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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 Comics
Avengers #9

This issue is full of economic messages; one being don’t pollute the ocean. But instead of a friendly Captain Planet type person to give you a slap on the wrist, you’ll face the wrath of Namor and be eaten by sharks or drowned in your jail cell. Namor is a seriously bad dude and you do not want to mess with him. The Avengers went toe-to-toe with him – ALL of the current Avengers. They didn’t scratch him and the only thing that made Namor stand down was Steve Rogers. He didn’t stand down because he felt out matched. He stopped fighting because he and Steve have past and he wanted to give Steve a chance to talk. I absolutely feel that the Avengers were wrong for taking the prisoners from Namor. Namor has a right to see justice done, by his people and their laws, for his people that were slaughtered. I’m totally on his side in this. When diplomacy fails, we’re forced to defend ourselves by taking up arms. I definitely feel like Namor overreacted with Stingray, by beating the daylights out of him and then letting the sharks eat him…

All of that crazy bit aside, it doesn’t appear that Namor is planning to invade, which I think is a good move on his part. I have always believed that you keep and protect what’s yours. You shouldn’t go looking for trouble and don’t be a menace to your neighbors.

“No more armies hitting the beach. No more invasions. Let the Air-Breathers have their mounds of dirt and blackened skies. We fight for the seas, and those who call them home.”
~ Namor

“The surface world has their Avengers. Now we have the Defenders of the Deep.”
~ Namor

And oh my, those beasties behind him that he calls the Defenders of the Deep are very menacing. I know one is Tiger Shark, but I have no clue who the others are. Poor Stingray… he could have been one too. I really hope Marvel actually does something with this group of sea-beasties, because I would absolutely buy that book.

There was just one other part that stuck with me, and that was when Ghost Rider drove his car out of the giant whale-sea monster thing. He yells out, ” Wahoooo! Just call me the Human Habanero!” I think I found that funnier than it should have been, but I laughed for a good bit over that. I still chuckle over it when I think about it. #HumanHabanero

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25

There are too many problems with this final issue of Scarlet Spider and I’m very upset about it. The first is the change of interior artists for the last two issues. The art is not appealing to me at all and it’s hard to follow what’s going on in some of the panels. For example, is Ben walking along the side of the wall or did he fall to the ground in those final panels? I can’t tell…

Another issue is how painfully predictable the story was. I called it (and probably loads of other folks did too) – Abigail is a celestial being thing and she saved him. Super predictable. But, why was Mysterio’s daughter there?! I know she was a weird thing with glowing eyes at the end of issue 19, but seriously? What a let down. And what was up with dude stabbing Kaine with his girlfriend’s mechanical arm? Like, was that Gabriel? It was difficult to follow.

Ben is not a villain. I’m fairly certain that Death meant something different when she said he’d be evil if he was brought back again (issue seven). But a celestial being brought Ben back, after events that were staged by Mephisto. Even Abigail said it – Mephisto “circumvented the natural order of things.” So, why would he be evil, with a shattered soul, if things were put back on track? Sorry – not buying it.

I’m very disappointed in this finale. I have lots of questions for Peter David if I ever get a chance to meet him.

Infinity Wars #4

I’m starting to get déjà vu with this story. It may not be exactly the same as the stories that came before it, but I think I know how the rest of this goes. Gamora fights with the big hero/anti-hero dudes. Loki somehow screws over his ‘team’ that he assembled. But in the end, a victory is achieved by one of the following: diplomacy, by trapping Gamora, or by removing the Mad Titan from her subconscious. And then all will be restored with minuscule changes to the universe. I want to be wrong about this, and so I’ll continue to read this title in hopes of seeing a different outcome. The story started off great, but I didn’t care for this issue and I’m starting to feel the boredom set in.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #1

If it’s one thing I love seeing, it’s references to things in previous episodes, movies, and comics within a particular IP. In this issue, there are tons of villains in the background images and the Staff of Sacanas reappears! These villains and the staff are all residents (presumably) of this ‘mirror’ universe. I love the Star Trek reference there, whether it was intentional or not. Luna and Stygian literally walk through a mirror to enter this universe. It’s not the first time within the My Little Pony universe that you see a mirror portal to a parallel universe. Equestria Girls makes use of a mirror portal and it’s used in previous comics as well. Starswirl actually makes several mirror portals that lead to many different universes.

But in this issue, Luna is on a mission to save the parallel Celestia (currently corrupted into Daybreaker) from the parallel Pony of Shadows. Or at least, that’s who they think they’re going to encounter. There’s one thing I’ve learned from mirror universe stories and that is, it’s always a bad idea to go to a mirror universe. This was no exception. I was expecting the Pony of Shadows and was surprised to see Discord has a cousin named Eris, who is this world’s Lord of Chaos. Eris steals Luna’s powers and stores them in what looks like an orb. Eris is going to auction the orb off to the highest bidder in her villain casino thing. Whoever wins that orb is going to have control over the moon and to invade the dreams of others, and Eris is anticipating lots of chaos as a result.

Stygian rescues Luna from Eris and they return to their Equestria. They decide to form a team to rescue this ‘mirror’ universe from chaos, but they can’t bring heroes. They’re gonna need villains to get passed the ‘Goodie Two Shoes’ sensor at the door. I immediately thought of Tempest, since the Staff of Sacanas is being used in this story. Then I saw the cover for issue two and behold – Tempest, Trixie, and Capper. I’m super excited for the next issue!

