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

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

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

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

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

Marvel
Fantastic Four #4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

Last week I didn’t have an article because I didn’t have any books to recap! Thankfully, I’ve a got two this week.

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DC
Batgirl #28

Batgirl better get herself some rest! She’s definitely pushing herself way too hard. But I’m so happy to see that Babs and Gordon were able to sit down and have a conversation about what was bothering them. This book has a great lesson embedded in those pages. Parents and their children should have an open line of constructive communication. That doesn’t mean it needs to be all about rainbows and unicorns, it needs to help strengthen the relationship between the parent and child – regardless of age. I truly wish I would have had that type of relationship with my mother. I hope that any parent reading this issue of Batgirl, absorbs this lesson and puts it to use. I also hope that children read it and see how they should communicate with their parents – don’t yell, throw things, slam doors, run away, and most importantly – don’t be disrespectful. So many problems could be solved if folks communicated better with one another.

The rest of the comic has lots of realizations about Grotesque and Wyrm and the havoc that’s about to be brought down on a museum art exhibit. I really don’t like Grotesque. Well, I do like him – as a villain. He’s a great villain that makes you dislike him. I want to see more of him, because he’s so evil and makes for a good story. Mairghread Scott is doing a wonderful job writing this story and it makes me want to seek out her other work (if I’m not already reading it and just don’t know it).

Back to Grotesque, I had no clue who he was and I sure didn’t know who Detective Douglas was before reading Batgirl. I’m totally interested in seeing more of this character in my Batgirl comics.

One negative note I have, and it’s more of a personal peeve, is the notation that folks make to other books without doing a brief recap of what happened. Babs mentions that Dick (Nightwing) isn’t really available to help right now, but she doesn’t say why. There’s only an editor’s note to check Batman #55 and Nightwing #50. I don’t read those books and I will not read them, so now I have to try to figure out what happened…

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #4

This issue really goes from ‘cruising’ to ‘high-speed chase’ in the blink of an eye. I was a little surprised that Riker wanted to bring Wesley in on the problem solving for such an intense situation, but I guess since he was cut off from the Enterprise, Riker needed a sounding board of sorts. He took that opportunity to give Wesley a little more exposure to the decision making process. I totally thought Ensign Gilson was a goner until Riker asked Wesley about it. That’s when I started to think something was up, but not with the Faundori people. There’s a lot wrong with them and their caste system, but I was certain they weren’t responsible for Ensign Gilson’s death/disappearance. I was pleased that Riker continued to push them for answers about his missing crewman. I dislike when something traumatic happens and then the remaining folks go on like nothing happened. And Mirror Barclay just helped Wesley out, even if he didn’t intend for it to go that way. I don’t usually follow the ‘better to ask forgiveness than permission’ philosophy, so I definitely don’t approve of Wesley’s decision. But the way he went about things is the sign of an immature, insecure, and inexperienced officer. It’s a good thing the sentient machines were nice, so everything worked out. Things could have turned out much worse… like the machines could have been worse than the Borg!

If you’re familiar with the Next Generation TV series, you might remember an episode called, “The Measure of a Man”. It’s one of my personal favorites because it discusses Data’s right of self-determination; or basically, if you’re sentient and self aware, you are not property. Since Data is an android, there was much debate over what would classify him as an individual and not property. This particular comic issue reminds me a lot of that episode. These robots, or drones, have become sentient and want to be recognized by the Faundori people as such. But it didn’t sound like the drones actually tried talking to the Faundori people first. They tried to disrupt work and they caused problems instead, which is not how you should do things. You should always open a clear line of communication first. If that doesn’t work, then you escalate to demonstrations. I hope we find out later what happens with this situation.

I want to talk briefly about the Faundori people and some of the odd things I noticed involving them. In the Deep Space Nine episode “Accession”, it’s mentioned that the Federation Charter prohibits caste systems. This would prevent Bajor from becoming part of the Federation if they pursued their old caste system. The Federation Charter was signed in 2161, meaning Riker would (or should) have knowledge of the Charter’s content. I’m not sure why he, or anyone else, didn’t mention it. Ensign Gilson does mention that the Federation will take into account how the Faundori people handle the situation with the sentient drones, when they consider them for Federation membership. It feels odd to me, that an Ensign would address an official from another culture the way she did, but Riker lets it happen and doesn’t address it. Riker, being the commanding officer, should have been the one to address this. I hate to sound so nit-picky. It was an entertaining story, but could have been an amazing story if things were in line with continuity.

