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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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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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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 #8

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

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

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

Dark Horse
The Orville #1 of 2

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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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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Outer Darkness #8

Well, I wanted to know more about Hydzek – and I got what I asked for! I think Hydzek is my favorite character in Outer Darkness. I relate to her in several ways and I think that’s probably why I like her so much – I get her. She excelled in her academy training and was kind of naïve enough to be manipulated by a guy into throwing her life away. Now she’s stuck in a place that she really doesn’t want to be in. She feels trapped and has a desperate need to escape. She even goes as far as trying to ditch the nun when all the poop hit the fan on the Charon. I guess it’s a good thing Sister Magdalena kept her from running away. If Hydzek runs, she’ll likely be hunted and her life will be worse than it is now… maybe.

Life aboard the Charon appears difficult and Admiral Prakash obviously sent Hydzek there to keep her from taking over his position. I don’t think he needed to ruin her career with all the fake convictions – he just wanted to do it so she couldn’t come back from it. I don’t like him at all, and I’m not a fan of his daughter either. I don’t think she’s a badly written character – I think she’s written perfectly because I have a strong opinion about her. There’s a huge difference in a poorly written character and a character that’s written so well, that you have strong emotions about them. I’m convinced Soreena Prakash is up to no good and I think she’s working with Satalis. I think Admiral Prakash is giving both of them orders to take control of demons and the possessed – maybe so he can make his own demonic army and take over the galaxy. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.

I’m still suspicious of Sister Magdalena too. I know we saw her as a captive of the ghost house, but what if that was all a facade? She just hit Hydzek with the emotional, ‘Maybe we can be friends?’ line in an effort to keep Hydzek on the Charon. To what purpose? There are plenty of other folks on the Charon – why put so much effort into keeping someone aboard that’s desperately trying to leave? There are definitely easier targets for manipulation. And then she drops a HUGE secret on Hydzek – Sister Magdalena has a bun in the oven. How did she slip this by everyone? I definitely didn’t see it coming.

John Layman posed the question on Twitter – for fun, who would you cast as Captain Joshua Rigg and Administrator Soreena Prakash? Well, this issue had me thinking about the entire crew.

Joshua Rigg: Anthony Mackie – or – Roger Cross
Soreena Prakash: Morena Baccarin
Agwe: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – or – Ian Verdun
Alastor Satalis: Benedict Cumberbatch
Baxter: Samantha Morton
Malachi Reno: John Rhys-Davies
Willits: Christopher Lloyd (Voice – CGI character)
Malona Hydzek: Michelle Pfeiffer – or – Kate Fleetwood
Zaphus: John Lithgow
Elox: Doug Jones
Sato Shin: Keanu Reeves
The Crone: Zoe Saldana – or – Krysten Ritter – or – Kate Fleetwood (Any one of these ladies could pull off a stellar performance in heavy prosthetics while being able to play the sexy night version too.)
Sister Magdalena: Eline Powell – or – Elizabeth Henstridge
Gallu: Keith David (Voice)

Naturally, this is just who I see in all these characters and if this was ever made into a movie or show, the casting would likely be drastically different. Sooooo… Netflix or Hulu, are you folks listening? They both make amazing shows and I love lots of what they do. How about one of you streaming folks pick this up and run with it?

Unnatural #11

It seems that everything is coming full circle. Leslie decides that she’s had enough and it looks like she’s started an internal conflict with the Albino. I think the death of Pif is what really sent her over that mental ledge and she’s not a scared little girl anymore. It seems that she’s found her inner strength and she’s going to need it if she’s going after the Albino.

Carol has escaped into the hallways of where she’s being held and she’s found Khal’s little sister. She bursts into the classroom and helps to inspire the youngsters into rising up against the evil overseer. Carol takes Shea with her, but she eventually runs into Maxime. Maxime does the typical villain thing (which I like) and monologues about her past with Carol. We finally see how Carol gets her scars and we learn that she was one of the cult folks that wanted to control society. We see a good deal of Maxime’s journey to become a shaman and prepare herself to take the Albino’s power from Leslie.