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Unnatural #4

This is one series that hasn’t let me down at all. Mirka Andolfo keeps me guessing all the time with how this story is going to play out. I was really hoping Trish wasn’t dead, but it appears that she is, and now Derek is dead too! This crazy cult thing that follows Glance, is most definitely full of bad folks. Glance seems kind of nasty too, but at least he looks cool. I would be shocked if they were the ‘good guys’ in all of this. And I was fairly certain that her dreams were going to turn super dark, but I had no clue they would turn out to be memories. I didn’t expect that big bad wolf to be bound to her soul either. That was a nice twist that I didn’t see coming and it makes me wonder about Glance and his cult. Are they actually trying to hurt Leslie or the wolf dude? I bet they’re trying to restore that big bad wolf, which means they’re probably going to hurt Leslie.

I also had a feeling there was a big white wolf under that hoodie. I’m wondering just how much of an ally this wolf actually is. One thing is for certain, Leslie needs a friend, but I’m wondering if he’s going to be the friend she needs. She’s looking at possible murder charges for Trish and I bet Glance is going to frame her for Derek too. Oh my goodness… I don’t want to wait! I want to read the next issue, now!

Conclusion

So, two misses for me this week. I don’t mind predictable, except when it’s like Scarlet Spider was and how I’m afraid Infinity Wars is going to be. But at least I had Avengers, My Little Pony, and Unnatural to pick up the slack this week. Those are all great books, with their own strengths. They all target a different audience too, so I got a nice variety of unique stories and content with those three books. I know I always say this, but honestly, I can’t wait to see what’s coming in next week. I enjoy telling you – the reader – what I think about the books I read, and I hope that folks find something useful or entertaining from 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 Comics
Death of the Inhumans #4

Mr. Cates never ceases to amaze me. I thought Vox was vaporizing folks with a power similar to Black Bolt’s. Surprise! Those folks aren’t dead, yet. They’re all in tubes and it looks like the Kree are likely experimenting on them. And another surprise! There are dozens, maybe hundreds of the Voxes… Voxi… Vox? Well, there are a bunch of this dude, chilling, waiting to be activated. I thought this book was anxiety (the good kind) for me before, but seeing all the Vox bodies hanging like they’re bicycles in storage – that’s nightmare fuel. Presumably one or two Vox caused so much chaos… I can’t imagine the damage a dozen, or hundreds of this dude could do.

I am a little confused though – how did Maximus get into Vox’s armor? Did he start there? Did they turn Maximus into a ‘Vox’? All of the Vox bodies are the same in height and body build, so you can’t put all those Inhumans into a Vox body, unless they’re somehow altering the Inhuman bodies. I think they might be cutting their heads off or something else that’s just as horrific.

I have to say that I’m very happy the Inhumans aren’t all destroyed yet. With the Fantastic Four back in action, I hope to see the two groups interacting. That is, if the Inhumans survive the onslaught of Vox…

I’m always on the edge of seat at the end of these issues, and I’m always anxious to read the next one, but it’s not out yet!

Doctor Strange #6

I don’t think I’m ever truly disappointed with a Doctor Strange story. I like some more than others, but it’s rare for me to say – ‘I didn’t like this story at all’. This issue was no exception.

I knew something was off about that other ‘Stephen Strange’. I didn’t think the imposter was going to be the one we had been following across the galaxy. Though, that would have been an interesting twist. And the story arc that was referenced in this book is one I haven’t read – surprisingly. But, I wasn’t confused or lost because Mark Waid did an excellent job of recapping it without bogging the story down.

I love Kanna’s humor and sarcasm. She pairs well with Bats and the two compliment Doctor Strange. I really hope those two stick around for a while. I miss Zelma, and definitely miss Wong, but times change and stories evolve. I look forward to seeing Bats and Kanna’s adventures with Doctor Strange. So far, this story is shaping up to be an entertaining one with demons, disembodied essences, and demons presumably killed by said disembodied folks. Since I’m not familiar with Casey (other than what was in the recap), I’m excited to see more of her character and what’s happened to her. She’s got to be powerful if she destroyed that demon, Baroshtok. I’ve also asked my local comic shop to order the Strange: The Doctor is Out trade so I can read that particular story.

I’m wondering if this Casey-Strange has been the Strange with the Avengers or if this story is even in the same continuity as the Avengers book. If it is, I hope it’s addressed at some point in the Avengers.

Another thing I absolutely love and have since the start of this arc, is how Kanna looks. I love aliens and space related things. I don’t really have the time or money to cosplay, but she would totally be high on my list of characters to cosplay.

Conclusion

I only had two books this week, but it’s all about quality versus quantity. I’d rather have two amazing books than ten books that weren’t as fun to read. I also got My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #71 this week, but I’m not reading those in singles – just the omnibus. I’ve also got a growing stack of manga to read and once I’m caught up, I might start including those in my recaps. Hopefully next week will be just as amazing as this week was!

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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!
DC
Batgirl #27

When we left Babs, she had collapsed at her father’s precinct. She was foaming at the mouth and not responsive. We start this issue with her being rushed to Gotham General Hospital while she’s having what appears to be a seizure. She does come out of it, but she’s lost her eidetic memory and that makes me very sad. While it doesn’t define her, it definitely plays a big part in helping her solve crimes. I hope her eidetic memory returns once she fixes her implant, but she’s definitely not thinking clearly right now. She needs to rest and recover, but instead, she’s out swinging around Gotham in an old ‘prototype’ costume.

