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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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Star Trek: Year Five #3

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

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

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

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

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

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Sea of Stars #1

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

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

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

Section Zero #4

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

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

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

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

Space Bandits #1

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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.

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Fantastic Four #10

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

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #2

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #14

I am so happy! Bats was in this issue! I don’t know if it was Barry Kitson or Mark Waid’s doing – or both, but I’m very happy to see Bats. Zelma makes a brief appearance with Bats as well. So, Strange had found a suitable planet for Galactus and with Clea’s help, led him to it. There was something wrong with the energy of the planet and it caused him great pain which could be felt across the world barriers. That’s how we get our glimpse of Bats and Zelma – they’re discussing the imminent danger and wondering about the fate of Strange. We also see the Watchers on the same page, making mention of how this could be the last event they ever watch.

We find out fairly quick that Dormammu is the culprit behind the corrupted magic of the planet. He’s made himself the new ‘Herald of Galactus’ with the help of Mephisto. Galactus is imbued with the power of the Faltine; Clea and Umar are trapped by Mephisto; and Strange is being held by Dormammu. Things are looking pretty grim!

I don’t see Dormammu holding onto Galactus for long, even with Mephisto’s help. Galactus is a force of the universe and Dormammu is just an all-powerful being. Clea, Strange, and Umar are all trapped at the moment. I doubt Umar’s unsteady alliances are strong enough to persuade them to help Umar and Clea escape Mephisto. Umar and Clea together might be able to escape Mephisto and rescue Strange, but I don’t see Strange being able to escape Dormammu without help. He was zapped by Galactus and I’m shocked he wasn’t totally blown up by that. I’m anxious to see how all this gets sorted!

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #2

We were shorted my copy of Invisible Kingdom #2 on release day and it has just now come in.

There is so much going on in this issue. We get a brief glance into Vess’s past, just before she leaves her home to journey to the monastery. We also see a little of her routine at the monastery. She’s definitely young and impressionable. She actually believes Mother Proxima’s lies, which doesn’t surprise me. At least, I’m pretty sure Mother Proxima is lying.

Grix is in hot water and it appears that Eline might be trying to genuinely help and isn’t the spy Grix thinks she is. Grix and Eline tried their best, but Oris Prime definitely didn’t fall for their explaination. I have a feeling that the collision course with the freighter was Lux’s doing. And now I’m suspicious of Rath – because he sent out a distress signal after they had their scrape with the freighter. But who was he sending it to? Is he really Grix’s little brother or a spy? I just don’t know who to trust at this point.

Invisible Kingdom #3

Well, I’m really happy that Rath was only trying to help and isn’t a spy. Unless he’s secretly a doppelganger and a spy… I mean… it’s possible. But Grix decides to follow the mysterious response that their distress signal got them. She decides to meet up with the sender in hopes they’re telling the truth about the data they have against Lux and the Renunctiation. I found the initial meeting between Grix and Vess to be very honest and believable. I like the interaction between the two and how genuine it feels. But I can’t believe how ridiculous Vess is being! She meets up with Grix and gives her the data, but then thinks she’ll be able to go back. Well, that idea is quickly dismissed when the two are confronted by the giant flying ship thing with what I assume is Mother Proxima’s scolding voice booming from it.

This issue leaves us on a cliffhanger with Grix and Vess leaping from a cliff to escape the Renunctiation. I’m fairly certain that Grix called her pod to meet up with them, so jumping from the cliff is just a way to hopefully trick or elude the Renunctiation for a time. It’s safe to say that the worlds that these two came from will never be the same. There is a truth to be told and lies to be exposed. The lives of Grix and Vess are now intertwined because of their individual discoveries of the Lux and Renunciation conspiracy. I can’t wait to see what’s coming in the next issue!

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #4

This was an explosive issue! Guinan gives Picard some insight into Q’s state of mind, revealing that she believes there are allies yet to fully reveal themselves. Q then gives all the crews a new challenge. He wants them to get the attention of the Prophets in the wormhole near DS9. This obviously doesn’t sit well with any of the captains or their crew, especially Sisko and Kira. They all play along, and all try their own methods of contacting the Prophets. It comes down to Kirk, with advice from Dax, who finally gets their attention. They’re not happy about Q’s shenanigans and the universe is about to implode on itself as a result. On the last page, in the final panel, we see Q2 and Amanda Rogers watching everything unfold. Q2 says to Amanda Rogers, that they’ll have to do something about the events they’re watching. I’m still trying to figure out if the Q are behind all of this or if it’s Q himself being… well, Q.