After the monologue, we believe Maxime has fired her gun at Carol, but Leslie has come up behind Maxime and stopped the bullet from even leaving the gun – and with her bare hand! It appears that Leslie has gained control over the Albino, and it doesn’t look like she’s all too happy to see her mother.

With the next issue being the final one, what’s Leslie going to do? Is she going to kill her mother? How will they stop the government from enforcing those ridiculous laws? Maybe taking out Maxime will solve that – since she’s behind the the ones pulling those strings. What’s going to happen to all the detained folks and to the resistance folks like Carol? How is all of this going to be wrapped up in one final issue?! I have complete faith in Mirka Andolfo to complete the story. If she leaves it open for a secondary series, I’m fine with that too.

Conclusion

I’m a little sad that Unnatural is coming to an end, but we knew from the beginning that it was only going to be 12 issues. I haven’t found any definitive information about whether or not Outer Darkness is going to be an ongoing title or limited/mini series. I want Outer Darkness to keep going for as long as John Layman and Afu Chan want to keep it going. They are a powerhouse team and I am totally in love with this book. There are lots of books that I really like, but Outer Darkness has been the book that I am most anxious to get my hands on each month. Grumble and Unnatural come in at a close second, just behind Outer Darkness.

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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!
IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #3

I absolutely love when a writer includes specific things from the shows and movies in their work. I love it even more when we see what’s happened to one of the many worlds that were visited or in this case, changed, by the presence of the Federation. A Piece of the Action is an episode in season two of TOS. McCoy left his communicator behind, and the repercussions are never revealed in any of the shows (as far as I can remember). It’s one of the many times that viewers are left wondering and imagining what may have happened to the civilization. I always assumed that nothing came of it, since it wasn’t explored later or in other series.

This issue explains what’s happened to the inhabitants of Sigma Iotia II after they dissected and studied McCoy’s communicator. The civilization quickly changed and adapted to a heavy democracy where the processes are greatly exaggerated and even shortened. A president’s term is a week long unlike our current four year term and there is a designated section of the city for election propaganda. It seems like the Prime Directive breach has bettered the whole of the society, until we find out about the Astro-Liberation party. There’s always someone that wants to destroy civility and decency – or so it seems. Spock is taken as a voluntary hostage by Krako and his Astro-Liberation party and is enlightened to some things that are going on behind the scenes. Ever the logical being, Spock decides he should represent the Astro-Liberation party in the election – because that makes the most sense, right? Well, I see lots of complications ahead!

There are a couple of side stories going on in addition to the main story. Uhura has come to the defense of the Tholian that Scotty and his engineering crew have moved to engineering. One of the crew has fallen victim to the old adage, ‘fear what you don’t understand’, and he is trying to dispose of the Tholian. Uhura is the definition of calm, while her fellow crewman is the exact opposite. She’s also a fierce force for what she believes to be right. She’s trying to convince him to stand down when Scotty steps in. Scotty’s attempts don’t yield any results either and the two sides are facing off with the Tholian in the background. In one panel, the Tholian was standing and in the next panel, the poor thing looks like a stunned spider on its back and legs curling inward. There’s nothing to indicate that it was shot or otherwise injured, so what happened?!

Kirk is also dealing with the news that Carol will not allow him to be a part of his son’s life. He’s not taking it well when he opens up to McCoy about it, he expresses everything that was obvious to us – he’s Captain Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Who is he if he’s not the captain of a starship? Who is he outside of Starfleet? Not even he knows. That’s something that follows Kirk throughout all of his life. He always has to have that one last adventure, all the way up to his death in Generations.

Once again, I am not disappointed with my Star Trek comic. I always look forward to getting any Trek comics in my subscription box.

