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

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Marvel
Doctor Strange #9

This book is a perfect example of how you include relevant political topics in a story without literally including real world topics. I’ll write more about this in the conclusion at the end of the article.

It’s a heartwarming story about Doctor Strange fighting off the corporate demon (literally), trying to keep his neighborhood together. I like that he’s fighting for the community because he loves the community. What better feel-good story could you want right now? I also love how he just dumps him on the moon to prove a point. I don’t think that’ll stop this demon dude, so I imagine we’ll see him or one of his subordinates again in the future.

I am anxious to see how the Ancient One has made his way back to what appears to be a corporeal state. I’m also curious as to why he would call Doctor Strange ‘master’. The Ancient One was still far more skilled than Strange, and even after all this time, I don’t feel like the student actually surpassed the teacher. I love Doctor Strange, but he’s flawed, where the Ancient One was not as flawed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next issue!

I do have one very important question though… Where was Bats?!

Namor: The Best Defense #1

The message in this book is crystal clear – or clear as a glass squid as it was so eloquently said by Kallthro. The world is doomed if can’t all get along. We need to stop fighting among ourselves and get along before a larger enemy comes along. We need to be unified as a single people, but it feels like a futile struggle. I feel what Namor is saying. It seems like the world, both his and ours, is full of strife and hatred. But just when you think all hope is lost, there is a silver lining shining down on us. This was a great book and it had information about Namor that I didn’t know. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Namor. I can’t wait for more Namor books!

Albatross Funny Books
Grumble #1

Mike Norton is a fantastic artist who has a way of making the background interesting without detracting from the focal points and characters in the forefront. He puts tiny details on things that make you want to look at the background, just to see what all is there. All of the main characters and the background seem to come to life while I’m reading any book he does the art for. The writer, Rafer Roberts, has written an engaging and interesting story. I never felt bogged down with any of the text and the story flowed nicely from panel to panel. Roberts writing and Norton’s art compliment each other very well.

When you put Norton and Roberts together you get a foul mouthed, magic wielding dude that gets himself stuck in a pug body and has his estranged daughter thrown into the mix. Eddie’s daughter, Tala, has a cool ‘whammy’ power that she uses to sort of mind control folks. Tala says her mother is dead, but something tells me that she’s not telling the full truth of the situation.

I love the design of the S’taera, which Tala relates to archangels. And the way Tala had to focus when she blasted that one S’taera, makes me think she’s really powerful but has trouble controlling it. I also really like the ‘expendable freelance intermediate’ shown at the end of the book too. I think there are either some screws loose or she was talking to someone over a comm. My money is on her being a ‘crazy’ bounty hunter chick.

I’m super excited about this first first issue of Grumble and I really want the next issue, like now. Do I really have to wait?!

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #5

I was a little confused by the first few pages. Some of the panels had Barclay and Worf wearing some kind of apparatus on their mouths, but the previous panel or panel after would show no signs of the device. I have no clue why they were using these things, where they went when they weren’t using them, or what these devices were for. And Doctor Crusher was never shown with one, yet she’s human just like Mirror Barclay… sooooo… I’m totally confused. Also, when Worf and Barclay fired their phasers at some aggressors, they weren’t drawn like phasers. They looked more like a typical gunshot and that’s highly disappointing.

Something else that bothers me a little is not knowing the year that this all takes place. I could have missed it and I’ll have to go back and look through the previous issues. The reason this matters to me is because there are a number of Starfleet ships shown on the viewscreen and they’re all shown as Galaxy Class ships – which they’re not. There’s at least an Ambassador, Nebula, and Excelsior. There may be another class that I missed, but I dislike that they’re all represented by a Galaxy Class silhouette. At least all the registry numbers were correct as far as I can tell.

Errors are going to happen when you have an IP as large as Star Trek, and I hate to sound like I’m nit picking. I’m sure someone will tear holes in my RPG write ups, but at least I can bluff out of those mistakes since our ship is classified.