There was something bothering me and I didn’t want to mention it until the very end of the series – if it hadn’t been brought up. But it was in this issue. O’Brien asks Worf why he’s so distracted during a meeting and he mentions that it’s difficult being around Jadzia Dax, but doesn’t give any details. I’m very happy it was addressed because Worf was plucked from the timeline after he had left DS9, and Dax was plucked from the timeline before Worf ever came to DS9. He has all his memories of Dax and their time spent together, even after her death when the Dax symbiont was given to Ezri. It has to be very jarring to be sitting at the table with someone who has yet to meet and marry you, and then die – almost literally in your arms. I’m happy with the situational awareness, even if this is the only mention it gets.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an unusual conspiracy story based in a sci-fi setting, Invisible Kingdom is going to come highly recommended from me. If you like Star Trek characters and don’t mind the shenanigans of Q and timeline flux, then Q Conflict is hands down a must read.

So much chaos in one week’s worth of books! Dormammu is the new Herald of Galactus, the Lux/Renunciation Conspiracy is on the way to exposure, and Q has angered the Prophets to the point that the galaxy may implode. Well… what from my box next week could possibly top all this?! Can’t wait to find out!

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

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Marvel
Doctor Strange #13

Strange is biting off more than he can chew, again. Trying to contain Galactus is just a silly notion. Strange definitely tries and succeeds briefly, but ends up needing help. I was tickled to see Clea was the one that gave the assist on his binding spell. I really like Clea and it’s great to see her back in the pages of Doctor Strange. It’s nice to see that she’s become a force to be reckoned with and that other mighty beings see her as an equal. I think Strange’s fears about Clea’s new allies are only slightly valid. While war and turmoil may be inevitable, having a time of peace among enemies is not a bad thing. I believe Strange’s agreement with Galactus is asinine. He hasn’t garnered peace with Galactus, only temporarily halted the world eater’s advancement. And he’s about to hurt someone because of this ‘deal’ he made and there’s not going to be anyway to avoid it. I just hope he can deal with the consequences of his actions. I guess we’ll find out next time!

Fantastic Four #9

Fantastic Four has been a fun read. In the previous issue, I was a little disappointed that Sue made Doom’s clothes and armor invisible, exposing his nether regions to the world. But that wasn’t exactly what happened. She made the top portion of his clothes and armor invisible, not the bottom part. My faith in Sue has been restored! I should have known that a book with such a family oriented tone wouldn’t have been that obscene. Shame on me for thinking as much.

It’s inspiring to see how each of the Fantastic Four have evolved above an beyond their basic abilities because of the influences of their other family members. Doom really doesn’t see himself as a villain, but the things he does are definitely evil. You don’t enslave any sentient being, let alone a cosmic one like Galactus. You also don’t kidnap folks and then attempt to kill them just to keep them out of your way. I would have liked to see Galactus free himself, but I guess the Fantastic Four needed to help him to keep everything in balance.

I still didn’t know who Wendy was when I read this issue. I decided to go look her up on a Wiki and discovered that the little demons are called the Friends. She has a particularly powerful level of influence over them and can order them to do her bidding. It doesn’t look like they were ever a major antagonist of the Fantastic Four, just a regional antagonist with their own purpose. I wonder if Wendy and her Friends were written into this story  because they’re going to play a bigger part later, or if they were there just because. It would be interesting to see what comes of their presence.

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #1

You always hear about the Tholians, but rarely see them. I understand that using such a species in movies and TV would be very taxing on the special effects budget. But even in written media, there isn’t a lot about the Tholians. It’s great to finally see a story that looks like the focus is going to be on them (at least for the moment). Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have done an amazing job with the story so far. You can tell that they either grew up on Star Trek or they did a very thorough job in their research. Artist Stephen Thompson and colorist Charlie Kirchoff have done such an awesome job with the art as well. I was totally lost in the story and the art is so alive that it felt more like I was watching episode on TV than reading a comic.

Kirk’s emotional struggle in this comic is the beginning of what you see in Star Trek the Motion Picture. Instead of loving every moment of being captain of the Enterprise, he let the worry of things to come ruin what time he had left. The writers really did nail the personalities of all the crew. Color me – impressed! I can’t wait for the next issue to see where all of this is headed!

Star Trek: Waypoint (Special 2019)

This book has four different stories in it; Hearts & Bones, Unfathom, The Swift Spoke, and The First Year.

Hearts & Bones

This story was definitely fun to read and it felt like it could easily have been the sub-story to a larger story in an episode of TOS. We very rarely saw the romantic side of Doctor McCoy, so it was nice to see that. But – he definitely chose the wrong person to pursue! The heart loves who it loves, I suppose. I would have been in total disbelief if she had entertained any of McCoy’s advances. And a true friend will always give you the truth, even if it hurts. Spock may be part Vulcan, but he definitely cares about his friends. He didn’t offer his opinion until McCoy sarcastically asked for it, and when he did, Spock told him the honest truth. I really enjoyed this story and I love the art. The art style is complimentary to TOS. I want more Star Trek: TOS from Stephen Mooney!