The last thing I want to mention is something that bothers me a great deal. These aliens, the Faundori, or possibly Faundorians, are too similar to the Fondorians of Star Wars. I don’t really know much about Star Wars or its aliens, but when I tried research the Faundori (because I’d never heard of them), I kept getting articles and sites referencing the Fondorians. They are bald, human looking aliens with purple blood, that have a culture based on a caste system. They do look a little different, but there are a few too many similarities for my liking. It could very easily be an accident and coincidental, because that does happen. But I can’t find anything about Faundori or its people, except for what’s in this comic issue. Even the names are similar. I am not accusing anyone of copying anything – don’t take it that way. I just don’t like the similarities, is all. If there are Faundori in some other source material, besides this one comic book, please point me in the direction of that information.

Conclusion

I definitely enjoyed Batgirl this week, and while I had a few things I didn’t like about this week’s issue of Star Trek, it was still entertaining. I have a feeling I’ll catch some heat about my criticisms of the Star Trek issue, but I’m entitled to my opinion like everyone else. I encourage civil discussion and if anyone would like to discuss what I’ve said here, that’s totally fine with me. But I will put this warning out now – this is my blog and I will not tolerate hate or aggression. I delete anything I feel is inappropriate. If you’d like to make a statement that you think I’ll delete from my site, you should absolutely create your own WordPress (it’s free), and express your opinion – just like I have.

If everyone was the same, this world would be dull and boring. I love discussions that are civil and friendly. That’s the best way to learn things! You also have to be willing to admit you might be wrong. I do not have infinite knowledge of Star Trek and I certainly don’t know as much about Star Wars as I do Star Trek. If my opinion or views change about the Faundori, I’ll definitely add it in.

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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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DC
Batgirl #27

When we left Babs, she had collapsed at her father’s precinct. She was foaming at the mouth and not responsive. We start this issue with her being rushed to Gotham General Hospital while she’s having what appears to be a seizure. She does come out of it, but she’s lost her eidetic memory and that makes me very sad. While it doesn’t define her, it definitely plays a big part in helping her solve crimes. I hope her eidetic memory returns once she fixes her implant, but she’s definitely not thinking clearly right now. She needs to rest and recover, but instead, she’s out swinging around Gotham in an old ‘prototype’ costume.

I have to say, that ‘prototype’ looks so cool! I really like that there isn’t a cowl and the tiny bat ears are perfect and so cute! The belt design looks like a bat and so do the tops of her boots and gloves – which is also perfect… and cute. This design is much simpler than her previous one, but there are also great details in the simplistic style. I absolutely love it!

But back to the story. She works extra hard, also using her stubbornness to her advantage, and she finds what she thinks is a lead. I had never heard of Grotesque until a few issues ago when he popped up, and I was surprised to see the guy (supposed to be Grotesque) she was tracking was actually stuffed in the refrigerator. I have no clue who Grotesque could possibly be at this point – not that I had a clue before. But I’m not surprised that whoever he is, he’s framing Batgirl for the death of Phillipe. I’m surprised that she went back into that apartment (through the window, again) before assessing the approximate amount of time that had passed since she fell into that dumpster. She’s getting sloppy and now it has got her in a potentially bad situation. If she has another seizure or episode because of her implant, she’s definitely in serious trouble! The cops will take her in and then Gordon is going to be under fire while chaos is unleashed. Well, maybe. She’ll likely back out of the window and zip off before so she ends up having another seizure on a random rooftop or down an alley somewhere. I hope she makes it home first, but I don’t think that’ll be the case.

Marvel Comics
Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #24

This issue was mostly one large fight scene between Ben and Kaine, thanks to Mephisto and his shenanigans in the previous issue. Ben does try a diplomatic solution, but only after he fights off the urge to rip Kaine’s head clean off his body. Ben tries to jog Kaine’s memory by telling him what Mephisto did, altering his memories and all. Kaine ‘remembers’, but it’s a ploy and shame on Ben for not realizing it sooner. Kaine eventually gets a gun by disarming a cop and aims to shoot Ben, but Cassandra is coming at Ben from the opposite direction and that puts Ben in a nasty spot. Let Cassandra die, or take the bullets and she lives? Ben does what a true hero would and pushes Cassandra out of the way, only to be shot multiple times. Kaine and Cassandra are standing over his bullet riddled body as we are left wondering, when is this silliness all going to end? The one notable incident that doesn’t involve a spider or someone trying to kill a spider, is when Abigail’s body vanishes from her bed. We all know it’s got something to do with that celestial blood. I’m predicting Abigail comes back to life and brings Ben back to life too, since he’s a hero and saved her mother from being shot to death. Overall, this issue was entertaining and I enjoyed all the witty banter from Ben.