I have to say, that ‘prototype’ looks so cool! I really like that there isn’t a cowl and the tiny bat ears are perfect and so cute! The belt design looks like a bat and so do the tops of her boots and gloves – which is also perfect… and cute. This design is much simpler than her previous one, but there are also great details in the simplistic style. I absolutely love it!

But back to the story. She works extra hard, also using her stubbornness to her advantage, and she finds what she thinks is a lead. I had never heard of Grotesque until a few issues ago when he popped up, and I was surprised to see the guy (supposed to be Grotesque) she was tracking was actually stuffed in the refrigerator. I have no clue who Grotesque could possibly be at this point – not that I had a clue before. But I’m not surprised that whoever he is, he’s framing Batgirl for the death of Phillipe. I’m surprised that she went back into that apartment (through the window, again) before assessing the approximate amount of time that had passed since she fell into that dumpster. She’s getting sloppy and now it has got her in a potentially bad situation. If she has another seizure or episode because of her implant, she’s definitely in serious trouble! The cops will take her in and then Gordon is going to be under fire while chaos is unleashed. Well, maybe. She’ll likely back out of the window and zip off before so she ends up having another seizure on a random rooftop or down an alley somewhere. I hope she makes it home first, but I don’t think that’ll be the case.

Marvel Comics
Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #24

This issue was mostly one large fight scene between Ben and Kaine, thanks to Mephisto and his shenanigans in the previous issue. Ben does try a diplomatic solution, but only after he fights off the urge to rip Kaine’s head clean off his body. Ben tries to jog Kaine’s memory by telling him what Mephisto did, altering his memories and all. Kaine ‘remembers’, but it’s a ploy and shame on Ben for not realizing it sooner. Kaine eventually gets a gun by disarming a cop and aims to shoot Ben, but Cassandra is coming at Ben from the opposite direction and that puts Ben in a nasty spot. Let Cassandra die, or take the bullets and she lives? Ben does what a true hero would and pushes Cassandra out of the way, only to be shot multiple times. Kaine and Cassandra are standing over his bullet riddled body as we are left wondering, when is this silliness all going to end? The one notable incident that doesn’t involve a spider or someone trying to kill a spider, is when Abigail’s body vanishes from her bed. We all know it’s got something to do with that celestial blood. I’m predicting Abigail comes back to life and brings Ben back to life too, since he’s a hero and saved her mother from being shot to death. Overall, this issue was entertaining and I enjoyed all the witty banter from Ben.

IDW
My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries #5

This miniseries was really cute and are great comics for children. The Cutie Mark Crusader Super Sleuths always seem to have a mystery fall into their laps. This time, someone has done something pretty horrible. They’ve stolen a priceless treasure that belongs to Songbird Serenade. The Super Sleuths are on the case and they set out to find the culprit. They have a more difficult time with this case than they have with previous cases, and even get tied up by a stranger in their own clubhouse. But they never give up and they eventually solve the case. They expose the culprit right in front of Songbird Serenade and Rarity. Everyone also finds out that the priceless Abyssinia Albatross is actually a fake. Songbird Serenade said her Great Grandpony won it for her at a carnival when Songbird Serenade was a filly. This is shocking news to everypony, including me! I wasn’t expecting a twist like that!

There are great lessons to learn in this issue; never give up – even if your task seems impossible, trust in your friends and family, trust your instincts, don’t steal, and never trust a thief – just to name a few. Out of all the comics on my reading list, the My Little Pony series are the best ones for children. I recommend parents check into these if their children are fans and are interested in comics.

Star Trek vs Transformers #1

Everyone who knows me, knows how much I love Star Trek – practically anything Star Trek – and how much I know about Star Trek. I am unfortunately not versed in any Transformers lore – other than Optimus Prime is the 18 wheeler, Megatron is the silver and purple bad guy, Starscream is a jet of some kind, and Bumblebee is yellow and black. Also, the good guys are called Autobots, the bad guys are called Decepticons, and they can all changed from a robot to something mechanically inclined and back to a robot. That’s about all I know. Oh, and I know their catch phrases, ‘Robots in disguise,’ and ‘More than meets the eye.’ Thank you, 80’s TV toy commercials.

But even with my serious lack of Transformers knowledge, I absolutely loved this book! I wasn’t sure how they were going to mix these two IPs, but so far, it’s working great. I love how the Decepticons just kind of fall in with the Klingons, but Kirk and crew are having a hard time with the Autobots. That fits with everything I know about Kirk and crew and how they’re not the most accepting when it comes to sentient robots of any kind. Most of the robots that Kirk and crew encounter in TOS/TAS are destroyed before they try a diplomatic solution and that almost happens here too. Kirk shoots Optimus Prime in the chest window with his phaser! Optimus Prime is completely unconscious. Now, I want to know if it was set to stun or a higher setting. I find it hard to believe that a stun from a Kirk era phaser could stun Optimus Prime to the point of unconsciousness.

One thing I noticed, and didn’t like, was when M’Ress made a suggestion to Kirk and he ignored her, completely! He didn’t even acknowledge that she said anything to him. That actually irritates me quite a bit. It’s rude, even for Kirk.

But rudeness aside, reading this made me feel like I was watching a crossover cartoon for Star Trek TAS and 80’s Transformers. I wasn’t sure I was going to like this series, but I am definitely enjoying it and looking forward to the next issues.