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Sea of Stars #1

This story is definitely interesting. It starts off with a young boy, maybe around age eight (plus or minus a year), riding along with his space trucker father on a delivery. It seems like the two have a strained relationship and Gil is trying to be a father to his son, Kadyn, while also trying to do his job. It doesn’t appear that Kadyn’s mother is around. Kadyn mentions that he lost his mom, but that could mean dead or missing. This wouldn’t be a story without something crazy happening. There is a giant space leviathan thing that comes straight for Gil’s ship and chomps down on it. Luckily, Gil and Kadyn are both in spacesuits. The ship is demolished and Kadyn is starring into the eye of the giant monstrosity. Gil boosters his way directly at the monster’s eye with a sharp object and it turns its attention on him, chomping down on him next. Kadyn, who was slowly drifting away, is flailing in an attempt to escape the creature. His hand brushes against an artifact and there’s some unexplained flash of light. When Kadyn starts to wake up, there are two strange creatures, one that looks like a monkey and the other that looks like a whale, discussing how to go about eating him. He can understand them, which is unusual and what’s more unusual is that he can navigate himself through space unaided – and apparently without a functioning space suit. The last few pages show us what became of Gil. He survived! He likely hadn’t been digested enough before Kadyn’s flash of energy-light disintegrated the creature’s face off. His resolve is to find Kadyn, but there is a new threat approaching from the darkness.

This is an entertaining story with action as well as strange creatures that look like they leapt from the very depths of imagination. I really lost myself in the story and in the art, which complement each other nicely. When I was reading this issue, I was so engrossed in the story that I was actually upset when I came to the last page and there was no more. Now I have to wait a whole month before I find out what’s going to happen next, but I’m patient and I can wait. But that speaks volumes about the book and how great this first issue was.

I bet Kadyn is going to transcend his human self and become one with space. Just kidding – but seriously, the kid seems to be more than human now. I wonder if Gil got some of that power as well or if he’s still just a human? Will Kadyn return to being a normal human? Was he a normal human to begin with or something more? What about those creatures that found Kadyn – are they friends or foes? Is that monkey looking one the same thing as those shadowy creatures that Gil’s run into? Sooooo many questions and more keep coming to mind! I’m so excited for the next issue!

Section Zero #4

This issue did not disappoint me at all. I like that there has been a time-jump. I kind of didn’t want to see Tina rescued right away. I like seeing Thom grown up a little and still part of the team. I caught the image of the Star Trek Delta that’s not really a Star Trek Delta on his shirt. He also makes a crack about ‘phasers on stun’ when all the shooting starts. There’s also a TMNT reference with four of the changelings jumping into the fray with the same weapons the turtles use and yelling ‘Cowabungle!’ – which Thom corrected. I’m certain there are plenty of other pop culture references that I missed because I’m not as familiar with them.

I thought the Selkie was an interesting addition to the story and I wonder if they’re going to officially add her to the team as a reformed villain type or if they’ll send her off to be dealt with by the Fairy Courts. I guess she could ‘escape’ from them if she were to also agree to stop being so nasty. Either way, I like Munro and would like to see her around the story in any capacity. I also thought it was clever to make her fancy fur coat into her Selkie coat.

I do not trust Curio – not at all. She’s obviously the chaotic party in all of this and will do as she pleases. I think she’s the reason Thom has that cursed bug tattoo and I think she did it for a reason – the bug bank!

So Carlos has Sam’s sword. He also knows his way around the Sargasso Sea wreckage, which he seems to have a connection to. I think Curio had something to do with all of this. I think there was some kind of manipulation and Carlos ended up doing something awful. Also – OMG! Sam?! What happened?! I bet Curio had something to do with it too! Everything is Curio’s doing! This book is defintiely turning out to be better than I expected when I first picked it up. It’s almost like a ragtag group of superheroes meets the X-Files and Supernatural. There is a lot going on and so much deeper story than just what we’re reading.