IDW
My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries #5

This miniseries was really cute and are great comics for children. The Cutie Mark Crusader Super Sleuths always seem to have a mystery fall into their laps. This time, someone has done something pretty horrible. They’ve stolen a priceless treasure that belongs to Songbird Serenade. The Super Sleuths are on the case and they set out to find the culprit. They have a more difficult time with this case than they have with previous cases, and even get tied up by a stranger in their own clubhouse. But they never give up and they eventually solve the case. They expose the culprit right in front of Songbird Serenade and Rarity. Everyone also finds out that the priceless Abyssinia Albatross is actually a fake. Songbird Serenade said her Great Grandpony won it for her at a carnival when Songbird Serenade was a filly. This is shocking news to everypony, including me! I wasn’t expecting a twist like that!

There are great lessons to learn in this issue; never give up – even if your task seems impossible, trust in your friends and family, trust your instincts, don’t steal, and never trust a thief – just to name a few. Out of all the comics on my reading list, the My Little Pony series are the best ones for children. I recommend parents check into these if their children are fans and are interested in comics.

Star Trek vs Transformers #1

Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love Star Trek – practically anything Star Trek – and how much I know about Star Trek. I am unfortunately not versed in any Transformers lore – other than Optimus Prime is the 18 wheeler, Megatron is the silver and purple bad guy, Starscream is a jet of some kind, and Bumblebee is yellow and black. Also, the good guys are called Autobots, the bad guys are called Decepticons, and they can all changed from a robot to something mechanically inclined and back to a robot. That’s about all I know. Oh, and I know their catch phrases, ‘Robots in disguise,’ and ‘More than meets the eye.’ Thank you, 80’s TV toy commercials.

But even with my serious lack of Transformers knowledge, I absolutely loved this book! I wasn’t sure how they were going to mix these two IPs, but so far, it’s working great. I love how the Decepticons just kind of fall in with the Klingons, but Kirk and crew are having a hard time with the Autobots. That fits with everything I know about Kirk and crew and how they’re not the most accepting when it comes to sentient robots of any kind. Most of the robots that Kirk and crew encounter in TOS/TAS are destroyed before they try a diplomatic solution and that almost happens here too. Kirk shoots Optimus Prime in the chest window with his phaser! Optimus Prime is completely unconscious. Now, I want to know if it was set to stun or a higher setting. I find it hard to believe that a stun from a Kirk era phaser could stun Optimus Prime to the point of unconsciousness.

One thing I noticed, and didn’t like, was when M’Ress made a suggestion to Kirk and he ignored her, completely! He didn’t even acknowledge that she said anything to him. That actually irritates me quite a bit. It’s rude, even for Kirk.

But rudeness aside, reading this made me feel like I was watching a crossover cartoon for Star Trek TAS and 80’s Transformers. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this series, but I am definitely enjoying it and looking forward to the next issues.

Conclusion

I enjoyed all four of my books this week. My favorite was definitely the Star Trek vs Transformers book, but they were all enjoyable and they all had their moment to shine for me this week. I love weeks like this where each book is a joy to read and this is what I want each week to be like. If you like Transformers, but you’re not sure about Star Trek, give that book a chance. You might find it entertaining, like I did. I can’t wait for more issues of that series, more Batgirl, and hopefully a conclusion to all this mess in Scarlet Spider. I’m looking forward to next week and what goodies I have in my subscription box!

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Power Girl: Kara Zor El  from the DC Harley Quinn Team Pack.

W Power Girl, Kara Zor El

Ruling – Ability

“While Power Girl is active, if you control at least one Villain character, at the end of your Main Step, roll an unpurchased Basic Action Die. If it rolls an energy face, Power Girl cannot attack. If it rolls an action face, Power Girl gets +2A and +2D (until end of turn). Return the unpurchased Basic Action Die to its card.”

Power Girl’s ability is a While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

while-active-light

There is another condition to Power Girl’s ability, besides her die needing to be in the Field Zone, and it must be met in order to use her ability. You must also have at least one active Villain character die. The Villain can be from Marvel or DC because the Marvel Hydra Villain logo and the DC Stylized V Villain logo are interchangeable. Evil characters from the D&D sets are not Villains unless otherwise stated.

Once the two conditions are met, you must activate Power Girl’s ability. You must activate it at the end of you Main Step, before your Attack Step. (See the Turn Summary picture below.)

At the end of your Main Step, if you have Power Girl and an active Villain die in the Field Zone, you choose any Basic Action die that’s still on the card and roll it. If it rolls an energy face, that Power Girl die can’t attack. If you rolled and action face (the face with the Pow!), then that Power Girl die will get +2A and +2D until the end of the turn. The Basic Action die is then returned to the card.

