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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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IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #8

I don’t know where to start. I guess, with what I didn’t like – the Tholians floating in space is an issue for me. I’m still bothered that they’re floating in space without a heat suit or something to keep their body temperatures up. I don’t know why it bothers me as much as it does, but it’s definitely something I wish I could find an explanation for.

I really liked how the gender identity discussion was handled. It showed two different viewpoints being discussed in a civil manner. It’s a shame that people can’t have more discussions like this. Neither Ayal or Sulu are wrong in their view of gender identity. Gender identity is a personal thing and it doesn’t ultimately define who we are as people. It was a great moment that I enjoyed reading, but I felt like it was rushed. I wanted more romance build up between the two. I think that’s just my repressed romantic trying to surface.

And then, OH MY GOODNESS – Isis and Gary Seven! I didn’t think that the shapeshifter would actually be Isis! That’s crazy awesome! This series just got a million times more interesting and there are so many things buzzing around in my head. I am so excited for issue nine!

Conclusion

I want to see more of the relationship between Sulu and Ayal. I also want to see what’s going on with Gary and Isis and why they’re back. So much excitement and my brain continues to remind me of the Tholians floating in space… I still want an answer to that.

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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!
Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #7

This is exactly what Grix needs! She needs allies, even if they are scavengers and pirate types. I hope she hasn’t messed up by alerting those Lux folks and telling them they’re in danger. I don’t know why Turo would be giving Grix and her crew accommodations and practically the run of his ship if he had ill intentions. I don’t think he’d hurt the Lux folks either, and what Grix did may have just got them killed. Or I could be completely off-base about Turo. Maybe this is all a ruse and Grix sees what I don’t.

Turo definitely saw that ‘spark’ between Grix and Vess. Well, the spark from Vess towards Grix. Grix is oblivious to it but everyone else sees it. I’m curious to see where this goes between those two. I’m also curious to see what happens between Turo and Grix and if those Lux folks are in trouble or not!

IDW
Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1

This issue is setting the stage for the new Picard series that’s going to air in January 2020 on CBS All Access. I found all the information exciting and interesting, but I think it’s because I’m such a huge Trekkie. If I wasn’t, or if I was only a fan of the cinematic/TV content, I might not find this issue to be that interesting. There are plenty of fans that only watch the movies and shows and I don’t think they’re missing out if they don’t read this mini series. But naturally, I want everyone to be as excited as I am to read this series!

I really like the blonde Romulan, Governor Shiana. Blonde Romulans are not very common. The only one I can think of is Sela, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are others. Seeing Shiana gives me hope that Sela may return. I’m suspicious that Shiana might be Sela’s daughter. Sela was born in 2345 and this story currently takes place in 2385-2386. It’s totally possible and it would be a huge treat to see Denise Crosby reprise her role as Sela!

I also want to mention that I love Commander Raffi Musiker! Her personality is a nice balance to Picard, from what I’ve seen here. And I’m dying over the new uniforms! They’re so sleek and formal. I’m super excited for the next issue and even more excited for the new series!

Conclusion

I had two great books to read this week. They both left me with anticipation for the next issues and the Picard book has gotten me so hyped up for the 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
Captain Marvel #12

Well, I was thrown for a loop in this issue. I thought Star was going to be the dark Captain Marvel. Guess what – I was WRONG! This issue starts with an epic fight between Carol and Thor, which ultimately ends with Thor’s beheading. We don’t actually see Carol do the deed, so it’s possible that it could be a facade, but there’s no way to really know until we’re told for sure. But something is obviously going on because Carol does NOT want to hurt Thor. But in the end, she delivers Thor’s head to Vox Supreme. If you read Death of the Inhumans, you’d know that the Vox are the next stage of evolution for Inhumans. They were engineered by the Kree to rid their subjects of the humanity in them. The Vox leader is Vox Supreme, who we see here – and he’s terrifying! We know that Carol is part Kree, but because she’s on the side of Humanity, she probably has no ability to control or manage Vox Supreme.

I want to know how this all started. How did he get Carol under his influence? Did she really kill Thor? Is she really going to kill the other Avengers? We know comics like to resurrect characters all the time, so if the Avengers die, are they going to stay dead? Where was Vox Supreme hiding? Is the Kree behind this? So many questions and more keep coming to mind. It’s times like this that I wish I was able to read the entire story in one sitting, but I have to wait for the next issue to release!