Conclusion

I enjoyed all four of my books this week. My favorite was definitely the Star Trek vs Transformers book, but they were all enjoyable and they all had their moment to shine for me this week. I love weeks like this where each book is a joy to read and this is what I want each week to be like. If you like Transformers, but you’re not sure about Star Trek, give that book a chance. You might find it entertaining, like I did. I can’t wait for more issues of that series, more Batgirl, and hopefully a conclusion to all this mess in Scarlet Spider. I’m looking forward to next week and what goodies I have in my subscription box!

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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 Comics
Avengers #8

I was so happy to see that this issue was ‘current’ and not a flashback to some distant past event. Robbie Reyes is probably my favorite Ghost Rider – ever. He’s trying to do right by his younger brother while dealing with the Rider inside. And now, he’s an Avenger too. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a high school kid, but he’s not mopey and sappy, and he’s not depressed and dark all the time. I love the interaction between him and Captain America and their sparring. I’m also loving this side of Thor with his humor and sarcasm, and what’s up with him crushing on She-Hulk!?! I LOVE that! That totally needs to be a thing! I’m also glad they kind of explained She-Hulk’s wonky look and the weird things going on with her. I feel a lot better about it now, but I want her to look and talk like she used to, not look like Blanka from Street Fighter and talk like a bumbling fool. Hopefully they balance her out some.

I love that Black Panther is the new leader of the Avengers. I think a new leader is needed, just because no leader should stay in power for too long. Sorry Cap fans – term limits are needed. I hate that Doctor Strange has already stepped out, but it wasn’t a surprise. I started this title knowing one of my favorite Marvel characters was on the reserve list. And I was so happy when Carol put Tony in his place for making that ridiculous statement about sexual tension between them. That’s absolutely absurd to think someone as amazing as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, would be into Tony Stark. He’s such an ego-maniac and I really don’t like him, but he’s a needed balance to all the goodie-goodie types on the team. I was happy that Tony and Carol were able to come to an agreement though, to help balance each other.

I really enjoyed this issue and I’m definitely looking forward to the next one!

Doctor Strange #5

O.M.G. Doctor Strange has become this super-amazing, giant scalpel wielding, reformed Sorcerer Supreme – at least, I think he has. I was following this story with the thought that he is the one and only Doctor Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. But at the end of this issue, Strange is telling the entire story I just read to Bats – but he’s talking about a second Strange. So there are two Stranges?! I didn’t see this coming at all. I don’t have any speculation about what’s going on because it could literally be anything from an alternate universe Strange, to some wonky magic thing gone wrong, or even divine intervention from a deranged deity seeking perverse retribution. I really want to know what’s happening though and I don’t want to wait a whole month to find out!

As for the rest of the story, prior to our discovery of Strange #2, I loved where it was going. I love the idea of him being a weapon-smith and imbuing his creations with magic. I loved the part where the dwarf said, “The Sword of Strange,” and Strange comes back with, “It’s not a sword. It’s a scalpel.” And then he slices an opening in the fabric of space and steps right into an enemy space ship. I would like more of this Strange, please! This is what this book needs – more of this! I’m definitely in love with this story. Thank you, Mark Waid, for improving on what Donny Cates started (And also for keeping Bats around. Please don’t get rid of him!).

Conclusion

This week had two really well written and highly entertaining Marvel comics. I had so much fun reading these two books and I hope that others that read them enjoyed them as much as I did. I look forward to the next issues and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

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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 Comics
Fantastic Four #2

I loved this issue. I was a little sad to see Franklin lose his universe creation powers, but he’s still super powerful. I thought Arboro and Valeria’s crush was a cute moment, especially when Reed got all ‘over-protective daddy’ about it. The Future Foundation seems like an interesting concept on its own and I wouldn’t mind seeing it with its own title. I like the Griever too – the villain that comes to stop the Future Foundation and tear all the new universes apart. She seems driven and motivated to restore the multiverse and it makes you wonder if she’s wrong or not. I start to lean toward the ‘she’s in the wrong’ side when she begins to monologue like a true villain. She claims that all things have purpose and they’ve overstepped, but she also says her purpose is to “bear witness as the last light fades from the edge of eternity.” Nothing in that says that she’s to put an end to anything. That’s where she’s in the wrong. It sounds like she’s supposed to be a ‘Watcher’ type entity, but might have gone a little power drunk. Regardless, the Fantastic Four is going to have a fight ahead of them, or so it seems. I love that Reed pulled every Fantastic Four member to them. Extended family is still family and I can’t wait to see what’s to come!

Infinity Wars #3

This story gets crazier with each issue. We’ve got half a universe again, but this time, everyone is mashed together instead of half of it being erased. It appears that Loki is our last hope and that doesn’t make me hopeful for the future of that reality. While Gamora seems to be losing her grip on reality, she’s still focused and she believes she’s doing what’s best. I can’t fault her for that, but I also want her to stop destroying the universe. And now she’s trying to dig up whatever is beneath the God Quarry. I’m definitely liking this series and I’m anxious to see where it leads.