This ability is not optional unless you don’t meet the requirements to activate the ability.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Power Girl is a Bolt type character card.
~ She has the Team Superman affiliation.
~ She has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is a Common and is #18 of 24.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

There is not a ruling for this specific card.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I’m not a huge fan of Power Girl as a character and I’m definitely not a fan of the ability on this card. If I’m going to use a character that costs five energy to purchase, it’s going to have an ability that I can benefit from. The best you get out of her ability is a +2/+2 and there are much better ways to get that to happen. There’s a 50/50 chance that your Power Girl is going to get benched that turn too and I don’t like that at all. But, I had some folks ask me about this card so I thought I’d feature her this week. But take my word for it – there are better cards for Team Superman!

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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 Comics
Fantastic Four #2

I loved this issue. I was a little sad to see Franklin lose his universe creation powers, but he’s still super powerful. I thought Arboro and Valeria’s crush was a cute moment, especially when Reed got all ‘over-protective daddy’ about it. The Future Foundation seems like an interesting concept on its own and I wouldn’t mind seeing it with its own title. I like the Griever too – the villain that comes to stop the Future Foundation and tear all the new universes apart. She seems driven and motivated to restore the multiverse and it makes you wonder if she’s wrong or not. I start to lean toward the ‘she’s in the wrong’ side when she begins to monologue like a true villain. She claims that all things have purpose and they’ve overstepped, but she also says her purpose is to “bear witness as the last light fades from the edge of eternity.” Nothing in that says that she’s to put an end to anything. That’s where she’s in the wrong. It sounds like she’s supposed to be a ‘Watcher’ type entity, but might have gone a little power drunk. Regardless, the Fantastic Four is going to have a fight ahead of them, or so it seems. I love that Reed pulled every Fantastic Four member to them. Extended family is still family and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

Infinity Wars #3

This story gets crazier with each issue. We’ve got half a universe again, but this time, everyone is mashed together instead of half of it being erased. It appears that Loki is our last hope and that doesn’t make me hopeful for the future of that reality. While Gamora seems to be losing her grip on reality, she’s still focused and she believes she’s doing what’s best. I can’t fault her for that, but I also want her to stop destroying the universe. And now she’s trying to dig up whatever is beneath the God Quarry. I’m definitely liking this series and I’m anxious to see where it leads.

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #3

It’s a good thing mirror Barclay is being more careful around the Enterprise crew. They think Barclay is finding his confidence and his place among the crew. I like when things don’t always work out the way folks planned, but they still find a way to work around complications. In this issue, that work around came in the form of a Vulcan Doctor, Selar. Ambassador Hendryk was dying from his wounds in a previous issue and there was no way to save him. He passed his Katra on to Doctor Selar, and Ambassador Thonn wanted her to use this opportunity to complete the peace talks with the Cardassians. I understand why Doctor Selar didn’t want to do it at first, because she thought of it as an obscenity and a perversion of her Vulcan culture. I understand and see where she was coming from, but like Picard said, it’s logical to save countless lives and offer peace. It’s not for political gain when you’re doing something like that for the greater good and not getting any benefit from it. This series is great for it’s thought provoking themes and for the action as well. I love having the potential threat of mirror Barclay exploding at any moment!

Conclusion

I didn’t read the Supergirl issue from this week and likely won’t continue to read it – just purchase it until it concludes. I haven’t been digging her story much and after seeing her dropping an obscene word last month, I’m kinda done with her book. I was reading her book for that more wholesome type character, so I’m disappointed. That’s why I’m done reading them, but I’ll continue to buy them in case I decide to revisit her series later.

Aside from Supergirl, I loved all the books in my box this week. I always love the Star Trek books and the craziness of Infinity Wars is a lot of fun to read. I’m definitely loving Fantastic Four and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
DC
Batgirl Annual #2

This annual was super dark and I loved it! There were several surprises in it too, like I was not aware that Babs has a brother or that he’s a serial killer. My knowledge of DC characters’ backgrounds is very limited, so anything that’s not frequently mentioned is always a surprise. This annual is so well written and the art is very dark and gritty for a Batgirl comic. I do like seeing the darker side of Batgirl, so long as Babs only visits it and doesn’t make it permanent residence. Bruce is dark and Kate is my dark bat, so I appreciate the lighter side that Babs brings most of the time.

I love the twist revealed when Batgirl tracks down the serial killer and it’s a woman that was sought out by James (Babs’s brother), and not the other way around. I also like his comment about how Babs was smiling during the horror movie. It’s a twisted and skewed view from a warped mind. I love horror movies and I smile at various parts that most think I probably shouldn’t, but I’m smiling at the special effects or how a particular scene was shot – not because I’m a serial killer. Perspective is everything. I don’t think Babs has a side that dark, but she does have limits and when she’s finally pushed too far, she could do something that she’ll regret. That’s a natural human trait and we all have our limits.

