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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
Avengers #12

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

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

Captain Marvel #1

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

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

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

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

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

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Outer Darkness #3

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

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

*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Do not read any further if you are trying to avoid SPOILERS!
DC
Batgirl #30

I’m so not a fan of this issue. This issue lost me when I saw the phrase, “pc garbage” pop up in a speech bubble. I forced myself through the rest of the issue and didn’t like any of it. This issue demonstrates just how bad politics are and how it separates folks when they get too dedicated to one side or the other. Gordon is clearly on one side and Babs is clearly on the other. It’s lucky for my subscription box that I don’t really consider “pc garbage” to be enough of a real world political topic to drop this title. It references political correctness, which is definitely real world politics, but it could be used in comics without an actual real world reference. That was kind of the case here where there were no references to Republicans or Democrats or whatever. Had the reference to real world parties been put in, I would have stopped my subscription and tossed every issue of Batgirl Rebirth. I read super hero books for the extraordinary, not the real world references. If I want political content, I’ll go read one of the many political themed comics out there, as I have in the past.

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Unnatural #6

Leslie just can’t catch a break. Every time it feels like she has a moment to rest, something happens. I expected a breather in this issue and a chance to learn a lot more. Mirka Andolfo has a way of giving you just enough to keep you holding on before the rug is pulled out from under you and you’re on the run again – just like Leslie! I’m running straight to the next issue of Unnatural – can I speed up time and get my copy sooner? With every bit of information that Leslie acquires, the intensity of the situation increases. I’m glad that Carol wants Leslie alive, but I’m also glad that she’s not afraid to do what needs to be done if their plan fails. What’s their plan? I have no clue yet, but if I were Leslie, I’d do whatever Carol told me to do. I absolutely love Saya and Khal too, and I hope neither of them are bad folks. I think I would cry.

If you haven’t started reading Unnatural, you’re missing out! So much has happened in just six issues and it’s such an awesome story! Each issue just leaves me wanting more. I envy those that will get to read this series all at once, like in a graphic novel. They won’t have the anticipation of waiting nearly a whole month for the next installment. I plan to read this series again after the final issue, but it won’t be same since I’ll know the ending. I pulled the first few issues out of the comic box the other day and when I saw Trish and Derek, I was reminded of their tragic deaths. This is definitely a story that you want to completely take in on the first read.

Conclusion

I do not make idle threats. When I say something, I mean it. In my December 12, 2018 Recap, I said, “If Avengers can’t keep the real world references out of its pages, then I’m dropping it. That goes for any of the super hero titles that I read, not just Avengers.” Batgirl skirted that think line this week. If the political story line keeps up for too long, I’ll definitely drop Batgirl.

Just like my last two weeks, this week would have been a drag if not for one specific book. In my last article, Grumble was the highlight, much like Unnatural was in this article. If the two books had been in the same article, my head might have exploded – figuratively of course. My head is still buzzing with all the events of Unnatural. I hope you enjoyed your books this week as much I enjoyed Unnatural!

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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!
DC
Batgirl #29

I’m always looking for messages behind the stories in the comics I read, regardless of whether or not those messages were intentional. Batgirl always seems to have messages behind the great stories. This issue told me that you can always come back from something bad. You may have to suffer the consequences of your actions, but it’s not too late to redeem yourself. I also got the message that it’s okay to not be okay. Having a bad day, week, month, year, or whatever – it will eventually be okay but it’s okay to not be okay for that moment in time. You shouldn’t just roll over and wait for things to fix themselves. You should strive to find a solution and don’t give up. Batgirl seems to have the best messages. This is one of the reasons that I love this book. The stories that deliver the messages are entertaining and well written.

I’m definitely super digging Batgirl’s new costume. It’s like a combination of classic, chic, and modern hero. I also love the art overall. There are subtle details in the panels that I really like seeing, like the staples that you see running up her spine in the panel where she’s changing into the gala dress. Folks forget or don’t know about her past and this is a well placed visual reminder of it. That same panel shows her struggle with putting the dress on, which is a struggle most of us women have and can relate to. Her face is really cute in that same panel. The rest of the art is wonderful and the transitions from one panel to the next are excellent and easy to follow.

