’s the case. He also has to face the consequences of his actions from a previous issue where he acted very disrespectful toward Alicia. It’s important that young readers see heroes have consequences for their actions, and this expresses that in a way young readers can relate to.

Val has met a friendly rival that may be smarter than her, so she’ll have to figure out how to deal with that. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are characters I’m not very familiar with, but seeing them in this issue makes me want to know more. Lunella is adorable and brilliant, and Devil Dinosaur is too cute!

Both Val and Franklin are dealing with their personal issues in their own way. Val has been sending texts to the Future Foundation, even though she knows they might not be receiving them. Sometimes, you just need to see your troubles to help you work through them. Franklin isolated himself and turned inward instead of reaching out. He tried to burn his sketchbook, which is probably the only record of those worlds and people he created. It takes an invasion of other-realm creatures for him to finally realize that he’s not alone.

I feel like there is a message in this issue too. The message I got is that family isn’t always directly related to you. The folks of Yancy Street are a family, even if they don’t always get along. What a wonderful issue this week! I’m looking forward to the next installment.

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #2

Well, I got mental whiplash from Kirk in this issue. Being the captain of a starship is not easy but flip-flopping on decisions is not how a captain should be. There are always tough choices to make and Kirk is definitely stuck between a rock and hard place in this issue. Did he make the right choice in the first place to save that Tholian (last issue)? Maybe, but I would not have plucked the Tholian child from the planet without a better understanding of their physical makeup and how to care for it. He also has no real way to communicate with it. I’m not sure I’m okay with him kidnapping that Tholian. It just doesn’t sit right with me. And he’s now facing the consequences of his kidnapping adventure.

While Kirk is having his moment trying to connect with the Tholian child, he mentions an old captain by the name of Mayweather. Is that the very same, Travis Mayweather from the Enterprise TV series? I mean… It could be. It could easily be a relative too, or someone completely unrelated. Enterprise was roughly 100 years before Kirk’s time on the Constitution class Enterprise. Humans were living over a hundred years, so it ‘could’ be Travis Mayweather. Kirk mentions that Mayweather lived his whole life in space and Travis Mayweather was space boomer who lived his whole life in space, either on a freighter or a starship. I really think it’s him! Even if it isn’t, what a pleasant little Easter Egg that was. I would also like to mention that the writer nailed the bits about Tarsus IV. I love it when the writers do their homework and don’t just wing it when writing about things that are canon.

Conclusion

If you want a wholesome, family oriented super hero book, pick up Fantastic Four. I recommend it to families all the time and I’ve only heard good things back from them. Star Trek had a fun Easter Egg with a side of mental whiplash, but it was still a decent read. I look forward to next week’s 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
Captain Marvel #2

The first issue was amazing. This issue is just a good, maybe even a little more amazing – it’s hard to tell when it’s all just amazing. This issue gives us a little more information about what’s going on, like the accelerated time bubble, but we’re still finding new things. Hazmat has supposedly lost her powers and there is a dude chilling in the women’s rebellion camp. I think Som (the dude) is either a spy or a refugee from the Citadel. I automatically assumed him to be a spy when I first saw him, but when one of the metal men things called him the ‘prince’, it made me think he was more of a refugee. He may not like what’s going on at the Citadel and wants to help stop it. I was super excited to see She-Hulk come barreling down from outside the bubble, and that excitement quickly turned into a ball anxiety when I realized she transformed back into Jen. I hope someone catches her or she wakes up fast, because if she dies – I will rise up against Marvel.

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #3

Finally! My issue finally came in, two weeks late. As far as I know – it was the distributor’s fault. But it’s finally here and I get to read it!

I had forgotten that Tala grabbed the bounty hunter’s magical thingy. I have a feeling that it’s gonna activate when she least expects it. I know Eddie cares about Tala, even though he says he doesn’t. And even if he doesn’t really care right now, something will cause him to get attached to her before this is all said and done. It would be a serious twist if Tala ended up not being his daughter after all, but he decided to treat her like his own anyway. And I love Simon! He’s seems like a deep character with a rich backstory and I’d love to see a spinoff series – all about Simon and his history! There is so much to explore in this world that’s been created by Rafer Roberts and brought to life visually by Mike Norton’s art and Marissa Louise’s coloring.

