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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #13

Well, my disappointment was overwhelming for this particular issue. It started off fine, with Carol going after Tony. Then it all fell apart when she went into her pocket dimension…

It appears that she’s killing clones of the Avengers. Carol gives her reasoning behind what she’s doing – to save Kree refugees, which is admirable and she’s doing in it in typical Carol fashion. I’m not digging Vox Supreme. I really don’t like the idea that Carol barfed up her new suit – it’s just gross. None of this story is going the way I expected and certainly not he way I like.

Fantastic Four #17

I enjoy this book, most of the time. This issue was fine until the very end. I’m not down for a change to their origin story and I may be dropping this book. I thought the whole thing was going to be some weird connection for Johnny, not all of the Fantastic Four.

I like the wholesome messages in the story, but I’m just not down for anything like an adjustment to their origin story. It was totally fine the way it was. I don’t know why they have to change it from an accident to something more… malicious.

IDW
Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors & Smoke One-Shot

I was super excited to pick this up and read it after reading two disappointing books this week. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! There are far too few Voyager comics, and almost no Mirror Universe Voyager content – but that’s because the Terran Empire had almost fallen to the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. I think the date (non-official canon date) of the Empire’s fall is around 2500 – give or take ten years.

I.S.S. Voyager gets lost in the Delta Quadrant, just like U.S.S. Voyager does in the prime universe. But MU Janeway decided to conquer it as a pirate queen instead of looking for a way home. She’s much harsher and takes literally no smack from anyone. She’s totally bad and I love it! Sign me up! I’ll serve under MU Janeway any day!

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Battlepug #4

I was just as excited for Battlepug as I was the Trek book this week. I love this book so much and this issue was awesome! I will admit, I was a little worried about the whole dimensional portal thing though. I didn’t want like a weird multiverse thing going on, but it appears to just be different worlds rather than different realities. (Please… don’t be different realities – just different worlds…) The giant people are keepers of sorts and Siglund’s actions have had repercussions that a child couldn’t have predicted. I don’t think Missus Queen has any idea what she’s unleashed either. I can’t wait to see how the Kinmundian takes on this challenge!

I also noticed the Star Wars reference, which I thought was absolutely great! The part where Kinmundian is in the ice cave with the giant white hairy creature is a reference to when Luke was upside down in the Wampa cave. The scene is pretty close to the Star Wars scene, until the Kinmundian uses the creature like a hammer to break the ice loose around his feet. I loved it!

I’m still curious about where Sprinkles is going to end up. Will he stay with the Kinmundian or go back to Siglund? I can’t wait for issue #5 – it can’t get here soon enough!

Conclusion

I really hope that Captain Marvel gets back on track after this arc. I wanted Star to be the ‘dark’ Captain Marvel. I want Fantastic Four to get back on track too. I will continue to buy Captain Marvel, regardless of where the story goes but not Fantastic Four. If it doesn’t get back on track in the next issue or two, I’ll cancel my FF sub. Star Trek books are always great reads for me. Battlepug has delivered once again and left me in high anticipation of the 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!
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!
Image
Battlepug #3

Haha! I knew someone was going to tear into the Nobody’s Ponies! I wasn’t sure if Sasha, Bryony, or both of them were going to do it, but I knew someone would! Sasha let her guard down though and almost got Ladora killed by… Dankmeme. Okay… These names are absolutely hilarious: Dankmeme, Slamprancer, Sugarspit. I love them!

But back to the story – Ladora is saved by Bryony, who has lost her cool, completely. This little girl almost murdered a herd of the baddest horses around. If not for Sasha’s cool head and quick thinking, Bryony would have totally splattered those horses. But that’s what they get. Bryony totally turns them into her little horsies and they all ride off towards the north after the Kinmundian. I’m totally happy with the outcome of that encounter.

As for the Kinmundian, I’m not sure if he’s actually killed Jofel this time or not. That guy keeps popping up like a cowlick. Just when you think you’ve gotten a handle on it, it springs back up. Jofel is just like that. But it’s safe to say that those elves are probably dead. He also let his guard down in the fight with the Queen of the Northland Elves. She stabbed him and he’s bleeding out (again) in the snow.