As for the story, I didn’t actually think Evan would flip on Wyrm, but I knew it was a possibility. I’m kind of happy he did, but I hate that he’s probably dead now. Babs said he didn’t make it, but you know how things go in comics – he may be holed up in a cryo-tube somewhere or his consciousness could be contained in the internet now. I’m also happy to see Babs going in for surgery and I hope those FBI dudes don’t make Commissioner Gordon break his promise to her about being there when she wakes up. That’s not cool if they do. I wonder why they’re there to talk to him and I hope he’s not in trouble for something!

Marvel
Fantastic Four #4

Batgirl isn’t the only book with moral lessons and messages in it. Here is the short list I got from this issue:

  • “Never hide who you truly are.” (Reed Richards)
  • Always look at the bigger picture.
  • Super powers aren’t always ‘magical’, sometimes it’s normal stuff, like intelligence or even creativity.
  • Things are sometimes not what they appear to be.
  • Make friends, not enemies and work together.
  • Family is precious, blood relatives or not.

This issue was great! There is a copy cat superhero ‘family’ trying to prevent a robbery, which turns out to have been staged. This new family has also moved into the Baxter Building, which is the now former home of the Fantastic Four. Did the Fantastix actually know it was all staged ahead of time? I’m not totally convinced they’re on the up-and-up. But the Fantastic Four showed their true character when they shook hands and parted ways with the Fantastix, who still own the Baxter Building.

It’s great to see the Fantastic Four back on Earth and getting back into the swing of things. They’ve moved into the building that Ben owns and I hope to see that as their new headquarters. It’s nice to see evolution in character stories and even if they don’t stay in Ben’s building, I want them to find a new headquarters – not return to the Baxter Building.

I’m actually excited to see the wedding between Ben and Alicia! The ad in this issue says it’s going to happen – no fooling.

I totally loved when Ben (The Thing) busted out the retro Fantasticar! And the panel where they parked it outside Ben’s building is hilarious! I actually chuckled out loud at Johnny’s interaction with those neighborhood kids. This is such a wonderful book to read and it’s great for readers of all ages.

Conclusion

I couldn’t have asked for better stories this week. Both books are appropriate for children and adults, and they have great messages and morals tucked into the writing. I really wish I had read Fantastic Four when I was younger. I’ve gone back and read several of the issues that would have been on the rack when I was reading Amazing Spider-Man, and I’m absolutely sure I would have liked the book. I just didn’t give it a chance. That’s a lesson in itself – don’t judge a book by it’s cover!

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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 #8

So, the whole fight against Casey and Mordo isn’t what I was most interested to read about in this issue. The fight was great and Kanna came rushing in to save the day with Bats at her side. That’s exactly what I wanted to see! Doctor Strange saves Casey, kind of, and I’m glad the weight of his failure to initially save her was lifted. But then, there is the other part of the story that completely overshadows all of this, at least for me. It’s not a ‘bad’ kind of overshadowing – it’s a character building and important kind.

I had completely forgotten about the whole ‘memory wipe’ incident until Bats so kindly reminded me and Kanna! I was screaming – almost literally. I love Bats, and this wasn’t his fault. He shouldn’t have to keep Doctor Strange’s secrets and this was completely Doctor Strange’s fault. I remember what I thought when that whole situation happened – this is bad and won’t end well. Well, it didn’t. Kanna finished her work and then rushed in to save the day, but once it was all done, she called him out. She stood her ground and didn’t accept any of his excuses. I admire her for that, but at the same time, I was heartbroken when she walked away. I want to slap Doctor Strange for just standing there and slowly closing the door as she left. He’s an idiot!

But I still love the character and he’s still one of my absolute favorites – and it’s because he’s not perfect. Flawed characters have the best character.

