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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.

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.

Graphic Novel Review: Justice League Vol 1: The Extinction Machines (Rebirth)

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machines (Rebirth) (Jla (Justice League of America))

Synopsis:
Superman has fallen. The Man of Steel died protecting his adopted home, leaving his allies in the Justice League to fight on without him—and leaving the older, wiser Superman of a vanished universe to pick up the torch.

But to Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the League, this new “Superman” is a stranger. And just like Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, the rookie Green Lanterns left by Hal Jordan to guard the globe in his absence, the replacement Superman has a lot to prove.

He’d better do it quickly. Because a godlike threat unlike any the League has ever fought is coming. Vast engines of destruction are about to be unleashed, remaking the planet’s surface and forging its people into living weapons.

They are the extinction machines. And it will take every member of the Justice League to shut them down…

Review:
I enjoyed the interactions among the Justice League members, and the new, awkward relationship with the “new” Superman. However, I have to admit at being confused about the villains in this book. The story seemed to drag and was never explained well. The League members would lose powers at times which added suspense. But I wasn’t exactly sure what the “extinction machines” were or their motivation. The dialog was a bit much, and I have to admit I started skimming.

I’m still excited about this new team and the Rebirth story. I hope the next volume has a better story arc that holds my interest a bit better.

Graphic Novel Review: Superman Vol 1: Son of Superman (Rebirth)

Superman Vol. 1: Son Of Superman (Rebirth)

Synopsis:
When the Man of Steel died defending his adopted home, it seemed that the spirit of truth and justice he represented was extinguished forever. But watching from the sidelines was another Superman—older, wiser, more experienced—with his wife, Lois Lane, and their son, Jonathan Kent.

Now this refugee from a vanished universe is stepping out of the shadows, ready to assume the mantle of his fallen counterpart and take to the skies once more as Earth’s greatest hero.

But he is not the only survivor of Krypton to make the journey to this reality. The machine mind known as the Eradicator is on the trail of the House of El, and its hardwired directive to protect the Kryptonian genome permits no consideration for any other forms of life—not even those that share Kal-El’s blood.

Can the son of Superman harness his newly emerging powers in time to resist the annihilation of his humanity? Or will he be reborn into a new Krypton forged from the ashes of his mother’s world?

Review:
This Rebirth series brings a Superman from an alternate universe as well as his family. And while the Eradicator acknowledges Kal-El as Kryptonian, his son Jonathan is in danger from the machine as his blood isn’t “pure.” Meanwhile, Jonathan doesn’t quite have the same powers as Clark, and finds them hard to control at times.

This new series is fresh and is a new beginning of sorts for the Man of Steel. This story arc is exciting and fun, with great artwork. I love the focus on Jonathan, Lois and Clark’s son. He’s a brave boy who wants to make his own way in the world, but who’s still learning his powers. I’d definitely keep reading this series. The family dynamic adds a lot and is still action-packed.

Son of Superman collects issues #1-6 and the Superman: Rebirth one-shot.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – December 2016 – X-Men

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This is the December 2016 box from Collector Corps, and the theme was X-Men.

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

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Champions #1 Variant Comic – With all of the X-Men titles, this is a new one that I’ve never seen before. I’m excited to try it out.

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Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters Tshirt – I LOVE this shirt! It’s iconic for X-Men fans. And FINALLY it’s another color besides black.

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EXCLUSIVE Mystique Rock Candy – I’m not crazy about starting another collection, but I love this Mystique figure.

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EXCLUSIVE Wolverine’s Motorcycle – Can’t beat a Funko POP Ride! This is a great design.

Summary: This one of the best boxes yet. A great shirt and a fantastic POP Ride. The DC version of the Funko box has been sorely lacking, so I haven’t bothered in several months. If they can expand beyond so much Batman-centric picks and become as varied as the Marvel boxes, I may eventually go back.

The next theme will be… Super Hero Showdowns.

Box Review: Bam Box – December 2016

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.

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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 “Legends.”

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“Winter Is Coming” Parody Pin – There were 4 options that subscribers could receive. I actually like this one the best.

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Vader Down #1 Comic Variant – I love this comic and that it’s a variant is awesome. I’ll definitely be holding onto this one.

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Red Sonja #0 SIGNED Variant – What’s better than a special edition? A signed, special edition. Very cool. And each of these comics and prints comes with Certificates of Authenticity.

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Stargirl SIGNED Photo – As a fan of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, this was kind of a cool surprise.

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Galactic Samuri Print – There were one of four options we could have received of these prints.

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Start Your Own Legend Set – These are cool-looking letter openers! I love that it’s a set of daggers. Though they’re about as sharp as weapons, so I’m glad they came with extra packaging and tip protectors.

Summary: This was a great selection this month – making up for the past few boxes for me. I love the comic selections and the dagger letter openers are unique and awesome – what I came to expect from this different mystery box.

Next month’s theme is… Anniversary! Celebrating Bam Box’s 1-year anniversary!