Space Bandits #1

I wasn’t completely sure if I was going to like this book. I saw it in the Previews and loved the 80’s style art, and it sounded like science-fantasy, so I decided to give it a shot. Once again, I’ve been impressed by a title that isn’t from Marvel or DC. The art is absolutely amazing and the story is stellar so far. I love Cody – she’s such a naïve yet brilliant criminal. Thena is also naïve, but she’s got some brawn hiding under that delicate looking physique. I foresee a bonding between these two on the horizon. Putting two scorned women together just spells disaster for the entire galaxy!

Thena was scorned by a lover, who anyone could tell that he was about to ditch her on that ‘one last job’ that he wanted to do. I mean, that’s how it always happens! He totally left her holding the bag and she was sent to a really nasty prison, the Crustacean.

Cody was double crossed by the baddest bandits in the galaxy. When you’ve done the job and stolen all the loots, you should expect there to be a double cross. It’s just going to happen when your gang isn’t loyal to you. They were in it for the loot and that was it. When the opportunity presented itself for them to profit a little more, they took it.

Both of these ladies had a predictable outcome to their beginnings. Even though it was predictable, it was a fun and entertaining read. There was a weird satisfying feeling that came over me when it all played out the way I predicted. I know these two are going to team up – but what’s going to happen when they do? Are they going to escape the Crustacean, or get that free pass? Are they going to double cross each other? Are they going to get revenge on those that scorned them? Are they just going to run away together and live on a beach somewhere? So many possibilities and I can’t wait to see what happens with this story.

Conclusion

It’s a glorious day when you have several comics in your subscription box and they all turn out to be great reads! I was pleasantly surprised by Space Bandits. I enjoyed Sea of Stars more than I thought I would. Star Trek is always great! And of course, Section Zero had another awesome issue. I can’t wait for the upcoming issues for all of these books. If you’re looking for something different from stereotypical heroes, and something that feels new, all of the Image books this week are ones I would suggest you check out!

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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 #15

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

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

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

Fantastic Four #11

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

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

Absolute Comics Group
White Widow #2

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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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 #7

I’m not digging the artist for these Captain Marvel War of the Realms tie-ins. It’s not that the art is bad, I just don’t care for it. Everyone has different tastes, so don’t get angry with me for disliking it.

As for the story, I wasn’t expecting the tie-ins to wrap up so quickly. As entertaining as it was to see Carol and Strange mind-swapped, I don’t like drawn out tie-ins. I think the two issues were plenty and they were fun to read. I like the background comedic relief from Black Widow, even though I don’t like that particular character. And as much as I love Doctor Strange, I also like when he is humbled in some way. He is very full of himself, and he needs an ego check on occasion. I was glad to see that his ego was well managed in this issue.

For all the different mistakes that Carol makes, she always finds a way to make up for them or redeem herself. She never seems to be recognized for her part in anything, except for when she goofs – then everyone sees it. This situation is likely not going to be any different. Strange will most likely get the credit for Enchantress’s capture, although Carol was in his body. Strange told Carol that she found an effective and quicker solution than he would have. Carol is to the mass media as Spider-Man is to Jameson. I can’t wait to see what’s said – or not said – about Carol’s accomplishment in this issue.

I also noticed that they changed Chewie’s name to Goose in the comics. I don’t remember if it was mentioned previously or not, but I caught it in this issue. I also saw the bloody tissue Carol left behind after she coughed and now my level of concern has just skyrocketed!

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #4

Well, this went from 100 to a million real fast. There’s a lot to process in this issue. So fist thing, Grix and Vess escaped how I thought they would, via Grix’s small craft. They out-ran the Renunciation’s monastery and left Duni for Grix’s ship. Once Grix and Vess were back aboard the Sundog, Grix called a meeting and it was rudely disrupted by the Hammer of the Path. They look like enforcers for the Renunciation, which I find alarming that they feel they need those types of folks. Some fancy flying got them out of a sticky situation with a homing torpedo. That torpedo was launched by the Hammer of the Path which ended up hitting their ship and they blew up.

