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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.

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

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Marvel
Defenders: The Best Defense #1 (One-Shot)

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

Fantastic Four #5 (650th Issue)

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

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

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

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

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #2

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

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

Boom!
Firefly #2

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Avengers #11

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

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

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

Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1

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

Fantastic Four: Wedding Special #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #5

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

Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #2

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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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 #9

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

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

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

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

Namor: The Best Defense #1

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek vs Transformers #3

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

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

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Unnatural #5

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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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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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.

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

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

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

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

Doctor Strange #7

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

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

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

Infinity Wars #5

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

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

Image/Skybound
Outer Darkness #1

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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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
Death of the Inhumans #4

Mr. Cates never ceases to amaze me. I thought Vox was vaporizing folks with a power similar to Black Bolt’s. Surprise! Those folks aren’t dead, yet. They’re all in tubes and it looks like the Kree are likely experimenting on them. And another surprise! There are dozens, maybe hundreds of the Voxes… Voxi… Vox? Well, there are a bunch of this dude, chilling, waiting to be activated. I thought this book was anxiety (the good kind) for me before, but seeing all the Vox bodies hanging like they’re bicycles in storage – that’s nightmare fuel. Presumably one or two Vox caused so much chaos… I can’t imagine the damage a dozen, or hundreds of this dude could do.

I am a little confused though – how did Maximus get into Vox’s armor? Did he start there? Did they turn Maximus into a ‘Vox’? All of the Vox bodies are the same in height and body build, so you can’t put all those Inhumans into a Vox body, unless they’re somehow altering the Inhuman bodies. I think they might be cutting their heads off or something else that’s just as horrific.

I have to say that I’m very happy the Inhumans aren’t all destroyed yet. With the Fantastic Four back in action, I hope to see the two groups interacting. That is, if the Inhumans survive the onslaught of Vox…

I’m always on the edge of seat at the end of these issues, and I’m always anxious to read the next one, but it’s not out yet!

Doctor Strange #6

I don’t think I’m ever truly disappointed with a Doctor Strange story. I like some more than others, but it’s rare for me to say – ‘I didn’t like this story at all’. This issue was no exception.

I knew something was off about that other ‘Stephen Strange’. I didn’t think the imposter was going to be the one we had been following across the galaxy. Though, that would have been an interesting twist. And the story arc that was referenced in this book is one I haven’t read – surprisingly. But, I wasn’t confused or lost because Mark Waid did an excellent job of recapping it without bogging the story down.

I love Kanna’s humor and sarcasm. She pairs well with Bats and the two compliment Doctor Strange. I really hope those two stick around for a while. I miss Zelma, and definitely miss Wong, but times change and stories evolve. I look forward to seeing Bats and Kanna’s adventures with Doctor Strange. So far, this story is shaping up to be an entertaining one with demons, disembodied essences, and demons presumably killed by said disembodied folks. Since I’m not familiar with Casey (other than what was in the recap), I’m excited to see more of her character and what’s happened to her. She’s got to be powerful if she destroyed that demon, Baroshtok. I’ve also asked my local comic shop to order the Strange: The Doctor is Out trade so I can read that particular story.

I’m wondering if this Casey-Strange has been the Strange with the Avengers or if this story is even in the same continuity as the Avengers book. If it is, I hope it’s addressed at some point in the Avengers.

Another thing I absolutely love and have since the start of this arc, is how Kanna looks. I love aliens and space related things. I don’t really have the time or money to cosplay, but she would totally be high on my list of characters to cosplay.

Conclusion

I only had two books this week, but it’s all about quality versus quantity. I’d rather have two amazing books than ten books that weren’t as fun to read. I also got My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #71 this week, but I’m not reading those in singles – just the omnibus. I’ve also got a growing stack of manga to read and once I’m caught up, I might start including those in my recaps. Hopefully next week will be just as amazing as this week was!

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel Comics
Avengers #8

I was so happy to see that this issue was ‘current’ and not a flashback to some distant past event. Robbie Reyes is probably my favorite Ghost Rider – ever. He’s trying to do right by his younger brother while dealing with the Rider inside. And now, he’s an Avenger too. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a high school kid, but he’s not mopey and sappy, and he’s not depressed and dark all the time. I love the interaction between him and Captain America and their sparring. I’m also loving this side of Thor with his humor and sarcasm, and what’s up with him crushing on She-Hulk!?! I LOVE that! That totally needs to be a thing! I’m also glad they kind of explained She-Hulk’s wonky look and the weird things going on with her. I feel a lot better about it now, but I want her to look and talk like she used to, not look like Blanka from Street Fighter and talk like a bumbling fool. Hopefully they balance her out some.

