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Box Review: TeeBlox – September 2016

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TeeBlox is a t-shirt subscription service that brings 100% authentic licensed geek and gamer shirts to your doorsteps every month. No hidden fees. Cancel anytime. Satisfaction Guaranteed.”

Get 1 shirt and 2 other items starting at $12.99/mo and use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Subscribers can pick from the following categories: SciFi, Marvel, DC Comics, Cartoons, Movies & TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back T-shirt – It’s a simple, official, white logo on black shirt. But I love it just the same. Hey, it’s the best movie from the franchise.

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Planet of The Apes Comic – I love comics and love Planet of the Apes! Awesome – except it may mean I have to go collect #1 and 2 now…

Super Mario Coaster – This is a cardboard coaster with Mario Bros on the back. Fun little item if you like retro gaming.

Summary: The shirt and comic combo is fantastic. The shirt is well made, yet soft. And this is another great design! Can’t have too many Star Wars or Star Trek shirts in my opinion!

Remember, use code: SCIFICHICK24 to get 24% off your first month!

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors – September 2016

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This is the 2nd box from DC’s Legion of Collectors and the theme was DC TV. The Legion of Collectors offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

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Like the other mystery boxes from Funko, each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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And this detailed card of everything included in the box is handy.

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DC Villains Tshirt – There was a chance of this one or a Heroes shirt. I was extremely bummed I didn’t get the Heroes one as it was the only one I liked of the two. The retro Harley Quinn outfit is so corny, I would never wear this out in public.

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Batgirl Comic #35 – I LOVE that they are include comic variants in these boxes. And the Batgirl run is great. I already read this series, so I’ll probably pass this on to my niece.

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EXCLUSIVE Hawkgirl Funko POP! – I love this retro Hawkgirl design. And it’s a character I don’t have yet, but

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EXCLUSIVE Wonder Woman Invisible Jet and Action Figure – This was an extremely fun bonus. I would have loved it even more if it was a POP style instead of just an action figure. But this way, I’ll let my niece and nephew play with it.

SUMMARY: This was a great box, despite the tshirt disappointment. It’s still better than a POP-style shirt. I would have just preferred all female heroes vs having any villains spotlighted. My favorite item in the box was the Wonder Woman and invisible jet exclusive.

The next theme is: Batman Villains – so I’ll be skipping that one.

Box Review: Comic Bento – August 2016

Comic Bento

Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping. Sign up now and save 15% with code SAVE15 and this link!

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This month’s theme was ANIMAL PLANETS. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

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This month, there was also a cute, original, card-sized print.

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XOC: Journey of a Great White (Retail $19.99) – This definitely didn’t interest me. Maybe children really into sharks would enjoy it. Disappointment #1.
Publisher: Oni Press (August 21, 2012)

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Homecoming Vol 1 (Retail $9.99) – This looks like a fun, alien invasion story. I’ll definitely give this a try.
Publisher: Aspen MLT, Inc. (September 6, 2016)

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Jurassic Strike Force 5 Vol. 1 (Retail $9.99) – Wow, another dud. The artwork is as corny as the story.
Publisher: Zenescope (October 22, 2013)

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Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem (Retail $15.00) – I’m not into comic strip style, so this is disappointment 3 of 4.
Publisher: TopatoCo (2010)

Summary: Only one pick this month peaked my interest. What a waste of another good theme. Unless they get back to more mainstream DC, Marvel – even Dynamite – I probably won’t sign back up again.

Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields

Batgirl Vol. 3: Mindfields

Synopsis:
She rides a cool motorcycle, swings a mean right hook, and has backup from the best crime-fighters in the biz, but Batgirl’s greatest weapon has always been her mind. As the brilliant Barbara Gordon, she’s on the verge of a tech breakthrough that could transform her beloved Burnside neighborhood, and all of Gotham City to boot—though if it falls into the wrong hands, it could just as easily devastate them.

But how can Batgirl stop a hacker who can break into her brain itself?

A sinister figure has been haunting Batgirl’s nightmares and stealing all her secrets, from her high-tech innovations to her hidden identity. And he’ll use that knowledge to destroy her forever.

Now Batgirl must assemble a band of her best friends and closest allies—including Spoiler, Black Canary, Batwing and more—to stop the most dangerous enemy she’s ever known, or Burnside and the entire Bat-family will burn…

It all comes down to this! The revolutionary creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr bring the saga of the Batgirl of Burnside to a close in BATGIRL VOL. 3: MINDFIELDS. Be there for the shocking climax to one of the greatest Batgirl stories ever told!

Collects BATGIRL #46-52.

