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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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Marvel
Spider-Man #1 (Abrams)

I had no clue what I was getting into when I ordered this book. I ordered it because Henry Abrams and J. J. Abrams are writing it. Being the big Star Trek fan that I am, I was interested to see how the two Abrams handled one of my childhood favorites, Spider-Man. Well, there was a flurry of emotions for me when I read this book. I felt like I was discovering Spider-Man all over again. I was floored after reading this issue and immediately took to our local Discord server to tell folks that they should be reading this book too.

To start with, the death of Mary Jane caught me by surprise. I didn’t quite believe she was dead until I saw the funeral. Being that this is more of a What-If? type book and not tied directly to the main continuity, it’s not beyond imagination to believe that they just killed off a major character. But the panels leading up to that page would have you believe that Peter is the one about to die. It’s masterfully done, not just in the writing, but the artwork too. What a way to start a mini-series.

Twelve years after MJ’s death we see Ben, Peter and MJ’s son, as he’s struggling to help a fellow classmate against a bully in school. He tosses the bully named Roland (very reminiscent of Eddie Brock) though a door. Ben is very different from the way Peter was as a child. He’s got a temper and seems to cut lose on those he feels ‘deserves’ it. Peter seems to have drowned himself in work and has avoided being a father, leaving Ben to be raised by poor Aunt May. Ben starts to show signs of spider powers and it’s Aunt May, not Peter, that enlightens Ben to Peter’s superhero side in an attempt to help him understand what’s happening to him.

On the topic of the bad guy – I think his name is Cadaverous and I have no clue who he has in that tube that looks like a stasis chamber. His demeanor and the stasis lady remind me of Mr. Freeze from Batman, who is probably my second favorite Batman villain. I’m very interested to learn more about this villain and the lady. I am so excited for the second issue and it can’t get here fast enough!

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Grumble #10

Jimmy the warehouse is just so gross and I love it. I’ve had nightmares about getting eaten by a warehouse… thanks to Norton’s grotesque art and Louise’s perfect coloring. The inside of Jimmy… (boy that sounds weird when I read it back to myself) …is just super horrendously gross in all the best ways. I really do love all the gross things! If a fantasy/horror comic can make me shudder while looking at it, then it was done right. Jimmy has all kinds of goodies hidden away inside of him: an Atari arcade machine; cars (one I think is the Shadow’s taxi or maybe Dick Tracy’s car?); what appears to be a Chinese shrine; a Dalek; Dr. Who’s Police Box; and some other piece of pop culture tech that I don’t recognize. And amidst all the pop culture goodies, we find Arachne’s Fang. Eddie reaches for it and Tala tries to stop him. I knew Tala was going to try and double cross Eddie! That was inevitable.

And can I talk about just how freaky gross it is to have folks running around inside another person and shooting lasers and bullets right through them? Those bounty hunters had zero concern for Jimmy while shooting at Eddie. There was Jimmy juice everywhere! My goodness, that sound so gross…

Right after Eddie and Tala escape from Jimmy the Warehouse with Arachne’s Fang, Tala is shot by Joe and is now dying in Eddie’s arms. Eddie, with Joe pointing a gun to his head, uses the Fang to undo the moment that Tala is shot. Joe is left ‘glitching’ and Tala is good as new. So did Eddie actually do it to save Tala, or to stop Joe from shooting him? Eddie acts relieved that Tala is alive, but I will question Eddie’s motives forever.

Sammy survived too and came to collect from Eddie. Eddie was able to con him into taking the used Fang, which will be active again in 200 years. And poor Jimmy is caught by authorities, stark naked.

Well, this is it until March of 2020… And that’s when we’ll catch up with Eddie and Tala in Memphis! Why is March 2020 so far away?!

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #6

Okay, so the artifacts are the main suspect in all the communication issues. Apparently they’re making folks hear the intent behind everything that others say. The entire crew of the Enterprise has Uhura and Bright Eyes to thank for discovering that too. This issue was mostly how the crew handled getting around the communication issues and also them dealing with a Klingon ship. But because Klingons typically speak what they mean, it made it easier for Kirk to avoid hostilities with them.

I love seeing Uhura doing what she does best. She was a role model of mine before TNG aired and she continues to be an inspiration for me. Seeing so much of her in this series has made my heart very happy.

The very last panel says ‘End’ in the bottom corner, but the next page shows the cover for #7 – not to mention there are lots of things that haven’t been resolved yet. I’m not sure why it says End unless it means the end of the mini story. In any case, issue 7 can’t get here fast enough!

Conclusion

I absolutely love when all the books in my box are so entertaining! I was so surprised with Abrams’ Spider-Man story and I seriously can’t wait to get the next issue. I always love my Star Trek books, and Grumble is just too good to not read!