The Queen mentioned another realm. So, does this mean that Battlepug officially has a multiverse now? I knew there was something up with that giant spinning portal of death. And Sprinkles (Modi) isn’t from the Kinmundian’s world?!!?! This changes everything! The Kinmundian is a Claw Mage and so was Catwulf, but Sprinkles didn’t obey Catwulf. Was Sprinkles following the Kinmundian because of friendship? What’s going to happen now that Sprinkles is back with his owner? Will Sprinkles just forget about the Kinmundian?

I also want to say that the story Kelly Williams did at the end of this issue made me so very sad. It was good, but sad.

Sea of Stars #5

I’m so happy that the Zzazteks captured Gil and didn’t kill him. Gil’s helmet, which has the security robot’s personality in it, hasn’t fully grasped the concept of loss and grief. Gil had given up because he thought he had lost Kadyn. Gil didn’t have the will or desire to continue on, until he realized that Kadyn was very possibly nearby. And then we see Gil acting like himself again, so it’s a good thing the Zzazteks didn’t kill him. He helps the monkey and the whale without knowing that they’re Kadyn’s friends. They try to escape and happen to run into Kadyn and all the crazy stuff that’s happening with him. I was happy with how that all played out because it made sense and the story flowed nicely.

We all knew what the Zzazteks were going to do to Kadyn in order to get the magic club out of him. But what I didn’t see coming was Dalla trying to stop it from happening. She was pretty set on getting her place back in society and Kadyn had to die for that to happen. And I was completely blindsided by the ‘most exalted star shaman’ and his betrayal. He always acted like a jerk, so I really didn’t think anything of it until the panel after he slashed Kadyn and proclaimed the power of the war club was his. It was that moment that I gasped and realized he was a super bad dude, not just a bad dude.

Now there’s a giant monster hovering above the Zzaztek’s temple thing and Kadyn’s giving off light like a glow stick. Gil’s probably going to kill that shaman or get killed – or both. Kadyn will have to save the Zzazteks and their moon, and will probably become an exalted hero. But will Gil survive? Will Kadyn survive? Will they make it home to Earth? What’s going to happen to Dalla, monkey, and whale?

Conclusion

I love both of these books. Sea of Stars has a bit more fantasy than what I originally had hoped, but it’s turned out to be an excellent read. I like fantasy, but I’m more of a sci-fi person and I’m very picky when it comes to the fantasy I read. Battlepug is a great example of the type of fantasy content I like. I like it over the top, crazy, awesome, epic, and fun.

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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 #16

I’m really loving Dan Slott’s writing on Fantastic Four. It’s a great story with an obvious message that the world needs to hear. For such an advanced civilization, they sure are stuck on some old fashioned mistakes – mistakes we’re still making today. Ignoring those that need help – especially those that gave their lives for their world – is terrible. But what makes it even worse is that the Overseer (and maybe other people too) segregated and discriminates against those same people. It baffles me that this world couldn’t find enough love and heart to help those that didn’t get the benefits that the Unparalleled have. Ben Grimm is an inspiring individual and probably my favorite of all the Fantastic Four.

As for Sue and Reed, I figured they would go along with the Overseer dude for as long as they felt they could. I’m a little confused as to what Reed knows about the Overseer though. The big secret seemed to be that he’s hidden away the failed attempts at creating Unparalleled by shipping them to Lowtown. But apparently Reed knows something else and I hope we’re enlightened on what that is in the next issue. I also really liked his clever idea to use Sue’s force fields as a way to signal Ben and Johnny.

And speaking of Johnny, I totally ship him and Sky! They’re too cute together! But, I’m afraid that she’s in on whatever the Overseer is doing and so it won’t work out for the two of them. I kind of feel bad for Citadel too. Poor guy got stuck in the middle of all this. I hate saying this, but I truly hope that all of the Unparalleled are just minions to the Overseer and that none of them are aware of anything he’s doing wrong.

I’m just really excited about this book and hope it continues like this!

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #3

I was so confused when I started reading this issue, until I realized that I missed an issue. There was a #2.5 ‘extended’ issue that released and I missed it. I read #3, but I was a little lost and felt like I was missing something by not reading #2.5 – even with the notes explaining things. I do not like important information being put into ‘extended’ issues or additional issues that have unusual numbering. Maybe I’ll be able to find #2.5 and get back on track.