Heycat Comics
David #1

Well, I wish there was more to this first issue because I’m not completely sure where this is going. The writing isn’t bad, and it’s a good issue as far as background context goes, but I need more. It’s a tragic story about a kid who’s zombie-like. The cause was from a curse put on his mother while she was pregnant with him, by a woman in New Orleans. His mother died in childbirth and his father hid him from the world. His father died and so he went looking for the woman that cursed his mother. We end with him burning her shop down. So, I’m confused as to where this story is going. I need issue two to be able to make a solid opinion on the story as a whole.

I love the art for the story, and it’s in black and white – not color. I like some stories being done in black and white, like this one. I think the decision to not do color was a good one for this title.

IDW
Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath #3

This story was good. It wasn’t amazing or great, but it was a good filler story for the gap after season two. It gives us the events that led Spock to his decision for returning to Starfleet and it also shows us more of L’rell’s resolve and her love for the Klingon Empire. She will do what it takes to protect the Empire, even if it means she has to destroy her own ship.

The Shadows of Kahless seem like a group of radicals and homegrown terrorists. I wonder if they’re going to show up anymore in future Star Trek content? If you like seeing additional story material, this series is a good one to read.

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Outer Darkness #12

WOAH!!! I thought the crew was DEAD! I had no clue that it was a hallucination. Well played, Mr. Layman. Did Afu Chan know they weren’t dead when he did the art for issue 11? If he did, he didn’t put any indicators in the art for that previous issue. I was also convinced Admiral Prakash was dead too. Surprise! He’s not! My heart can’t take this! Admiral Prakash kind of planned on Rigg pulling these shenanigans. He didn’t plan on his daughter staying on the Charon though so there’s a wrench thrown into his plan now, whatever that plan may be. I think it’s something to do with bringing Rochelle back. This should be a wild ride in season two!

We still have a pregnant, time-displaced nun hiding on the ship, and Satalis with his own ship now en-route to catch the Charon. I’m so excited to see what happens with all of this! Everything I thought I knew is a lie! Rigg isn’t as cold and cruel as I thought he was – because he didn’t actually murder a bunch of folks.

I want to see this as a TV series… someone please make this. This is too good to not be a series!

Conclusion

I enjoyed all the books this week, and even had an additional book – David. I picked that book up at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention on November 16, so I worked it into this week’s recap. That weekend was the release of David. I wasn’t disappointed with any of the books this week. Outer Darkness is the gem of the bunch with Captain Marvel shining almost as bright.

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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 Annual #1

There were two stories in this annual: “A Hallowed Evening” and “Treat”.

The first story, “A Hallowed Evening” is a lighter read that doesn’t take itself super serious. I thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween themed fun. I was surprised, but also not surprised at how much of a jerk Strange was. He was overly rude to Zelma, who is supposed to be his apprentice and friend – in some capacity. But overall, this was still a fun read.

Talk about going from zero to a million in one second flat! We went from a fun, not-too-serious, Halloween story to a story of a murder demon that wears the skins of folks and corrupts others that they’re close to. It was terrifying but also another good story. The murder demon thing is hunting a sword called the Gu Baodao (which has a bunch of special characters that it won’t let me add here). We find out that it’s not actually a sword, but a spell that’s tailored for Wong to use against Strange, should he go crazy or turn evil or something. But using that spell to kill Strange would kill Wong too. Now, I can’t recall if this Gu Baodao has been mentioned before in a Strange book, but it made this terrifying story even more morbid and dark – and I love it. Well done, Pornsak Pichetshote, well done.

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #6

I’m not sure what happened to me with this issue, but I feel like I dredged through it until the last three pages. I don’t know if I just wasn’t digging the content or what, but I had a really hard time reading this month’s issue. I don’t mind a story about weird love triangles, but something about the way Eline was acting bothered me a lot. I didn’t get the impression that she was as childish and immature in the beginning as she acted in this issue. Vess isn’t acting like herself either. She’s much more aggressive and easy to agitate. It could be the stress of recent events, but I don’t like the change in their personalities. I guess we’ll see what comes of all of this – if anything.