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #2

I always look forward to the lighthearted books on my list. The MLP books are perfect for younger readers and MLP enthusiasts alike. I love the team of Nightmare Knights that have been assembled to invade Eris’ casino-castle and their alter egos are great! It’s great to see stories that expand and connect characters in a large world like the MLP universe. These characters wouldn’t normally have connected with each other if not for the need of their individual talents for this mission.

I also enjoy seeing the backstories of individual characters being expanded on. Tempest’s childhood friend, Glitter Drops, is a green-ish colored foal that you see in the flashback Tempest has while singing ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ in My Little Pony: The Movie. Another reason I enjoy backstories as much as I do, is because I often find inconsistencies with continuity and it makes me dig for reasons for the inconsistencies. In this case, Glitter Drop’s magic in the flashback is yellow in color. In this comic issue, it’s light blue with a purple tint. Now, trying to figure out why her magic is different led me down the rabbit hole of speculation and pony theory. There is no ‘official’ explanation for the color changes in magic auras and I won’t go into the fan theories and speculation here. I wish they would explain it officially, but I doubt that will happen.

Conclusion

Both my books were entertaining and enjoyable. I had an emotional roller coaster with Doctor Strange and Kanna, and a feeling of comradery with the reformed villains in the MLP book. Now I have to wait a whole week for more comics…

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Greetings Fellow Comic Fans!

 

Before we get into this article, I want to take a moment to pay tribute to Stan ‘The Man’ Lee. He was the face of Marvel and co-creator of the most memorable characters in comic history. His creations and their stories shaped my childhood and ultimately helped me to become the halfway decent person I am today. While there are lots of other creators that are just as important, Stan Lee held a special place in my heart and he’s the reason I explored writing in the first place.

Back when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, we were told to write a paragraph about someone important to us. Fictional people were not approved, so I couldn’t write about Spider-Man. Most of my classmates wrote about a family members, friends, or someone they actually knew. I wrote about a man named Stanley Lieber, who everyone knows as Stan ‘The Man’ Lee. He was important to me at that time because he created my favorite comic book character, Spider-Man, and the content that he created told stories with morals and his work inspired and fueled my imagination. We need those morals now more than ever, in our world today.

He became more important to me as I got older because of who he was – a fellow geek who loved to create content for others to enjoy.

I was lucky enough to meet him in passing while in California. He had my writing portfolio given to him by another major company that I was interviewing for. He was an amazing person and cared so much about what I had to say and about my work. I was given genuine compliments and tips from him. I wish I’d gotten an autograph or a picture, but that wasn’t the time or place to do that.

Many don’t know about his Star Trek connection. Small though it may be, it’s there: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Stan_Lee

I feel like I lost a family member on Monday. I’m sure many of you feel that way too. I wish I’d been lucky enough to actually know him or be friends with him. We all knew his time was growing shorter, but that doesn’t make his passing any easier.

I want you all to know, that if you need to cry with someone, I’m here. I’ll ugly cry with you. Don’t be ashamed of showing your feelings for someone you never knew. He’s important to lots of people because of his work. While he may be gone, his work is still here for us to continue to be inspired by.

Mr. Lee, go boldly, one last time.

~ Excelsior!

Stan Lee Tribute

Art not mine. Credit to the artist.

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
Avengers #10 (#700)

This issue is crammed full of crazy goodness! Namor’s Ocean Defenders are a freaky lot that I am definitely digging as bad guys. I know Namor isn’t a bad guy and he shows it towards the end when he takes down some of the Piranhas. I love Echidna and Bloodtide! So, Bloodtide didn’t always look like she crawled out of a well in a horror movie. She was muscular and pretty, but I definitely prefer this version. I absolutely love Echidna’s look too. I’m not a fan of Tiger Shark or Orka, but they fit into the group’s meanie theme. King Crab is absolutely hilarious and I love him! I couldn’t find any previous appearances, so I guess he’s a new dude. Manowar didn’t do much except get destroyed by the Crimson Dynamo. I’m not sure how Andromeda fits into this group yet, but then again, Namor kind of doesn’t fit either – not the way I see him anyway. I guess it’s a good thing the Winter Guard showed up to help the Avengers or Namor’s merry band of meanies could have defeated them.