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Space Bandits #5

What a way to end their mission! It was obvious that something was going to go wrong during the heist, but I had hoped that Thena and Cody would have discovered Viggo’s deceit sooner and been able to leave him behind. I knew Cody would have a backup plan of some kind, just in case things went south. It was a surprise to me when I saw she chose the Nature Reserve, which was very smart of her. I really like Cody, but I was actually shocked that she didn’t consider the possibility that Kaiser Crowe would be in on such a big heist to begin with. But it all worked out in the end and the girls made off with the loot!

Those two even tried to make things right for several of the folks they had wronged along the way. Sure, they kept most of the loot for themselves, but at least they did something to help some other folks. It really does show what kind of people they really are.

I don’t think I know who the guy and the boy are at the very end, other than bounty hunters of some kind. They look familiar, but I can’t recall if I’ve seen them before or not. Hopefully there’s more Space Bandits coming!

Conclusion

Even though I had some confusion with White Widow, I still liked it. I absolutely loved FF and Space Bandits. I started reading this Space Bandits issue today and before I knew it, it was done. If I get lost in a book like that, it means I’m seriously digging it. I hope there’s more to come and I will be super disappointed if that’s all there ever is!

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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!
Image
Battlepug #2

My first thought when I saw the giant portal was, “Oh no. Please don’t be time travel.” I have no clue why I thought that and I’m certain that’s not what it is. I have no clue what the spiraling death lights are yet and it’s not revealed in this issue. We find out what happened to Battlepug though! If you didn’t read the first volume of Battlepug (you can – it’s in the Compugdium), then you probably don’t know who the giant boy is. That’s Siglund of the Iceborne Mountains, unless I’ve missed something. We never actually see Sig’s face until now, so I guess it’s possible that it could be another giant boy posing as Sig. But Battlepug (a.k.a. Modi, Sprinkles), seems to go willingly with him. The look of heartbreak on the Kinmundian’s face as Battlepug walks away is so sad! I felt awful for him. The Yuletide warrior woman is the Queen of the Northland Elves, and it’s pretty obvious that she called Sig there to collect Battlepug.

Sasha, Moll, Bryony, Ladora, Colfax, and Mingo went to see Callistus – to get the gang back together and go after the Kinmundian. Callistus has put together a food processing business making hamballs, which I guess I meatballs of sorts. He’s made an honest living and turned the town around! But he jumps at the chance to leave, which didn’t surprise me at all. They bump into a gang of hoodlums, and I about died when I saw them. They’re a bunch of horses with bad boy tattoos on their hind quarters. I love it! I’m a My Little Pony fan and I love MLP spoofs. This one didn’t disappoint. One of them flat out kicked Bryony into next week! Those MLP rejects have no clue what they’ve done. Bryony is going to destroy them for breaking her heart and possibly some of her bones. Sasha may even take a few hides herself! I can’t wait for issue three!

Outer Darkness #11

I was certain that Satalis was a goner. I’m not surprised that Prakash stepped in and stopped Rigg though. And I’ve been curious as to what Agwe and Rigg have been up to for the last few issues and finally – a solid clue! They’re gonna steal a starship.

Rigg set the crew up with an alcohol induced sex party as a reward for surviving under his command. As Rigg and Agwe left the party room, I saw Hydzek approach Prakash about something. I really want to know what Hydzek needed to talk to Prakash about. Meanwhile, the party was a setup for the crew to be murdered while Rigg’s out recruiting a new crew. I’m guessing he’s keeping the new crew to a minimum so they’re easier to control.

I really don’t like Admiral Prakash. Rigg figures out what the job is that he’s supposed to do before he clocks the Admiral with a picture frame and knocks him out. I’m assuming he’s only knocked out and not dead… but you never know! I’m trying to figure out what Rigg’s plan is. I think he wanted to find out what the super secret job was, steal a ship, do the job, and use the results as leverage to get what he wants from the Galactic Service. And I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Satalis, the Crone, Hydzek, or either Prakash.

Conclusion

This was a great week for me from my Image subs! I got to read my absolute favorite Image title – Battlepug; as well as the close second, if not tied for second – Outer Darkness. Don’t ask me to choose my favorite between the two, because I can’t. It would be like comparing and apple to an orange. Both are great comics, but different genres. I wouldn’t want to go without either of them.

