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Graphic Novel Review: X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1

X-Files: Season 11 Volume 1 by Joe Harris (Author), Matthew Dow Smith (Artist)

Synopsis:
For years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully toiled in the X-Files Unit, a one-office division of the Bureau dealing with cases deemed unsolvable and related to unexplained phenomena. Eventually, both agents left the FBI and began a new life together in peaceful anonymity. However, recent events prompted them to return to the Bureau and the X-Files.

Since then, Mulder has seen his work with the FBI discredited and has found himself a fugitive from the U.S. government―all thanks to the mechanizations of a former ally, Gibson Praise, who now wields powers far beyond even what Mulder can imagine. Meanwhile, Scully remains at the FBI under the watchful eye of Gibson, as she works to prevent the government from falling further into his clutches and to clear her partner’s name.

Review:
The artwork was an immediate disappointment when starting this graphic novel. It’s unfortunately really rough, and hard to pick out characters. There is very little contrast and just looks sloppy. It detracted from the story to the point that it was hard to tell what was even going on at times.

The story was okay, very suspenseful as we follow Mulder, now a fugitive. Not enough is explained though. It all felt disjointed and confusing. I’ve seen some of the artist’s other work, but I just didn’t care for this at all. If the drawing doesn’t get tighter and clearer (as well as the pacing and plot), I probably won’t continue with the series.

Graphic Novel Review: Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel

Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel

Synopsis:
Everyone’s favorite tale of good versus evil takes on a whole new look in this graphic novel! Join Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away in this graphic novel collection that retells the original three Star Wars films: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Review:
I assumed, by the cartoonish characters on the cover, that this version would be geared towards children. Instead, this is very true to the films, almost word-for-word. There is even a frame where Luke’s arm gets cut off. I’m not sure why the characters are drawn this way. I much prefer more life-like drawings in comics and graphic novels instead of the feel of a children’s cartoon.

But this will definitely appeal to younger readers, with the cutesy characters. See some samples pages below. And I love quality of this hardback with thick pages. This will last a long time, even with younger kids reading it.

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Box Review: Comic Con Box – March 2016

Comic Con Box

ComicCon Box is “a premium monthly box service that brings everything Comic Con to the doorsteps of fans.” The price is $29.99 plus shipping.

This month’s theme was “Justice.”

Comic Con Box

Cat Kent Supercat Tshirt (Retail $10?) – While I’m happy it’s a color other than black, and it’s Superman-themed, the design just doesn’t do it for me. It’s cute and funny, but not something I’d ever wear.

Comic Con Box

Wonder Woman Funko POP! (Retail $9.61 on Amazon) – While, I’m happy they included a POP this month, it’s one I already had… one of the first ones I bought. I wish they would’ve included the NEW Wonder Woman POP from Batman v Superman. These old ones are hit or miss.

Comic Con Box

HeroClix Man of Steel Foil Pack Collectible Miniature (Retail $2.99 on Amazon) – With how old this is, I’m thinking last-minute filler from Big Lots.

Justice League Trexi Figure (one of 3 options) (Retail $6.36 on Amazon) – I received a faceless Green Lantern. It looks like a tiny gumball machine head made of clear plastic. I won’t be keeping this either.

Comic Con Box

Rob Prior Print – This was another one printed on cardboard. I don’t care for it at all, so it went in the trash.

Justice League Print (wasn’t mentioned mentioned in card insert, but art by Kirkham) – This was an actual poster rolled up in a tube. And as an official DC licensed, it’s pretty cool and I’ll probably keep it.

Comic Con Box

Justice League of America #1 Variant Comic (Retail $?) – Here’s the 2nd and last item I’ll be keeping. Notice it matches the poster.

Summary: Out of this entire box, all I’m keeping is the variant comic and the mini poster. Sad. I’ll be cancelling this subscription permanently now. Such a bummer. It seemed to start out so strong. But too much filler kills the value.

Graphic Novel Review: Martian Manhunter Vol 1: The Epiphany

MARTIAN MANHUNTER VOL. 1: THE EPIPHANY by Rob Williams (Author), Eddy Barrows (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
For some time now, the Martian Manhunter has been lost in our world. An alien in every aspect, he has struggled to find his place even after joining the Justice League of America, Justice League United and Stormwatch. Now his past has come back to haunt him as an alien invasion threatens to destroy the world. In order to prove to the world, and to himself, that he is the hero he knows himself to be, the Martian Manhunter must make the ultimate sacrifice. What happens next is truly alien!