I love that Black Panther is the new leader of the Avengers. I think a new leader is needed, just because no leader should stay in power for too long. Sorry Cap fans – term limits are needed. I hate that Doctor Strange has already stepped out, but it wasn’t a surprise. I started this title knowing one of my favorite Marvel characters was on the reserve list. And I was so happy when Carol put Tony in his place for making that ridiculous statement about sexual tension between them. That’s absolutely absurd to think someone as amazing as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, would be into Tony Stark. He’s such an ego-maniac and I really don’t like him, but he’s a needed balance to all the goodie-goodie types on the team. I was happy that Tony and Carol were able to come to an agreement though, to help balance each other.

I really enjoyed this issue and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one!

Doctor Strange #5

O.M.G. Doctor Strange has become this super-amazing, giant scalpel wielding, reformed Sorcerer Supreme – at least, I think he has. I was following this story with the thought that he is the one and only Doctor Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. But at the end of this issue, Strange is telling the entire story I just read to Bats – but he’s talking about a second Strange. So there are two Stranges?! I didn’t see this coming at all. I don’t have any speculation about what’s going on because it could literally be anything from an alternate universe Strange, to some wonky magic thing gone wrong, or even divine intervention from a deranged deity seeking perverse retribution. I really want to know what’s happening though and I don’t want to wait a whole month to find out!

As for the rest of the story, prior to our discovery of Strange #2, I loved where it was going. I love the idea of him being a weapon-smith and imbuing his creations with magic. I loved the part where the dwarf said, “The Sword of Strange,” and Strange comes back with, “It’s not a sword. It’s a scalpel.” And then he slices an opening in the fabric of space and steps right into an enemy space ship. I would like more of this Strange, please! This is what this book needs – more of this! I’m definitely in love with this story. Thank you, Mark Waid, for improving on what Donny Cates started (And also for keeping Bats around. Please don’t get rid of him!).

Conclusion

This week had two really well written and highly entertaining Marvel comics. I had so much fun reading these two books and I hope that others that read them enjoyed them as much as I did. I look forward to the next issues and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

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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.

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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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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WizKids has released its second Team Pack, The Defenders. I hope they plan to release some DC Team Packs at some point, but so far there have only been the two Marvel ones, and another Marvel one scheduled for release later this year.

Logo

I did an unboxing video for The Defenders Team Pack and you can find it on YouTube, here. I goofed toward the end of the video though. I meant to say, “check out my review article” – not “check out my review video” – Oops!

Team Pack

02 Team Pack

Pack Contents

~ 24 Character Cards
~ 16 Dice

Keywords

There is one returning keyword in this set, and no new ones.

Returning Keywords:
Overcrush

Affiliations

There is a new affiliation and a returning affiliation.

New!
Defenders

Returning

Villains

Characters

Clea

Star Crossed has a ruling on WORF in regards to Overcrush – which is important to mention here. A character with Overcrush that is ‘blocked’ with Clea’s ability will deal it’s full damage to the defending player. Don’t use Clea’s ability to ‘block’ a character with Overcrush unless you want to take the full amount of damage. Since that character is declared blocked, it would also remain in the Field Zone. Not sure I like Star Crossed much and I don’t like Mistress of the Dark Dimension‘s ability that much either. On Stranger Tides is the only version of Clea I like, but at a cost of six, I don’t think she’ll be making any of my casual teams – especially since every version of Doctor Strange is also expensive to purchase.

Doctor Strange

I was desperately hoping for a cheaper Doctor Strange. There are now nine versions of Doctor Strange in Dice Masters. Three of them have a purchase cost of six and the the remaining six have a purchase cost of seven. Why can’t I have a five cost Doctor Strange. Hulk has a five cost version! I mean, is that too much to ask? He doesn’t need to have the incredible stats that both dice versions have. He’s a powerful character, sure, but there can be versions with less attack and defense if it means a cheaper purchase cost.