I just had a thought hit me – what if – the portal in Battlepug leads to Grumble?! I know, not likely since they’re from two different publishers, but crazier things have happened! I’d love a Battlepug/Grumble crossover!

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Spoiler Warning! Do not read any further if you don’t want spoilers about the content of the Compugdium or the new Battlepug comic series.

 

I stumbled across a comic back in 2015 while browsing the internet for pug related images. The comic showed a precariously censored naked woman, talking to two dogs – one of which was a pug. I read a few panels and decided to hunt down physical copies of the comic book called Battlepug. After a failed search through back issue boxes in the area, I gave up, forgetting all about the pug and the naked lady. I was not aware that it was in a hardcover format at that time and I later discovered that it was originally a webcomic. If I had known about the hardcover books, I would have purchased them years ago, but I thought it was only a webcomic. I don’t usually read digital only comics and books, so I put the naked lady and the pug in the back of mind and moved on.

In 2018, Mike Norton was a guest at the Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Convention (renamed to the Dyersburg Comic Expo). I walked by his table and paused, staring at the familiar pug art and the hardcover books on his table. It wasn’t until a few hours later, after digging on Google, that I realized it was that long forgotten series I wanted to read! Soon after his visit to Dyersburg, I purchased the first volume of Battlepug. The Compugdium was announced shortly after and I quickly signed myself up for it.

This is all very riveting, I’m sure, and you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you this. I don’t want someone else to make – or continue making the same mistake I did. I’m still not a fan of digital only material, but I definitely give it more than a passing glance now. The next thing you’re probably asking yourself, ‘Why should I read Battlepug?’ You’re in luck! I can give you ten really good reasons to read the Compugdium and then subscribe to the new Battlepug comic!

Ten reasons (in no particular order) for why you shouldn’t just read the Compugdium and the Battlepug comics, but why you should purchase copies as well:

Reason #10

Ordering things from your local comic book store helps the store, especially if you’re already interested in the title. That’s a good enough reason on it’s own.

Reason #9

You can get the creators to sign them! You can’t do that with a digital copy. I’m sure there are some folks that don’t care about having signed copies of anything, but for those of us that treasure those items, it’s a pretty good reason to own copies.

Reason #8

It’s fun having the giant Compugdium on the coffee table as a conversation starter.

Guest: “So, read any good books lately?”

Me: Gestures with both hands at the Compugdium.

Compugdium

Silly reason aside, it’s much easier on the eyes to read a hard copy than to sit and scroll through the website. Not that there’s anything wrong with the site, it’s just more convenient – at least I think.

Reason #7

The story is familiar, yet different. It’s definitely what you would expect from a fantasy type story about a barbarian determined to exact vengeance upon an evil villain. It’s familiar enough to draw you in, and different enough to keep you reading. The major characters are all memorable, entertaining, and fun.

Reason #6

Reason #5 leads right into this one. The writing is well done and the content isn’t too bad for young adults. A lot of times, I get lost in fantasy stories because they can over explain the world or character histories. This one is pretty straight forward and flows well from chapter to chapter. There’s sometimes a lot of adult content in fantasy books too, especially with murder and other adult topics. This book has murdering, but it’s not super gross. If I remember correctly, the most obscene things in the Compugdium are the toad boobies and conveniently censored seers. Moll stays mostly covered except for some side-boob shots and her bare butt, but she’s censored with the environment like the other seers. But honestly, I’ve seen must worse on prime-time TV.

Reason #5

The art is great! Norton’s style of art fits so well with the content of the story and Passalaqua is a great colorist. Crank! does a great job on the lettering as well. I love the style used for the letters because it fits the genre perfectly. It all just falls perfectly into place.

Reason #4

Bryony is a great reason to read this story. She’s the foul mouthed child that the Kinmundian saves from some kidnappers sent by Catwulf. She’s a really cool mage of the root, so she controls plants and such. She’s also totally unfiltered, but is censored – kind of. If you look close enough, you can see what she’s saying. I love the censor bars though!

Reason #3

Sasha is another reason you should read this story. She’s a full figured warrior lady that makes Red Sonja look like an amatuer. Sasha goes through some really rough patches in throughout the story too. She’s lost more, changed more, and overcome more than anyone other than the Kinmundian – and even that’s arguable. Sasha is my second favorite character in the whole series; second only to Battlepug.