But once I got out of those first few pages, it was a typical Star Trek book with social dilemmas, scientific and diplomatic challenges, and of course – a surprise! Who would have guessed that Data had been replaced by the Mirror Data?! Not me, unless I forgot something from a previous issue. I really do like the series, I just get a little meticulous about some things. It’s a flaw of mine. I am looking forward to the next issue to see what’s going to happen with Mirror Data and Mirror Barclay.

Star Trek vs Transformers #3

This particular Star Trek book definitely does not fall within the main continuity. I’m much less critical of the things that happen in this series because of that. John Barber and Mike Johnson are excellent at writing action and combat scenes. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series up to this point and the final panel of this issue made me giggle. Fortress Tiberious! Kirk and Shatner are both arrogant enough to name something like that after themselves. The writers nailed the name of that transforming Enterprise and I love it! It’s absolutely perfect!

If you’re looking for a good, entertaining, and not-to-be-taken-seriously read, this is hands down the book you should be looking at. I’m looking forward to the next issue so I can see Fortress Tiberious take on some Decepticons!

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Unnatural #5

This story just gets better with every issue. Not sure if I’ve said that or not about Unnatural, but it’s true and the truth needs to be repeated anyway. I’m starting to get a little annoyed with Leslie’s attitude, but I can kind of understand why she’s acting like a whiny little girl. She has lost everything and everyone dear to her. None of us can say how we would respond in that kind of situation, even if we’ve been there before already. I try to empathize with her as much as possible and that helps me get around her personality quirks that she currently has. Khal is a different story. Even after hearing part of his tragic story, Leslie has the nerve to call him a monster. Maybe he is and we just don’t know it yet, but I wouldn’t be so cold about it. There is likely more than meets the eye with him. I also was not expecting Carol to be a pig. I’m not sure I was expecting any particular animal, more of the cloak and dagger type, but I was shocked to see her. I hope we get the backstory behind those horrific scars too.

I really like how Mirka Andolfo has written this story, and her art is so gorgeous! She’s constantly left me guessing at the fate of Leslie and that wolf spirit thing that she carries with her. I’m guessing that Khal is going to have a big part to play in this too and I hope that he doesn’t have to sacrifice himself (if he’s a good guy). I’m super curious to see what’s under Glance’s mask and I hope ‘Jones’ bites the dust before this is over. That pig is a real PIG! This book is one that I’m always excited to get and anxious to read! It’s definitely in my top ten right now and the story isn’t even done yet!

Conclusion

I’m one of the few folks that would prefer real world politics be kept out of superhero comics like Doctor Strange, Batgirl, Avengers, etc. I love how Mark Waid was able to include important topics that are relatable to current things, without bringing up those real world topics. I’m totally for heroes having political turmoil, I just don’t want to read about the current real world political topics with my superheroes. I don’t mind other books having real world politics, but there need to be some that keep us shielded from it. I read superhero comics to escape from all of that mess for a few minutes.

There are plenty of works out there that include real world topics and they’re absolutely worth reading, regardless of where you stand politically. I enjoy all forms of entertainment, regardless of my political stance and religious beliefs. Politics and religion are touchy subjects and I want folks to feel safe from being bombarded with it here.

I love weeks like this where I enjoy every issue I get that week. I wish every week was like this – even with the slight confusion in my Terra Incognita issue this week. It was still entertaining and worth reading. There wasn’t a single series from this week that I regret buying. All of them are series that I’m anxiously awaiting the next installments for, particularly Grumble and Unnatural. Those two books are unique and interesting and if you’re not reading them, you’re missing out!

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Some exciting news broke a few days ago. It was discovered by another member of the HeroClix community that WizKids had added solicits for a new set, tentatively due out in November of this year. Much to my surprise and excitement, it was a solicit for Star Trek Away Team: The Next Generation!!!

TNG logo

Booster Packs

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team returns to the tabletop, this time with fan-favorite characters from the Starfleet Crew in Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Booster Brick includes some of the most iconic characters and creatures from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Riker, Data, Geordi, Worf, Deanna Troi, and more are joined by classic adversaries Romulans, Klingons, Borg, and the omnipotent Q in this brand-new HeroClix 5-figure booster release!

