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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 Annual #1

There were two stories in this annual: “A Hallowed Evening” and “Treat”.

The first story, “A Hallowed Evening” is a lighter read that doesn’t take itself super serious. I thoroughly enjoyed the Halloween themed fun. I was surprised, but also not surprised at how much of a jerk Strange was. He was overly rude to Zelma, who is supposed to be his apprentice and friend – in some capacity. But overall, this was still a fun read.

Talk about going from zero to a million in one second flat! We went from a fun, not-too-serious, Halloween story to a story of a murder demon that wears the skins of folks and corrupts others that they’re close to. It was terrifying but also another good story. The murder demon thing is hunting a sword called the Gu Baodao (which has a bunch of special characters that it won’t let me add here). We find out that it’s not actually a sword, but a spell that’s tailored for Wong to use against Strange, should he go crazy or turn evil or something. But using that spell to kill Strange would kill Wong too. Now, I can’t recall if this Gu Baodao has been mentioned before in a Strange book, but it made this terrifying story even more morbid and dark – and I love it. Well done, Pornsak Pichetshote, well done.

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #6

I’m not sure what happened to me with this issue, but I feel like I dredged through it until the last three pages. I don’t know if I just wasn’t digging the content or what, but I had a really hard time reading this month’s issue. I don’t mind a story about weird love triangles, but something about the way Eline was acting bothered me a lot. I didn’t get the impression that she was as childish and immature in the beginning as she acted in this issue. Vess isn’t acting like herself either. She’s much more aggressive and easy to agitate. It could be the stress of recent events, but I don’t like the change in their personalities. I guess we’ll see what comes of all of this – if anything.

When I got to the moment that Turo boarded the ship, I was much more tuned in. For a scavenger of sorts, he seemed more reasonable than what I expected. He just wanted to steal the Sundog… he was going to let them be guests on his ship. That definitely seems more reasonable than other scavenger types because they kill you first and then take your stuff. What I think Grix and crew should do – leave Turo on the Sundog and steal his ship. That might put Lux a little behind on tracking them. I guess we’ll have to wait until late November to see what happens next!

IDW
Stark Trek: Year Five #7

It sounds like the silvery-blackish Tholian might be a shape-shifter of sorts. The Tholians refer to it as a ‘trespasser from beyond the stars’ and they mention that it took their form again. Being a huge Trek fan, my mind instantly jumps to the idea that it’s a Founder. But I highly doubt that’s the case. In TOS, there were several creatures that could shape shift or take on the appearance of other creatures. It could easily be any one of those (maybe not the M-113 Salt Vampire), but Trelane comes to mind first. This whole ordeal seems a little too involved and too intricate of a plan for Trelane though. He has a flighty personality and the longer something is drawn out, the more bored he gets and is likely to move on. I highly doubt Trelane’s directly involved in this. It’s also possible that it’s a creature or person that we’ve never seen before. I remember in the first issue of this series, there was an ominous dark humanoid figure that had a weapon of some sort pointed at Kirk. That figure’s speech bubble was also black with white text, just like the dark Tholian. I am willing to bet that the dark Tholian and the shadowy figure are one in the same! If not, those two are from the same species of shape shifters. Whoever this entity is, they’ve woven a web of deception and have tried to start an interstellar war between Tholia and the Federation.

There’s some trouble that occurs in this issue – the Enterprise hits a Tholian Web! They also discover another ship trapped in the web. The ship is from a race of aquatic humanoids called the I’Qosa. Ayal is all that’s left of the ship’s crew, but they’re more than willing to help Kirk and Sulu with a plan to free the Enterprise from the web. Before they can fully implement their plan, the Tholians start to close in!

Here comes my ‘but, wait a minute’ voice. Tholians can’t be exposed to low temperatures for an extended period of time, because their carapace will crack and they’ll die. They require a temperature of 480 Kelvin (207 °C, 404 °F) and anything 380 Kelvin (106 °C, 224 °F) or less could spell trouble. So my ‘but, wait a minute’ voice says: “But, wait a minute – how are the Tholians bip-bopping around in open space?” Are the web filaments generating extreme temperatures as well as energy, allowing them to scurry about like spiders? Are they wearing super thin translucent space suits? Are they immune to space temperatures of 2.73 Kelvin (-270.42 °C, -454.75 °F)? I’d love to know what’s going on in this final panel because I can’t find any information that explains it. The best assumption I have is that the energy from the web filaments helps them generate heat. Hopefully this gets explained or someone can point me to the information I need to help me figure this out.