Reason #2

There’s a giant PUG! I love pugs! Pugs are one of my favorite dogs and Sprinkles… I mean Battlepug, is just amazing! Can you tell how much I love Battlepug by all the exclamation marks I’m using!!! Seriously though, Battlepug is adorable and a warrior. You can’t get much better than that. Not to mention, he resisted Catwulf’s magic and chomped him. I love that pug.

Reason #1

There’s a magic using barbarian that rides a giant pug – what else could you need or want? If you like the idea of Conan the Barbarian, the Comedy, then this is definitely the book for you! I love fantasy barbarians and I love pugs… why not both? And the Kinmundian killed his slaver, the King of the Northland Elves (basically medieval evil Santa). The Kinmundian and Battlepug have a special bond; ‘a boy and his dog’ type of thing. And as much as he tries to resist it, he can’t.

Now you know why you should buy it, but what did I think of Battlepug #1 – the new series that just released?

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Battlepug has returned! The Kinmundian is back on the path of revenge. But before that happens, he was venturing with Moll, Colfax, and Mingo when they came to a town that’s been taken over by an evil puppet controlled by a dictator. The Kinmundian handily disarmed the dictator – after he transformed into a bear-man… thing. Battlepug tossed the dictator miles away. I loved this whole battle scene. Was it a battle though? Jofel, the dictator, was so easily beaten that it almost didn’t seem fair. But it’s not fair to the common folk for someone to just walk up an assume a leadership role without being fairly chosen by the masses.

After the battle, Bryony showed off a new trick she picked up by talking to the Kinmundian and Moll through a flower mural she sprouted in the middle of town. She’s living with Sasha in Leamhan, where they’ve been rebuilding. I love what Bryony’s done with the place! She’s as cute and foulmouthed as ever. And Sasha is amazing! I love the armor on her and I guess it’s a good thing she has it – or she could die really easy. I’m so happy to see Sasha in this new series and I hope she eventually joins the Kinmundian on his journey.

Speaking of – the Kinmundian set out on his own to confront the King of the Northland Elves and along the way, hand-less Jofel and his goons attempted to ambush him. They’re stopped by a yuletide themed warrior woman who claims him as her bounty, but offers to let them help her. My speculation on who she is – the daughter or wife of the King of the Northland Elves. Or, she could be his best and most devoted warrior, set out to avenge the death of her master. Or none of those… Can’t wait to find out!

Battlepug #1 is available to buy! Check with your local comic store and have them order it. Also, add Battlepug to your subscription. Battlepug #2 just released this week! Time for me to go read it!

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Doctor Strange #20

BATS!!! Bats is in this issue – and for more than a brief cameo! He actually has a conversation with Strange! I was shocked, but extremely happy. Now, I’m not silly enough to think that Mark Waid has read anything I’ve written about Bats – the man has probably never heard my name, and I doubt he’d care what I had to say anyway. But my faith in Waid has been restored – not that he needs my faith. Let’s see if he keeps my favorite secondary character in the pages of Doctor Strange.

I definitely enjoyed this issue, and would have even if Bats weren’t in it, but his presence elevated my enjoyment. I think Strange needs Bats, not only as a sounding board but also as a voice of reason at times. Bats brings up the dilemma that a friend and I were discussing: If Strange is in the middle of surgery, what does he do if there’s an invasion or attack from a being that only he can deal with? Strange doesn’t answer well enough for me. He brags about his ability and says, “And if I still can… …how can I not?” That ego of his was showing!

I can’t express how happy I was to see Kanna back again as well. She’s my next favorite secondary character, after Bats. She definitely brings out something in Strange’s personality when she’s around him. Her skills as a technomancer are also really handy. I really hope we see more of her (and Bats) in future issues.

Fantastic Four #15

I say this all the time, but I honestly mean it and can’t stress this enough – this is the perfect family friendly book. This is a book I would recommend reading to younger children and I really don’t think the Fantastic Four gets the love they deserve.