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #3

It’s a good thing mirror Barclay is being more careful around the Enterprise crew. They think Barclay is finding his confidence and his place among the crew. I like when things don’t always work out the way folks planned, but they still find a way to work around complications. In this issue, that work around came in the form of a Vulcan Doctor, Selar. Ambassador Hendryk was dying from his wounds in a previous issue and there was no way to save him. He passed his Katra on to Doctor Selar, and Ambassador Thonn wanted her to use this opportunity to complete the peace talks with the Cardassians. I understand why Doctor Selar didn’t want to do it at first, because she thought of it as an obscenity and a perversion of her Vulcan culture. I understand and see where she was coming from, but like Picard said, it’s logical to save countless lives and offer peace. It’s not for political gain when you’re doing something like that for the greater good and not getting any benefit from it. This series is great for it’s thought provoking themes and for the action as well. I love having the potential threat of mirror Barclay exploding at any moment!

Conclusion

I didn’t read the Supergirl issue from this week and likely won’t continue to read it – just purchase it until it concludes. I haven’t been digging her story much and after seeing her dropping an obscene word last month, I’m kinda done with her book. I was reading her book for that more wholesome type character, so I’m disappointed. That’s why I’m done reading them, but I’ll continue to buy them in case I decide to revisit her series later.

Aside from Supergirl, I loved all the books in my box this week. I always love the Star Trek books and the craziness of Infinity Wars is a lot of fun to read. I’m definitely loving Fantastic Four and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.

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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 Comics
Avengers #7

I don’t like flashback issues, but I especially don’t like ones like this. I’m trying to figure out why it’s relevant to the current Avengers. This issue was a flashback to the ‘first’ Ghost Rider. I don’t like when comics do this either because it’ll just change again at some point. That’s probably my least favorite aspect of comics – the lore changes too frequently.

But, even though I dislike issues like this, this issue was a little interesting. I would rather have seen it in a Ghost Rider series though. I like Ghost Rider a lot, and that could also be another reason I found this issue interesting. For a non-fan, it may have not have been as interesting. On a re-read of this Avengers series, this is an issue I’ll likely skip, unless it’s relevant later. For now, it just seems like a part of the ancient Avengers and that’s not why I wanted this series. I thought this was going to be about the current Avengers and not the ancient ones.

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #23

Well, I should have seen that coming. Mephisto is running rampant in Las Vegas and I should have suspected it all along – that the time traveling Abby was actually him. I didn’t think Ben would agree with the ‘future Abby’ either and not give her the blood injection. I’m actually really surprised at that. Now, is Ben going to survive? Yes. He will survive.

I did not like Kaine trying to justify what Ben had done previously, by resurrecting dead folks. That’s not how life works and anyone that tries to circumvent the flow of the universe in such a manner should be held accountable. Ben has not paid his dues for that and I hope this isn’t a way to just write it off and clear him of his prior wrong doing.

Death of the Inhumans #3

Wow! Black Bolt – Alive! I figured he wasn’t dead yet. Now, I’m wondering about what’s to come. This book has been beautifully written and continues to impress me with the devastation, compassion, resolve, and struggle against annihilation that the Inhumans face. I thought Karnak was dead for sure, but he survived and I guess I shouldn’t be surprised – he’s Karnak. Black Bolt has a rock solid resolve about killing the Kree, even if it kills him too. I found it interesting that these new Kree were able to break Ronan to the point that he apologizes to Black Bolt for all the pain he caused him. Ronan felt regret and that was something I didn’t expect to see. I also like that Medusa has taken a step into the dark side of morality by using the death of her family to coax help from Beta Ray Bill. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next issue of Death of the Inhumans!

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Unnatural #3

I’m hooked on this book! It’s such an enthralling story and just when you think you have it figured out, some new mystery pops up. I thought Leslie was going to find a new friend, and possible mate with Nicholas, or Jones – if either are his real name, but boy was I wrong! I also thought maybe he was like her and didn’t want a ‘natural’ mate and they’d embark on some mission to tear down the establishment. Instead, he drugged her and they kidnapped her and did some weird ritual on her. I thought they were going to kill her, or maybe she’s in a dream induced by whatever this ritual is that they’re doing. I’m not sure, but I hope Trish isn’t actually dead. I hope her waking is just a dream of some kind. Trish was gaining ground on this mystery of Leslie’s dreams and even though it was a dangerous road to be traveling, I didn’t think she’d die! There is so much going on and it’s agony to wait for the next issue!!!

Conclusion

Well, I feel like Marvel struck out twice this week with my subscriptions. Anything Donny Cates writes is gold on paper, so Death of the Inhumans was the only Marvel book that I loved this week. I still like Scarlet Spider, but this issue was just kinda, ‘blah’ and not appealing in content. I was expecting unpredictable from Scarlet Spider and instead I got predictable to the point I wasn’t expecting it! And I hope Avengers will be back on track in the next issue and that we don’t end up with loads of Ghost Rider centered stories, or back story issues. And it goes without saying – I want more Death of the Inhumans and Unnatural! Those were my highlight books this 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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DC
Batgirl Annual #2

This annual was super dark and I loved it! There were several surprises in it too, like I was not aware that Babs has a brother or that he’s a serial killer. My knowledge of DC characters’ backgrounds is very limited, so anything that’s not frequently mentioned is always a surprise. This annual is so well written and the art is very dark and gritty for a Batgirl comic. I do like seeing the darker side of Batgirl, so long as Babs only visits it and doesn’t make it permanent residence. Bruce is dark and Kate is my dark bat, so I appreciate the lighter side that Babs brings most of the time.