The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Booster Brick has 73 new figures to collect:

  • 18 Common figures including one Prime
  • 18 Uncommon figures including one Prime
  • 18 Rare figures including one Prime
  • 13 Super Rare figures including one Prime
  • 6 Chase figures

Wow! This set is going to have six chases instead of four, as well as Primes in each rarity! This is not a colossal set, so it’s safe to assume they’ll be the same size as previous five figure booster sets. There doesn’t appear to be a price increase, or if there is one, it’s minimal. This is good news since many were worried that WizKids would just adopt the new colossal booster price for non-colossal sets.

Primes – There are numerous opportunities for primes in this set. Every prominent character in the show would frequent the holodeck dressed in a variety of roles from history or literature. There are also characters like Lore, which is Data’s ‘twin’ of sorts. Doctor Soong was also portrayed by Brent Spiner (Data/Lore), and that presents an opportunity to see Soong as well! Picard was assimilated by the Borg for a time, so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see a Locutus of Borg figure. We might even be graced by the presence of a Thomas Riker!

I really need to know, which outfit is Deana Troi going to be wearing?! Any or all (Primes!) of the following are okay with me! She’s had loads of other outfits over the span of seven seasons and four movies, but these are my favorite and most memorable.

TNG Troi 1.jpg

There are a few things that I really hope WizKids puts on character cards as their ability flavor text. For Picard, he needs Outwit and it needs to be called “Shut up, Wesley.” You can watch a clip, here. Another is for Reginald Barclay, and they need to incorporate his nickname, Lt. Broccoli, either on his card or Wesley’s card.

There is an enormous and rich universe for WizKids to pull from, so there is only speculation about what we could potentially see, until spoilers begin. There’s enough content in the Star Trek universe, as a whole, that WizKids could make a set every year for the rest of their existence! I can’t wait to see who they chose to include in this set. We do know that we’ll likely see the entire main cast crew and some very notable secondary crew. Some of the villainous characters have been confirmed in the solicits as well. We’ll be seeing Q, Gul Madred, and the Borg Queen. I imagine we’ll see generic Klingons, Romulans, Borg, and Starfleet officers in this set as well. It would be a lost opportunity to exclude them.

Starter Set

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Starter Set includes six of the most iconic crewmembers of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D with all-new dials! This Starter Set features Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander William T. Riker, Lt. Commander Data, Lt. Worf, Dr. Beverly Crusher, and Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge coming together to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before! Other Starfleet members, like Reginald Barclay and Ro Laren, can join with the rest of the crew of the Enterprise to take on fearsome adversaries such as Gul Madred or the Borg Queen, all four of which can be found in the Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Booster Brick!

Starter Sets are excellent products for new players to learn and play HeroClix!

Includes everything a player needs to play HeroClix: figures, one double-sided map, Rulebook, Powers and Abilities Card (PAC), Object and Terrain tokens, Dice, and Character cards.

MSRP: $24.99

We have a confirmed roster for the starter:

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Commander William T. Riker
  • Lt. Commander Data
  • Lt. Worf
  • Dr. Beverly Crusher
  • Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

You’ll see that Tasha Yar, Wesley Crusher, and Deanna Troi are missing from that notable list. Troi is already listed in the booster solicit, but it’s safe to assume that we’ll see Yar and Wesley in the set too, unless Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton have something weird going on with licensing their likeness.

I think they chose a great line up for the starter. Since this is a starter, it’ll have a rulebook, PAC, dice, a double sided map, and object/terrain tokens. I’d like to see something Star Trek related on my object tokens – like a console for a heavy object and med pack for a light object. I think I’m asking for too much though, even though it’s just pictures printed on cardboard.

Dice and Token Pack

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation Dice and Token Pack contains two (2) custom dice featuring the Starfleet icon and six (6) custom action tokens featuring images of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.

The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Original Series Dice & Token Pack is a great way for players to enhance their HeroClix experience!

MSRP: $9.99

Obvious cut/paste typo in this solicit – “The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Original Series Dice & Token Pack is a great way for players to enhance their HeroClix experience!” This solicit is definitely for TNG Dice and Tokens and not the TOS set. Now, the question is, who is going to be on these? Will we see crew or aliens?

