Category Archives: SciFi

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

Marvel Collector Corps

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.

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

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.

Marvel Collector Corps

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.

Marvel Collector Corps

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!

Blog Tour: Book Giveaway: THIS GULF OF TIME AND STARS and GATES TO FUTURES PAST

Courtesy of DAW, I have a copy of This Gulf of Time and Stars and The Gate To Futures Past by Julie E. Czerneda for two (2) lucky winners!

Contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends September 16. I’ll draw names on September 17, and notify winner via email.

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Box Review: TeeBlox – August 2016

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 & TV, Games, Hot Meex, or Disney!

*SciFiChick.com received a box for review purposes.

TeeBlox

Star Wars T-shirt – This is a very fun, camouflage design on the traditional Star Wars logo. Even though it’s another black tshirt, I still love it.

TeeBlox

Indestructible Hulk #16 Comic – I love that these come with a different, random comic. Hulk is a great choice, as my niece is into him right now.

Sticker – I had no idea what this was, other than the guy was holding an 8-bit flower. A friend had to tell me it was from Mario Bros, which then I noticed the M on the guy’s hat. Okay…

Summary: Another great shirt! I like this one even better than the last. The sticker doesn’t do anything for me, but I love the mystery of a shirt and comic combo.

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

Book Giveway: Eterna and Omega

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Eterna and Omega by Leanna Renee Hieber for one (1) lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Flying

Flying by Carrie Jones

Synopsis:
People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She’s used to being coddled, being an only child, but it’s hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother’s babying gets more stifling than ever, she’s looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while.

But that night, Mana’s life goes haywire.

First, the hot guy she’s been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she’s always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective.

It turns out, Mana’s frumpy, timid mom is actually an alien hunter, and now she’s missing–taking a piece of technology with her that everyone wants their hands on, both human and alien. Now her supposed partner, a guy that Mana has never met or heard of (and who seems way too young and way too arrogant to be hunting aliens), has shown up, ordering Mana to come with him. Now, on her own for the first time, Mana will have to find a way to save her mother–and maybe the world–and hope she’s up to the challenge.

Review:
Mana is a likable girl, with a crush on her best friend. And it turns out he’s the only one she can trust when Mana comes home to a ransacked house and her mother missing. Mana’s mother has been keeping secrets from her – and a big one about Mana herself.

I had high hopes for this story, thinking it was a young superhero-type book of alien hunting. Instead, we only see Mana use her (never fully explained) ability once in the beginning and a second time further on. This is not an action-packed adventure. But it’s more of a search for a missing item and Mana’s mother, while fending off mysterious aliens and Men in Black. There is plenty of mystery, suspense, and drama. I just wish we could have seen Mana really use her abilities and kick butt. It’s still an engaging and fun story, just not quite what some may expect with the title of the book somewhat misleading.

SciFi Book Review: Independence Day: Crucible

Independence Day: Crucible by Greg Keyes

Synopsis:
Cities were crushed by the falling spacecraft—but one ship didn’t crash. It remained intact, and disgorged hordes of alien soldiers determined to fight to the death.

The abandoned vessels also contained a wealth of advanced technology. Led by David Levinson, the greatest minds of our world developed deadly new hybrid weapons. Bases were built on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

A new generation of defenders had to be trained, for the invaders would return. In the headlong rush to prepare, however, not everyone would survive.

Review:
Crucible is set after the first Independence Day film, spanning the decades leading up to Independence Day: Resurgence. I loved both films, so this was a must-read for me to fill in those years. Very little was said in the film about Captain Hiller’s death and nothing about what happened to Constance.

My only complaint was that I felt this could have been a longer book or more than one book. To pack two decades into one book, meant that there was still a lot that could have been fleshed out more. I did love the early backstories of Jake and Charlie – they’re friendship was very endearing. And Dikembe’s story post-war was fascinating as well when he returns to Africa. It’s a fast-paced, captivating read that I only wish was longer.

Graphic Novel Review: Lantern City: Volume 2

Lantern City: Volume 2

Synopsis:
Sander Jorve thought that infiltrating the brutal Guard of Lantern City would help his family and his cause. He was wrong.

After a chance run-in with the Emperor of the city, Killian Grey, Sander finds himself promoted to the Grey Guard, working directly under Killian in the heights of Grey Towers. The luxury is unparalleled, but can Killian be trusted? Can Sander trust himself? Nowhere in Lantern City is safe…and the imperial court may just be the most dangerous place of all.

Review:
Sander left his family behind to try to make a difference within the Guard, cruel overseers of the poor, working class. While Sander continues to move up in the ranks, his loyalties still remain with those he left behind. Until he sees something shocking within a resistance group.

The second installment in this engaging, steampunk series is, once again, full of suspense, intrigue, and drama. The artwork is great – fitting the darker mood of the story. I look forward to future installments and, hopefully, learning more about the history of this city and how it became this dystopic society. The creators have developed a fascinating, steampunk world that I can’t get enough of reading.