When I got to the moment that Turo boarded the ship, I was much more tuned in. For a scavenger of sorts, he seemed more reasonable than what I expected. He just wanted to steal the Sundog… he was going to let them be guests on his ship. That definitely seems more reasonable than other scavenger types because they kill you first and then take your stuff. What I think Grix and crew should do – leave Turo on the Sundog and steal his ship. That might put Lux a little behind on tracking them. I guess we’ll have to wait until late November to see what happens next!

IDW
Stark Trek: Year Five #7

It sounds like the silvery-blackish Tholian might be a shape-shifter of sorts. The Tholians refer to it as a ‘trespasser from beyond the stars’ and they mention that it took their form again. Being a huge Trek fan, my mind instantly jumps to the idea that it’s a Founder. But I highly doubt that’s the case. In TOS, there were several creatures that could shape shift or take on the appearance of other creatures. It could easily be any one of those (maybe not the M-113 Salt Vampire), but Trelane comes to mind first. This whole ordeal seems a little too involved and too intricate of a plan for Trelane though. He has a flighty personality and the longer something is drawn out, the more bored he gets and is likely to move on. I highly doubt Trelane’s directly involved in this. It’s also possible that it’s a creature or person that we’ve never seen before. I remember in the first issue of this series, there was an ominous dark humanoid figure that had a weapon of some sort pointed at Kirk. That figure’s speech bubble was also black with white text, just like the dark Tholian. I am willing to bet that the dark Tholian and the shadowy figure are one in the same! If not, those two are from the same species of shape shifters. Whoever this entity is, they’ve woven a web of deception and have tried to start an interstellar war between Tholia and the Federation.

There’s some trouble that occurs in this issue – the Enterprise hits a Tholian Web! They also discover another ship trapped in the web. The ship is from a race of aquatic humanoids called the I’Qosa. Ayal is all that’s left of the ship’s crew, but they’re more than willing to help Kirk and Sulu with a plan to free the Enterprise from the web. Before they can fully implement their plan, the Tholians start to close in!

Here comes my ‘but, wait a minute’ voice. Tholians can’t be exposed to low temperatures for an extended period of time, because their carapace will crack and they’ll die. They require a temperature of 480 Kelvin (207 °C, 404 °F) and anything 380 Kelvin (106 °C, 224 °F) or less could spell trouble. So my ‘but, wait a minute’ voice says: “But, wait a minute – how are the Tholians bip-bopping around in open space?” Are the web filaments generating extreme temperatures as well as energy, allowing them to scurry about like spiders? Are they wearing super thin translucent space suits? Are they immune to space temperatures of 2.73 Kelvin (-270.42 °C, -454.75 °F)? I’d love to know what’s going on in this final panel because I can’t find any information that explains it. The best assumption I have is that the energy from the web filaments helps them generate heat. Hopefully this gets explained or someone can point me to the information I need to help me figure this out.

Conclusion

I liked all three books this week. I wouldn’t say I loved them all, but definitely liked them. Invisible Kingdom was my least favorite, which is surprising to me. It’s usually one of my favorites. Star Trek was my favorite this week, even with the weird Tholians in space thing going on. The Doctor Strange Annual was just a fun read.

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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!
IDW
Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath #2

This issue starts off with Spock and Pike at the peace talk summit. We see Pike participating in cross-cultural activities with the Klingons. Pike is cautiously optimistic about an alliance between the Federation and the Klingons, while Spock is certain they should focus their time elsewhere. Spock’s presence at the conference is noticed by L’Rell, who asks him to advise her about her entourage. Kor is in charge of her safety and security, but he was also sent by his house to kill L’Rell. I was a little surprised that he addressed her after the bomb blast instead of trying to kill her, but I guess he might have been trying to keep up appearances. Or maybe Kor isn’t really planning to assassinate L’Rell?

Now let’s talk about the Shadows of Kahless – trench coat wearing, John Wick wannabes. They explosively crashed the summit with a bomb and put the smack down on L’Rell. They even shot Kor – which we know doesn’t kill him because he’s in TOS and DS9. So these Klingons are bad news and L’Rell didn’t know who they were, which tells me they’re operating outside of the government. Are they renegades? Are they civilians who have taken up arms? Are they a specialized group like Section 31 and the Tal Shiar, just without the Chancellor knowing? There are so many possibilities and I have no solid clues as to who they are. They could be working for Kor for all I know!