If you have this issue, and you didn’t pay attention to the background in the storage building’s office, go back and check it out. There are so many pop references in that office, I felt like I was looking at my VHS collection from when I was teenager. My favorite references are of Bubo, the Lament Configuration, and the Doctor Strange notice on the wall that says, “Do not rent to this man.” I really want to know if Norton put those in there himself; or if Roberts wrote the references into the script; or a little of both. It’s like a Where’s Waldo of pop references!

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Outer Darkness #4

I didn’t think it was possible to love this book anymore than I already did. I can’t get over how good this story is! So, Elox is actually a god? Didn’t see that coming. I also loved how this issue was written from his perspective, kind of how there were a few episodes of Star Trek done in the perspectives of particular crew members. Elox is like a ticking time bomb, but he might not be the one to explode! His intuition is crazy good too. He’s a crew member that I would go out of my way to keep happy. He could be more than just a little useful in a variety of situations. After the last issue, everyone reading this book knew that Shin was up to something. But I’m curious to find out if this was exactly what he was after, or is this just opportunity knocking for him? This was a super cool issue and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one!

Conclusion

I love when all the books in my box are hits. I go for quality over quantity, but I got both this week! That’s mainly due to my shorted Grumble #3 coming in this week – otherwise, I would have only had the two books. I’m just glad it finally came in and I got read it along with two other awesome reads this week! Keep those awesome books coming!

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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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Unnatural #7

I would never have guessed that the Albino’s soul or essence was trapped inside of Leslie, let alone that it could manifest itself like it has so far. It makes me very worried for Leslie and those around her. With the help of the Albino, she almost killed Jones and she ripped one of his arms off. If she hadn’t fought back against the Albino, then Jones might be dead right now.

There are so many hidden agendas among the various parties that are invested in Leslie and I’m still not sure who to trust. The Glance has mean folk doing his bidding, and Kal seems genuine, but do we really know for sure that things are what they appear to be? I’m pretty sure Saya just betrayed Kal and Leslie, but maybe she’ll come clean and they’ll ditch her phone somewhere to lead Glance’s people off their trail. Or maybe Saya’s a double agent and has become attached to Kal, which is why she’s having emotional conflicts. Or maybe all – or none – of the above.

I’m having a hard time predicting what’s going to happen and I love it! I just don’t know what to think! Maybe Leslie is really the equivalent of this world’s apocalypse waiting to be set off and we’ve been sympathizing with the bad guys all along! I doubt that though. I think Leslie, not the Albino, is truly a good individual.

Conclusion

Unnatural was not the only comic I had in my box this week. I got the True Believers issue of Ms. Marvel #1, written by Gerry Conway, but I don’t include True Believers in my Comic Box Recap articles. I like to focus on the new content instead of reprinted content. It’s a great story, though and I recommend picking up any TB titles you’re interested in. I picked up the TB Ms. Marvel #1 because Gerry Conway is supposed to be in Memphis on June 1, 2019 at 901 Comics, and I want him to sign it along with my Amazing Spider-Man #149. I wish I had an actual copy of Ms. Marvel #1, but I’m not about to pay the going rate for one. The TB copy is good enough for me, for now.

I also got a copy of Avengers #14, but not because I wanted it. I had already ordered it and just because I don’t like the book now, doesn’t mean I’m going to stiff the store by not picking it up. Stores usually have to order their books two months in advance, and it’s almost impossible to cancel an order. It bothers me when someone wants to cancel a book and they’ve been told what the policy is, but they don’t want to buy the issues they’ve ordered. I didn’t even read Avengers #14 and I’m probably not going to. I skimmed through it and it didn’t look interesting enough so it’s going to get filed away in a box.

If Unnatural wasn’t in my box this week, I wouldn’t have had anything new to read! Good thing I had such an awesome book – quality over quantity. There hasn’t been an issue out of the seven, so far, that I didn’t like. I’ve loved each issue of Unnatural and they just keep getting better!