I really loved how this issue was written because it was different and interesting. It was written from the perspective of the aliens on an alien planet that the Fantastic Four ‘invaded’. Now, we all know that they weren’t invaders and one of the aliens probably misinterpreted an ancient prophecy or text. The Unparalleled are a group of heroes, like the Avengers, that intercept any threat to their planet with the help of the Overseer. There’s a bit of fighting and you can tell the Fantastic Four are holding back and trying to communicate, but you can’t read what they’re saying. Some of it looks like it could be deciphered, but I don’t have that kind of patience. Thank you, Reed Richards, for fixing the universal translator. During the fighting, Ben was booted into what they call Lowtown where he encounters hostile folks. Johnny is knocked out and taken away by Sky. The scuffle between Sue and Reed and the Unparalleled ends and they’re taken to the Overseer who tells them that they’re staying there, forever.

I don’t know how much I trust this Overseer guy. He sees everything and I’d expect no less from someone with a name like Overseer. Telling the Unparalleled where the danger is isn’t his only duty – he apparently can tell folks who their soulmates are. Normally that wouldn’t stand out to me, but during the story, I was under the impression that Citadel and Sky were soulmates… until the last page. Sky tells Johnny that they’re soulmates. Are they actually soulmates or is she just crazy? And I know the Fantastic Four won’t stay on Spyre but I’m anxious to see how they get out of there. I think the Overseer is a crazy dictator person disguised as a sane caretaker of sorts. I guess we’ll see in the issues to come!

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Sea of Stars #4

Dalla is a crazy person and not very nice. She wants to kill Kadyn’s friends, the monkey and whale. She’ll kill Kadyn too if she feels like she has to and take that artifact from inside him. I knew I didn’t like her! She’s not a ‘bad guy’ in the classic sense, just misguided. I highly doubt the Zzazteks will accept her back even if she brings Kadyn to them. They might just kill them all. Her bird is just as crazy as she is. I guess we’ll have to wait until next issue to see how all this plays out.

Gil is in so much trouble! I can’t believe he’s fought this long and this hard and he just gives up! I get that it’s discouraging to see Kadyn’s signal disappear, but how can he know that something bad has happened? He’s got to think about this! The battery just died in Kadyn’s helmet. The battery in his helmet almost died, so how can he not take that into consideration? Why does the loss of the signal have to mean something bad? I just want to reach into the panels of the book and shake some sense into him!

This has been an interesting book so far and I really can’t wait for the next issue. I could see the Zzazteks taking Gil back to their base or camp or whatever, and then here comes Dalla with Kadyn. There’s a happy reunion before the two realize that the Zzaztek are going to kill Kadyn for the artifact. I would not be surprised if something totally different from that happens.

Space Bandits #4

I can’t believe Cody messed up with the details about the weapons. If not for the facility’s security and manager stepping in, they’d be dead at the hands of Bowser Weex. Lucky for Cody and Thena, they onknowingly made an unlikely friend with the Telepathist. But how much of that was the Telepathist and how much was the actual manager and staff?

I’m so happy Cody got a glimpse of where Cosmo is at and I’m also glad she’s being smart about it and not collecting him right away. Kaiser Crowe seems like the baddest of all the bad guys she had teamed up with and having her beloved Cosmo in harms way would be a bad idea.

And I’m speechless in regards to Thena and Viggo. Is she really that stupid to think Viggo isn’t pulling another con? I saw right through it immediately and I sure didn’t fall for his lies. Cody better be smart and convince Thena that Viggo is a born jerk. It wasn’t a surprise when he contacted his buddy with the info about Cody and Thena, but I was definitely surprised when I saw who his buddy was – Kaiser Crowe!!! That was a twist I was not expecting!

Conclusion

I absolutely love when all of my books are great! What a pleasant week, with lots of great stories to read. There were lots of crazy people this week! There wasn’t anything that stood out as obnoxious, boring, or the like this week and I’m looking forward to the continuation of these books as well as the new content next week.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #10

Well, I know nothing. I’m apparently terrible at deducing things and I absolutely relate to Carol when she talks about how much she hates not being able to see the whole picture. I want all the relevant details, plain and simple. This is one of the many reasons I love Carol Danvers – I relate to her way more than any other female character in the Marvel universe. Until Minerva revealed the missing pieces, I was right there alongside Carol, scratching my head. The message on the wall, “You’re not as smart as you think you are” hit me as hard as it hit Carol.