Review:
In this third volume of Batgirl of Burnside, the plot is just as engaging as ever as a mysterious assailant messes with Batgirl’s memories. And while she’s great on her own, I love the team-up scenes even more. I have really loved these 3 solid graphic novels with great villains, friends, and story lines. The story ties up with a bittersweet ending that left me wanting more. I loved the artwork and imagery. And one of my favorite stories was the finale, a one-shot that was told completely with pictures, no words. It was fantastic.

Box Review: Bam Box – August 2016

Bam Box

The Bam Box was founded in 2015 by Bloof, the same team of geeks, comic book lovers and pop culture collectors that started ComiconAuction.com. We love collecting. We love the thrill of it, the mystery of it and especially that feeling you get when you have a collectible in your hands that you are really excited about. So we set out to bring something different to everyone.

There are some great subscription boxes on the market, but we felt there was still something missing. We went to the drawing board with the goal of creating the box we would want to show up on our doorstep. After a lot of ideas and prototypes we arrived at the Bam Box. From the design of the box to the items inside to the instant winners we send out, we accomplished what we wanted to do: give you the subscription box we would be jealous of.”

Cost: 1 month plan starts at $24.99 plus $7.99 s/h

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

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There is a handy sheet included with a description of all of the items in the box and any possible 1-Ups!

This month’s theme was “Crazy”!

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I received a pin of Ace Ventura. It’s a strange design – I wouldn’t have guessed the character ever.

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EXCLUSIVE RELEASE: Batman The Killing Joke Soundtrack – This is a 2-song 45 EP. I don’t know anyone with a record player, but it’s a fun novelty if you do.

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Hannibal Lecter Mask – Creepy! This would make an easy Halloween costume.

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What’s in the box?

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Ahhhh! I had a good laugh about this one. Like everyone who has seen it, scenes from Se7en are burned in my brain.

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Harley Quinn Print by Nathan Szerdy – This is a pin-up style that obviously does nothing for me – except make me roll my eyes.

Katana Signed Photo – Signed by the actress herself, this was pretty cool!

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I was an instant winner of a hand-drawn and airbrushed sketch card from Bianca Thompson. It’s definitely not my style nor do I know who this is supposed to be. Any guesses? Weird.

Summary: This was obviously not my favorite box. But the theme was a hint that it wouldn’t be for me. Hopefully, next month’s theme will be more up my alley with items I’d be more apt to keep around.

Graphic Novel Review: Adventures of Supergirl Vol. 1

Adventures of Supergirl Vol. 1 by Sterling Gates and artists including Bengal, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carmen Carnero and Emma Vieceli

Synopsis:
Kara Zor-El escaped the destruction of her home planet Krypton, but on the way to Earth, her ship took a years-long detour. Taken in by the loving Danvers family upon her arrival, she’s been taught to keep her incredible powers a secret.

But with her cousin Superman winning hearts and saving lives all over the world, Kara can’t keep the secret forever—not when her powers are the only thing that can save the people and the city she loves.

Now she’s taken to the skies above National City as Earth’s newest superhero, but sinister forces, both human and alien, want to ground her for good. Who will take a stand to save her family, friends and her adopted planet from the forces of evil? This looks like a job for…Supergirl!

Review:
Based on the TV series, this graphic novel is a new story arc focusing on new villains. All of Supergirl’s friends take a backseat in this story save for her sister who has a major part to play. I thoroughly enjoyed this storyline, except for one character who reminded me a bit of Indigo but much less powerful.

The artwork was fitting and flowed well. And the story was full of suspense and drama. This action-packed story never got slow or dull. I only missed more interaction with Supergirl’s work colleagues, as they are my favorite characters from the show. I hope Gates continues to write this series, as he always does a great job with Supergirl. And this tv series line is very endearing.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – August 2016 – Spider-Man

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This is the August 2016 box from Collector Corps and the theme was Spider-Man! The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

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Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

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And a card detailing the contents of the box with a look at early concepts.

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Spider-Man Hat (Retail $10?) – Blech. These need to go. Bring back the t-shirts, because very few people would want these.

Amazing Spider-Man #16 Comic (Retail $3.99) – Always a hit.

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Exclusive Spider-Man Pop (Retail $10+) – This is a great design. It reminded me a bit of the Deadpool POP from a few boxes back. But Spidey’s fingers are splayed out like he’s about to shoot out a web. Very fun.

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Spider-Man Fabrikations (Retail $17.98 on Amazon) – This was a nice pick over a Dorbz. I still don’t collect these, but it’s a higher value item, so I appreciated it.

Summary: They really need to ditch the ugly hats and get back to tshirts. Otherwise, this was a decent box. Looking forward to the next!

Next month’s theme is Doctor Strange, just in time for the upcoming film!