After the chaos, Grix and Eline left the common area to have a discussion, which turned into a romantic encounter. I was actually surprised by this. I never picked up that those two had previously been involved, but according to the conversation, they were indeed something to each other. Now I want to know what happened to them and why they decided to split. I assume it was probably because of Eline’s job with Lux, but I really want more background on these two.

Vess was able to get in touch with Krikko and got some information in an attempt to help Grix gain leverage and build a case against Lux and the Renunciation. I question Krikko’s loyalty, but I question everyone – even the most loyal. I really like Grix and her paranoia because I totally relate to that. Grix tries to get the attention of Eline’s cousin on Duni. Eline’s contact ends up being a dead end because of politics and we find our crew staring down the front of a giant menacing ship in the final panel.

The political intrigue intensifies. I think the giant menacing ship may be an ally and not an enemy. But we won’t know for sure until the next issue!

Conclusion

I had a bunch of books last week and all were excellent reads. This week, I only had two  and they were both entertaining and great reads. I like when my books are all good reads. I can’t wait to get back to normal Captain Marvel stories that aren’t tie-ins and I can’t wait to see what happens with the giant ship in Invisible Kingdom.

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

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Marvel
Captain Marvel #6

This issue ties in with the current Marvel event, War of the Realms. I’m not a huge fan of tie-ins because I’m usually lost if I’m not reading the event series, but this story wasn’t hard to follow. There is a brief recap at the beginning of the issue, just like the other issues, but this recap covers what’s going on in War of the Realms. It has enough information to get you started for this tie-in issue. I’m not reading War of the Realms – so if I followed this issue, anyone else not reading the event series should also be able to follow along.

Black Widow has a vision of Enchantress’ defeat. She goes to find Strange and Captain Marvel because Strange is who stops Enchantress and Captain Marvel is there with him and Black Widow. After Black Widow gets the group together, Enchantress tries to put a stop to their efforts by tracking them down before they reach the location of their victory. Enchantress swaps Strange and Carol’s minds so that they can’t use their powers and they’re in unfamiliar bodies. Strange is trying to show Carol how to use the magic in his body and she’s having serious trouble grasping it. A small horde of undead show up and the only person with any real punch at the moment is Black Widow. And that’s where it leaves us, with a ‘to be continued’.

I find it absolutely hilarious that two of my four favorite Marvel characters have had their minds swapped with each other! I love both Strange and Carol and this is great – watching them work through this odd situation they’ve gotten themselves into. I found this issue to be very entertaining and I was so glad I was able to follow what was happening. I hate having to read an event mini series just so I can read my regular series. But this was well done and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Conclusion

Well, it was a light week for my reading list! I was afraid I wouldn’t have an article this week because of Captain Marvel being a tie-in, and the only book in my box this week. I was pleasantly surprised.

This is also my 400th article! I can’t believe I’ve written 400 articles! Next week, I’ll be at Origins Game Fair, so be sure to watch my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for updates! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get my Comic Box Recap for June 12, 2019 out until after we come home, but I’ll try my best!

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

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Marvel
Fantastic Four #10

I appreciate the wholesomeness of this series. There are situations that younger readers can relate to and lessons that they can learn from. I think that’s important for young readers, but also important to draw in younger readers. Franklin is having emotional growing pains and has seemingly worked through them. But we’ll see if that’s the case. He also has to face the consequences of his actions from a previous issue where he acted very disrespectful toward Alicia. It’s important that young readers see heroes have consequences for their actions, and this expresses that in a way young readers can relate to.

Val has met a friendly rival that may be smarter than her, so she’ll have to figure out how to deal with that. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are characters I’m not very familiar with, but seeing them in this issue makes me want to know more. Lunella is adorable and brilliant, and Devil Dinosaur is too cute!