Conclusion

I liked all three books this week. I wouldn’t say I loved them all, but definitely liked them. Invisible Kingdom was my least favorite, which is surprising to me. It’s usually one of my favorites. Star Trek was my favorite this week, even with the weird Tholians in space thing going on. The Doctor Strange Annual was just a fun read.

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

Outer Darkness #11

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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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!
IDW
Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath #2

This issue starts off with Spock and Pike at the peace talk summit. We see Pike participating in cross-cultural activities with the Klingons. Pike is cautiously optimistic about an alliance between the Federation and the Klingons, while Spock is certain they should focus their time elsewhere. Spock’s presence at the conference is noticed by L’Rell, who asks him to advise her about her entourage. Kor is in charge of her safety and security, but he was also sent by his house to kill L’Rell. I was a little surprised that he addressed her after the bomb blast instead of trying to kill her, but I guess he might have been trying to keep up appearances. Or maybe Kor isn’t really planning to assassinate L’Rell?

Now let’s talk about the Shadows of Kahless – trench coat wearing, John Wick wannabes. They explosively crashed the summit with a bomb and put the smack down on L’Rell. They even shot Kor – which we know doesn’t kill him because he’s in TOS and DS9. So these Klingons are bad news and L’Rell didn’t know who they were, which tells me they’re operating outside of the government. Are they renegades? Are they civilians who have taken up arms? Are they a specialized group like Section 31 and the Tal Shiar, just without the Chancellor knowing? There are so many possibilities and I have no solid clues as to who they are. They could be working for Kor for all I know!

When the bomb went off, Pike and Spock ran, but were fired at by the Shadows of Kahless. The window behind them was damaged and Spock took Pike with him through the window to escape the assailants. On the last page, we see Spock carrying Pike through the blizzard, hopefully to safety.

Conclusion

I only had the one book this week for the article and it was explosive! The majority of that Star Trek issue was setup for the last few pages, where everything just came crashing down so fast. I really want to know who the Shadows of Kahless are. I guess I have to wait until next issue!

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Spider-Man #1 (Abrams)

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

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

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

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

Albatross FunnyBooks
Grumble #10

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

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

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

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #6

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #10

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

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

Doctor Strange #19

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

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

Dark Horse
The Orville #3

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

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #10

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

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

Conclusion

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

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

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

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

Marvel
Fantastic Four #14

I appreciate there are PTSD related topics in this issue and I appreciate that Ben was shown working through his issues, but it seems kind of fast. While some folks can deal with and overcome their personal traumas quicker than others, Ben seems to have done it in like a day or two. And maybe he didn’t fully work through all his issues and we’ll see it resurface, but I hope someone doesn’t see this as a normal timeline for dealing with something like PTSD.

I thought it was a bold move for Reed to recreate the ship. I applaud him and Johnny for their enthusiasm in trying to complete their original mission in such a nostalgic way. I can’t help but feel like something is going to go wrong though, because it always does. I thought it was sneaky to manipulate Ben by putting a dummy H.E.R.B.I.E. in the pilot seat. I can’t believe they did that to him! But it got him on the Marvel-2 and in the pilot seat. I really hope this mission works out and that Johnny finds whatever is calling to him.

The only thing that’s bothering me right now is how Ben knows that Alicia has abilities like Puppet Master and he hasn’t talked to her about it yet. I really want him to address it and I hope it doesn’t cause a rift between them.

IDW
Star Trek: Discovery – Aftermath #1

This story takes place after the events of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. There are more glimpses into Spock’s past and how those events affect his decisions in the present. There is a side story about the Klingon Empire that’s going on at the same time. Seeing Kor, the TOS Kor but with ridges, made me very happy. He looks just like Kor from the show too! Tony Shasteen has done an awesome job with the art and J.D. Mettler’s coloring is very nice as well.