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
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Grumble #9

Well, this went better than I expected! I didn’t think the ghost would help Eddie but they did. I was surprised! I wasn’t surprised to see Jimmy bail – or try to – when the bounty hunters showed up and messed up Eddie’s plan. I was a little surprised to see everyone converging on this one location; the senior citizens, the FBI, all the thugs, and the bounty hunters too. And then all the different ghosts that started popping up. They even steal the senior citizens right out of their motorized carts! And did I see that right? Did Sammy get smashed into oblivion by that crashing helicopter? Eddie seems to be on Lady Luck’s good side because things are seemingly working in his favor. I mean, chaos is reigning down and he’s managing to avoid it all. And it appears that the bounty hunters have closed in, but still not close enough.

So Jimmy is a were-house, like a werewolf, but a house and probably more appropriately named as a warehouse. He turns into a giant skin house with his mouth as the door. I don’t think I’ve seen anything more grotesque or terrifying in my entire life – and that says something. There is no way – NONE – that you could get me to walk into a giant house-mouth like that. And the transformation was so horrible (in a good way) to see, but I couldn’t look away! What glorious panels those are! I still can’t get over the idea of a skin-house and that face, with the eye-windows, has influenced my dreams. I love this book so much.

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Space Bandits #2

This book is definitely shaping up to be interesting and fun to read. I really like Cody, and Thena is cool too. They make such a great team with Cody doing all the masterminding and Thena being the muscle. I hope Thena doesn’t really feel like she’s getting the short end of the stick because if not for Cody and Cosmo, she’d still be in prison right now. I love Cosmo too, but I’m a reptile person which could have some influence on that. I’d love to have a telepathic link to a lizard or snake. I was almost as devastated and angry as Cody when the guards took Cosmo from her. It’s a good thing Cody and Thena had all the info they needed for the escape before Cosmo was taken. I have no doubt that Cody will get him back.

There’s something satisfying about the baddies getting what they deserve, but Cody and Thena are baddies too. I want to sympathize with them, but they’re no better than the scum they’re going to get revenge on. I hope they have a sudden attack of conscience and turn themselves back in after they get their revenge.

Conclusion

I loved both books this week, but Space Bandits was actually late. It was already supposed to be out and available for purchase, but I didn’t get my copy on time. I’m thankful I got it and glad I got to include it in this article. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen between Tala and Eddie, and I want to see more of Cody and Thena too.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Doctor Strange #16

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

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Grumble #8

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

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

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

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #5

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

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #6

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #7

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #5

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

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #7

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

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

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

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

Sector Zero #2

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

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

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

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

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

Sector Zero #3

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

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

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

Unnatural #10

Color me, shocked!

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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!
Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #6

Well, things are heating up! The super cool, crazy bounty hunter bird thing (Martha) has a sibling! And Takk is in town, looking for answers – and the fugitives Eddie and Tala. Cooler heads prevailed when Donna stopped Takk from making the same mistake as Martha. I love the crazy skeleton looking bird bounty hunters.

I knew Eddie wasn’t going to ‘rescue’ anybody. Tala knew too, but I think she just wanted Eddie to admit it. When he sees that the job is going to be a little more difficult than he thought, Eddie summons the Devil – THE Devil – who apparently owes him a favor. This Joe fella has something big planned and I think Eddie might be crashing it with help from the Devil. I think it’s hilarious that the FBI is watching Joe. I mean, Jimmy could just open his giant mouth and swallow those guys and their van. But there is going to be chaos coming… I can feel it.

This was another excellent issue of Grumble! There are cans of worms being opened all over the place by everyone, including Tala, or so it seems. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

Conclusion

I’m glad Grumble was moved back a week because I wouldn’t have had anything to read this week otherwise! I also saw the little hidden gem on the cover. Mike Norton’s signature is in the by-line of the book in front of Eddie. “So, You’ve Summoned A Demon” by Mike Norton. I’d read that – in a heartbeat. Excellent.

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #3

I love this book so much! It’s a ‘girl power’ story done right! I was so happy to see Carol catch Jen. I would have been okay with practically anyone saving Jen, but was just really happy to see Carol do it. I also love the inner dialogue Carol has with herself when she’s rushing to save Jen.

Carol Danvers is a born leader, exuding confidence even when she doesn’t feel confident. She’s also a very ‘in your face’ person when she thinks you’re trying to hurt her friends. I liked her plan to keep Som around, and also to how she handled the situation. I’m sure Som knows that he’s being watched, but I’m not sure he’s on his father’s side. I think Som genuinely wants to help, but he’s not doing himself any favors by keeping things from Carol and the other ladies.

Carol is also a great example of a leader because she doesn’t delegate all the work to other folks without putting in some work herself. She puts the safety of others before her own too, and it’s got her into trouble plenty of times. This issue was no exception. She rushed headfirst into a dangerous situation and is now face-to-face with Rogue! I want to know how Nuclear Man nabbed Rogue and why Rogue is suddenly fired up to defeat Carol. I’ll have to wait for the next issue!

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Grumble #5

This issue is a flashback issue that gives us a glimpse into Tala’s past. I feel like it’s a much needed look into her past too, and I also feel like the timing of this issue is just right. I don’t know if Eddie is actually Tala’s father, and I don’t think she knows for sure either. It appears that she’s going off of a bunch of assumptions from physical similarities and also how her mother responded to her questions about him. It’s totally possible that he’s her father, but it’s also just as likely that he’s not.