Both Val and Franklin are dealing with their personal issues in their own way. Val has been sending texts to the Future Foundation, even though she knows they might not be receiving them. Sometimes, you just need to see your troubles to help you work through them. Franklin isolated himself and turned inward instead of reaching out. He tried to burn his sketchbook, which is probably the only record of those worlds and people he created. It takes an invasion of other-realm creatures for him to finally realize that he’s not alone.

I feel like there is a message in this issue too. The message I got is that family isn’t always directly related to you. The folks of Yancy Street are a family, even if they don’t always get along. What a wonderful issue this week! I’m looking forward to the next installment.

IDW
Star Trek: Year Five #2

Well, I got mental whiplash from Kirk in this issue. Being the captain of a starship is not easy but flip-flopping on decisions is not how a captain should be. There are always tough choices to make and Kirk is definitely stuck between a rock and hard place in this issue. Did he make the right choice in the first place to save that Tholian (last issue)? Maybe, but I would not have plucked the Tholian child from the planet without a better understanding of their physical makeup and how to care for it. He also has no real way to communicate with it. I’m not sure I’m okay with him kidnapping that Tholian. It just doesn’t sit right with me. And he’s now facing the consequences of his kidnapping adventure.

While Kirk is having his moment trying to connect with the Tholian child, he mentions an old captain by the name of Mayweather. Is that the very same, Travis Mayweather from the Enterprise TV series? I mean… It could be. It could easily be a relative too, or someone completely unrelated. Enterprise was roughly 100 years before Kirk’s time on the Constitution class Enterprise. Humans were living over a hundred years, so it ‘could’ be Travis Mayweather. Kirk mentions that Mayweather lived his whole life in space and Travis Mayweather was space boomer who lived his whole life in space, either on a freighter or a starship. I really think it’s him! Even if it isn’t, what a pleasant little Easter Egg that was. I would also like to mention that the writer nailed the bits about Tarsus IV. I love it when the writers do their homework and don’t just wing it when writing about things that are canon.

Conclusion

If you want a wholesome, family oriented super hero book, pick up Fantastic Four. I recommend it to families all the time and I’ve only heard good things back from them. Star Trek had a fun Easter Egg with a side of mental whiplash, but it was still a decent read. I look forward to next week’s books!

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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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Marvel
Doctor Strange #14

I am so happy! Bats was in this issue! I don’t know if it was Barry Kitson or Mark Waid’s doing – or both, but I’m very happy to see Bats. Zelma makes a brief appearance with Bats as well. So, Strange had found a suitable planet for Galactus and with Clea’s help, led him to it. There was something wrong with the energy of the planet and it caused him great pain which could be felt across the world barriers. That’s how we get our glimpse of Bats and Zelma – they’re discussing the imminent danger and wondering about the fate of Strange. We also see the Watchers on the same page, making mention of how this could be the last event they ever watch.

We find out fairly quick that Dormammu is the culprit behind the corrupted magic of the planet. He’s made himself the new ‘Herald of Galactus’ with the help of Mephisto. Galactus is imbued with the power of the Faltine; Clea and Umar are trapped by Mephisto; and Strange is being held by Dormammu. Things are looking pretty grim!

I don’t see Dormammu holding onto Galactus for long, even with Mephisto’s help. Galactus is a force of the universe and Dormammu is just an all-powerful being. Clea, Strange, and Umar are all trapped at the moment. I doubt Umar’s unsteady alliances are strong enough to persuade them to help Umar and Clea escape Mephisto. Umar and Clea together might be able to escape Mephisto and rescue Strange, but I don’t see Strange being able to escape Dormammu without help. He was zapped by Galactus and I’m shocked he wasn’t totally blown up by that. I’m anxious to see how all this gets sorted!

Dark Horse
Invisible Kingdom #2

We were shorted my copy of Invisible Kingdom #2 on release day and it has just now come in.