Unfathom

Well, I was a little more than disappointed in this particular story. It wasn’t very entertaining and I really didn’t care for the art. Something else that bothered me quite a bit, was how similar this story was to “Remember Me”. Granted, there are lots of differences, but I’m not happy about the similarities in the core of the story. Crusher was the key character in both stories and both stories involve folks vanishing and being forgotten. The main difference that really stands out for me, is that the Orpheus’ computer still had records of those that had vanished in this story; but in Remember Me, the personnel files on the Enterprise were gone when someone vanished. And the cause and solution are different, but in the end, they’re too similar for my liking.

The Swift Spoke

This was a story about past event in Janeway’s life when she was the second officer of the Billings. Tuvok had been assigned there as well, only briefly. They are both on an away mission to make first contact with the Adegeda, but things go completely awry. It’s not the fault of the Adegeda, it’s the planet that causes the trouble and the crew is forced to temporarily abandon their mission. The story is a great cautionary tale about how things are not always what they may seem to be, so don’t be quick to judge! It was fairly entertaining and the art is fine, but I felt like it was missing something. I would read this story again if I were reading this issue, but I wouldn’t pull this book out just to read this story.

The First Year

This story is definitely my favorite of all of them. Not just because it’s about Klingons and Worf in particular, but because it clears up that time gap a little bit between the end of DS9 and when we see him again aboard the Enterprise-E. It was a well written and well illustrated. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and this is a story I would want to read several more times. It’s not just a story about some lost time, it also deals with loss and the emotional scarring that can be left behind when someone is taken too soon. As much as I loved Jadzia, Ezri was her own person – not a replacement for Jadzia. She was just a new host for the Dax symbiont. She was not given he opportunity to evolve as a character on DS9, but I’m happy to see the character’s evolution happening in other media. Ezri is an intelligent character with what I call ‘cute charisma’. She’s got a look that you can see on her face that tells you she genuinely cares, and I feel like it was shown very well in this story. Thom Zahler did an excellent job at writing this story. Artist Andy Price and colorist Mark Roberts did a wonderful job at bringing the images to life.

Conclusion

Well, I liked everything this week! There may have been bits I didn’t like within each book, but overall it was a rewarding week of reads. No surprise that my favorite book was Star Trek: Year Five, but I really did liked everything.

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A good book is the best vacation!

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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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Star Trek: The Q Conflict #3

There is only one thing that bothers me about this issue and that’s how Chekov references the planet killer as though he were present during those events. He’s actually not in the episode, The Doomsday Machine. Uhura is also absent in that episode, but she doesn’t talk about the planet killer like she was there. It’s very likely that they were off duty and in their quarters while the chaos was happening. That’s the easiest explanation for their absence, but they were not involved in the incidents that involved the planet killer. It’s also easy to explain that they read a report about the incident and so that’s how they both know about the monstrosity. I really don’t like continuity errors and I know that the studio only considers the movies/shows to be canon, but I prefer consistency even in non-canon material.

Other than the minor continuity error, which can be easily made or explained away, the book itself was very entertaining. You get to see some of the discourse that the game has caused for the other all mighty beings during the coaching session. Metron and Ayelborne obviously don’t want to participate and wouldn’t if it they had a way to avoid the war all together. Trelane and Q seem to enjoy these types of charades. Trelane also shows his lack of experience as all powerful being, and his immaturity, when he gets bored with the starship ‘capture the flag’ game and summons the planet killer. He alters the challenge by using a loophole in the non-interference agreement that Q made. Naturally, the crews all do what they do best – work as a team. The planet killer is destroyed by a torpedo fired from the Enterprise-E, securing the ‘victory’ for Picard and Q.

I’m not sure how this is all going to end, but I imagine it’ll conclude with all the crews being returned to their respective timelines with no memory of what happened. That’s typically how these type of things go when time travel or an all mighty being is involved. I hope there is a lesson learned or some greater knowledge is gained from the outcome of the events in this story. I’m still curious as to why Q2’s face was in the clouds in a previous issue. I didn’t see any evidence of ‘hidden’ faces in this issue. Q2 definitely has something to do with all this, but I still have no clue what his involvement is. I wonder if Q is Q2’s puppet in all of this or if Q2 is just keeping an eye on Q’s shenanigans? We’ll find out – I hope!

Conclusion

I typically do not enjoy time travel or stories about all mighty beings that can’t be defeated, but Star Trek has a particular way of handling these that makes it entertaining and enjoyable. Even if all the crew have their memories wiped when they’re returned to their respective timelines, as long as something is learned or retained by the all mighty beings, it was worth it. I can’t wait to read more of The Q Conflict!

