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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #4

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #6

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
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Section Zero #1

I love this book already. It wasn’t on my subscription list, but it is now! I picked it up on a whim because I didn’t have any of my regular subscription books come in this week and I’m so glad I got it. The best way I can describe this book is, ‘1990’s Ben Reilly (without Spider powers) meets X-Files’. I love the team so far too. Sam is that awesome bad-boy that every boy wanted to be; Tesla is that goofy, yet genius friend we all had; Tina is the mysterious, smart woman that every girl thought she was; and Thom is who we all relate to the most. Well, not the transforming into a bug part, more of the rejected school kid part. None of the stereotypes are bad – I see them as the ground level for the characters to build on. This is who they are at the beginning of this book and if the writers do a good job of it, they will evolve into something more than their stereotype.

I also wanted to mention the super corny pun – the ’24 Hour Bug’. I almost literally spit my coffee out when I read that part. This pun tickled me and I loved it. Most writers are afraid to put corny and campy things in comics, but stuff like that will win my heart. It’s this type of humor that gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling that I used to get as a kid when something really great would happen in my life.

I really enjoyed this book and it was a wonderful retreat from the flood of ‘superheroes’ and politically charged content I’ve read lately. We need more books like this, for those folks that are like me. We may be few in number, but we are out there!

Conclusion

My love of 90’s comics comes from a my young adult life. I had a tragic and oppressive home life in my childhood/young adulthood and I’ll spare you the details. One of the few bits of happiness (besides Star Trek and visiting my grandparents on the weekend), was being able to read the comics at the grocery store while my parents shopped. It was a welcome escape for me. Most of what I read were comics from independent publishers (non-Marvel/DC like Image and Malibu), Spider-Man, and anything with Supergirl and/or Wonder Woman in it. Supergirl and Wonder Woman were in short supply most of the time, so I read a lot of Spider-Man and indy books.

Any books that ‘feels’ like a 90’s book will almost instantly appeal to me. I opened Section Zero and felt that exact same feeling I had when I picked up that first comic off the rack at the grocery store. Section Zero and other books like it are what I love the most about comics. I know older books are worth more money and are more highly sought after, but the books I read in the early and mid 90’s are priceless to me. I spend more money buying up 90’s comics than I do any other vintage comics. They hold a special place in my heart and so do those writers and artists.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

Fantastic Four #8

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #3

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

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

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #5

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

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

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #1

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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!
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Unnatural #8

WOAH! This was a crazy issue! I wasn’t surprised my Saya’s betrayal. It was crystal clear in a previous issue that she was going to betray her friends in an attempt to save Carol. Part of me thinks that Carol is an agent of Glance. But then again, I’m suspicious of everyone at this point. And I can’t believe Leslie decided to go along with the Albino, and I hope she’s got a plan. If not, she’s given up and I’m very disappointed in her.

I had suspected Glance was a female very early on, but then something changed my mind and I don’t remember what it was. But I never once thought Glance was Leslie’s mother! My mind was blown. I also loved all the bloody gore and violence that the Albino unleashed. And it appears that Leslie has lost control over the Albino too, unless that’s part of her secret plan that I hope she has. I can’t wait to see what carnage is unleashed next!

Conclusion

I only had one book for the recap this week, but it was a crazy good one! That story has stayed on high speed for the last few issues. I find myself holding my breathe while reading this story. It’s such a good story and the art is breathtaking!

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Doctor Strange #11

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

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #3

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #4

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

Conclusion

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

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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!
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Unnatural #7

I would never have guessed that the Albino’s soul or essence was trapped inside of Leslie, let alone that it could manifest itself like it has so far. It makes me very worried for Leslie and those around her. With the help of the Albino, she almost killed Jones and she ripped one of his arms off. If she hadn’t fought back against the Albino, then Jones might be dead right now.

There are so many hidden agendas among the various parties that are invested in Leslie and I’m still not sure who to trust. The Glance has mean folk doing his bidding, and Kal seems genuine, but do we really know for sure that things are what they appear to be? I’m pretty sure Saya just betrayed Kal and Leslie, but maybe she’ll come clean and they’ll ditch her phone somewhere to lead Glance’s people off their trail. Or maybe Saya’s a double agent and has become attached to Kal, which is why she’s having emotional conflicts. Or maybe all – or none – of the above.

I’m having a hard time predicting what’s going to happen and I love it! I just don’t know what to think! Maybe Leslie is really the equivalent of this world’s apocalypse waiting to be set off and we’ve been sympathizing with the bad guys all along! I doubt that though. I think Leslie, not the Albino, is truly a good individual.

Conclusion

Unnatural was not the only comic I had in my box this week. I got the True Believers issue of Ms. Marvel #1, written by Gerry Conway, but I don’t include True Believers in my Comic Box Recap articles. I like to focus on the new content instead of reprinted content. It’s a great story, though and I recommend picking up any TB titles you’re interested in. I picked up the TB Ms. Marvel #1 because Gerry Conway is supposed to be in Memphis on June 1, 2019 at 901 Comics, and I want him to sign it along with my Amazing Spider-Man #149. I wish I had an actual copy of Ms. Marvel #1, but I’m not about to pay the going rate for one. The TB copy is good enough for me, for now.