The TOS pack had all the crew members from the starter, which was awesome! I’m hoping they do the same for TNG. If they do, these are the faces we’ll have on the tokens:

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Commander William T. Riker
  • Lt. Commander Data
  • Lt. Worf
  • Dr. Beverly Crusher
  • Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge

I’m also very curious about the dice. We had gorgeous dice from the TOS pack, so are they going to reuse those dice or make new ones?

Dice

Personally, I’d like the TNG communicator badge symbol, even if the color scheme is the same as the TOS dice.

TNG Badge

They could even do a silhouette of the Enterprise-D, or use the standard Klingon badge symbol. As long as it’s TNG related, I don’t care what they use!

Organized Play Release Kit

The Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation OP Kit includes*:

  • Three (3) Samuel Clemens Limited Edition Prize Figures
  • Five (5) copies of a double-sided 24” x 36” HeroClix map
  • Release Day Instruction Sheet with Tournament Format

Release Day Organized Play (OP) Kits –

HeroClix Release Day OP Kits contain everything a retailer needs to bring HeroClix players into their store to celebrate the release of a new HeroClix set including new limited edition figures or game elements not found anywhere else! Each Release Day OP Kit ships with the new set so stores can run events on release day. Stores should schedule their HeroClix release day events in the WizKids Info Network (win.wizkids.com).

Each Release Day OP Kit includes prizes to host a release day event, with a prize for 1st place, a Fellowship award and a Flex Award (Flex Awards are used at the store’s discretion so long as the use is within the context of the WKPPLA for the expressed purpose of supporting in-store play).

Stores are not required to have a volunteer or judge present to run an event; store owners may ultimately determine how events in their store will run and how the kits are used so long as they are used to support in-store play.

RETAILERS PLEASE NOTE: Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation OP Kits are only available while supplies last!

Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: The Next Generation OP Kit is covered by the WizKids Promotional Product Licensing Agreement and is marked “NOT FOR RESALE.”

Exemptions are determined based on a store’s demonstrated player base size as indicated in their event history in the WizKids Information Network. If you wish to request additional OP kits, please speak with your sales representative.

Maximum 3 OP Kits per store unless store requests and receives exemption based on their WizKids Info Network history and product order history.

*Kit contents subject to change

Oh my goodness – Mark Twain himself as a prize piece! It was a great episode where time travel happened a few times and Samuel Clemens had a chance to tour the Enterprise-D. Seeing Samuel Clemens makes me believe that Guinan will be in the booster set or maybe a future LE.

I really dislike time travel shows, but the times that Star Trek incorporates it in the show are well written and feel like they have purpose, even the ‘accidental’ incidents. The only time I have ever truly enjoyed time travel content is in Star Trek.

Thoughts

I don’t think I can express just how excited I am for this set! This series was a very big part of adolescent years and this is THE dream set for me. I know several folks had their dream set with Star Trek: The Original Series, or maybe one of the other various comic related sets, but this set is something I didn’t think I’d ever see. I may love Ninja Turtles and Batman: TAS (coming soon and can’t wait!), but in my heart, I’m a Trekkie. I’m very attached to all versions of Star Trek, but TNG is special to me, as I’m sure it is to many other folks for various reasons.

Star Trek is a franchise that highlights diversity and unity and while I believe some of the series are better at representing this than others, they’re all great in their own way. I would like to see WizKids continue this trend and bring all the series to life on my HeroClix map. Not only are there TV series and movies, but there is also an animated series, novels, and comics that WizKids could use. These sets allow me to connect with players that have no interest in super heroes but like to play HeroClix because of the Star Trek characters. WizKids makes Star Trek: Attack Wing, which is another great Star Trek game, but there’s something super special about commanding an away team of your favorite characters. I want to field a team of TNG Klingons to take on Thanos or battle against a Bat-Family! They may be defeated, but they will die in glorious battle and earn their place in Sto’Vo’Kor! Qapla’!

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