There is so much going on in this issue. We get a brief glance into Vess’s past, just before she leaves her home to journey to the monastery. We also see a little of her routine at the monastery. She’s definitely young and impressionable. She actually believes Mother Proxima’s lies, which doesn’t surprise me. At least, I’m pretty sure Mother Proxima is lying.

Grix is in hot water and it appears that Eline might be trying to genuinely help and isn’t the spy Grix thinks she is. Grix and Eline tried their best, but Oris Prime definitely didn’t fall for their explaination. I have a feeling that the collision course with the freighter was Lux’s doing. And now I’m suspicious of Rath – because he sent out a distress signal after they had their scrape with the freighter. But who was he sending it to? Is he really Grix’s little brother or a spy? I just don’t know who to trust at this point.

Invisible Kingdom #3

Well, I’m really happy that Rath was only trying to help and isn’t a spy. Unless he’s secretly a doppelganger and a spy… I mean… it’s possible. But Grix decides to follow the mysterious response that their distress signal got them. She decides to meet up with the sender in hopes they’re telling the truth about the data they have against Lux and the Renunctiation. I found the initial meeting between Grix and Vess to be very honest and believable. I like the interaction between the two and how genuine it feels. But I can’t believe how ridiculous Vess is being! She meets up with Grix and gives her the data, but then thinks she’ll be able to go back. Well, that idea is quickly dismissed when the two are confronted by the giant flying ship thing with what I assume is Mother Proxima’s scolding voice booming from it.

This issue leaves us on a cliffhanger with Grix and Vess leaping from a cliff to escape the Renunctiation. I’m fairly certain that Grix called her pod to meet up with them, so jumping from the cliff is just a way to hopefully trick or elude the Renunctiation for a time. It’s safe to say that the worlds that these two came from will never be the same. There is a truth to be told and lies to be exposed. The lives of Grix and Vess are now intertwined because of their individual discoveries of the Lux and Renunciation conspiracy. I can’t wait to see what’s coming in the next issue!

IDW
Star Trek: Q Conflict #4

This was an explosive issue! Guinan gives Picard some insight into Q’s state of mind, revealing that she believes there are allies yet to fully reveal themselves. Q then gives all the crews a new challenge. He wants them to get the attention of the Prophets in the wormhole near DS9. This obviously doesn’t sit well with any of the captains or their crew, especially Sisko and Kira. They all play along, and all try their own methods of contacting the Prophets. It comes down to Kirk, with advice from Dax, who finally gets their attention. They’re not happy about Q’s shenanigans and the universe is about to implode on itself as a result. On the last page, in the final panel, we see Q2 and Amanda Rogers watching everything unfold. Q2 says to Amanda Rogers, that they’ll have to do something about the events they’re watching. I’m still trying to figure out if the Q are behind all of this or if it’s Q himself being… well, Q.

There was something bothering me and I didn’t want to mention it until the very end of the series – if it hadn’t been brought up. But it was in this issue. O’Brien asks Worf why he’s so distracted during a meeting and he mentions that it’s difficult being around Jadzia Dax, but doesn’t give any details. I’m very happy it was addressed because Worf was plucked from the timeline after he had left DS9, and Dax was plucked from the timeline before Worf ever came to DS9. He has all his memories of Dax and their time spent together, even after her death when the Dax symbiont was given to Ezri. It has to be very jarring to be sitting at the table with someone who has yet to meet and marry you, and then die – almost literally in your arms. I’m happy with the situational awareness, even if this is the only mention it gets.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an unusual conspiracy story based in a sci-fi setting, Invisible Kingdom is going to come highly recommended from me. If you like Star Trek characters and don’t mind the shenanigans of Q and timeline flux, then Q Conflict is hands down a must read.

So much chaos in one week’s worth of books! Dormammu is the new Herald of Galactus, the Lux/Renunciation Conspiracy is on the way to exposure, and Q has angered the Prophets to the point that the galaxy may implode. Well… what from my box next week could possibly top all this?! Can’t wait to find out!

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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 #5

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

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

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

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Unnatural #9

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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