So now I’m really unsure about how she’s going to react and respond to Eddie later when she goes to surrender him to take her mother’s place – because that seems like what she plans to do. Will the truth about whether or not Eddie is her father come out before then or when she tries to swap Eddie for her mother? Will Eddie do something uncharacteristic of himself and take her place in prison? I’m on the edge of my seat! I must know these things!

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #1

When you start reading a new series about something brand new – something unfamiliar – it sometimes takes an issue or two to get used to the new world and new characters. I was a little confused about what was going on in this first issue. I didn’t know any background for the characters, world, or anything else in this story and that left me scratching my head over some things at first. But, by the end of the first issue, things began to make more sense. I wish there had been a brief world summary inside the cover, but there is a letter from G. Willow Wilson at the end that tells how the story come to life. That also helped shed some light on the world and the characters I had just read about. I went back with this knowledge and read the comic again – I enjoyed it much more on the second read through.

I really like Grix, the no-nonsense and daring captain. I also really like Vess, the timid and seemingly meek Roolian that’s joined the Nones. The concept behind the Nones is definitely interesting and the idea that this ‘anti-materialistic’ group of individuals could be doing dirty deals makes me want to read more. I want to see how the paths of Vess and Grix might cross and who is going to be on which side of all of this. Vess seems somewhat obedient, but I wonder how far that obedience goes if it conflicts with her beliefs. Grix doesn’t seem happy about her unintentional part in the cargo debacle and I wonder how much of this is going to affect her and her crew. I am definitely looking forward to the next issue!

Conclusion

All three books were great reads this week and I look forward to next installment of each one! Even though Invisible Kingdom took a little more effort than most reads, it was still worth it and I’m glad I picked it up.

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

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Doctor Strange #11

I liked the story and I liked how Doctor Strange was able to find a way to inadvertently defeat Dormammu, for the time being. I like how his estranged friends came together and did what needed to be done. He put his faith in them and they put enough faith in him to get their part of the job done. Zelma is now running around with the Ancient One, which is kind of cool. I also really like that Kanna didn’t just instantly accept him back. When someone wrongs you, it’s okay to require a repentance period. I just hope that she doesn’t make him wait too long because that could do more harm than good to their friendship. I’m unclear as to where Wong is off to. I assume he’s headed back to where he was living prior to all this mess, or he may travel with the Ancient One. It wasn’t really clear in the story.

There is something bothering me about this issue – a lot. Where is Bats?! Mr. Waid… do you understand how much my feelings will be hurt if you write him out?! I understand if you have him cross over or something, but don’t just abandon him into the ether…

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Grumble #4

This was an action packed issue! Car chases, zappy alien devices, goo people that explode when struck by a car, destruction of public property, murder – what more could anyone ask for?

I was surprised when Eddie reactivated the bounty hunter’s device. I knew that it would eventually reactivate, but I didn’t think Eddie would do it. He plugs a magical charger into it and it powers up. I also have no clue who the goo people are that were chasing Tala and Eddie. They look like faceless alien goo-monks that can fly and shoot beams of magical energy from their hands. One gets run over by Imp’s car and it explodes into a pile of mushier looking goo. And oh boy… Tala blasts one towards the end of the book and it turns into a giant bug-like thing with a toothy hole in it’s face. Absolutely terrifying. Good thing they were able to ‘splortch’ it. There was lots of goo in this issue.

I’m not sure why, but I’m happy Simon killed the Imp. I don’t think I’d have been happy if anyone else had done it. But for every one of Eddie and Tala’s opposition that gets taken out, another one or two pop up. I want a Simon spinoff series, like really bad.

As Tala is driving Eddie in their getaway car throughout this issue, be sure you look at the license plate in each panel. The tags change to match whatever is going on in Tala’s head – or so it appears. I love it! I love the little details like that. From odd things in a office to hilarious street signs, there are small details that enhance every issue of Grumble. You could easily enjoy the book without noticing those details, but it’s so much fun to look for those things too.

I have read enough comics to know that you don’t just take someone’s word at face value. So why was I surprised to see Tala’s mother is alive?! I was literally shocked. I just assumed she was dead, like Tala said. Eddie also showed a little bit of concern for Tala, but I’m not sure if it was genuinely over her safety or because he still needed her to drive the car.

I’ve said this almost every time and I’ll say it again; Rafer Roberts and Mike Norton are a dream team. I want more comics from this team!

Conclusion

I’m very concerned about Bats in Doctor Strange. I don’t like when characters are ignored or just left out. Would it hurt to write him into one panel? I didn’t dislike Doctor Strange this week, I just felt like something was missing – and that was Bats. Thank goodness I had Grumble to make me feel whole again.

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #2

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

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Grumble #3

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #4

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

Fantastic Four #5 (650th Issue)

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

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

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

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

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

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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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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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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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