Speaking of the Winter Guard, I had never heard of them until now. But I don’t read Iron Man and I never read the Avengers until this run and that seems to be where you can find most of their appearances (according to Wikis). They are basically the Avengers of Russia and each one looks like a counterpart to one of the Avengers. But if you’re expecting to see the Avengers, just with a Russian accent, you’re going to be in for a surprise. They do not have the personalities of the Avengers at all. Crimson Dynamo may be the only one that acts like an Avenger, but the rest are rude, ruthless, and deadly. I don’t dislike the Winter Guard at all. I actually find them interesting and different enough that I’d read a book based on them alongside an Avengers title.

In this issue, the US government isn’t happy about the change in leadership within the ranks of the Avengers. They want Captain America to stay in charge so the government feels like they have ‘control’ over the super team. I support the Avengers in the change of leadership and I stand by Cap. He told General Ross, “And the Avengers don’t work for any country. We fight for the Earth.” I wanted to jump out of my seat and cheer because that’s exactly how superheroes should be. Governments have agendas and bias versus others that don’t agree with them. No government or country should have absolute control over a team of superheroes like the Avengers. I don’t like General Ross and I don’t like that he recruited Phil Coulson to bring in the Squadron Supreme of America. It looks like a bunch of the founding members of the original Squadron Supreme are there; Hyperion, Nighthawk, Whizzer, Doctor Spectrum, and Princess Power. I only know who they are because they are basically the Marvel version of the JLA; Superman (Hyperion), Batman (Nighthawk), Flash (Whizzer), Green Lantern (Doctor Spectrum), and Wonder Woman (Princess Power). It looks like there are going to be several clashes of super teams on the horizon!

After what appears to be the conclusion of the ‘main’ story content, we get several mini stories. The first one is about Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, getting attacked by drunk Odin, but then sitting and having a nice long talk with him. I don’t see what purpose this portion of the book served, other that to fill close to ten pages. The only thing I got from it is Robbie wants to learn more about the Riders that came before him, but I thought I already knew that. The next mini story is about Loki, who is standing among the Celestials, and they just took his Infinity Stones… wait… nobody told me this would tie into Infinity Wars… But then, who should appear, but Wolverine! I was absolutely done with this mini story at this point, but I kept reading. I think there’s something going on with Star Brand, because the symbol is all over the art and Odin was trying to kill Robbie for killing Star Brand. But Loki refers to Wolverine as a host to the Phoenix Force because he calls him a Phoenix Wolverine. But then that’s it and it moves on to the next mini story with Wasp doing a recon mission, but going somewhat rogue and deciding to extract the target instead. We find out that it’s Blade and she’s trying to recruit him as an Avenger.

I could have gone the rest of my life without reading those mini stories. I didn’t like any of them and all the Loki/Wolverine one did was confuse me. But the first half of the issue was great, so I’ll just stick to reading that part when I go back to read it again.

Captain Marvel Prelude #1

I absolutely love these Prelude titles. They really help recap everything you should know prior to the release of a Marvel movie. This one hit me kind of hard though. It brought back all the raw emotion of watching Avengers: Infinity War for the first time. I was in tears in the theater and at the final scene where Fury pages Captain Marvel, I cried harder. The end of this book is basically that scene from Infinity War and with the recent passing of Stan Lee, seeing this scene again hurts really bad. It’s all because of this one piece of art that someone did.

Stan Lee Tribute 2

Art not mine. Credit to the artist.

I can’t wait for the Captain Marvel movie. I love Captain Marvel and I’m excited to see her on the big screen. If you’d like a nice recap to get you ready for the movie, this is the book you want.