We get some interesting peeks at Pike and L’Rell discussing the potential beginnings of a peace talk. She shows great leadership with the way she speaks to Pike, but she then tells the council that it’s all just a sneaky, underhanded way for the Empire to get information on the Federation.

I noticed that Pike and Spock were walking in the same place that we see in Spock’s flashback. That moment from the flashback must be special to him, even if he doesn’t say it. He wouldn’t still go there if it wasn’t. This was a great issue and I am very much looking forward to the next issue.

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Battlepug #1

This comic released this week but I have a different article planned for it, so I won’t be recapping it in this article. Stay tuned!

Sea of Stars #3

Kadyn is very much a child. He does not need to be unsupervised in space, so I’m glad that the monkey and whale creatures are there with him. He taunts a huge predator and almost gets his whale friend eaten! And I thought that person at the end of the previous issue was an antagonist… now I’m not so sure. Whale calls the person a Zzaztek, and that Zzaztek is claiming Kadyn is Quasarro – some god of theirs. So is that person really an antagonist or are they one of the good guys? I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Gil is super lucky. But I can’t believe he survived that faster than light speed travel just to crash the ship on a planet with a toxic atmosphere. He seems to get lucky, but then again, is he really lucky? A plant crushes his helmet and he bites it in self defense, but finds out its vines are oxygen sources. Lucky or not? I can’t tell at this point. He’s barely getting what he needs to survive each time something goes wrong. And now, he’s being attacked by Zzazteks. What’s going to go wrong next? What’s going to barely work out next? I’m so hooked on this story and I want to know what’s going to happen next!

Section Zero #6

Well, I wasn’t expecting the time differential between that lost cryptid world and the main world. I expected 20 years to have passed for Tina too, but only about a year or less had gone by for her. So they discovered the secret hideout of the Ghosts, where they were stashing all their weapons, and they were able to take them down for now – with Carlos’s help. They even rescued a woman named Lava that’s a shaman of sorts and can control one of the elemental ring things. Curio’s diabolical plan was thwarted too and we finally discover the story of how Tina survived being blown up. I feel a little silly that it wasn’t until this final issue that I realized Carlos was Sargasso. When he takes the curse back from Sam is when it hit me.

It feels like everything was wrapped up nicely and I definitely appreciate that there are no lose ends. There’s such a wonderful happy ending and I wasn’t expecting that. I was pleasantly surprised.

Space Bandits #3

Well, another one bites the dust! Cody and Thena are working their way through the baddies and another one, maybe two, are done for. First, they go after Skinner who has taken over a resort by having one of his thugs boil the owner from the inside – with his mind. Skinner is enjoying the prospect of making bunches of money when Cody and Thena show up. There’s a hiccup and Thena is thrown out a window – and should be dead. But because of the special restorative fish things that are native to the planet, Thena is back on her feet and obliterates all the dudes.

The book leaves off on a cliffhanger with Bowser, seriously messed up on drugs and sex, held at gunpoint by Cody and Thena. So far, Cody’s plans have been working out, even when there are hiccups. I’m curious to see what happens with Bowser. I’m not sure if they’re going to be lucky enough to just pop him or if he’s going to fight back. Whatever happens will be exciting!

Conclusion

I had five books to read for this article and not a single one of them disappointed me. I enjoyed each one of them. Section Zero has come to a conclusion with this final issue and I will miss it. But Battlepug is here to replace it! Make sure you watch for my special Battlepug article, coming up soon!

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

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

Marvel
Doctor Strange #18

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

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #5

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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!
Albatross FunnyBooks
Grumble #9

Well, this went better than I expected! I didn’t think the ghost would help Eddie but they did. I was surprised! I wasn’t surprised to see Jimmy bail – or try to – when the bounty hunters showed up and messed up Eddie’s plan. I was a little surprised to see everyone converging on this one location; the senior citizens, the FBI, all the thugs, and the bounty hunters too. And then all the different ghosts that started popping up. They even steal the senior citizens right out of their motorized carts! And did I see that right? Did Sammy get smashed into oblivion by that crashing helicopter? Eddie seems to be on Lady Luck’s good side because things are seemingly working in his favor. I mean, chaos is reigning down and he’s managing to avoid it all. And it appears that the bounty hunters have closed in, but still not close enough.