As for the abilities, Book of the Vishanti – thank you WizKids for the wording clarification! I would like the ability if we didn’t already have Lady Deadpool that’s cheaper (by two!) and does almost the same thing for a Bolt. The Doctor is In feels like an ability that belongs in AvX or Uncanny X-Men. But not every card should have a super awesome ability. Shields of the Seraphim would have been cool, if we didn’t already have a three cost Scarlet Witch (purchase cost of FOUR) that puts a die in the Prep Area at the cost of one energy. I do love the art choice for this card though – that’s something at least.

Hellcat

Thank goodness – a character cheaper than five! It’s Patsy! is a lesser version of Lyssa Drak from War of Light. For anyone tinkering with Lyssa Drak, this would be her replacement when WoL eventually rotates to Golden Age. Hell’s Belle – I love this card. I didn’t care for her ability at first, until I realized that I have various ways to get her into my Prep Area. She’s only a purchase cost of three as well, so you could buy multiples of her and keep them cycling – preventing your opponent from potentially purchasing their win condition. Demon Sight for Sore Eyes has a cool ability, but it’s way too conditional for a competitive format, and even more so for casual. I’m not sure she would be worth teching into a team build with the current metas. I like this artwork as well, and I know very little about Hellcat. This card kinda makes me want to check her out books.

Hulk

I just don’t like any of these Hulk cards. If I had to choose one, I’d probably choose All the Rage, but his purchase cost and fielding cost is way too expensive for that. You also want to keep him active, meaning you’re not getting the full benefit of his beefy attack stat. I guess the others have their place on various team builds, but not for me.

Iron Fist

I read Healing Hands first and thought, “Cool. I like this ability, but may be difficult to manage each time I’m ready to attack with him.” I was a little disappointed to see his purchase cost was five, but at least he’s under six! Then I read Pulling Punches and thought, “Now this is unique and interesting. I like this one better.” There are ways to force Sidekicks into your opponent’s Field Zone so you could always get at least one damage on your opponent with this ability. Not too bad for a five cost, but still, he could have had a purchase cost of four and been fine. Then I read Holding Back the Storm. My eyes lit up. It felt like this card was made for me – a DDK kind of card. It’s really easy to not field any characters. His attack stats then become 6, 7, 9. Holy stat increase Batman! Give him Overcrush or make him unblockable and he’s a beast! Sounds like the perfect gimmick combo team for me to build! His purchase cost of five is totally justifiable for his ability and stats – which also makes it a DDK card. I don’t usually build teams with win conditions that have a purchase cost less than five.

Jessica Jones

Mother of the Year Award – not the worst, but no. Not worth it for a character with a purchase cost of five and low defense. She can be blasted out of the Field with an uncommon Cold Gun on any level. No thanks – next. Ladies’ Night – this could be somewhat usable. It doesn’t specify opposing Globals or opposing character abilities and it doesn’t say ‘other’ character dice. You could target her with a stat increasing Global and get double what you pay for. I think I like this one a little. This sounds like another DDK gimmick combo card! Redeemed is okay too. She’s not the best, but not awful. You can give her Overcrush and your opponent can’t Blink her back. They can still Cold Gun her though! That’s why I don’t like her near as much. Ladies’ Night can stand up to a Cold Gun blast on your turn, after you get the use of her ability. She may get blanked, but she keeps those applied bonuses!

Loki

And here we have… a VillainWhat? Why on Earth 616 is there a Villain in the DEFENDERS Team Pack? I’m all for diversifying affiliations in certain releases, but with such a limited number of cards in the Team Pack, don’t do that. I’d rather have had a half-way decent Daredevil or a better Moon Knight! *Sigh*

The only Loki that I feel has a remotely decent ability is Master of Delusion. But because of his purchase cost, and because he needs to be fielded to use his ability, he’s not that great. I’m not impressed at all with any of the Loki cards. I definitely would have rather had a four cost Daredevil or Moon Knight in this spot.

Luke Cage

Harlem Raised – the only card with a bolded Keyword on it. And the funny thing is, he doesn’t just have it. You have to reroll him – if he’s blocked – to give him Overcrush. And if he lands on level one or two, congratulations, he now has a two or three attack and Overcrush! I wish you could see my face right now… I’m very confused and trying to understand WizKids’ choices for many things in this Team Pack.