I highly recommend folks pick up this annual, even if you don’t read Batgirl regularly. It’s very well written and very thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Batgirl #26

This issue of Batgirl was almost everything I want in a Batgirl comic. There wasn’t as much detective work, but that’s likely because there was lots of action. This Grotesque villain seems really dark – almost too dark for what I imagine Batgirl villains to be. But it’s good to have really dark and scary villains for the lighter heroes on occasion. I thought Batgirl was down for the count when Grotesque hit her with that electric zappy pole thing. And I’m still not completely sure she was awake for most of the comic after that point. Part of me thinks this is all going to be a hallucination brought on by her chip malfunctioning or some kind of fear toxin induced daydream. She blacked out and can’t remember parts of her fight with Grotesque – she can’t remember the room she fought him in. Then, there is her collapsing at the end of the issue. This all smells fishy to me, or I’m just reading too much into it.

I definitely enjoyed this issue and look forward to the next.

Marvel Comics
New Mutants: Dead Souls #6

I have very little knowledge about the New Mutants and thought this mini series would be a good read for me. I was partly wrong and I was kinda lost. I had to go look up characters to see who they were and how they related to the current story. I guess I was looking for a more introductory type story for someone like me who has limited knowledge about those characters. I imagine that fans of the New Mutants may have enjoyed this series. The story itself was enough to keep me reading the book, even with my limited character knowledge. It was also enough to prompt me to look into who all the characters were, where normally, I’d have dropped the book and moved on. I like several of the characters from the series and I hope they haven’t all been assimilated permanently by that techno Warlock dude. If there were another New Mutants series, I’d most likely pick it up, even if I have to research characters to understand what’s going on.

IDW
Ponyville Mysteries #4

I love the Ponyville Mysteries series, and I’m not even the biggest Cutie Mark Crusader fan. The stories are cute and fun to read, and definitely for kids. The outcome of each mystery is very predictable, but I think that’s what I like about it. It’s easy enough to understand and I can read these comics to my toddler and she enjoys them as well. She’s only three, but she tries her best to help point things out. In this issue, she was able to put together that the pipe made Apple Bloom sad and all the ponies were angry with Apple Jack. She was even able to follow the story enough to understand that the pipe was put there by Flim and Flam. The artist does a great job of enhancing the story with the background and the background characters. I always look forward to any of the MLP series because they’re all great comics for kids, and for anyone that wants to read something light and fun.

Conclusion

Even though the New Mutants series had me confused and probably made me work more than anyone should at reading a comic, I still enjoyed the series enough to look more into the characters and possibly read future New Mutants titles. Batgirl was just awesome this week and I’m never disappointed with My Little Pony titles. I look forward to what’s in my box next and I hope you all have as much fun and enjoy your comics as much as I enjoy mine.

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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.

Wonder Woman #53 and The Life of Captain Marvel #2 are not covered this week because I’m not currently reading those titles. I’m behind on Wonder Woman and The Life of Captain Marvel is a series I want to read later. This week’s recap is going to be very sort!

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
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Marvel Comics
Avengers #6

Oh my goodness. So, humanity is a virus, a disease, according to Loki and the Celestials and that’s how super powered folks came to be. I don’t know hardly anything about Uni-Mind or Celestials or anything cosmic-related in the Marvel comic universe. Honestly, this issue was a little weird for me. My lack of cosmic knowledge could be to blame for that.

Doctor Strange references losing the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to Loki, which I knew about all of that – I read all those issues. I’m still trying to figure out how Loki used the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to his advantage in this ‘war’ of his. I like that the series kicked off with this potentially world ending threat, but I hope every story arc won’t be world ending. It’s hard to top Loki bringing in the Final Host and zombie Celestials to destroy the Earth…

I was happy to see She-Hulk smashing things, but I’m still slightly confused about her appearance. At the end of Hulk, she had regained her sense of self and looked like the She-Hulk we all know and love – so why is she so… Brucey-Hulk? And why does she look like a female version of Blanka from Street Fighter?

Blanka vs Hulk

I’m not digging this new version of She-Hulk… I wish she would either go back to her feminine version or revert into her grey version.

Captain Marvel is pretty cool and witty in this issue and even tells Stark to go to hell at one point. I’m not a fan of Tony Stark at all, but the banter and bickering between these two makes for some great comic relief.

Captain America has some typical inspirational lines and Black Panther feels like he’s just kinda there. Thor has some fun comments and does a lot of beating on Celestials – which I expect no less from Odinson.