I love the twist revealed when Batgirl tracks down the serial killer and it’s a woman that was sought out by James (Babs’s brother), and not the other way around. I also like his comment about how Babs was smiling during the horror movie. It’s a twisted and skewed view from a warped mind. I love horror movies and I smile at various parts that most think I probably shouldn’t, but I’m smiling at the special effects or how a particular scene was shot – not because I’m a serial killer. Perspective is everything. I don’t think Babs has a side that dark, but she does have limits and when she’s finally pushed too far, she could do something that she’ll regret. That’s a natural human trait and we all have our limits.

I highly recommend folks pick up this annual, even if you don’t read Batgirl regularly. It’s very well written and very thought provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Batgirl #26

This issue of Batgirl was almost everything I want in a Batgirl comic. There wasn’t as much detective work, but that’s likely because there was lots of action. This Grotesque villain seems really dark – almost too dark for what I imagine Batgirl villains to be. But it’s good to have really dark and scary villains for the lighter heroes on occasion. I thought Batgirl was down for the count when Grotesque hit her with that electric zappy pole thing. And I’m still not completely sure she was awake for most of the comic after that point. Part of me thinks this is all going to be a hallucination brought on by her chip malfunctioning or some kind of fear toxin induced daydream. She blacked out and can’t remember parts of her fight with Grotesque – she can’t remember the room she fought him in. Then, there is her collapsing at the end of the issue. This all smells fishy to me, or I’m just reading too much into it.

I definitely enjoyed this issue and look forward to the next.

Marvel Comics
New Mutants: Dead Souls #6

I have very little knowledge about the New Mutants and thought this mini series would be a good read for me. I was partly wrong and I was kinda lost. I had to go look up characters to see who they were and how they related to the current story. I guess I was looking for a more introductory type story for someone like me who has limited knowledge about those characters. I imagine that fans of the New Mutants may have enjoyed this series. The story itself was enough to keep me reading the book, even with my limited character knowledge. It was also enough to prompt me to look into who all the characters were, where normally, I’d have dropped the book and moved on. I like several of the characters from the series and I hope they haven’t all been assimilated permanently by that techno Warlock dude. If there were another New Mutants series, I’d most likely pick it up, even if I have to research characters to understand what’s going on.

IDW
Ponyville Mysteries #4

I love the Ponyville Mysteries series, and I’m not even the biggest Cutie Mark Crusader fan. The stories are cute and fun to read, and definitely for kids. The outcome of each mystery is very predictable, but I think that’s what I like about it. It’s easy enough to understand and I can read these comics to my toddler and she enjoys them as well. She’s only three, but she tries her best to help point things out. In this issue, she was able to put together that the pipe made Apple Bloom sad and all the ponies were angry with Apple Jack. She was even able to follow the story enough to understand that the pipe was put there by Flim and Flam. The artist does a great job of enhancing the story with the background and the background characters. I always look forward to any of the MLP series because they’re all great comics for kids, and for anyone that wants to read something light and fun.

Conclusion

Even though the New Mutants series had me confused and probably made me work more than anyone should at reading a comic, I still enjoyed the series enough to look more into the characters and possibly read future New Mutants titles. Batgirl was just awesome this week and I’m never disappointed with My Little Pony titles. I look forward to what’s in my box next and I hope you all have as much fun and enjoy your comics as much as I enjoy mine.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Ant-Man: Through the Cracks  from the Marvel Justice Like Lightning Team Pack.

W Ant-Man, Through the Cracks

Ruling – Amplify Keyword Ability

“Amplify: When you use an action die, spin this character up 1 level.”

Amplify will trigger when you use any kind of action die. Using a Continuous action die, a Trap, Gear, or any other action die that remains in the Field Zone or elsewhere in play (ex: Imprisoned) will also trigger Amplify, but only when those dice are moved from the Reserve Pool. Activating a Continuous action die’s ability in the Field Zone is not the same as using the die and it will not trigger the Amplify ability.

Anytime you use an action die, each character die with Amplify in the Field Zone will spin up one level (if able).

If the character die is already at its maximum level, then the character die will not be able to use Amplify and will not be able to spin up. Effects that trigger from a die spinning up will not be triggered if the die does not spin up.

If you use more than one action die in a turn, a character die with Amplify will spin up one level each time. Example: I use Thrown Brick and resolve it’s effect. My level one Ant-Man will spin up to level two. I then use Big Entrance and resolve its effect. My level two Ant-Man now spins to up to level three. Because Ant-Man is now level three, if I use any more action dice, he will not spin up any more.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Ant-Man is a Fist type character card.
~ He has the Thunderbolts and Avengers affiliations.
~ He has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is a Common and is #2 of 24.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

There is not a ruling for this specific card.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I like the idea of using this Ant-Man with some actions that give him Overcrush or makes him unblockable. He looks like he’d be lots of fun in Golden Age, but not sure if he’s viable yet in Modern Age. Fielding him on level one or two and then spinning him to level three doesn’t seem like a stretch for a fun casual team and his stats aren’t terrible for an attacker. His defense is not good at all, but defense isn’t that important for an attacker, unless you want that attacker to survive being blocked. A character with high attack and low defense is great to give Overcrush to.

This Ant-Man uses the exact same die as the one from Uncanny X-Men, so if your local venue is okay with it, you could substitute the dice or add more without having to purchase another Team Pack. Check with your TO first!

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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.

Wonder Woman #53 and The Life of Captain Marvel #2 are not covered this week because I’m not currently reading those titles. I’m behind on Wonder Woman and The Life of Captain Marvel is a series I want to read later. This week’s recap is going to be very sort!