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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 #10

This is the 400th issue, which is an anniversary collection. What I love most about this issue is that the first story is a continuation of the ongoing story from the previous issue, as well as a few miscellaneous stories. The stories are: Remittance, House Call, The Lever, and Perchance. There is also a very pretty two page spread of Doctor Strange artwork by Tom Palmer.

Remittance

This is the continuation of the ongoing story. I have to say that I’m somewhat surprised that Dormammu is behind this. I figured Mordo or some other cosmic entity would be the cause of it. Strange’s biggest flaw is his ego paired with with his arrogance. And now look where it has got Earth – under the boots of the Faltine. And it looks like his friends are getting a front row seat to all of the destruction. Strange looks completely defeated in the final panel, and I’m anxious to see how he squirms his way out of this problem. He better suck it up and fix things with his friends too.

I’m happy Bats was mentioned by name and that he appeared in a single panel, but I remain concerned that Waid will write him out. I want to see him stick around.

House Call

This is a short story with a lesson about the right way to handle a bully. It’s almost too short and the story gets a little wonky, but it has a good message behind it.

The Lever

This story is about Strange’s past, when he first came to the Ancient One for help. It includes the lead up to Mordo’s betrayal, and of course, it’s a little different. But, it’s okay to be slightly different, so long as the core of the character remains. Strange has a humbling moment in this story and it’s a shame he doesn’t retain that lesson.

Perchance

This story was at an odd place in the book. The two page spread of art is before this story, and it feels like the conclusion when you come across it. Surprise! There’s another story hidden behind an add for War of the Realms! This story was a fun one about a super scary demonic looking dude who is afraid to sleep because Strange haunts his dreams. That’s a cool concept and I love it.

Overall, this compilation of stories is probably the best compilation I’ve read in any of the super hero comics on my subscription list. They were all fun to read and I’d definitely read this issue again.

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation 20/20 One-Shot

Twenty years before Picard was captain of the Enterprise-D, he was captain of the Stargazer. He was not exactly the same Picard that we all know and love. He was not as understanding and he worried to much about what others thought. This got him into trouble while on a diplomatic mission. Instead of sending his commander to represent him, he went to the planet’s surface, knowing that there was a very high potential for something bad to happen. Luckily for him, Jack Crusher’s fiance, Beverly Howard was aboard the ship and they were able to send to the planet to save his life. There’s a lovely wedding at the end and Beverly Howard is now Beverly Crusher.

What a wonderful story, with a great message! Folks will respect you more for making the right decisions, than for always trying to be the hero. Put your faith and trust in those who work with you. Also, don’t assume you can handle everything – everyone needs help sometimes and you should never be ashamed to ask for help. This was such a wonderfully written story, but I would expect no less from Peter David. He’s a writer and author that I’ve idolized for a long time and he’s written some really amazing Star Trek content. When you pair his writing with the astounding artwork of J. K. Woodward, you’ve got a truly great work of art.

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1

This book doesn’t say outright what year it takes place, but I’m going to assume it’s 2379. There is a panel that’s almost midway through the book where Jake and Captain Sisko are shown celebrating Sisko’s promotion to captain and that was in 2371. The panel has a caption that says, “eight years earlier”, which would put the year at 2379 for the Enterprise-E crew.

So, Q and several other beings of phenomenal cosmic power are at odds. The reason is petty, as it always is with ‘evolved’ beings. I mean, when you have everything you could ever need or want at the snap of your fingers, what’s left to cherish? I guess their inflated egos are all they truly have that’s special to them and they feel it’s worth fighting over. We have a truly all-star cast of cosmic entities, most of which are from TOS: Metrons, Trelane, Organians, and Q. Trelane has been noted as a member of the Q Continuum in non-canon novels, but the Continuum is notorious for adding and booting members too. Each of these entities have chosen one of the captains from various series to be their ‘champion’ in this contest. All the captains and crew are plucked from various points in the timeline as well, which makes for an interesting interaction. I’m sure there will be a mind wipe of some kind after this event. I dislike when folks use gimmicks like that in a time travel event, and I hope a different explanation comes up later.

I was initially upset when I saw Worf on the bridge. I had forgotten he was a member of the Enterprise-E crew and I had to do some digging to jog my memory. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched Insurrection and Nemesis. But there is an error with his uniform color. He was in the command division during Insurrection and Nemesis, so why is he in operations in this book? Probably just a minor oversight or maybe something has happened prior to this book that I’m not aware of.