Fantastic Four #3

I love this title so much. I love how the Fantastic Four can come up with a solution that’s ‘out of the box’, so to speak. I couldn’t predict how they were going to defeat Griever because the information needed for the solution was too obscure and that’s how I like it. All you know is that Reed wants one telepod left in tact on the ship and he sends Val (Brainstorm) to the broken telepod. That’s all we know until the plan comes to fruition. I had a feeling he was going to strand Griever in the universe they were in, but he was actually more forgiving and gave her a way home to her own universe. They plan to use the telepod that Val repairs to go home, which is what I thought they were going to use the one on her ship for.

I have to give major kudos to Dan Slott. He’s got a talent for keeping me guessing and he also has the ability to mix the right about of serious and comedy. The panels with Spider-Man are hilarious! Especially when he’s getting ready to give his speech to Franklin, but he’s picked up by the scruff of his neck by Ben (Thing), and put to the side. I love it! Ben gives Franklin the motivation he needs instead of the pressure that Spidey’s speech would have put on his young shoulders. There’s nothing wrong with the “Great Power/Great Responsibility” speech, but it’s not always what someone needs to hear.

I also love the speech Reed gives about how he acknowledges magic as a science he doesn’t yet understand. It shows folks that it’s okay if you don’t understand something. You shouldn’t be scared of it, just know that it exists and you don’t have to explain it. That’s much like the entities that claim to be gods. They exist and he acknowledges their existence. Not to get all philosophical or anything on you folks, but it’s okay to acknowledge that others have a different belief in a deity or higher power without you adhering to that belief too. That’s the life-applicable message that I got from this, and it’s a very important one.

I also got the very obvious message that’s kind of thrown in your face – family is important. Everyone has a different view of family. You don’t have to be related by blood to be family. Reed pulled in his ‘family’ for help, which consisted of every member of the Fantastic Four that there had ever been (as far as we know). I have an extended family beyond my blood family. I totally understand this message.

I have to say, I was almost misty eyed when Franklin and Ben yelled, “It’s Clobberin’ Time!” together. What a great moment and it was captured beautifully. I know, I’m gushing a little over this book. It’s nice to have a book that has so much mushy stuff in it.

The only thing I didn’t like was the end. There wasn’t another page to read after the last page. I love when books leave me wanting more. I was only confused by one part in the book and that was when the Hulk (Bruce Banner, I assume), told Human Torch to keep it a secret that he was there. I’m not totally sure why that happened – unless it’s something to do with something going on in another book that I’m not fully aware of. I know the Hulk was dead, but I thought he came back already? Oh well, I’m sure I’ll figure it out at some point.

I loved the scene at the end, with all four of them together and I absolutely can’t wait for the next issue!

Boom! Studios
Firefly #1

I was so excited to get this book, but I think I let my excitement carry me away. It wasn’t terrible, by any means, but it didn’t feel like Firefly to me. It’s missing something and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The story has a decent start, so we’ll see how the upcoming issues pan out. I wish I had more than that, but I don’t. I just wasn’t excited or disappointed with this issue – just kind of, meh.

IDW
Star Trek vs Transformers #2

Now this is a series that’s been most entertaining for someone who loves Star Trek! I have almost no knowledge of Transformers, but I’m definitely liking a lot of what I see. I’m not surprised that the Klingons decided to help the Decepticons by letting them utilize their cloaking device. That’s totally something those smooth-headed dishonorable Klingons would do! I was also happy to see that Megatron isn’t a complete idiot like most villains from the 80’s. He actually wanted to know how the Klingons could be useful and I have a feeling he would have literally disposed of them if they didn’t have a good answer.

I don’t like the way Scotty comes off with his “they’re as human as us” speech. Vulcans aren’t humans… Neither are Andorians or Catians. Humans aren’t the only race in the galaxy and they’re not the superior race of the Star Trek universe either. That was poor judgement on the writers’ parts. It definitely feels like TOS/TAS with a comment like that, and maybe that’s what the writers were aiming for. If so, they hit the mark. But I was hoping for a little more updated writing. I honestly feel like I’m reading an episode that could have been made in the 70’s or 80’s though.