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Marvel Comics
Avengers #6

Oh my goodness. So, humanity is a virus, a disease, according to Loki and the Celestials and that’s how super powered folks came to be. I don’t know hardly anything about Uni-Mind or Celestials or anything cosmic-related in the Marvel comic universe. Honestly, this issue was a little weird for me. My lack of cosmic knowledge could be to blame for that.

Doctor Strange references losing the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to Loki, which I knew about all of that – I read all those issues. I’m still trying to figure out how Loki used the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to his advantage in this ‘war’ of his. I like that the series kicked off with this potentially world ending threat, but I hope every story arc won’t be world ending. It’s hard to top Loki bringing in the Final Host and zombie Celestials to destroy the Earth…

I was happy to see She-Hulk smashing things, but I’m still slightly confused about her appearance. At the end of Hulk, she had regained her sense of self and looked like the She-Hulk we all know and love – so why is she so… Brucey-Hulk? And why does she look like a female version of Blanka from Street Fighter?

Blanka vs Hulk

I’m not digging this new version of She-Hulk… I wish she would either go back to her feminine version or revert into her grey version.

Captain Marvel is pretty cool and witty in this issue and even tells Stark to go to hell at one point. I’m not a fan of Tony Stark at all, but the banter and bickering between these two makes for some great comic relief.

Captain America has some typical inspirational lines and Black Panther feels like he’s just kinda there. Thor has some fun comments and does a lot of beating on Celestials – which I expect no less from Odinson.

Ghost Rider is awesome. He pilots a dead Celestial and is the embodiment of the Avengers’ Uni-Mind. That’s pretty amazing actually. I used to read the series with Robbie Reyes before they cancelled it a while ago, and he’s a really cool Ghost Rider with an even cooler car.

I’m glad they brought down the Horde, for now, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it was Loki’s intention to reunite the Avengers by causing a catastrophic event like this. That’s such a Loki thing to do and that’s what it sounds like he did with the comments made in that last panel. I look forward to the next issue, and I hope it’s not another world ending catastrophe. I’ll take average bad guys that get defeated after some creative detective work and some well fought battles with a little internal Avengers conflict thrown in.

Conclusion

Even though there were things I didn’t like in the Avengers book, it was still an entertaining story, and really, that’s all I’m after. I plan to continue my Avengers subscription until it reaches the point that it’s no longer entertaining – as with any of my subscriptions. I really do hope to see Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk, and not Brucey-Blanka-Jen-Hulk, sometime in the near future.

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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!
DC
Batgirl #25

This issue of Batgirl is an oversized issue with several stories in it. The Reason is the first story and it’s very sad. I think I teared up a bit when Duane’s mother was talking to Batgirl and she was telling Batgirl that saving her son was worth it. He died ten months after Batgirl saved his life and the panel shows Joker holding a gun to Duane’s head with a reference note to Batman #48. I don’t read Batman, so I’m not sure who Duane is or why Joker killed him, but the story is touching.

The Reason sets Batgirl up for the next story called Hopeless Romantic. So… I can’t keep up with Dick Grayson. Is he with Starfire or is he trying to be with Babs? This entire story is about her unwinding with Dick in the Gotham Gaslight Hotel. Apparently, it was the honeymoon suite that was reserved for Bruce and Selena. The story doesn’t lead me to believe that anything other than cuddling happened, and I’m always hoping those two end up together. Everyone needs time to decompress and Babs is no different. It’s good to see her getting some much needed time with a close friend to help her evaluate things. I just don’t want this type of story too often, and so far, they’ve all been timed right.

Value happens one week after Hopeless Romantic. Batgirl is tracking down a crazy villain (are there any other kinds?) that’s killing rich people. She enters a house that she thinks the villain may have targeted and begins taking in her surroundings. She makes several references to the couple that lives in the house probably loving each other deeply, which seems to be the theme of the stories so far. She finds the couple slaughtered and has a brief sparring match with Grotesque (a villain I’ve never seen before), and some of the hits he landed made me cringe! I’m surprised she only got a bloody nose from all that! He was wearing a motorcycle helmet and gave her a forceful headbutt straight to the nose! She throws a tracker on him and he rides off with a ‘To Be Continued in Batgirl #26!’ at the bottom of the page. I enjoyed this story and also appreciate that Batgirl struggles with some things. It appears that Batgirl is going back to Gotham, but I like her being in Burnside so I hope it’s only temporary.

March Madness is the last story in this issue and at first, I thought this was going to be a classic goofy Hatter-related story. I was a little wrong. It’s more sappy and sad with March Harriett (another villain I’ve never seen before) going on about her deceased girlfriend. I didn’t much care for this story because I was done with sad and sappy by this point. There was a little action at the beginning, but half of the story was Harriet’s backstory about her girlfriend that was murdered by William Warren. The cops show up and arrest Harriet, but she predictably escapes. I kinda wish this story had been the first in the book, and not the last. I’d rather have ended the book with Value and Batgirl saying she’s headed to Gotham.

Overall, I liked the issue. I like seeing the relatable sides of heroes and I also like seeing them get the bad guy or at least have a plan to get the bad guy. I always look forward to reading Batgirl because her books are usually everything I want in a hero comic.