It had become pretty obvious that the device in Carol’s chest was draining her powers, but I was in the dark about where her power was being drained to, until they revealed it. I like being surprised sometimes when I read a comic. I like some predictability, but I like the shock of discovery too. I really thought Minerva was Star and I never would have guessed it was Ripley Ryan, the reporter. I guess there are folks that had it figured it out from the beginning, but I definitely wasn’t one of them! And I also didn’t see Star’s backup plan until she revealed it. Star is a nasty antagonist that I really like and I’m on the edge of seat, waiting to see how Carol’s going to get out of this!

Doctor Strange #19

I have really enjoyed the last few of issues of Doctor Strange. I really like the baddie of the week format. This week’s troubled spirit was particularly nasty. He caused accidents that killed people and this time, he almost killed a little boy. I guess it’s a good thing that Doctor Strange was in the neighborhood.

The one thing that really bothers me is how easy it was for Strange to restore his hands when he’s searched forever and is just now using this source. Why didn’t he go Channok before now? Probably because this is his first appearance… but seriously, I don’t like that Strange suddenly knows where to get a spell that could restore his hands. The spell was contained in the Book of Even Odds. It’s a huge risk to use that spell in the first place because the price is steep and unnamed. I guess we’ll see how this turns out in the coming issues.

Dark Horse
The Orville #3

I’m not sure what happened, or if I read the original solicits incorrectly, but I wasn’t aware the series was going to continue beyond the previous two issues. I’m certainly not complaining! I’m definitely down for more Orville content. This is another two-part story and I assume it takes place directly after the previous story. I love all of the thought provoking topics that are presented in this issue.

I knew Darden and his crew were up to something. I didn’t think it was actually malicious and I still don’t think it is, unless they’re killing folks. I’ve always been someone that looked at religion as a private practice. What these folks are doing isn’t hurting anyone – unless they’re killing folks and severing their heads. The ritual does use a severed head, and apparently they had one from what Gordon said. But was it real or synthetic? Studying other cultures is never a bad thing. It becomes toxic if that culture does despicable things and folks take up the practice. I want to know if the severed head was acquired by killing someone or if it was a prop or whatever. If they didn’t kill someone to get it, and it was just a prop, then I don’t see what the harm is in letting them worship Avis. And if they want to fly into Krill space and potentially die, that’s their choice. The only issue I see with them doing that is that they could have sensitive information about the Planetary Union that the Krill will try to extract from them.

And I knew that the feedback Dann detected was going to come back and bite them later! I’m sure some residual feedback is common in daily operations, but when you’re watching an episode or you’re reading a story and something like that is mentioned, it’s typically because it’s going to be referenced later. And the feedback was more than just a minor reference! That feedback was a cleverly implanted program that slowly altered the ship’s course to keep them moving toward Krill space.

I feel like there are several lessons to be learned in this issue. We also won’t know if Darden and his crew have a malicious intent until next issue, but I feel like they just want to be left alone to worship Avis – and hopefully not go around severing heads off unsuspecting individuals.

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Outer Darkness #10

And just when I thought this book couldn’t surprise me anymore, this issue comes out. I wasn’t surprised that the crew fell victim to hate blossoms. That just seems like a normal thing to happen to them. I am surprised that their collective hate flowed in such a controlled manner. I would have expected what happened in the mess hall to happen ship-wide. But there were individuals that kept their composure even under the effect of the hate blossoms. I was surprised that Agwe didn’t explode when Rigg cut loose on the Crone. I was surprised that Satalis made his move on Rigg so thoughtlessly, even under the hate blossoms’ control. You would have thought he’d have had a more methodical and planned approach and not be so careless. And I was also surprised that Rigg held those particular actions against him when he’s not holding himself accountable for his intent on harming the Crone. And yet again, I was surprised that Rigg showed kindness towards the Crone in allowing her to keep her cat on the bridge.

Satalis is on his way to be fed to the ship’s engine, Gallu. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it happened or not. I could see Rigg tossing him to Gallu and Satalis getting eaten; or some kind of intervention, divine or otherwise, keeping Satalis from the maw of the god engine. Guess we’ll find out in the next issue!

Conclusion

All of my books were great this week. I always look forward to Outer Darkness, which is a favorite of mine from this week along with Captain Marvel. Doctor Strange is on the right track again, though I don’t know how I feel about his hands being restored. We’ll see how it goes. I’m glad the Orville wasn’t just a two part series and I think I misread the solicits initially. Can’t wait to see what comes in 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
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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