Category Archives: Comics

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors – May 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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The Flash #123 Legion of Collectors Variant (Retail $4+?) – Not sure what the retail price is, as it’s not on the comic itself. But I was happy to get a Flash comic

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Arrow Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Yet another black shirt. But I do like this design! I’ll be keeping this one.

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EXCLUSIVE Jay Garrick Funko POP! (Retail $15+) – I LOVE this Jay Garrick exclusive! It’s unique looking and one I don’t have… a nice surprise.

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EXCLUSIVE Rock Candy Supergirl (Retail $15+) – While I was a bit bummed this wasn’t a POP, I really like the look of these Rock Candy figures. And they aren’t ones that I’d buy for myself. Here’s a comparison of the exclusive versus the regular version available in stores below.

Summary: I enjoyed this 2nd box even more than the first! The value is great. And I loved the choices this month. I only wish they could have incorporated Legends of Tomorrow with more than just a pin, since I’m a big fan of the show. Hopefully, down the road, we’ll see some Funko POPs from the show.

The next theme is Suicide Squad, which is appropriate with the new film coming.

Box Review: Comic Bento – August 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!

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 Elementals. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

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Fantastic Four Season One (Retail $24.99) – I enjoy this Season One series, and this is one I don’t have yet! I’m a big Fantastic Four fan. And I always appreciate hardbacks and the added value.
Publisher: Marvel (February 22, 2012)

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Book of Death (Retail $14.99) – I enjoy these characters from what I’ve read of Valiant titles so far. So I’m looking forward to this one too.
Publisher: Valiant (February 2, 2016)

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Surface Tension (Retail $19.99) – This looks like an interesting premise. I look forward to reading this one as well.
Publisher: Titan Comics (March 8, 2016)

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Four Points: Horsemen EXCLUSIVE Cover (Retail $12.99) – Not only did we receive this before it hit stores, but it’s an exclusive cover.
Publisher: Aspen (May 4, 2016)

Summary: The value (as always) is great this month. And I’m interested in reading all of the titles! I appreciate the variety in the publishers as well. I usually only read Marvel and a few DC titles. So, this gives me some exposure to the smaller pubs.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.