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

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Marvel
Captain Marvel #5

I like the message that I’ve gotten from Carol and Rogue’s experiences in these last few issues. They’re telling us that we’re all stronger together and that despite our differences, we can work together. We don’t have to be friends, but we can be allies. Carol is also very kind to Som by showing him compassion and trying to help him. I knew Som would play some part in his father’s plan, but I wasn’t sure what it would be. I was surprised that he was the reason super powers were shut down, but wasn’t surprised when it was revealed he was a bomb. It definitely made sense to me, that he’d explode after absorbing all those super powers. If Rogue hadn’t been there to absorb his power, he may have blown up. Carol would have likely been forced to fly him way above the city so he didn’t hurt anyone else and he may have died from it. Carol made a good call by asking Rogue to step in and absorb the energy.

I was so happy and excited to see that Carol felt she didn’t need to hold back and restrain her herself against Nuclear Man at a particular point. But she was still part of a team and worked with her teammates. And of course, that jerk teleported out and took Som with him. I feel for Som, because he seemed like he genuinely didn’t want to be part of what his father was doing.

In the end, the heroes save the day. The girl ends up getting the guy too, which made me very happy to see. And once again, Captain Marvel is being misunderstood. There is also a shadowy figure shown at the end, and they’re probably stirring up some chaos. It was a nice teaser for the coming issue, and I hope it’s one that can be easily understood without having to read the main War of the Realms story.

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Unnatural #9

Everything is going crazy right now. I don’t know how Leslie’s going to get control over herself again after letting the Albino in the way she did. There’s no way she’s dead after jumping off the waterfall. I refuse to believe Leslie died from that. I’m more concerned about Khal’s well being. I was so glad Khal called Saya out over her mistake – it truly was all her fault that they were in that situation. If she hadn’t betrayed them, things might have been going differently.

I really enjoyed the flashbacks into Maxime’s past. While it doesn’t justify her doing what’s she’s done as Glimpse, it’s nice to have some more of the backstory. I want to know what happened to Winston. I feel like he betrayed her in some way and that’s what set all of this craziness into motion. I also like the flashes to what’s currently going on elsewhere in the world. It’s a grounding in the story, and a reminder of where the characters came from and the journey they’ve taken. It’s so easy to get lost in the current events, that we forget how it all began. There are so many things to love about this story and it continues to be a highly anticipated book for me every month.

Conclusion

I am continuously impressed with the writing and the story of both Captain Marvel and Unnatural. Both stories have touched on things that are relatable to real world issues, without bringing those topics directly into the stories. I can’t express how much I love these writers for doing it this way.

A brief note on Captain Marvel #6 – If I read it and I find out that you really need to read War of the Realms to get what’s going on, I will be excluding it from my recap that 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
Doctor Strange #13

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

Fantastic Four #9

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #1

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

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

Star Trek: Waypoint (Special 2019)

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

Hearts & Bones

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

Unfathom

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

The Swift Spoke

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

The First Year

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #4

I can’t wait until my daughter is able to read. This Captain Marvel series is going to be one of the first things I want her to read (and hope she wants to read it). This series is so amazing! There’s moments of despair and hopelessness, but it’s followed by a triumph. There is solidarity against a common enemy; forgiveness and understanding; strategic and tactical thinking to overcome a foe (not just brute strength or magic); and the fate of the world isn’t dangling by a thread. This is exactly everything that I want in a super hero comic story. Epic tales of world ending monstrosities are fine every so often, but not in every story arc. Nuclear Man isn’t threatening the world, yet. He’s got a small bubble around an area where he’s enslaved the men and subjugated the women. The women are rising up, banding together in sisterhood, and attempting to take him down.

Carol is a prize of sorts for Nuclear Man because he wants her for his own personal breeding stock. She’s being tested in a death match against Rogue, who is being controlled by Nuclear Man. Carol is not a damsel in distress, and she’s not waiting on someone to save her. She’s standing her ground and facing her fears, trying to overcome the challenge in front of her. The amount of bravery and trust that Carol and Rogue exhibit in this issue is amazing. They aren’t friends because of past events, but they can cooperate if they need to. I don’t think Carol letting Rogue absorb most of her essence and then Rogue letting Carol take over her body is an ideal situation for either of them. It’s asking them to go above and beyond cooperation. But it’s something they felt they needed to do to overcome an enemy, so they put their differences aside and showed a level of maturity that folks today just don’t exhibit.

Take notes, folks. This isn’t just how a super hero book should be done, it’s a book on how to be a decent person too.