So, with my limited Transformers knowledge, I have to figure out if Jazz is always that much of a jerk, or he’s just like that in this series. I don’t like him at all because of his personality. I’m also not a fan of Bumblebee. He seems kind of annoying. The rest of the Autobots seem kind of cool though.

One thing Kirk is definitely known for is how much of a flirt he is, but he’s also well known for how much he likes to take risks. The final panel had me laughing so hard. You have Kirk with a raised eyebrow and sly grin asking Ratchet, “Okay, my large metal friend, what kind of risk do you have in mind?” I read that and saw that face and instantly burst into laughter. That’s exactly how I see Shatner’s Kirk and they captured it perfectly! It’s as if Kirk is flirting with danger!

Conclusion

Most of the comics I had this week were entertaining and great reads. I can’t say that I actually disliked any of them, but surprisingly, Firefly was my least favorite. I still can’t quite figure out what’s wrong, but it doesn’t feel right. Maybe it’s the interaction between Mal and Inara, or the way Inara and Book were just chilling during the whole ship crisis… I don’t know for sure. I hope the next issue is better or I’ll be extremely disappointed. At least I won’t go in with such high expectations for issue #2.

Fantastic Four was probably my favorite book for the week. I liked pretty much every bit of it and Dan Slott is a talent that I admire. But as I mentioned already, I didn’t really dislike anything from this week.

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

Last week I didn’t have an article because I didn’t have any books to recap! Thankfully, I’ve a got two this week.

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DC
Batgirl #28

Batgirl better get herself some rest! She’s definitely pushing herself way too hard. But I’m so happy to see that Babs and Gordon were able to sit down and have a conversation about what was bothering them. This book has a great lesson embedded in those pages. Parents and their children should have an open line of constructive communication. That doesn’t mean it needs to be all about rainbows and unicorns, it needs to help strengthen the relationship between the parent and child – regardless of age. I truly wish I would have had that type of relationship with my mother. I hope that any parent reading this issue of Batgirl, absorbs this lesson and puts it to use. I also hope that children read it and see how they should communicate with their parents – don’t yell, throw things, slam doors, run away, and most importantly – don’t be disrespectful. So many problems could be solved if folks communicated better with one another.

The rest of the comic has lots of realizations about Grotesque and Wyrm and the havoc that’s about to be brought down on a museum art exhibit. I really don’t like Grotesque. Well, I do like him – as a villain. He’s a great villain that makes you dislike him. I want to see more of him, because he’s so evil and makes for a good story. Mairghread Scott is doing a wonderful job writing this story and it makes me want to seek out her other work (if I’m not already reading it and just don’t know it).

Back to Grotesque, I had no clue who he was and I sure didn’t know who Detective Douglas was before reading Batgirl. I’m totally interested in seeing more of this character in my Batgirl comics.

One negative note I have, and it’s more of a personal peeve, is the notation that folks make to other books without doing a brief recap of what happened. Babs mentions that Dick (Nightwing) isn’t really available to help right now, but she doesn’t say why. There’s only an editor’s note to check Batman #55 and Nightwing #50. I don’t read those books and I will not read them, so now I have to try to figure out what happened…

IDW
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Terra Incognita #4

This issue really goes from ‘cruising’ to ‘high-speed chase’ in the blink of an eye. I was a little surprised that Riker wanted to bring Wesley in on the problem solving for such an intense situation, but I guess since he was cut off from the Enterprise, Riker needed a sounding board of sorts. He took that opportunity to give Wesley a little more exposure to the decision making process. I totally thought Ensign Gilson was a goner until Riker asked Wesley about it. That’s when I started to think something was up, but not with the Faundori people. There’s a lot wrong with them and their caste system, but I was certain they weren’t responsible for Ensign Gilson’s death/disappearance. I was pleased that Riker continued to push them for answers about his missing crewman. I dislike when something traumatic happens and then the remaining folks go on like nothing happened. And Mirror Barclay just helped Wesley out, even if he didn’t intend for it to go that way. I don’t usually follow the ‘better to ask forgiveness than permission’ philosophy, so I definitely don’t approve of Wesley’s decision. But the way he went about things is the sign of an immature, insecure, and inexperienced officer. It’s a good thing the sentient machines were nice, so everything worked out. Things could have turned out much worse… like the machines could have been worse than the Borg!