I definitely enjoyed the story and the artwork is good. It was definitely well written and entertaining, and I look forward to the rest of this series and to see how they reconcile the time travel memories.

Conclusion

I picked up Batgirl this week, but after the repeated real world political references, I will be dropping it and it will no longer be featured in my Comic Box Recap articles. Doctor Strange more than made up for the disappointment in Batgirl.

As for the minor continuity errors that have occurred and will continue to occur in the Star Trek comics, they have to be overlooked. As a huge Star Trek fan, I’ve learned that there is no way to keep the entirety of continuity in tact. TOS had continuity errors within it’s three seasons. The Star Trek universe is vast and there are going to be unavoidable errors. As a fan, you can either accept the errors and continue to enjoy new content; or you can be a stickler about it and keep with the same content and never enjoy anything new. I choose to accept the new content, to a certain degree. If you stray too far from the core of the characters, I will choose to not accept it, regardless of any official stance. At my core, I’m a Trekkie and I love Star Trek. I want to enjoy all the content I can, while I can.

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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
Avengers #13

This week’s issue was a flashback to the Iron Fist’s beginnings in 1,000,000 BC. I loved the Netflix show, but I have zero interest in the comic book. I have less than zero interest in previous Iron Fist characters. This series was off to a great start and I’m not saying that the stories are bad now – they just don’t interest me at all. I will be dropping this series from my subscription list.

IDW
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 20/20 One-Shot

This issue was a cute one-shot with a cute story. It does a little bit of retcon, kind of. We are all under the impression that the Mane Six met after Twilight Sparkle comes to Ponyville to live, as an adult. This issue retcons that and shows us that they actually met when their adult selves were kicked back in time. The future Mane Six is knocked back to when they first got their cutie marks, because of Dash’s Sonic Rainboom colliding with a lightning blast. They’re placed with their younger selves and then all of them meet up in Ponyville, which is where the younger versions all first meet each other. The Elements of Harmony are lost and the group splits into to groups to track them down. Celestia shows up later and does some mind jujitsu on the younger versions that prevents them from remembering until the older versions cross the portal back into their own time.

Time travel can be exhausting…

I also have a problem with the continuity in this issue. The Elements of Harmony are currently with the Tree of Harmony. So why does the Mane Six have them in the present time? It would be easy to explain that the book takes place before that happened, but there’s another issue. There is an Ambassador from Abyssinia, which would lead one to assume that this takes place after the My Little Pony Movie. The Elements of Harmony were already with the Tree of Harmony and even though Starswirl temporarily pulled them out for them to use against the Pony of Shadows, I doubt Twilight would have pulled them out for an event like this. Abyssinia is mentioned once in the show and once in the comics prior to movie related content, so I guess it’s possible that this could have taken place prior to the movie, but I doubt it. I’m thinking this is just a continuity error.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #6

Oh boy… Mirror Barclay thought he was going to be able to ‘start fresh’ in Lt. Barclay’s place. It looks like things didn’t go quite as planned for Mirror Barclay. I wonder how long he’ll be able to keep up the charade, without someone digging deeper into why he didn’t go back to the Mirror Universe. I had a feeling that Mirror Barclay would give up the Faundori facility as a bargaining chip if he needed it. I wasn’t surprised when he gave up the location just to save his hide. I’m actually surprised that the Enterprise crew didn’t notice that Barclay wasn’t himself. That almost bothers me a little bit, but at the same time, I guess they thought he was finding his way finally.

I’m looking forward to seeing if they continue with these Mirror Universe related titles. I’ve enjoyed all of them so far and I hope they continue. I’d like to see what happens to the Faundori people and what other shenanigans the Mirror Universe folks get into.

Conclusion

Aside from Avengers, I enjoyed my books this week, even with the possible continuity errors in the MLP book. I really do hope there are more Mirror Universe Star Trek books are on the way. I am very disappointed that my issue of Grumble didn’t come in this week, but I will add it to the newest Comic Box Recap when it finally comes in.

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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!
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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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.

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.

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
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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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
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.

Image
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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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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