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

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Marvel
Doctor Strange #10

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

Remittance

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

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

House Call

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

The Lever

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

Perchance

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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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
Avengers #13

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

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

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

Time travel can be exhausting…

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

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #6

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

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Fantastic Four #6

Human Torch is full of witty comments, and apparently he knows how to use his wit to gain information from his enemies. I like that he’s different from the other members of the Fantastic Four and his humor is fun. I’m hoping Reed Richards isn’t as naive as he appears in this issue. Doom had planned for everything, even where the FF were going to ‘invade’ at. I like Doom’s over the top personality and I really like Doom’s herald, Victorious. If Doom is just using her, I hope it was all part of the plan and she’s in on it. If not, I’ll be a little disappointed. She’s very devoted and seems like she’d do whatever Doom told her, including sacrificing herself. Fantastic Four has been a great series so far and really fun to read. I definitely look forward to more!

Invaders #1

I don’t have much knowledge of the Invaders because I don’t like Captain America or Bucky, so I always avoided series with them in it. While this book was well written and interesting to read, it’s not really a book for me. That’s kind of disappointing too, since i was looking forward to it. And that disappointment is basically just me being disappointed in myself for not being more interested. The parts with Namor were the parts I liked the most and that’s probably because I really don’t like Captain America. I wasn’t expecting Machan to be a figment of Namor’s imagination, so that was a surprise when it was revealed.

I like how this book is focused on helping a war veteran overcome what’s happening to him, instead of him just being written off or destroyed. It sends a powerful message about our veterans.

I give credit to the team on this book for their excellent work. Just because I’m not digging a book, doesn’t mean it wasn’t done well. I will continue to get this title for a little while longer, to see if it changes topics to something I’m more interested in.

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #1

Someone just splashed the 90’s all over the pages of this book. I’m not complaining about it at all, so don’t take it that way! There were great books in the 90’s! This book was an interesting read and the main character has a nice personality. She also looks like she has a combination of powers from Carnage, Lady Deathstrike, and Spider-Man, which is also kind of cool. This was a fun read, though I wouldn’t recommend it for folks like that don’t like obscenities, raunchiness, and cold-blooded murder. I liked plenty of the offbeat comic heroes in the 90’s and it’s so much fun to see a new one in that style!

I picked up this book on a whim, but I’m actually interested in the story going forward, so I’ll be picking up this series. I also wanted to mention, one of my fellow comic guys said that this book felt ‘thin’, like it didn’t have as many pages as other books. There are 24 pages (that’s counting front and back as two separate pages) of comic in this book and there are ZERO pages of ads. Most of the other books I read contain right at 20 pages of comic and about 6-8 pages of ads. White Widow had great content on all the pages and has the same cover price as those other books… but with more pages and zero ads…

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #4

I love the warm fuzzies I get from reading an MLP book. They’re full of inspiring moments of friendship and triumph, even if the victory is small. This was another good issue where the smaller achievements will help the heroes rise to glorious victory. Luna reminds Stygian that nobody can save him from himself – only he can decide to be a better pony. Daybreaker is starting to see the light, pun intended. And Tempest is showing her softer side, which is quite wonderful. I also don’t believe Capper has betrayed his friends. I think it’s part of bigger plan that he’s cooked up in his head, or maybe one he’s made with one of the other ponies. Eris could be on to them as well, since she was so suspicious of Tempest’s ‘new nightmares’ – or I could be looking too much into it. I guess I’ll have to wait until next month to find out!

Star Trek vs Transformers #4

This series is the most outrageous Star Trek comic series I’ve ever read – and I LOVE it! I love the over the top dramatics that you’d expect from TAS and an 80’s cartoon like Transformers. I can almost hear the dramatic ‘dun dun dun’ music on the last panel of the comic. When you hear the sound effects and music in your head while reading, you’re either insane, or you’re just really into what you’re reading. I’m almost certain it’s the latter for me. For someone with little-to-no background knowledge of Transformers, I’ve found myself genuinely enjoying those characters. This makes me want to dig up the old series from somewhere and actually watch it. Fortress Tiberius is absolutely ridiculous, but so cool at the same time. I can’t wait to see the crew of the Enterprise defend Kronos from Starscream with the help of the Transformers. It’s going to be an epic battle!

Conclusion

I liked Fantastic Four this week, but I was just a little disappointed that I didn’t like Invaders more. Like I mentioned, the book isn’t bad, just not what I like to read. I hope it switches gears or I’ll have to drop it. White Widow was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to more issues of that 90’s throwback, offbeat super hero style. I have yet to dislike an MLP book and Star Trek rarely disappoints. This was a good week and I feel like I got my money’s worth on every book in my box, including Invaders.

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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 ***
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Marvel
Avengers #11

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

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

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

Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1

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

Fantastic Four: Wedding Special #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #5

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

Star Trek: Waypoint Special #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image
Outer Darkness #2

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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