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Outer Darkness #6

I was so right about that Cambion Arch-Fiend being left behind by Rigg and his crew. I figured that’s what happened and then he was kind enough to confirm it. It’s painful to see the imagery of the little girl who is obviously dead because of his actions; and then to read the words in that panel, “Not our problem, Agwe.” The philosophy that I follow in life teaches us to be kind and always do what is right, even if what’s right isn’t easy. Leaving that creature behind like that, knowing what would eventually happen, is not right. Rigg is now my least favorite character – ever. But even though I dislike Rigg, it’s not because of poor writing or design, it’s because he’s written in such a way that I love to hate him.

And Satalis… oh boy. I knew he was up to something, but I didn’t realize it was this level of nasty. I still like Satalis more than Rigg right now, but I hope he’s not an actual bad guy. I don’t know if he’ll actually be able to get rid of Rigg, but I wouldn’t be upset if he did – unless he’s a bad guy.

And sometimes I wonder if Prakash is naive or an idiot – or both. If I were Prakash, I would not believe anything Rigg told me. This is such a great story and I really hope someone adapts it to a series or movie. I think a mini-series would be perfect!

Conclusion

I had two astounding comics in my box this week and it gave me a great balance of content. Captain Marvel is currently the perfect super hero book, and Outer Darkness is a awesome non-super hero book! The characters in Outer Darkness are constantly developing and it’s such a well written and well illustrated book. I don’t see near enough hype around this title and I truly believes it deserves it.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Doctor Strange #12

Okay, Bats is not the reason I read Doctor Strange, but I’m seriously upset that he’s been left out of the last several issues. It may seem silly to some, but I have an emotional connection to that character. As for the rest of the story, it was another “Strange vs an Apocalyptic Event” scenario. You can only have so many of those back to back before they get tiring. I love Strange as a character and Mark Waid is a great writer, but I’m not happy with the stories right now.

Fantastic Four #8

I wasn’t surprised that Doom had imprisoned the Fantastic Four. And of course, he goes to gloat, and claims he’s doing them a courtesy. He even insults Sue’s abilities and I knew it would come back to bite him later. I’m not that knowledgeable on how Sue’s powers work, so I was a little surprised that she’s able to make other things invisible. I was disappointed that she chose to make his clothes invisible. That seemed a little childish, and all it did was make him really angry. But I think, what surprised me the most was Victorious’ interaction with Johnny, before all the naked Doom stuff happened. She’s definitely obedient and dedicated to Doom, but part of me wonders if she can be reformed by the FF. But then again, Sue’s little prank on Doom could have ruined any chance of that.

The secondary story in this issue was about Franklin having nightmares of Griever and running away – after being totally disrespectful to his new aunt, Alicia. Again, I’m not up on FF history as well as some, so I have no clue who the little creepy dudes in the trees were. I also don’t know who Wendy is, and I guess I should go read FF #239 to find out. I have a feeling that something bad might be about to happen and Franklin’s going to get caught in the middle. Or maybe that’s just my paranoia and he’s safe with Wendy. Once I find a copy of FF #239 (or the next issue comes out), I’ll have a better idea of what’s going on there.

There was something that bothered me a lot in this book. It’s probably just me, because I’m an old person, but I didn’t like the art in one of the panels. The page after Franklin wakes up from his nightmare, Val is sitting on the bed and the artist drew her shirt strap as though it were sliding off her shoulder. The previous panel shows it firmly on her shoulder, so what happened to cause it to fall? And why is her shirt drawn like that at all? She’s a teenager, not an adult. This type of clothing illustration bothers me a great deal when it’s on a child – and a teen is still a child. Franklin is shown in a tank top shirt and sweats, so why the provocative look for Val? This is likely a classic case of “intention vs interpretation” where the artist is probably going for the “I’m a cute teen” look, but if I could misinterpret the artist’s intent, then I’m sure the wrong type of folks can too.

Conclusion

I wasn’t overly impressed with either book this week. I don’t expect anyone to understand why I love Bats so much. Donny Cates knows because I cried, really hard, telling him why the issue Bats died in was so important to me. I don’t understand why Waid doesn’t throw him in the script background here and there. Why don’t the artists doodle him in, sleeping on the floor or phasing in through the wall? Will it ‘ruin’ the book that much? #SaveBats

As for Fantastic Four, well, I’m disappointed this week. Heroes don’t effectively ‘pants’ anyone on live TV. Sue better have a good reason for that. The book was mostly fine until that last page and it practically ruined it for me. My other problem with this issue was detailed above already.

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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 #3

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

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

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #5

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

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

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #1

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #11

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

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

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Grumble #4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #3

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #4

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #10

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

Remittance

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

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

House Call

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

The Lever

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

Perchance

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Time travel can be exhausting…

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

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #6

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

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

Invaders #1

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

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

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

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #1

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

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

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #4

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

Star Trek vs Transformers #4

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

Conclusion

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

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