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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 #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
Spider-Man #1 (Abrams)

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

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

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

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

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Grumble #10

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

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

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #6

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
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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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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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 #18

Finally!!! This was a huge relief for me. I finally get to read a Doctor Strange story about the weird and unusual ‘baddie of the week’. He really lets his jerk side show in this issue too, with how rude he is to the family that lives in the house. He was nice enough to ring the doorbell, but he just ignored the family or was short with them. But to be fair, he was fighting an interdimensional aquatic demon… So they should have taken his advice and kept quiet so he could focus. At least Gene (the dad) was able to give Strange some helpful advice in combating Xennerak. Ironically, Xennerak was like a clog in a pipe and Gene is a handy man of sorts, so he knew how the best method to clean the pipes. When the threat of Xennerak was neutralized, Strange’s attitude was much more relaxed and he even fixed the family’s home before he left. That was the honorable thing to do and I appreciate that he did it.

I definitely enjoyed this issue much more than several of the previous issues. I hope this trend continues, with entertaining stories that don’t involve galaxy ending events like Galactus eating all of the worlds in the magic universe.

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #5

This issue was absolutely fantastic! It’s apparent that the artifacts the Enterprise beamed up are either contaminated with some kind of mind altering affect – or – they’re not really artifacts, but weapons. They could also have been a device for interpreting languages that have somehow malfunctioned and are skewing communications. But again, they could also be a type of mental weapon that was planted on Hesperides I on purpose, just for the Enterprise. Or they could be the weapon that destroyed the civilization of Hesperides I, and the Enterprise is just unlucky in picking them up. A great side effect of whatever these ‘artifacts’ are is that they appear to have bridged the communication gap between Uhura and the Tholian, Bright Eyes. Bright Eyes doesn’t seem to have any hostile intent toward Uhura and even apologized for destroying the teddy bear.

I’m curious to see what happens to this Tholian. I’m also curious to see what is actually causing the communication breakdown and how the artifacts are related to that – if they are. I can not wait for the next issue!

Conclusion

I was so pleased with my books this week! I can’t express how happy I am to see the return of simple ‘baddie of the week’ in Doctor Strange and I look forward to more issues like that. Star Trek is always entertaining and I always look forward to 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!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #9

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

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

Doctor Strange #17

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

Fantastic Four #13

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

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

Dark Horse
The Orville #2 of 2

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #4

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #9

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

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

Unnatural #12

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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
Fantastic Four #12

Now this is what I’m talking about! Just a normal day and then suddenly, a normal villain pops up – no galaxy imploding dilemma; no world ending catastrophe; just a typical villain clash with a bit of a complication. Ben and Alicia are on their honeymoon and he’s about to be human again for a short period of time. There are a few comedic moments upon their arrival to their honeymoon resort. Then they go for a walk on the beach and have a warm, heartfelt moment where Alicia ‘proposes’ to Ben, to show that she accepts him for whoever his is, inside and out. It was a very touching moment that was ruined by the Hulk! But the Hulk isn’t acting like… the Hulk. He’s bloodthirsty and ruthless and Ben even notices it. We see that the Puppet Master is really behind the Hulk going bonkers, but does Ben know it’s him? Alicia is trapped during a landslide caused by the Hulk throwing Ben into a mountainside, and Ben’s timer is running out. He’s about to be a human and he’ll be completely pulverized by the Hulk. I hope Ben figures something out soon!

Conclusion

I really enjoyed this issue of Fantastic Four. I like that it had heartwarming moments, comedy, and action – all in one issue! I’m excited for the next issue to see how Ben gets out of this!

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

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Marvel
Doctor Strange #16

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

Albatross FunnyBooks
Grumble #8

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

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

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

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #5

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

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #6

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
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Marvel
Captain Marvel #8

Carol Danvers is definitely suffering from sabotage. Someone is out to get her and I’m pretty sure it’s Minn-Erva doing it. I also think Minnerva is actually Star. There are too many similarities and it’s too much of a coincidence that she shows up a week after Star. Carol just can’t seem to catch a break. Everything she does is painted as ‘bad’ by the media and they don’t have all the facts. I’m afraid of where this is going to lead Carol. I’m afraid that she’s going to take Minnerva up on her offer and that’s not going to help her reputation at all. And I don’t like Tony Stark either, but if it were me and my powers were acting up, he’s the first person I would have went to. There isn’t another person on the planet that could help her more than Stark can right now. I hope that the first panel of the next issue has Carol giving Minnerva a false handshake just so she can toss Minnerva into space, but I have a feeling that’s not what’s going to happen.

At least Jessica and her other friends were there to show her some love and support. But that’s not exactly what she needs right now. She needs folks to back off of her. She needs some positive press to help alleviate some of her negative self-image. It just seems like Carol’s entire life is spinning out of control.

And oh my goodness – Goose/Chewie (not sure which name is correct at this point) – She is now one of Carnage’s minions because of the Grendel symbiote (Maybe? Not sure if this is all true). I have no clue what all that means because I’m not reading Carnage/Venom stories, but it’s likely not a good thing. Carnage is bad news and Venom can’t make up its mind if it’s good, evil, or an anti-hero. Here’s hoping we don’t see Carol taken over by a symbiote – because then the Marvel Universe would probably cease to exist.

Dark Horse
The Orville #1 of 2

This is GREAT! I love this two part series already. It’s filling in the blanks between season one and season two of the TV series, The Orville. If you haven’t watched any of the Orville yet, you’re going to be lost. If you plan to watch the series, but just haven’t yet, go ahead and pick up this two part series – and then go start season one – now.