When the bomb went off, Pike and Spock ran, but were fired at by the Shadows of Kahless. The window behind them was damaged and Spock took Pike with him through the window to escape the assailants. On the last page, we see Spock carrying Pike through the blizzard, hopefully to safety.

Conclusion

I only had the one book this week for the article and it was explosive! The majority of that Star Trek issue was setup for the last few pages, where everything just came crashing down so fast. I really want to know who the Shadows of Kahless are. I guess I have to wait until next issue!

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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
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!

Albatross FunnyBooks
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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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 #14

I appreciate there are PTSD related topics in this issue and I appreciate that Ben was shown working through his issues, but it seems kind of fast. While some folks can deal with and overcome their personal traumas quicker than others, Ben seems to have done it in like a day or two. And maybe he didn’t fully work through all his issues and we’ll see it resurface, but I hope someone doesn’t see this as a normal timeline for dealing with something like PTSD.

I thought it was a bold move for Reed to recreate the ship. I applaud him and Johnny for their enthusiasm in trying to complete their original mission in such a nostalgic way. I can’t help but feel like something is going to go wrong though, because it always does. I thought it was sneaky to manipulate Ben by putting a dummy H.E.R.B.I.E. in the pilot seat. I can’t believe they did that to him! But it got him on the Marvel-2 and in the pilot seat. I really hope this mission works out and that Johnny finds whatever is calling to him.

The only thing that’s bothering me right now is how Ben knows that Alicia has abilities like Puppet Master and he hasn’t talked to her about it yet. I really want him to address it and I hope it doesn’t cause a rift between them.

IDW
Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath #1

This story takes place after the events of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. There are more glimpses into Spock’s past and how those events affect his decisions in the present. There is a side story about the Klingon Empire that’s going on at the same time. Seeing Kor, the TOS Kor but with ridges, made me very happy. He looks just like Kor from the show too! Tony Shasteen has done an awesome job with the art and J.D. Mettler’s coloring is very nice as well.

We get some interesting peeks at Pike and L’Rell discussing the potential beginnings of a peace talk. She shows great leadership with the way she speaks to Pike, but she then tells the council that it’s all just a sneaky, underhanded way for the Empire to get information on the Federation.

I noticed that Pike and Spock were walking in the same place that we see in Spock’s flashback. That moment from the flashback must be special to him, even if he doesn’t say it. He wouldn’t still go there if it wasn’t. This was a great issue and I am very much looking forward to the next issue.

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Battlepug #1

This comic released this week but I have a different article planned for it, so I won’t be recapping it in this article. Stay tuned!

Sea of Stars #3

Kadyn is very much a child. He does not need to be unsupervised in space, so I’m glad that the monkey and whale creatures are there with him. He taunts a huge predator and almost gets his whale friend eaten! And I thought that person at the end of the previous issue was an antagonist… now I’m not so sure. Whale calls the person a Zzaztek, and that Zzaztek is claiming Kadyn is Quasarro – some god of theirs. So is that person really an antagonist or are they one of the good guys? I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Gil is super lucky. But I can’t believe he survived that faster than light speed travel just to crash the ship on a planet with a toxic atmosphere. He seems to get lucky, but then again, is he really lucky? A plant crushes his helmet and he bites it in self defense, but finds out its vines are oxygen sources. Lucky or not? I can’t tell at this point. He’s barely getting what he needs to survive each time something goes wrong. And now, he’s being attacked by Zzazteks. What’s going to go wrong next? What’s going to barely work out next? I’m so hooked on this story and I want to know what’s going to happen next!

Section Zero #6

Well, I wasn’t expecting the time differential between that lost cryptid world and the main world. I expected 20 years to have passed for Tina too, but only about a year or less had gone by for her. So they discovered the secret hideout of the Ghosts, where they were stashing all their weapons, and they were able to take them down for now – with Carlos’s help. They even rescued a woman named Lava that’s a shaman of sorts and can control one of the elemental ring things. Curio’s diabolical plan was thwarted too and we finally discover the story of how Tina survived being blown up. I feel a little silly that it wasn’t until this final issue that I realized Carlos was Sargasso. When he takes the curse back from Sam is when it hit me.

