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Graphic Novel Spotlight: Days Missing Volumes 1, 2, & 3 (Enox)

Days Missing Volume 1

Synopsis:
Since the beginning of time, there has existed a being whose interaction and interference with mankind has shaped human history. His powers of time and intellect have allowed his secrecy and resulted in certain days being absent from any historical record. Their stories have never been told. Their details have never been documented. Their existence is not remembered. But, the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of humanity’s evolution. These are the “Days Missing” from our existence, and they are about to be revealed.

Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus

Synopsis:
This thrilling sequel to the critically acclaimed series adds another layer to the story of The Steward, a mysterious being whose ability to “fold” days of time has resulted in critical human events being absent from our historical record. Their existence is not remembered…but the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of our evolution. Since humanity’s birth, The Steward has stood alone as a guiding force for our species. But now, he is about to learn that that he is not the only one influencing our evolution! The emergence of the ancient being, Kestus, may put everything he knows in question, and the future of those he means to protect in jeopardy.



Days Missing Volume 3: Enox

Synopsis:
Days Missing: Enox concludes this saga of The Steward, an ancient being whose ability to “fold” time has resulted in critical human events being extracted from our memories and absent from any historical record. Their existence is not remembered, but the events of these days have forever changed the course of human evolution. In this epic finale, the haunting voice of Enox materializes, giving form to the Steward’s nemesis and unquestionable purpose to his existence.
The unprecedented battle that ensues will bring humanity to the brink of extinction and readers to the edge of their seats.

Review:
I was able to read all three graphic novels back-to-back. The first volume introduces The Steward and his goal of protecting humanity. The stories jump around in time among various ages. The second volume introduces Kestus, another immortal without Steward’s penchant for helping humanity. Instead, she’s a selfish woman who considers herself a goddess – until the influence of Steward begins to cultivate. And the recent third volume – Enox is bent on humanity’s destruction. And he seems to be even more powerful than Steward, and begins to affect the present day and future. This time-jumping, adventure series was fast-paced and exciting. The climactic scenes with Enox were dark, emotional, and surprising. The artwork did a wonderful job reflecting the mood and action. I highly recommend this graphic novel series for science fiction fans – even those new to comics.

Graphic Novel Review: Grave Surprise

Charlaine Harris’ Grave Surprise

Synopsis:
Harper Connelly, a psychic capable of finding dead people and reading their last thoughts, discovers a grave in Memphis with two bodies: a man centuries dead, and a girl recently deceased. How the two bodies ended up together would be perplexing enough… but the sudden appearance of a third body the next morning makes this a mystery that perhaps even Connelly can’t solve!

Review:
This is official graphic novel adaptation of the novel of the same name by Charlaine Harris. I’m not as familiar with this series as I am the Southern Vampire series, but I have read the first in this series so I was somewhat familiar with the characters. Harper has the ability of seeing the last moments of the deceased.

Grave Surprise is a suspenseful mystery. And the characters are well-developed for a graphic novel as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this well-paced and dramatic story. And the artwork fit the dark tone. I’d definitely pick up more in this series.

Box Review: Marvel Collector Corps – October 2016 – Doctor Strange

Marvel Collector Corps

This is the October 2016 box from Collector Corps and the theme was Doctor Strange – just in time for the upcoming film! 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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Doctor Strange #1 Variant Comic – This POP variant is awesome.

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Doctor Strange Tshirt – YET ANOTHER BLACK SHIRT. And I’m not a fan of POP-styled shirts. But at least I have something to wear to opening night of the movie. And it is a unique design.

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Doctor Strange Mug – Ugh. I hate these mugs.

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EXCLUSIVE Doctor Strange Funko POP – I LOVE this exclusive design. Unfortunately, I’m NOT a fan of the monochrome POPs. I really wish it was full color to see all the details well. A sparkly full-color POP would’ve been fantastic. This just blends in.

Summary: This was a bit of a disappointment, as the mugs are terrible. And I really wanted a full color Doctor Strange exclusive. And it was a bit odd that everything was Doctor Strange-only. No supporting characters. Bummer.

Box Review: TeeBlox – October 2016

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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.

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Star Trek T-shirt – I LOVE this design. It’s a mashup of the different crews in their primary colored shirts, in the shape of the saucer section of a ship with a fade out for the tail end of the ship. I would have liked it even more (and gotten more use out of it) if it were gray instead of black.

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2000AD Presents #18 – This was a fun, retro comic.

Deadpool Air Freshener – I haven’t opened it to smell it yet. But the image of Deadpool doesn’t convey something smelling good to me. But it’s Deadpool, so it’s cool.

Summary: The shirt and comic combo is awesome. This Star Trek shirt is even better than the last. This is one of the more affordable mystery packs – and it’s one of my favorites.

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

Graphic Novel Review: Dresden Files: Wild Card

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild Card

Synopsis:
A bizarre double murder draws the interest of Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire. But as Harry Dresden begins his investigation, the clues lead to troubling conclusions about the possible perpetrator, and set him on a path that will place him in the middle of a conflict between the city’s three most powerful factions – a conflict that could engulf all of Chicago!

