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Box Review: TeeBlox – February 2017

TeeBlox

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 and TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Star Wars Shirt – This is an iconic scene of Luke vs. Vader that I love. I’m not excited it’s another black shirt, but the silhouette does look cool.

TeeBlox

Comic and Pin – Squadron Sinister Comic and Captain America pin. It’s more of an obscure team with characters I’ve never heard of, but I’ll try it out.

Summary: This is another great shirt design and different comic. And the shirts are always nice quality. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further.

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

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol 1: The Lies (Rebirth)

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
Heroic. Iconic. Unstoppable. Armed with her Lasso of Truth and imbued with the power of the gods themselves, Princess Diana of Themyscira—known to the world as Wonder Woman—is one of the greatest superheroes in history.

But who is she…really? Not even Wonder Woman herself knows for sure. Diana’s links to both the Amazons and the Gods of Olympus have been severed. Her memories are a tangle of contradictions that even her lie-detecting lasso cannot untangle.

To solve the riddle of her origin, she must embark on her greatest quest of all: finding a way back to her vanished home. To get there, she must team up with her greatest enemy, the feral beast-woman, Cheetah. Will this unlikely alliance shine the light of truth on Diana’s darkest secrets, or bury them—and her—forever?

Review:
Wonder Woman (Rebirth) begins to question herself. And she sets out on a journey to track down her roots and history. But her home seems to have disappeared.

This latest Wonder Woman story is engaging and action-packed. Her team-up with Cheetah is very memorable and dramatic. The artwork is fantastic and matches the dark tone. With plenty of suspense, mysticism, and monstrous creatures – this graphic novel is hard to put down. There’s an exciting, climactic showdown and a sweet ending with a familiar friend. I can’t wait for the next in the series.

SciFi Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Synopsis:
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

Review:
Doreen is a sweet and naive girl, just trying to make some new friends in her new school. But besides her different personality, she also hides a big secret – she has a big, bushy tail and can talk to squirrels. I’m a big fan of the comics, so I couldn’t wait to check out this novel.

Squirrel Meets World is a quirky and fun book, very similar to the comics – even including comments at the bottom of every page. The plot is very predictable, but it is written for a younger audience. And it only reinforces how sweet and innocent Squirrel Girl is. My favorite parts were when she messaged various Avengers as well as Rocket Raccoon for advice. The humor makes this series standout. Fans of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled adventure.

Graphic Novel Review: Aquaman Vol 1: The Drowning (Rebirth)

Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
He is Arthur Curry—Aquaman. King of Atlantis. Member of the Justice League. World leader. Superhero. A bridge between the surface world and the world below. And to far too many humans, the dictator of a rogue state. But Arthur and his beloved fiancée, Mera, are determined to prove to humankind that Atlantis can be a force for peace and justice.

Yet even as Aquaman strives to improve his public image, dark forces rise from the depths to crush his hopes and dreams. A cabal of Atlantean terrorists have declared war on their king and the surface world alike. And the killer known as Black Manta will stop at nothing to settle his blood feud with the hero he hates above all else.

Can Aquaman stop the tide of distrust and bloodshed? Or to save the world, will he sacrifice himself?

Review:
This new Aquaman Rebirth series starts with a bang. A terrorist has sabotaged an event celebrating peace between humans and Atlanteans. And as attacks escalate, it’s obvious to Aquaman that his people are being framed. Aquaman gives himself over to human authorities as a show of good will. But tempers soon flare out of control.

This is an exciting start to this Aquaman reboot. Action-packed with plenty of drama, even Superman gets pulled into this political fiasco. I enjoyed this take on Aquaman – who feels he’s the odd-man-out in the Justice League. And rightly so, at least in this story. Volume 1 ends with a cliffhanger that left me ready for the next in this fun series.

Box Review: Bam ANNIVERSARY Box – January 2017

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.

Bam Box

The box has a mini mag called “Spoiler Booklet” with details on the box, with all possible items subscribers could receive.
This month’s theme was “Anniversary.”

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“Stranger Things” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive. Unfortunately, they should have provided Bam Anniversary pins to all subscribers to celebrate. I’m not a pin collector, but it seems like a missed opportunity.

Bam Box

Battle Bros Print – It doesn’t do anything for me.

Bam Box

Custom, Signed Jason Mask – I’m not a horror fan, so another Jason mask was a disappointment as we already received one several months ago.

Bam Box

One-of-a-Kind Animation Cel: Ghostbusters – This was pretty cool. I loved the Ghostbusters cartoon as a kid.

Bam Box

Full-size License Plate from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Other options were from Anchorman 2 (which I don’t think I ever watched) and Knight Rider (which would’ve been awesome). I would have loved the Knight Rider plate. And while I love Ferris Bueller, I’m not sure anyone would recognize the license plate.

Summary: This month’s anniversary box was a look back at several popular items from boxes this past year. I liked the unique animation cels idea in this box! And license plates are fun collector’s items. It would have been nice to include something different than a duplicate Jason mask – a different prop replica would’ve been nice.

Next month’s theme is… 90’s!

Graphic Novel Review: Nightwing Vol 1: Better Than Batman (Rebirth)

Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
He was the first Robin—and a replacement Batman. He was a superspy—and a dead man. Now, after going underground and around the world in a battle to reclaim the secret identity that was stolen from him, Dick Grayson is going back to Gotham as his own man, his own hero: Nightwing!

But stepping back into his old life isn’t as easy as putting on his familiar black and blue costume. Not when his former boss, Batman, insists he should work solo. Not when he’s trying to rekindle a romance with Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, who’s got a life and crime-fighting career of her own. When a mysterious masked man called Raptor swoops in, claiming to be an ally but looking every bit the enemy, Nightwing must join forces with Raptor to take down Parliament of Owls, the all-powerful criminal conspiracy that’s left its nest in Gotham City and is spreading its wings around the world.

To pull it all off, Nightwing must be more than equal to his mentor.
He’s got to be better.

Review:
Dick Grayson is back to being my favorite of his alter-egos: Nightwing. There always seems to be just the right amount of drama in his life that rounds out the action and adventure. This new Rebirth series kicks off with a roller coaster ride of events. And the characters are fun and vivid. This story arc involves a sketchy Raptor who wants to team up with Nightwing to take down an evil empire. I’ll definitely continue reading this exciting line.