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Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross & Volume 2: Cross of War

Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 1: Black Cross

Synopsis:
In 1927, Darius Gift, young, handsome, terribly entitled, is given his first mission for the ancient Templar Order, and the chance to clear his tarnished family name. All doesn’t quite go to plan when he arrives in Shanghai, however, and his inexperience jeopardizes the whole operation. Thankfully, he isn’t the only Templar new to the city, as the enigmatic Black Cross is stalking the shadows… and saving Darius from failure! Collecting the first arc of the brand new explosive Templars series, from the world of Assassin’s Creed, Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero offer a new perspective on the century-spanning feud between the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order!

Assassin’s Creed: Templars Volume 2: Cross of War

Synopsis:
In the dungeons of Tripoli, a man will have his fortunes changed forever as he becomes an agent of honor for the legendary Templar Order. The introduction of the second character ever to be officially called the Black Cross, defender of the Templar Order ideals.

Review:
This series focuses mainly on the Templar’s and the mysterious Black Cross character. Volume 1 is a very exciting story, with some great plot twists. In 1927, the son of a disgraced Templar tries to save his family name with a mission in Shanghai. But his incompetence is soon apparent, when the Black Cross steps in to save the day. I wasn’t a big fan of the artwork and coloring. It was dark and rigid, and wasn’t easy to depict some of the characters.

Volume 2 introduces an older man who agrees to look back in his ancestor’s memories for the Templars. This story arc has a nice balance of both time periods – both with thrilling storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. And I enjoyed the artwork more. I do wish the character of Black Cross was fleshed out more, more of his purpose and duty. The person is supposed to be shrouded in mystery, which I understand. The series doesn’t lack for action and suspense. I look forward to more in this promising comic line.

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Wonder Woman Vol. 2: Year One (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
The team of Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!

Review:
Even though this is volume 2, this is another origin story for Wonder Woman. Not much new here, but a fresh story once she actually gets to modern day America. There is a mysterious group of terrorists who leads to a familiar foe. And I enjoyed the new characters that befriend Diana. Steve’s story is pretty similar with a bit of a heart-breaking twist. And it was pretty funny that during each action scene, he manages to lose his shirt. The artwork was great, with vibrant colors. And I really like Wonder Woman’s modernized costume. I look forward to the next in this series reboot.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: LOCUS

Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants: LOCUS

Synopsis:
Tommy Greyling has traveled to London in search of a murderer – and a secret. Teaming up with the Assassins Evie Frye and Henry Green, he sets out on a quest to uncover the mystery that has changed the world.

Review:
LOCUS ties in to the young adult The Last Descendants mini-series from Scholastic by Matthew J. Kirby. This story focuses solely on the Templar’s investigation, using young Sean to get the details about Tommy Greyling a Pinkerton agent in Victorian London.

This standalone story is a fast-paced and exciting story for fans of the series. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read the Last Descendants series (books 1 and 2 are out now) to get to know the modern day characters, as the story focuses mostly on the Victorian quest. But I’m really enjoying the series, so I highly recommend it to teens and older. They are quick and easy reads with a great twist. And this graphic novel installment is another exciting story and some fun interactions with a historical figure.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Volume 2 – Setting Sun



Assassin’s Creed: Assassins Volume 2 – Setting Sun

Synopsis:
Charlotte De La Cruz is in way over her head. With the realization that she is now deep in trouble with the Templars, her only hope is to unravel the mystery of what they want from her… and to do that she needs the Animus. Diving into the memories of her Inca ancestor, Quila, she is desperate for a clue, a link, anything that might point towards a little more… knowledge.

Review:
Charlotte and her Assassin colleagues, Galina and Kody, are on the run in Mexico, as she investigates her ancestor for clues to the present day. Her ancestor is an a young Inca woman who gets involved in a large conspiracy. The story jumps back and forth from modern day to the ancient Inca Empire. Quila’s story is fascinating and thrilling, set in the impressive, ancient empire.

What I love about these Assassin’s Creed stories is the dual layer of mystery and intrigue. What we learn from the past affects the present day’s adventure. The characters in this series of comics are new – Charlotte having the main focus. I would love to see more of Galina and Kody fleshed out. I highly recommend this exciting, fast-paced series to fans of the saga. I’m not a gamer, but I love the books, comics, and movie. It’s a rich world of possible stories, blending historic fiction and science fiction.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – April 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the April 2017 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

The Marvel Collector Corps offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

Marvel Collector Corps

Each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

Marvel Collector Corps

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

Marvel Collector Corps

Guardians 2 Tshirt – Not happy that it’s yet another black tee. And I’m not a fan of the POP-style shirts. And I don’t care for the two-toned look. So, I’ll be giving this to my niece.

Marvel Collector Corps

Secret Empire Comic – Cute variant!

Marvel Collector Corps

Star-Lord and Milano Dorbz Ride – While it’s cool that this is the first ever Dorbz ride, I would’ve preferred another POP instead.

Marvel Collector Corps

Rocket and Groot Funko POP Set – I REALLY wish we would’ve gotten a new character in this box. The last Guardians box included these 2, so it was quite a disappointment. I would have loved a variant of ANY other character. I already have too many variants of these guys.

Summary:
While the dual POP is cute, the rest of the box was a disappointment. Especially, considering this is my favorite Marvel series right now.

The next theme will be… Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Box Review: TeeBlox – April 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

Doctor Who Shirt – I’m not a fan of the show, but I do like the fun Dalek design. And the gray, charcoal color is nice.

TeeBlox

Comic and Pin – Generation X Comic and cardboard Super Mario Bros Coaster. I have all of this run of Generation X, but I’m a big fan so that’s ok. I’ve gotten a similar coaster in a previous bag.

There is also a instructions on how to frame a favorite shirt. This is a fun idea, if you have a unique design you want to keep on display.

Summary: This is the first shirt I’ve received that hasn’t either been Star Wars or Star Trek. I don’t like Dr. Who, but I do appreciate variety. And I have family members who do enjoy the show who I can pass this on to. If you need to replenish your geek wardrobe with nice quality tees, look no further. And the bonus comic is always fun too.

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

Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

Marvel: Spider-Man 1000 Dot-to-Dot Book

First, there were adult coloring books. Now, dot-to-dot books!
Dot-to-dot artist Thomas Pavitte has created 20 intricate puzzles of at least 1,000 dots each, all from the Spider-Man universe. Wow, these are not for those with a hard time seeing up close. Some of the numbers are so faint that I have to stare at them for a while and look at the numbers around them to see if it’s correct. But it is nice that each set of 100 are a different color so it’s not too insane.

Dot-to-Dot

But these get extremely addicting. As soon as I finish one, I’m on to the next. These adult dot-to-dot pages take at least an hour and are definitely not as stress-relieving as adult coloring books. But they are incredibly fun. I’m definitely going to check out the others in this series.

Dot-to-Dot
Dot-to-Dot