I also got a copy of Avengers #14, but not because I wanted it. I had already ordered it and just because I don’t like the book now, doesn’t mean I’m going to stiff the store by not picking it up. Stores usually have to order their books two months in advance, and it’s almost impossible to cancel an order. It bothers me when someone wants to cancel a book and they’ve been told what the policy is, but they don’t want to buy the issues they’ve ordered. I didn’t even read Avengers #14 and I’m probably not going to. I skimmed through it and it didn’t look interesting enough so it’s going to get filed away in a box.

If Unnatural wasn’t in my box this week, I wouldn’t have had anything new to read! Good thing I had such an awesome book – quality over quantity. There hasn’t been an issue out of the seven, so far, that I didn’t like. I’ve loved each issue of Unnatural and they just keep getting better!

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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 #10

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

Remittance

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

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

House Call

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

The Lever

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

Perchance

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

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

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

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

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

Star Trek: The Q Conflict #1

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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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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Avengers #12

This was a whole background issue on how Black Panther gathers intel for the Avengers. It was a fun read, the first time. I tried to read it again and found myself skipping parts. It’s one of those issues that I’ll keep because it’s #12 in the series, but I doubt I’ll find myself reading it again. I was happy to see Ka-Zar in this issue, though he didn’t seem like the Ka-Zar I remember.

I’m quickly losing interest in this title and it may be one that I drop soon. I got it because She-Hulk and Captain Marvel were on the roster and I thought I’d get to see more of them. They’re in one panel – on the last page of this issue, and I haven’t seen much of them lately anyway. This is starting to feel like a Black Panther story…

Captain Marvel #1

Yes! This book is absolutely wonderful! It’s a great start to what I hope continues to be an amazing series. If it keeps up this way, Captain Marvel will become my favorite Marvel book, right alongside Doctor Strange (don’t make me choose between them). I’d die for a She-Hulk series done by this team!

I was happy to see Carol and Jessica in action together again. I was never a fan of Spider Woman, but Carol is best friends with her and friends are important. I also totally relate to Carol when Tony is trying to talk her into the ‘interview’ thing for the Avengers. Even when Tony says that he was nominated to talk to Carol because she’s scary – I relate to Carol there too. I also like that Tony isn’t a huge annoying punk in this issue – such a breath of fresh air.

I think my favorite thing about this issue is the message that it sends to women and young ladies: Don’t give up. If you get knocked down, get back up and push forward. Even if you’re faced with what seems like an impossible task; whether it’s a kraken or a misogynist jerk, stand your ground.

This issue is also a perfect example of how a super hero writer can apply current real world issues into the world of super heroes, without bringing the real world into it. Captain Marvel is facing off against this giant of a man, who is a total jerk and takes every opportunity to point out that a woman doesn’t stand a chance against him – a man. Captain Marvel responds appropriately and shows him just what a determined woman is capable of. Captain Marvel’s male teammates stand by her as an equal and they are equally smacked down. But, Carol’s strong will and determination helps her to get her hands on Nuclear Man. He briefly gets the upper hand, but it’s long enough for him to kidnap the reporter that was supposed to interview Carol. Carol’s sheer determination to be better than she was, better than she is, is what propels her into a portal to save a woman she had only just met.

Everything about this book is great. Great writing, great art and colors, great action, great messages and overall content, and a great cliffhanger! This team is absolutely amazing – and who better to write and illustrate an amazing woman, than more amazingly talented women! Nice work, ladies. I look forward to more Captain Marvel!

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Outer Darkness #3

I love this book so much. I feel like I’m reading an episode of a TV series. Will someone please make this into a movie or show?! It’s not often that I make a verbal exclamation while reading to myself, but I did this time. As soon as Ensign Hydzek was stabbed, I let out a very loud, “NO!” that was almost followed by an expletive. But, I have a three year old toddler in the house and she was playing on the floor right in front of me, so I stopped myself. But the loud, “NO!” made her jump and she looked at me as though I was scolding her. I don’t know what it is about Hydzek, but I really like her and I was instantly saddened by her death, until I saw they were retrieving her and Corporal Shin.

I hate that Hydzek is having trouble with the retrieval. I didn’t want this for her, but at least she’s alive. And Shin – oh boy… I knew something was up with him, long before I saw the final panels. He’s got demons! Or at least, that’s what they look like. And poor Elox – Rigg will never remember his name. And I still don’t trust Satalis and Prakash. I still feel like they’re up to something. I’d trust the Crone before either of them.

The characters in this story are all alive with personality and John Layman has done the most amazing job at writing this series. Afu Chan’s art is unique and the style works so well with the story. I love all the design choices for everything from the ship to the suits – especially the space suits. I love those helmets! I can’t say enough good things about this book and I hope others find it to be as entertaining and enjoyable as I do.

Conclusion

Avengers wasn’t terrible, but it was kind of lacking this week, especially compared to Captain Marvel and Outer Darkness. After reading those two books, I’m now left with an emptiness – a void that can only be filled with more Captain Marvel and Outer Darkness. I will have to not-so-patiently await the next installments… I wish I had them now!

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