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Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – April 2016 – Civil War

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the 7th box from Collector Corps and the theme was Captain America: Civil War! 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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This month is the first that a nice card has been included detailing the contents of the box!

Civil War Lanyard (Retail $2-3?) – As stated on the card, this is a great way to showcase all the pins we’ve been collecting!

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Civil War Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I’m not a big fan of the Pop tshirt designs, but I do think I’ll be wearing this one.

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EXCLUSIVE Unmasked Iron Man Dorbz (Retail $10+) – I don’t buy Dorbz, but have collected several so far just from Funko boxes. And this is one of my favorites so far.

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Black Panther #1 Variant (Retail $4.99) – I’m excited to read this one!

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EXCLUSIVE Captain America / Iron Man 2 Pack (Retail $35+) – An exclusive 2-pack! My day was made! I love the unique design of Iron Man, even though he has to use a stand. Captain America has his head at a 90 degree turn from his body.

For a comparison, I put Cap beside my new GameStop exclusive Captain America. He’s drastically turned to the side, so it’s awkward positioning for display on my shelf. I think I prefer the kneeling GameStop exclusive. But I’m still happy to have another Cap exclusive and a unique mold!

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Summary: This month was one of my favorites. 2 exclusive (new mold) POP!s AND a Dorbz AND a fun shirt design. The box itself was extra large, so I doubt they’ll do this very often. But it was a fantastic box for their 1 year anniversary!

Box Review: BAM! Box – April 2016

Bam Box - April 2016

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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The box comes with a half sheet, full-color information on what’s in the box.
This month’s theme was RIP!

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Gwen Stacy Prop Replica ID Card (Retail $2-3?) – For the few people who actually liked the Amazing Spider-Man 2? Still, it’s a nice replica of the deceased character’s ID.

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Aril Lehman Signed Jason Mask (Retail $30-40?) – I’m not a horror fan at all, but this is a great item for the many who are! I was certainly impressed! And 150 subscribers received a gold variant and 150 received a silver variant.

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EXCLUSIVE “Live Long and Prosper” Leonard Nimoy Tribute Sign (Retail ?) – I was one of the lucky 200 who scored a gold sign variant! Everyone else received a silver sign. This was my favorite item in the box, so how perfect I got the 1-up version?!

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Biohazard Zombie Brass Knuckles (Retail $13.95) – These are solid, heavy knuckles. And the 1-up version for this was Zombucks mint coins.

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EXCLUSIVE Print of Heath Ledger’s Nurse Joker (Retail N/A) – Each of these are hand-signed and numbered by the artist, Chris Uminga! And I appreciate the Certificate of Authenticity that comes with the unique items.

Summary:
This box is an impressive new geek box with several exclusives. The hand-signed items alone are worth the cost of the box and are things you could only otherwise get at a comic book convention. The curation is unique and the items all fit in well with the theme. The value is great! And I love the idea of the 1-up items and how many there are!

I look forward May’s theme: “Abilities”

Book Review: DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice

DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice by Derek Fridolfs

Synopsis:
Young Bruce Wayne is the new kid at Ducard Academy, a prep school for gifted middle school students. Bruce finds out pretty quickly that he doesn’t fit in: the faculty seems to not just encourage villainous behavior from its students, but reward it. He makes friends with two other outsiders, farm boy Clark Kent and the regal Diana Prince. The three band together to form a detective squad to find out why all of these extraordinary kids have been brought together at Ducard Academy, and to see just what the faculty is plotting.

Review:
Study Hall of Justice is the first in a fun new series for young readers. This has a different, comic book-like feel, intermingled with notes, emails, chat sessions, etc. It reminded me a bit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid with nicer drawings. This story follows a young Bruce Wayne as he tries to discover the truth behind this strange school.

Of course, this story doesn’t follow origin stories from the comics at all. But it’s a humorous, light-hearted adventure with many familiar faces that children will enjoy. It’s an easy read for children to lead up to full-length novels. With the popularity of super hero children’s books right now, this is a clever, unique take.

Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth



Superman Vol. 1: Before Truth
by Gene Luen Yang (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Superman is going through some changes. First, there’s his new “solar flare” power, which releases tremendous amounts of energy but leaves him functionally human—fragile, vulnerable, prone to hangovers—for 24 hours.

But an even bigger change is coming. A new company called Hordr has sprung up, and its business is secrets. If you have one that you want to keep hidden, Hordr can control you—and no one has a bigger secret than Clark Kent.

Now, Hordr is threatening to expose Clark’s alter ego unless he does everything they command. Will Superman play into the hands of blackmailers to keep his loved ones out of danger? And if the truth that Superman has been hiding is exposed, will it set him free—or ruin his life?

Review:
Since I jumped into this series with this graphic novel, I’m not sure why Superman was drained of his powers and why they’re different now. This, unfortunately, is not explained. For a first volume, it’s really strange. It collects issues #40-44, so it was a deliberate choice. Altered powers aside, this was a really good story.