Batwoman #18

This issue of Batwoman was wonderful. It had action, love, a pun or two, and moments of wisdom. What more can you ask for? I love how dark and gritty Batwoman can be – opposed to the lighter image of Batgirl. I love both books for those differences. I don’t mind the language in Batwoman because she is much darker than Batgirl or Supergirl. I hope Kate Kane and Renee Montoya find a way to make their relationship work. Kate deserves some happiness and she’s on the road to finding it! She’s saved her sister (kind of) and she’s finally found her path in life.

I do not want this to be the end of my Batwoman comic. I really want to see her come back, since she might have a TV series and all, it only makes sense. I like the way they chose to close this series/arc out and I look forward to what ever the future holds for one of my favorite characters!

Marvel Comics
Doctor Strange #4

Doctor Strange has a temper as of late. I relate to that. He’s a broken man, which I can somewhat relate to – except that I’m not a man, but I have been broken. I’ve been at rock bottom, lost everything and everyone. I did not stay on the rocks – I pulled myself up and reclaimed what I wanted and found new friends and found my lost family. It’s rewarding to see someone come back from nothing. Mr. Cates wrote an amazing story that put Strange in the position he needed to be in. Now, Mark Waid has picked up that mantle and is continuing to explore that long road that Strange has to walk. These two writers have done a phenomenal job with a character that I absolutely adore.

Strange has an ego problem, where he doesn’t want to listen to the advice of those he thinks of as less skilled than himself (but he’s always had a bit of an ego). It seems like Eoffren might actually be able to help him so I hope he puts his ego in a box and actually listens to him. He needs to save Kanna and should have just left with them instead of seeking vengeance – shame on him. Strange is being humbled by those around him and being shown that his anger and arrogance will get him nowhere in a hurry.  He’s kind of learning that, but it’s not an easy lesson to learn. I know Strange will bounce back and become the Sorcerer Supreme that the Earth needs and he’ll be better for it. Trials and tribulations are what make us who we are and they only make us better, if we learn the lesson being taught.

Infinity Wars #2

I know in comics that when someone is dead, they’re not actually dead. I knew someone would do something to stop Gamora from killing Peter, or do something to bring him back, and I was right. Doctor Strange and the Time Stone rewound time to save Peter, but he did mention that in another reality, Peter is dead. I like the whole ‘Thanos dialogue’ that Gamora is dealing with and the early panels with her as a young girl talking to Thanos are almost heartbreaking. One of my favorite parts of this book is when Bullseye is ranting about something and Black Widow whacks him in the back of the head, and then Captain Marvel “superhero lands” on his back. Black Widow and Captain Marvel have a brief complimenting exchange and then it’s back to business. I found that bit of humor timely and needed. But this is shaping up to be a very dark series. I lost count, but I think Gamora has killed a few folks. Thanos and his humor over Captain America being trapped in time again almost made me spit out my drink I’d just taken a sip of. It was an unexpected bit of humor and it was actually funny. I like Thanos more and more as a villain, but I think I prefer the movie version to the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos. The Thanos in Infinity Wars is closer to the movie version and I love that. I’m a little lost over who that was that Gamora pulled from the Soul Stone, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. And of course, at the end, there’s Loki who is likely up to no good. This is a roller coaster story and I’m loving every bit of it!

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation – Terra Incognita #2

Oh boy! Mirror Barclay is such a tool! He was keeping his cover just fine until he made that statement about the ‘filthy Cardassians’. I wouldn’t be surprised if he blew his cover somewhat with that comment. If he didn’t, when the other crew members figure it out, I’m sure Picard and Troi will have light bulbs go off and remember this moment. I’m actually a little surprised that Troi hasn’t picked up that there’s something off with Barclay. There’s ways of handling that so it doesn’t ruin the story, but I’m a little bothered that she hasn’t noticed something is off, especially now.

I’m not sure how I feel about Troi being sent to the planet with two Cardassians, two Vulcans, and one other female Starfleet officer. It shows the strength and capability of the women of Starfleet, but it feels a little forced. Picard even scolds Riker at the end for saying, ‘That’s a relief.’ – in regards to the situation working out. He’d have said it anyway if it were two men instead of two women. Why did Picard make the statement, “Doubting Counselor Troi’s abilities, Number One? For shame.” I mean… that whole speech bubble is out of context. I was relieved that Troi kept the situation under control – doesn’t mean I doubted her abilities. There are a few other situations where women are defended in an odd manner. That’s not something I’m used to seeing in Star Trek. I’m used to women being treated as equals in Starfleet, not singled out like that. It feels a little uncomfortable to me, and I’m a woman.

But aside from that oddness in this book, I like the overall story of the peace talks and I like the alien attack and that it was handled as a team effort between a Starfleet officer and a Cardassian. If I didn’t know how everything was going to go between the Federation and the Dominion later on, I’d have thought the Cardassians and Federation were going to be off to a good start! So, overall, it’s a good story, but it’s not a great story in this issue.

Conclusion

For all the odd moments in the Star Trek issue this week, I still enjoyed it. I think it’s just because it’s Star Trek though. If it had been a different title, I may have cut it from my list. I don’t like when a comic book tries to remind folks that a woman can do the job just as well as a man. Men and women are equal in our world today, and that’s definitely more widely accepted on Earth in the world of Star Trek, so why would that need to be brought up so much in a single issue?

Batwoman may be over for now, Batgirl’s probably headed to Gotham for a while, Gamora has unleashed all the hells into the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange isn’t having much fun right now. I enjoyed my comic box for the most part this week, and I look forward to what I get next week!

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