Ghost Rider is awesome. He pilots a dead Celestial and is the embodiment of the Avengers’ Uni-Mind. That’s pretty amazing actually. I used to read the series with Robbie Reyes before they cancelled it a while ago, and he’s a really cool Ghost Rider with an even cooler car.

I’m glad they brought down the Horde, for now, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it was Loki’s intention to reunite the Avengers by causing a catastrophic event like this. That’s such a Loki thing to do and that’s what it sounds like he did with the comments made in that last panel. I look forward to the next issue, and I hope it’s not another world ending catastrophe. I’ll take average bad guys that get defeated after some creative detective work and some well fought battles with a little internal Avengers conflict thrown in.

Conclusion

Even though there were things I didn’t like in the Avengers book, it was still an entertaining story, and really, that’s all I’m after. I plan to continue my Avengers subscription until it reaches the point that it’s no longer entertaining – as with any of my subscriptions. I really do hope to see Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk, and not Brucey-Blanka-Jen-Hulk, sometime in the near future.

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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 #25

This issue of Batgirl is an oversized issue with several stories in it. The Reason is the first story and it’s very sad. I think I teared up a bit when Duane’s mother was talking to Batgirl and she was telling Batgirl that saving her son was worth it. He died ten months after Batgirl saved his life and the panel shows Joker holding a gun to Duane’s head with a reference note to Batman #48. I don’t read Batman, so I’m not sure who Duane is or why Joker killed him, but the story is touching.

The Reason sets Batgirl up for the next story called Hopeless Romantic. So… I can’t keep up with Dick Grayson. Is he with Starfire or is he trying to be with Babs? This entire story is about her unwinding with Dick in the Gotham Gaslight Hotel. Apparently, it was the honeymoon suite that was reserved for Bruce and Selena. The story doesn’t lead me to believe that anything other than cuddling happened, and I’m always hoping those two end up together. Everyone needs time to decompress and Babs is no different. It’s good to see her getting some much needed time with a close friend to help her evaluate things. I just don’t want this type of story too often, and so far, they’ve all been timed right.

Value happens one week after Hopeless Romantic. Batgirl is tracking down a crazy villain (are there any other kinds?) that’s killing rich people. She enters a house that she thinks the villain may have targeted and begins taking in her surroundings. She makes several references to the couple that lives in the house probably loving each other deeply, which seems to be the theme of the stories so far. She finds the couple slaughtered and has a brief sparring match with Grotesque (a villain I’ve never seen before), and some of the hits he landed made me cringe! I’m surprised she only got a bloody nose from all that! He was wearing a motorcycle helmet and gave her a forceful headbutt straight to the nose! She throws a tracker on him and he rides off with a ‘To Be Continued in Batgirl #26!’ at the bottom of the page. I enjoyed this story and also appreciate that Batgirl struggles with some things. It appears that Batgirl is going back to Gotham, but I like her being in Burnside so I hope it’s only temporary.

March Madness is the last story in this issue and at first, I thought this was going to be a classic goofy Hatter-related story. I was a little wrong. It’s more sappy and sad with March Harriett (another villain I’ve never seen before) going on about her deceased girlfriend. I didn’t much care for this story because I was done with sad and sappy by this point. There was a little action at the beginning, but half of the story was Harriet’s backstory about her girlfriend that was murdered by William Warren. The cops show up and arrest Harriet, but she predictably escapes. I kinda wish this story had been the first in the book, and not the last. I’d rather have ended the book with Value and Batgirl saying she’s headed to Gotham.

Overall, I liked the issue. I like seeing the relatable sides of heroes and I also like seeing them get the bad guy or at least have a plan to get the bad guy. I always look forward to reading Batgirl because her books are usually everything I want in a hero comic.

Batwoman #18

This issue of Batwoman was wonderful. It had action, love, a pun or two, and moments of wisdom. What more can you ask for? I love how dark and gritty Batwoman can be – opposed to the lighter image of Batgirl. I love both books for those differences. I don’t mind the language in Batwoman because she is much darker than Batgirl or Supergirl. I hope Kate Kane and Renee Montoya find a way to make their relationship work. Kate deserves some happiness and she’s on the road to finding it! She’s saved her sister (kind of) and she’s finally found her path in life.

I do not want this to be the end of my Batwoman comic. I really want to see her come back, since she might have a TV series and all, it only makes sense. I like the way they chose to close this series/arc out and I look forward to what ever the future holds for one of my favorite characters!