Review:
This original story is set in between White Night and the graphic novel Down Town. For those of us impatient for the next novel, these comics are a welcome addition. The story is fast-paced and fun – with plenty of suspense, humor, and magic. I only wish it was longer to see more character interactions. The artwork is fantastic, though I wasn’t a fan of how the villain was drawn. This story arc definitely makes me want to go back and read the graphic novels that I’ve missed.

Mystery Box Review: Supply Pod – August 2016

Supply Pod

Supply Pod (by Outer Places) uniquely delivers products themed around upcoming sci-fi releases and scientific events.

A single Supply Pod starts at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. Subscriptions will save you money and ship about every other month now. And save 10% with the discount code: CHICK10

This July/August box had an Warp Speed theme.

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EXCLUSIVE Live Long / Warp Speed Tshirt – I probably would’ve liked this shirt better with a more stylized hand, but it’s still something I’d wear. And it’s a nice, soft material that will be comfy.

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Galaxy Night Light – I would’ve loved this as a kid. Heck, I love it now. I’ll definitely be using this for my nieces and nephew when they’re over.

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Spock Ears – For any Halloween when you want to dress up as a Vulcan. Yes, I’ve done that.

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Star Trek #59 Supply Pod Variant – I love comics, variants, and Star Trek. This was a win.

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Star Trek LED Watch – I own an Apple Watch, so I have no use for this. It’s a cute design for Star Trek fans, so I may ask around to see if any of my friends want it.

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Captain’s Log Notebook – This is cute filler that a young Star Trek fan would enjoy.

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Solar System Planetarium – This is why Supply Pod stands apart from other geeky boxes. They incorporate cool science items in the box. I love this.

Summary: This box shipped out a month late! But customer service was very helpful. When I was dealing with a move, I didn’t think I’d actually receive the shipment as it took so long that it had to be forwarded. But when I was dealing with the shipping concerns, customer service went above and beyond – even though it was initially a pain, it was worth the wait.

Mystery Box Review: Zwag Box

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“ZWAG BOX is a wholly-owned subscription box that is the fastest-growing subscription box of its kind. Already making massive waves, this platform gives us ever-expanding audiences that specifically reaches out to the YouTube young adult, teen and tween consumers unlike any other subscription box.”

For our special inaugural subscription box, we’ve chosen to reveal the much-anticipated Markiplier #1 comic book with an exclusive variant cover! This design is not only unique to Zwag Box subscribers, but sports a RED FOIL logo as well, making it even more collectible!!!

Straight out of YouTube, Markiplier stars in his first comic book adventure! In this issue he gets a mysterious watch that transports him through space and time. The madcap dangers he encounters in these pages are just the beginning of a hilarious and nail-biting 4 part mini-series monthly event.

Four lucky ZWAG BOX subscribers will win a GOLDEN TICKET to hang out at the KEENSPOT/RED GIANT ENTERTAINMENT booth with Keenspot, Red Giant and the whole ZWAG BOX team in 2017! Each subscriber with an active subscription between July and December of 2016 will earn entries as follows:
• Monthly subscribers get 1 entry for each month active up to a total of 6 entries!
• Quarterly subscribers will receive up to 2 bonus entry for the period active. If active all 6 months, Quarterly subscribers will receive up to a total of 8 entries.
• 6-Month subscribers receive 3 bonus entries – up to 9 total entries depending on months active.
• Annual subscribers will receive a whopping 6 bonus entries – up to a grand total of 12 entries depending on which months active!
Winners will be chosen at random beginning in January 2017. No purchase necessary. See terms and conditions for full rules.

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*SciFiChick.com received a free box in exchange for an honest review.
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The shipment came in a blank, white box (above), so I wasn’t sure who it came from other than the sender said “Red Giant Entertainment.” Hopefully, in the future, they can customize a cool box design like other geek boxes.

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Captain Cold Action Figure (Retail $24.95, or $17 on Amazon) – As a fan of Legends of Tomorrow, I was excited to get this large, action figure. And I’m sure my nephew will be asking to play with it as soon as he sees it.

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Build. Conquer. Inspire. Tshirt – I’m not sure what this is from, so I’m guessing a game?

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Tiny Markiplier Pins – They look like REALLY tiny cell phones.

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Star Trek Coaster – I’m guessing it’s an odd-shaped coaster just because there’s cork on the back.

Markiplier Poster – I have no idea who this is. I had to Google him to find out why so much in the box was about him. Again, I’m not a gamer or into watching YouTube. So, the internet-famous is lost on me. But since this box is geared towards kids who do watch YouTube, I can see the reason.

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Markiplier Comics – Yep, more Markiplier swag. I’ll be skimming through it to see if it will interest me.

Summary: I LOVED the action figure. But other than the one, small Star Trek item, everything else was a wash for me. Hopefully, future boxes will have more variety. Though, items themselves are solid – action figure, tshirt, comics, etc. It’ll be fun to see what else this new mystery box comes out with.