So Jimmy is a were-house, like a werewolf, but a house and probably more appropriately named as a warehouse. He turns into a giant skin house with his mouth as the door. I don’t think I’ve seen anything more grotesque or terrifying in my entire life – and that says something. There is no way – NONE – that you could get me to walk into a giant house-mouth like that. And the transformation was so horrible (in a good way) to see, but I couldn’t look away! What glorious panels those are! I still can’t get over the idea of a skin-house and that face, with the eye-windows, has influenced my dreams. I love this book so much.

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Space Bandits #2

This book is definitely shaping up to be interesting and fun to read. I really like Cody, and Thena is cool too. They make such a great team with Cody doing all the masterminding and Thena being the muscle. I hope Thena doesn’t really feel like she’s getting the short end of the stick because if not for Cody and Cosmo, she’d still be in prison right now. I love Cosmo too, but I’m a reptile person which could have some influence on that. I’d love to have a telepathic link to a lizard or snake. I was almost as devastated and angry as Cody when the guards took Cosmo from her. It’s a good thing Cody and Thena had all the info they needed for the escape before Cosmo was taken. I have no doubt that Cody will get him back.

There’s something satisfying about the baddies getting what they deserve, but Cody and Thena are baddies too. I want to sympathize with them, but they’re no better than the scum they’re going to get revenge on. I hope they have a sudden attack of conscience and turn themselves back in after they get their revenge.

Conclusion

I loved both books this week, but Space Bandits was actually late. It was already supposed to be out and available for purchase, but I didn’t get my copy on time. I’m thankful I got it and glad I got to include it in this article. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen between Tala and Eddie, and I want to see more of Cody and Thena too.

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A good book is the best vacation!

Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
Marvel
Captain Marvel #9

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

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

Doctor Strange #17

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

Fantastic Four #13

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

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

Dark Horse
The Orville #2 of 2

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

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #4

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #9

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

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

Unnatural #12

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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!
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Sea of Stars #2

This was a great issue, full of backstory and catch-up with Kadyn’s dad, Gil. We get to see a glimpse into Kadyn and Gil’s pasts and also get a little of Gil’s perspective on their relationship before and after Kadyn’s mother passed. It appears that Gil loved his wife a lot and he worked very hard to provide for his family. It obviously took him away for long periods of time, but he did what he could.

I’m impressed at how resourceful Gil is – and lucky. He survived being eaten by a space whale thing; took out all of those ape creatures that attacked him; and flung himself into the dead of space in hopes of reaching a derelict ship. He even survived being attacked by a security drone and almost being eaten by a weird space plant on that ship. I don’t believe Gil’s dead after the light speed jump either. I bet one of the weird artifacts he was hauling on his ship gave him some power or something the way Kadyn was given power.

And that dude on the last page is super cool looking. I mean, there’s cool, and then there’s – “I have a flaming space bird as a pet and look like a tribal shaman in space” cool. But looking cool doesn’t mean he’s a good guy. I’m pretty sure this is an antagonist and I’m excitedly awaiting more issues!

Section Zero #5

I had a difficult time reading this issue. The story is jumping around a lot, not just between characters, but between moments in time. I had to go back and skim over the previous issues to keep the timeline straight. The story isn’t bad and I enjoy it, but I feel like this story would be best to read as a trade or all in one sitting. Having these books released once a month makes it difficult to follow. It would make a great TV series though.

Sam is a jerk. He will do whatever he can to achieve his goals – by any means. He hurt his friend Pepe, and then Pepe died as a direct result of his actions. Karma happens though, Sam is turned into a creature like Sargasso. He had to, or he’d die. At least, that’s what I get from this issue.

And there’s a kid on the Ghost Soldiers’ team now?! I bet that’s going to give them an advantage because nobody is going to suspect a kid. And oh my goodness – the Loch Ness Monster too… This book is getting silly. But I still like it and all of its 90’s retro glory.

Conclusion

Section Zero is silly with a dark undertone. And when I say silly, I mean ridiculous – in a good way. I don’t mean that it’s silly, like funny. It has it’s comedy moments, but there is a more serious story hidden under the absurd and over the top antics. Sea of Stars is just a really good book, so far. I look forward to the next installments for both of these books!

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