Marvel Comics
Doctor Strange #4

Doctor Strange has a temper as of late. I relate to that. He’s a broken man, which I can somewhat relate to – except that I’m not a man, but I have been broken. I’ve been at rock bottom, lost everything and everyone. I did not stay on the rocks – I pulled myself up and reclaimed what I wanted and found new friends and found my lost family. It’s rewarding to see someone come back from nothing. Mr. Cates wrote an amazing story that put Strange in the position he needed to be in. Now, Mark Waid has picked up that mantle and is continuing to explore that long road that Strange has to walk. These two writers have done a phenomenal job with a character that I absolutely adore.

Strange has an ego problem, where he doesn’t want to listen to the advice of those he thinks of as less skilled than himself (but he’s always had a bit of an ego). It seems like Eoffren might actually be able to help him so I hope he puts his ego in a box and actually listens to him. He needs to save Kanna and should have just left with them instead of seeking vengeance – shame on him. Strange is being humbled by those around him and being shown that his anger and arrogance will get him nowhere in a hurry.  He’s kind of learning that, but it’s not an easy lesson to learn. I know Strange will bounce back and become the Sorcerer Supreme that the Earth needs and he’ll be better for it. Trials and tribulations are what make us who we are and they only make us better, if we learn the lesson being taught.

Infinity Wars #2

I know in comics that when someone is dead, they’re not actually dead. I knew someone would do something to stop Gamora from killing Peter, or do something to bring him back, and I was right. Doctor Strange and the Time Stone rewound time to save Peter, but he did mention that in another reality, Peter is dead. I like the whole ‘Thanos dialogue’ that Gamora is dealing with and the early panels with her as a young girl talking to Thanos are almost heartbreaking. One of my favorite parts of this book is when Bullseye is ranting about something and Black Widow whacks him in the back of the head, and then Captain Marvel “superhero lands” on his back. Black Widow and Captain Marvel have a brief complimenting exchange and then it’s back to business. I found that bit of humor timely and needed. But this is shaping up to be a very dark series. I lost count, but I think Gamora has killed a few folks. Thanos and his humor over Captain America being trapped in time again almost made me spit out my drink I’d just taken a sip of. It was an unexpected bit of humor and it was actually funny. I like Thanos more and more as a villain, but I think I prefer the movie version to the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos. The Thanos in Infinity Wars is closer to the movie version and I love that. I’m a little lost over who that was that Gamora pulled from the Soul Stone, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. And of course, at the end, there’s Loki who is likely up to no good. This is a roller coaster story and I’m loving every bit of it!

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Terra Incognita #2

Oh boy! Mirror Barclay is such a tool! He was keeping his cover just fine until he made that statement about the ‘filthy Cardassians’. I wouldn’t be surprised if he blew his cover somewhat with that comment. If he didn’t, when the other crew members figure it out, I’m sure Picard and Troi will have light bulbs go off and remember this moment. I’m actually a little surprised that Troi hasn’t picked up that there’s something off with Barclay. There’s ways of handling that so it doesn’t ruin the story, but I’m a little bothered that she hasn’t noticed something is off, especially now.

I’m not sure how I feel about Troi being sent to the planet with two Cardassians, two Vulcans, and one other female Starfleet officer. It shows the strength and capability of the women of Starfleet, but it feels a little forced. Picard even scolds Riker at the end for saying, ‘That’s a relief.’ – in regards to the situation working out. He’d have said it anyway if it were two men instead of two women. Why did Picard make the statement, “Doubting Counselor Troi’s abilities, Number One? For shame.” I mean… that whole speech bubble is out of context. I was relieved that Troi kept the situation under control – doesn’t mean I doubted her abilities. There are a few other situations where women are defended in an odd manner. That’s not something I’m used to seeing in Star Trek. I’m used to women being treated as equals in Starfleet, not singled out like that. It feels a little uncomfortable to me, and I’m a woman.

But aside from that oddness in this book, I like the overall story of the peace talks and I like the alien attack and that it was handled as a team effort between a Starfleet officer and a Cardassian. If I didn’t know how everything was going to go between the Federation and the Dominion later on, I’d have thought the Cardassians and Federation were going to be off to a good start! So, overall, it’s a good story, but it’s not a great story in this issue.

Conclusion

For all the odd moments in the Star Trek issue this week, I still enjoyed it. I think it’s just because it’s Star Trek though. If it had been a different title, I may have cut it from my list. I don’t like when a comic book tries to remind folks that a woman can do the job just as well as a man. Men and women are equal in our world today, and that’s definitely more widely accepted on Earth in the world of Star Trek, so why would that need to be brought up so much in a single issue?

Batwoman may be over for now, Batgirl’s probably headed to Gotham for a while, Gamora has unleashed all the hells into the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange isn’t having much fun right now. I enjoyed my comic box for the most part this week, and I look forward to what I get next week!