It feels like everything was wrapped up nicely and I definitely appreciate that there are no lose ends. There’s such a wonderful happy ending and I wasn’t expecting that. I was pleasantly surprised.

Space Bandits #3

Well, another one bites the dust! Cody and Thena are working their way through the baddies and another one, maybe two, are done for. First, they go after Skinner who has taken over a resort by having one of his thugs boil the owner from the inside – with his mind. Skinner is enjoying the prospect of making bunches of money when Cody and Thena show up. There’s a hiccup and Thena is thrown out a window – and should be dead. But because of the special restorative fish things that are native to the planet, Thena is back on her feet and obliterates all the dudes.

The book leaves off on a cliffhanger with Bowser, seriously messed up on drugs and sex, held at gunpoint by Cody and Thena. So far, Cody’s plans have been working out, even when there are hiccups. I’m curious to see what happens with Bowser. I’m not sure if they’re going to be lucky enough to just pop him or if he’s going to fight back. Whatever happens will be exciting!

Conclusion

I had five books to read for this article and not a single one of them disappointed me. I enjoyed each one of them. Section Zero has come to a conclusion with this final issue and I will miss it. But Battlepug is here to replace it! Make sure you watch for my special Battlepug article, coming up soon!

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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.

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #9

I really like Carol and Rhodey together. I think they make an excellent couple and I could see a team-up book featuring the two of them. I would definitely read it! I’m also really proud of Carol for finally letting go of her pride and letting Tony help her. I don’t know what that thing is inside her, other than what was stated in this issue. I didn’t read Life of Captain Marvel, but I plan to go back and read it soon since it’s been referenced several times now.

I was definitely thrown for a loop when Carol went after Minerva and finds her either dead or dying, next to a bloody message written on the wall in her blood. So now I don’t have any clue who Star is. I thought for sure Minerva was Star, and now I’m thinking Star is definitely someone new and she did this to Minerva. I can’t wait for the next issue! I want to see where this is going!

Doctor Strange #17

I struggled to read this issue. I didn’t enjoy any of it. I’m just tired of the galaxy ending stuff and I’m sorry if I sound like a broken record, but that is what’s in the comic. Strange has to ‘remake’ the universe and it ends up like nothing bad ever happened. He even removed Clea’s memories of him. Typical Marvel move. At least there’s a glimpse of Bats on the last page… #SaveBats

Fantastic Four #13

I was hoping Ben would find out that Puppet Master was controlling Hulk. Now, I haven’t read much Hulk in the past and I don’t read current content, but he seems kind of mean to me. I know Puppet Master is controlling much of what Hulk does, but Hulk comes through a little on his own – or so it seems. The fight between Hulk and Ben was very brutal. It didn’t look like Hulk was holding back at all – like he wasn’t fighting for control against Puppet Master, he was giving in and letting it all happen. It’s like he wanted to pummel Ben into dust! Poor Ben had chunks of his rocky skin missing from his body and there was muscle or some other fleshy bits showing. It took all Ben had, shattering his entire left arm, to take down the Hulk. There is an epilogue that shows Hulk breaking into the Raft prison, and torturing Puppet Master. Ben missed his chance to be human because of this. He passed out right after the fight and woke up a week later after he turned back into the Thing.

And the cat is out of the bag! Puppet Master told Ben that Alicia controlled his response to Ben when Ben asked for his blessing. I’ve been waiting for this to come out! Ben didn’t mention it to her while they were in the infirmary, but I imagine he didn’t want to bring it up in front of Reed and Sue. Or maybe he doesn’t remember it? I guess we’ll find out sometime!

Dark Horse
The Orville #2 of 2

I loved this two part series. It takes place between season one and two of the TV series and kind of fills in some the unexplained things that we see in season two. It’s sad to see that the ship’s crash landing caused the cataclysmic event that destroyed the planet’s ecosystem. At least Hodges felt somewhat responsible and decided to do what he could to help the inhabitants of the planet. And now that Ed and Gordon stumbled across the planet, they have a chance to completely fix things. Hidden behind some of the humor is a tale of morality, kindness, and responsibility. I love these kinds of stories because they represent things I believe in. The Orville has become one of my favorite TV series, right along Star Trek and Firefly, and it’s now a favorite comic book. I hope there are more comics in the works!