But there is a glimmer of hope. Always Forward can buff your other Defenders, which is awesome. But he has to be active, and he has a purchase cost of five. The upside to his purchase cost being five is that you probably only need one of him because with a defense line of 5, 6, 6, he’s probably not getting blasted out the Field anytime soon. I look at Street Sweeper and I’m a little happier, but then I see his purchase cost and I’m not happy anymore. If I’m going to buy a cost reducer of any kind, it’s not going to be one that costs the same or one less than a die it’s reducing the cost of. He’s got that additional ability that lets you prep a die when you field a Defender character die, but I’d rather have had a three or four cost Street Sweeper with just the cost reducer on it.

Positive note – I absolutely love the art on this card. At least Daredevil was in this Team Pack somewhere!

Character Thoughts

Oh boy…These characters are all so expensive, except for Hellcat, and most of the abilities on the all the cards are underwhelming. It’s a rare occasion when I can’t find something in a starter or team pack that I really like. I just don’t know what to say about this Team Pack. I don’t think this is the best Team Pack for a beginner and I don’t think many advanced level players are going to find these cards useful or even fun to play with. The overly expensive characters are not fun – they’re frustrating. You typically just waste a spot on your team for them because most games are done, or close to being done, long before you get to purchase those characters.

I’ve heard TRP say this and I agree with them – if a character costs six or seven energy to purchase, it better be winning you the game. None – zero – zip – of these expensive characters do that.

Character Dice

You only get two of each character die in the Team Pack. If you’re wanting to put three or four dice on a particular character, you will need to buy a second Team Pack (or trade, exchange, etc.). It’s never a bad thing to have duplicates of the character cards, but I’d rather just have max dice in one purchase.

03 Dice

I like the image and color choices for the Iron Fist die and the color of the Doctor Strange die. Clea’s die has the ‘shimmer swirl’ look to it, so it’s pretty as well and I love Hellcat’s kitty image. But of all the dice, Loki’s is definitely my favorite. But I want to talk about Luke Cage’s die for a moment.

04 Luke Cage With Markers

After filming the unboxing video, I asked the owner of my FLGS (Jeff), if he knew what the image on Luke Cage’s die might be. He studied it for a minute or two and concluded that he wasn’t sure what it was. We continued looking at this image for the better part of ten minutes, trying to figure out what it was. We didn’t think it was a flexing arm at first because we were both looking at the shoulder as the fist. I’m sure it was a sight to see us both flexing and trying to recreate the backward view we were seeing. We decided it couldn’t be an arm – it had to be a cracked stone or a wonky heart of some kind. We were searching any mental knowledge that we had of Luke Cage for a heart or stone reference and came up empty handed. I was about to leave when it suddenly hit me. We were looking at the arm backward. *Sigh*

WizKids, you have successfully trolled me, and Jeff, whether you meant to or not. Nice one. You’ve apparently claimed a few other victims too as most of the folks that have commented on my social media pictures also thought it was a weird heart of some kind.

It did give me a giggle on my way home from my FLGS last night. When I got home, I showed the die to Mr. DDK and asked what he thought it was. He quickly – without any hesitation – responded, “It’s an arm. It’s flexing, like this. See, here’s the fist.”

I felt even more silly than before. But I see it now!

Final Thoughts

I’m so disappointed in this Team Pack. I know this article probably sounds like one long rant, but I’m not going to sugarcoat how I feel or curb my opinions to appeal to the masses – or WizKids. I love WizKids and Dice Masters, but I want to give an honest opinion on their products. We’re all entitled to our own opinions and if you disagree with me, that’s totally fine. Maybe you see something that I don’t, or maybe most of these cards fit your style of play, but for me, this was a wash. Hellcat is the best character in the Team Pack. Is it worth buying the Team Pack just for her? In my opinion – No. Sorry, WizKids, but I’m not a fan of this Team Pack.

I know this is a broken record type statement, but less than max dice in the Team Pack is still an issue. That’s all I’ll say about it because I’ve complained about this particular topic on more than just a few occasions.

Just because I personally don’t like the Team Pack overall, doesn’t mean I won’t be tinkering with some of the cards. I like Iron Fist: Holding Back the Storm. That’s totally a DDK type of card. I don’t mind that he costs five to purchase because he has great stats and his ability is really nice too. I will most definitely be tinkering and brewing with Holding Back the Storm. I think he’ll be fun to play around with. I need to buy another Team Pack though, just in case I want to use four dice for Iron Fist or Hellcat.

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