A confused and depleted Superman leads to more suspense, when he’s not all-powerful. Hordr is an intriguing new villain. And there are quite a few surprises within the story. In this multiverse, Superman is dating Wonder Woman, but his interactions with Lois Lane are great – she’s still the same person. And I’ll always be team Lois and Clark, so I’m hoping his thing with Wonder Woman fails soon. The story and solid artwork will keep me coming back for more in this series.

Collects issues #40-44 and the 8-page Superman story from DIVERGENCE: FCBD SPECIAL EDITION #1.

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 1

Synopsis:
For millennia, the Amazons of Paradise Island have created a thriving society away from the blight of man. One resident, however, is not satisfied with this secluded life—Diana, Princess of the Amazons, knows there is more in this world and wants to explore, only to be frustrated by her protective mother, Hippolyta. Diana finds her escape when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the first man she has ever seen, crashes onto their shores. With his life hanging in the balance, Diana ventures into the long forbidden world of men. The Amazons chase after her and bring her back to Paradise Island in chains to face trial for breaking their oldest law—staying separated from the world that wronged them.

Review:
This is a modern retelling of Wonder Woman’s origins. It’s more “adult” and focuses more on Diana’s time with the Amazons. Diana is a rebel, fighting the norm in a much different island than the one I’m familiar with. Diana is the same, bold, caring, and strong character. However, I didn’t care for the changes to Paradise Island.

And the story itself is a bit drawn-out, as Diana is put on trial for helping Steve Trevor escape Paradise Island. Don’t expect an adventure or any action. This is just a morality story, with loose morals. This was quite a disappointment for me, as I’m a Wonder Woman fan. Hopefully, further installments will pick up on the pacing and give Wonder Woman better adventures. I’m not sure I’d read any further in this particular series though.

Graphic Novel Review: Lantern City

Lantern City Vol. 1
Publisher: Archaia (April 5, 2016)

Synopsis:
How far would you go to be with the person you love?

Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

Review:
This steampunk graphic novel drew me in right away. The artwork is stunning and makes the story work. It’s a dark and militaristic world. And the story grabs hold with plenty of suspense and intrigue. My only complaint is that it was over too soon. It leaves off in a bit of a cliffhanger, that will leave readers eager for the next volume.

Box Review: Comic Bento – March 2016

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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!

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

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Ordinary (Retail $19.99) – Everyone in the world has superpowers – except Michael. This looks like a fun, unique take on superhero comics. I’m looking forward to this one.
Publisher: Titan (October 22, 2014)

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Stumptown Volume 2 (Retail $29.99) – This is a mystery that has good reviews. And despite being the 2nd volume, I read that it’s still a good standalone story.
Publisher: Oni Press (October 1, 2013)

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Ninjak: Weaponeer (Retail $9.99 on Amazon) – This looks like an action-packed book I’ll enjoy.
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC (October 13, 2015)

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Blackcross (Retail $19.99) – This is a newer selection. It doesn’t have great reviews, but it’s written by Warren Ellis, so I’ll give it a try.
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (March 29, 2016)

Summary: All of the picks this month are new to me. And no DC or Marvel titles this time. But all of these picks look interesting to me, so I’m still content with this curation.

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Received in March

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in March for review and/or giveaways:

Algonquin:
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

Archaia:
Lantern City Vol. 1 by Matthew Daley

Del Rey:
The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
World of Warcraft: Illidan by William King
The Devourers by Indra Das
League of Dragons by Naomi Novik

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel by LucasFilm Book Group
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Tales From a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Landry Q. Walker
The End of Fun by Sean McGinty
The First Book of Ore The Foundry’s Edge by Cam Baity
The Second Book of Ore Waybound by Cam Baity
Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes by Rick Riordan

First Second:
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

Penguin Young Readers / Philomel / Kathy Dawson Books / Viking / Putnam:
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
The Palace of Glass: The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Ten Kisses for Sophie! by Rosemary Wells
Golden by Melissa De la Cruz

Pocket Books:
Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code by Christopher L. Bennett

Pyr:
It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Random House Children’s / Crown:
Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Scholastic:
Key Hunters: The Spy’s Secret by Eric Luper
Key Hunters: The Mysterious Moonstone by Eric Luper
Wandmaker by Ed Masessa
A Crown of Dragons by Chris D’Lacey
Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book

Simon and Schuster / Saga Press:
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

St Martin’s Griffin:
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Subterranean Press:
The Further Adventures of Langdon St. Ives by James P. Blaylock
Last Train from Perdition by Robert McCammon
Penric’s Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Early Days by Robert Silverberg
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds by Alastair Reynolds

Tor:
World’s End by Will Elliott
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Battlestorm by Susan Krinard
Quantum Break: Zero State by Cam Rogers
Alien Hunter: The White House by Whitley Strieber
Hunters by Whitley Strieber
The Dinosaur Knights by Victor Milan
Transgalactic by James Gunn

Tor Teen:
Rebellion by J. A. Souders

Yucca Publishing:
Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Sharman Apt Russell