If you’re familiar with the Next Generation TV series, you might remember an episode called, “The Measure of a Man”. It’s one of my personal favorites because it discusses Data’s right of self-determination; or basically, if you’re sentient and self aware, you are not property. Since Data is an android, there was much debate over what would classify him as an individual and not property. This particular comic issue reminds me a lot of that episode. These robots, or drones, have become sentient and want to be recognized by the Faundori people as such. But it didn’t sound like the drones actually tried talking to the Faundori people first. They tried to disrupt work and they caused problems instead, which is not how you should do things. You should always open a clear line of communication first. If that doesn’t work, then you escalate to demonstrations. I hope we find out later what happens with this situation.

I want to talk briefly about the Faundori people and some of the odd things I noticed involving them. In the Deep Space Nine episode “Accession”, it’s mentioned that the Federation Charter prohibits caste systems. This would prevent Bajor from becoming part of the Federation if they pursued their old caste system. The Federation Charter was signed in 2161, meaning Riker would (or should) have knowledge of the Charter’s content. I’m not sure why he, or anyone else, didn’t mention it. Ensign Gilson does mention that the Federation will take into account how the Faundori people handle the situation with the sentient drones, when they consider them for Federation membership. It feels odd to me, that an Ensign would address an official from another culture the way she did, but Riker lets it happen and doesn’t address it. Riker, being the commanding officer, should have been the one to address this. I hate to sound so nit-picky. It was an entertaining story, but could have been an amazing story if things were in line with continuity.

The last thing I want to mention is something that bothers me a great deal. These aliens, the Faundori, or possibly Faundorians, are too similar to the Fondorians of Star Wars. I don’t really know much about Star Wars or its aliens, but when I tried research the Faundori (because I’d never heard of them), I kept getting articles and sites referencing the Fondorians. They are bald, human looking aliens with purple blood, that have a culture based on a caste system. They do look a little different, but there are a few too many similarities for my liking. It could very easily be an accident and coincidental, because that does happen. But I can’t find anything about Faundori or its people, except for what’s in this comic issue. Even the names are similar. I am not accusing anyone of copying anything – don’t take it that way. I just don’t like the similarities, is all. If there are Faundori in some other source material, besides this one comic book, please point me in the direction of that information.

Conclusion

I definitely enjoyed Batgirl this week, and while I had a few things I didn’t like about this week’s issue of Star Trek, it was still entertaining. I have a feeling I’ll catch some heat about my criticisms of the Star Trek issue, but I’m entitled to my opinion like everyone else. I encourage civil discussion and if anyone would like to discuss what I’ve said here, that’s totally fine with me. But I will put this warning out now – this is my blog and I will not tolerate hate or aggression. I delete anything I feel is inappropriate. If you’d like to make a statement that you think I’ll delete from my site, you should absolutely create your own WordPress (it’s free), and express your opinion – just like I have.

If everyone was the same, this world would be dull and boring. I love discussions that are civil and friendly. That’s the best way to learn things! You also have to be willing to admit you might be wrong. I do not have infinite knowledge of Star Trek and I certainly don’t know as much about Star Wars as I do Star Trek. If my opinion or views change about the Faundori, I’ll definitely add it in.

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

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Marvel Comics
Avengers #9

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #25

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

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

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

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

Infinity Wars #4

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

IDW
My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #1

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

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

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

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Unnatural #4

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

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

Conclusion

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

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