This issue shows us how Kelly met Cassius and better explains Topa’s rapid growth. I love the side story so far too, with Ed and Gordon on the planet of penguin people. So far, everything that’s happened has been fairly predictable, but like I’ve mentioned in previous articles – I like predictable sometimes. I like that this book was predictable. I also like how easy and light of a read it was. I sometimes want a smooth story that doesn’t require a ton of in depth thinking. I was hoping this two part series was going to be like that. I have enough complex and deep stories to read in my other books and it was relaxing to read something like this.

Ed and Gordon were in the shuttle on their way to a conference. They found a distress beacon and went looking for the Burton, which is likely named for LeVar Burton who portrays Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. If not, that’s a funny coincidence. The beacon was over a hundred years old, but they had to follow protocol and check it out. The Burton crashed on this planet they found, and the cause of the crash is currently unknown. The cannon on the ship is what shot them out of the sky, but we don’t know yet if it was automated or intentional. It looks like the life forms in the area go to the ruins of the ship for food. I don’t have enough knowledge of the Orville’s universe to know if they had food synthesizers on the Burton or not. So someone could be using technology to create food and keep the inhabitants under their control. We also don’t know if anyone survived and had children on the planet. It’s possible, even though the penguin dude didn’t know what a human was. If there are any humans here, they’re either disguising themselves or they’ve likely been mutated from the radiation that Ed detected.

So many new questions, which are sure to be answered in the next issue! At least, I hope they are since this is a two part series.

Conclusion

I kind of wish I knew more about what was going on in Marvel right now, because when Goose got gobbled by those rats’ tendrils, I thought they were a type of Flerken rat. I had to go Google Flerken to see if there were Flerken rats… which it doesn’t look like there are at the moment. A little more digging on Google led me to a site that says Grendel did it and Goose is now a Carnage minion. I wonder how much of that is going to play into the actual story for Captain Marvel…

The Orville was exactly what I wanted. I wanted a light story that tied into the show. I just really hope it’s wrapped up next issue and doesn’t trail off into another mini series. I don’t mind more mini series, but I want individual mini series stories that don’t tie into each other outside of the show. Guess we’ll find out next month!

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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 #15

It’s yet another galaxy-ending event issue. I don’t mind a good apocalyptic story, but this one has gone on for several issues now and I really want Strange to get back to dealing with everyday bad folks – not just the galactic bad folks. I found it funny that the Living Tribunal and Eternity spun Strange’s arguments against him. And it was nice to see all the backup that finally arrived in the last few panels. I’m still not convinced that they can defeat Galactus. I think there’s going to be some divine intervention from Living Tribunal or Eternity – or some other all-mighty, older than the universe, entity.

As much as I’d love to see Strange and Clea re-marry, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think they function better as an occasional team-up and not a permanent duo. And that’s because Strange’s ego will ruin it, so it’s better for the two of them to remain separate and work together on occasion. Being away from her and then reuniting occasionally is humbling for him and he needs that.

I know that I complain about galaxy-ending events popping up all the time, but luckily we don’t have the issue of a power-up, power creep like most anime and manga do. The hero levels up to beat the big bad, then another big bad is suddenly alerted to the power creep and so they come to investigate or eliminate the potential threat. This leads to the hero needing to level up once more and the cycle repeats itself. For as much as I love DBZ and Bleach, I wish the power creep wasn’t present. We (hopefully) won’t have to worry about Strange becoming the Super Mega Sorcerer Supreme Exponential God-Mode Deity Doctor Strange – He’ll always be Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

Fantastic Four #11

Fantastic Four is always a great read for anyone looking for a family oriented and wholesome morals type book. In this issue, Reed and Sue are approached by the DEMV and informed that Val and Franklin will have to take driver tests if they want to legally drive any of the Fantastic Four’s vehicles. The children object, but Reed reminds them that the Fantastic Four doesn’t break the law. Now, I feel like that statement may be tested in a future issue, but it definitely sends the right kind of message to the readers.

I figured that Val would be the one to fail and Franklin would pass the driver test, because he needed a confidence boost. What better way to do that than to let him be better at something than Val. He also single handedly stopped the big bad in this issue and he did it with reverse psychology instead of beating her up. This was a wonderful book for Franklin and I hope that he gets his emotions in order and resolves some of his angst after all his successes.

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #2

Just like Section Zero, White Widow is another of what I call a ‘new 90’s’ comic. These type of books feel like they came straight from the supermarket rack in the 90’s. Their stories are over the top but fun and entertaining. The art is reminiscent of the 90’s style artwork too, which is some of my favorite art. I guess you could say that I’m a sucker for these type of books.

White Widow’s origin isn’t really ‘original’, but it’s still a good origin. I can’t think of any other character with the exact same origin, but it reflects a few various origins. As a baby, she had a crippling, terminal disease and her genius scientist mother spliced her genes with a white widow spider for its regenerative ability. That worked until recently (as an adult) when the disease started to overwhelm her spider genes and so her genius scientist father added nanotech to the mix. We end up with a woman who can cover herself, at will, with a metallic silk like material and make it appear however she wants. It also acts like a weapon, becoming razor sharp talons or whip like strands.

Her first super powered villain encounter is against a woman called Pulse, who can make EMP’s that almost fry White Widow’s nanotech. Pulse has that EMP gimmick, but White Widow was able to outrun it and get the drop on her. I like the dynamic that’s forming between those two – kind of like a nemesis or rival dynamic. I hope it’s something that the writers pursue and capitalize on.

Conclusion

Three really good stories, even if one was a typical galaxy-ending story. I still enjoyed Doctor Strange and there is still at least one more galaxy-ending issue, but I hope that’s it. I really want to get back to the small time baddies. Fantastic Four was fun, as always and White Widow is just a great way for me to scratch my 90’s itch with a brand new book.

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