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #4

I’m never disappointed with my Star Trek comics. They’re always entertaining, inspirational, or thought provoking. In regards to the political chaos, I’m not surprised to see that Jamek and other leaders have skewed the information from McCoy’s lost communicator. It seems that the Iotians are always interpreting things in the extreme, like they can’t see the grey areas. Spock won the election, which is no surprise really. He did the right thing and stepped down, but not before trying to set the people of Sigma Iotia II on the right path. And it’s a good thing the Enterprise was there to save Delta Base and most of the population of Sigma Iotia II. If not for them, the political red tape would have let the base crash into the planet.

And even the Enterprise was dealing with its own troubles while all the chaos ensued on the planet. That poor, close minded ensign ruined his life because he couldn’t let go of his fear and hatred. Even with colleagues and senior officers telling him to trust in them, he was so blinded by emotions that he almost caused a more serious issue. The deaths of all those people would have been on him if Scotty hadn’t figured out what he was up to. And Uhura is the perfect example of someone who’s fierce and also kind. She stood up for the Tholian on multiple occasions and even took the time to find a potential means of communication. She’s such a great role model for women everywhere.

With the crisis on Sigma Iotia II averted, and a lines of communication possible open with the Tholian, I expect things will be even more exciting in the coming issues!

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Outer Darkness #9

Treachery and deceit are rampant in this issue. I couldn’t believe the Crone was brazen enough to be looking at that moment in her crystal ball, right there on the bridge in front of Rigg. It was hilarious though, when Rigg walked up behind her and you see her tail all frizzed. Like a kid caught with their hand in cookie jar! The Crone was looking at a moment when Rigg is stabbed in the back, literally, by Satalis. She had approached Satalis while he was conditioning his new demonic pet, Sato, with a hint to keep his sword on him. Well, he did and when folks went stab-crazy on the Ouroboros, he seized the moment and stabbed Rigg. Agwe was able to recover the crew of the Charon and get them back to safety. While Rigg is recovering in quarantine, Agwe tells him that only three shadows were expunged. Rigg now fully suspects that Satalis seized an opportunity to murder him. Things are getting tense now!

I still don’t understand how this book doesn’t have more hype around it! It’s so well written and I love how the art compliments it. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen between Rigg and Satalis now. They’re not fans of one another to begin with and it seems that Rigg has become lax in keeping his eye on Satalis. What about the Crone? Will she feel the repercussions of Satalis’ failed assassination attempt? Is Satalis going to cut Sato loose to run a muck on the ship? I want to know!

Unnatural #12

All I can say is, wow! So, Maxime’s actions were very transparent. I knew she was up to something, just like the Albino said when he tried to warn Leslie. Leslie didn’t want to listen to him, and she probably should have. Maybe she would have been better prepared if she had. Once Maxime had the Albino’s powers, she became a true monster and the saying that came to mind was, “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And that’s definitely true in this situation. But, Leslie may have done a good thing by letting Maxime take the Albino’s power because she knew just how to stop him. Just when you think all hope is lost, like the good guys might lose, the table turns and good prevails! I’m not certain I remember the weakness of the Albino being revealed prior to this issue, but that just makes me want to go back and read this series all over again, just to see what I might have missed.

And Leslie’s dreams kind of came true. She ended up with the super sexy wolf of her dreams, just without him trying to murder her. And there’s a great lesson in the final scenes where the old turtle shows how backward thinking she is – but Leslie and Khal just let her go on. They didn’t call her names or lash out. They didn’t fight the hate with hate. Instead, they just let her go on about her way. That’s not weakness – that’s strength. Love truly does conquer all evil.

But that final panel – Will there be another series?! I want another series with Leslie and Khal!

Conclusion

I had a bunch of books to read for this week’s article and it took me longer than I’d like. I apologize for the delay. Hopefully, I’ll be back on track now. But at least most of the books were enjoyable! Can’t wait until next week!

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

In my Comic Box Recap article series, I want to talk about each of the comics that I read from 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.

Albatross FunnyBooks
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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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!
IDW
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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