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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 that week’s subscriptions. I don’t always read all the comics I order, because I’m only collecting some of them and reading the trade paperbacks as they come out. The My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series is one of those comics. 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. My comic subscriptions from this week were loaded with shocking moments and excitement!

*** WARNING ***

Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!

DC
Supergirl #21

I’ve been on the fence for a while over Supergirl. I also have a hard time with comics when I don’t like the art. I’m not saying the art is bad, I just don’t care for it. And the story references things from Superman so if you aren’t reading that comic too, you might be a little lost on what’s happening. Like Jon and Lois being gone… I don’t know if that means they’re dead, moved away from Clark, or missing. But it’s not just that and not the art, I’m just not digging this Supergirl. She used language that I don’t like seeing in a Supergirl comic. I wanted to get this comic for my daughter to read later and this is not something I want to start her with. I’m a little disappointed in this series and while I will continue to buy them (for now), I may not be reading them until later. This may be the one and only Supergirl recap for the time being.

Marvel Comics
Fantastic Four #1

I only recently discovered a love for the Fantastic Four when I purchased a bundle of their older comics, mainly for She-Hulk and the Inhumans. It was then that I realized I had misjudged the first family and decided to get on for this new series when it started up. I was not disappointed and despite my limited knowledge of the characters themselves, I was not confused or lost while reading this issue. I think this comic is a great starting spot for new Fantastic Four readers. I relate to the struggle that Ben (The Thing) deals with in regards to the loss of Reed Richards, and his eventual acceptance. I also relate and understand the anger that Johnny Storm experiences. There is some excellent writing in this book and the art is really pretty.

The one major issue I have seems to be trending this week in my comics – the use of inappropriate language. I couldn’t believe how many times a particular word was used. I don’t appreciate that at all. I guess I expected better than that. I’m not a prude (I actually have a colorful vocabulary), but there are some books that I would love to recommend to children and I can’t if they have inappropriate language in them. I don’t use that kind of language around children (or in my blog or on my social media pages) and only my close friends and some of my more adult gaming friends have heard me speak so harshly. So the language is a disappointment in a book that should be more family focused.

Looking beyond that small blemish, I still loved the rest of it. I love the Doom segment towards the end and I can’t wait to see how this iconic villain returns and what havoc he wreaks on the world – havoc that only the Fantastic Four can stop? I’ll be tuning in next time!

Image
Unnatural #2

The first issue of Unnatural was amazing and this issue adds just a little more to that amazing feeling. This is one of those books that I can’t wait to get my hands on when I know it’s in my box. The subject matter in the book is relevant to social tribulations today but it doesn’t feel like it approaches it at an extremist point of view. Leslie is an adorable anthropomorphic pig girl who is being forced into marriage by her government. This issue is when she goes to the “Real Love” Center and it’s a little on the creepy side. Imagine you just turned 25 and were forced to go to a center of some kind to find your husband or wife. That prospect doesn’t appeal to me at all so I relate easily to Leslie. Her friend Trish, an anthropomorphic mouse girl, knows that Leslie is having ‘unnatural’ dreams about being romantically involved with a white wolf. It’s ‘unnatural’ because they are only supposed to mate with their own species. She tries to help her uncover the reasoning behind her dreams and it appears that she’s stumbled onto something. There has also been a hooded figure skulking around where ever Leslie goes and this time, the figure gets confronting by police. They discover a gun on the figure (who is still hidden from the reader), and they suspect he’s not stalking Leslie, but hunting her.

This story has a characters with hidden agendas and mysteries that I’m loving as a reader. I can’t wait to see some what happens, but I think I’m more excited for the adventure along the way. The writer and artist is an Italian woman by the name of Mirka Andolfo and I absolutely love both her writing and art. I don’t mind recommending this book to adults, but this is not a book I would ever recommend to children. This book contains some nudity and language, but I knew that before I bought it. The content is thought provoking and the relation to real life social issues is apparent, but not crammed down the reader’s throat. That’s something I appreciate in today’s society where we are constantly bombarded with social issues across all forms of media, and it’s not something I want thrown in my face while trying to read something for entertainment.

Conclusion

I read a variety of comics that range from heavy adult content to family friendly content. There is a standard that I expect to be upheld with particular titles, such as Supergirl and Fantastic Four, and I feel like I was let down in regards to inappropriate language. It’s not like they dropped an F-bomb, but you can’t just tell a child that they were talking about a beaver’s home – the spelling isn’t the same.

But aside from that, Fantastic Four was excellent and I’d still recommend it, but with a slight warning to the parent about the word that’s used several times. Unnatural is one I continue to look forward to and I’m anxious to get the third issue! I can’t wait to see what’s coming up in my box this week!

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