Review:
The Martian Manhunter has always been a bit like Superman, the last of his race. Though J’onn’s past is a much more traumatic having witnessed the murder of his wife and children and the rest of his race. But this story takes what we know about J’onn and throws in a huge new twist that changes everything.

While I don’t like messing with origin stories, I have to admit that this is a wild and inventive story. I won’t say more, because I’m not fond of spoilers. With plenty of action, suspense, and crazy plot twists – this a very memorable graphic novel. And the artwork fits perfectly with sharp edges and vivid colors. The end leaves off with a huge cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume as soon as it’s available.

Collects MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1-6.

Box Review: DC’s Legion of Collectors

DC Legion of Collectors

This is the 1st box from DC’s Legion of Collectors and the theme was Batman v Superman! The Legion of Collectors offers these boxes starting at $25 plus s/h.

DC Legion of Collectors

Like the other mystery boxes from Funko, each box comes with an exclusive badge and pin.

DC Legion of Collectors

EXCLUSIVE Armored Batman Funko POP! (Retail $20?) – This was a spoiler, so subscribers already knew about this. It’s awesome, and definitely one of the sturdiest POPs I own. Like other DC POPs, this is not a bobble head for some reason.

DC Legion of Collectors

EXCLUSIVE Superman and Aquaman Dorbz Set (Retail $20?) – These are cute, but I wish we would have gotten a Superman POP instead. And the weird green color bother’s me. I would have preferred regular coloring on these. I doubt I’ll be keeping these.

DC Legion of Collectors

Batman/Superman #5 Comic Variant (Retail ?) – I love getting variants of comics I haven’t read yet. These are bagged but not boarded.

DC Legion of Collectors

Batman v Superman Tshirt (Retail $10?) – I love the light blue color of the shirt and that it’s not cutesy POP characters. The Spanish wording is a bit weird. Are they going for a Mexican wrestling feel? This is a keeper for me, either way. Though, I do wish they had fitted women’s shirts by now.

Summary: While I wasn’t impressed with the Dorbz selection, this was a solid 1st box for the DC/Funko box. The value was good. And I’m always happy when the shirt is not yet another black tshirt. Next time, the theme is DC TV! I’m hoping for an awesome Supergirl POP!

Box Review: Comic Bento – February 2016

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Comic Bento is a subscription Graphic Novel Box – A surprise selection of fantastic Graphic Novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box and mailed right to your door!

Pricing starts at $20/month plus shipping. Sign up now and save 15% with code SAVE15 and this link!

Comic Bento

This month’s theme was AMPED. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

Put the Book Back on the Shelf (Retail $19.99) – I’ve never heard of the band, nor does look at all interesting to me. Next.
Publication: Image Comics, March 2006

Comic Bento

Death Sentence (Retail $22.99) – I flipped through this one, but it’s too dark and depressing for my taste.
Publication: Titan Comics, July 22, 2014

Comic Bento

Alice Cooper Vol. 1: Welcome To My Nightmare (Retail $24.99) – I’m definitely not a fan. Another fail.
Publication: Dynamite Entertainment, September 1, 2015

Comic Bento

Amazing Spider-Man: Edge of Spider-Verse (Retail $15.99) – Finally, something I’ll read – and enjoy! This is actually one I’ve been wanting to pick up for a while now.
Publication: Marvel, May 12, 2015

Summary: This was definitely the biggest disappointment with this sub box yet. I actually tried to skip this month when I heard the theme, but wasn’t able to because of their system limitations. Keep that in mind if you subscribe. Now, this didn’t stop me from renewing with a 6-month membership this time. I’ve been happy with almost all their past boxes, though not always all of the selections. The value is strong. And I’ll be able to turn around and sell the books I don’t want.

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Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business

Batgirl Vol. 2: Family Business by Cameron Stewart (Author), Babs Tarr (Illustrator)

Synopsis:
Over the past few months, Barbara Gordon has made some big changes to her Batgirl alter ego. She has a new look, new support team and new home base in Burnside—Gotham’s trendiest neighborhood. But just when she’s hitting her stride, her father drops a bombshell: Babs isn’t the only masked crime-fighter in the family anymore. Jim Gordon is the new Batman.

After the original Batman fell fighting the Joker, the former police commissioner was given a high-tech super-suit and asked to take up the mantle. With a team of G.C.P.D. officers watching his every move, Jim Gordon’s new law-and-order Batman has zero tolerance for vigilantism. He’s been ordered to arrest any unsanctioned superhero in Gotham—and Batgirl is next!

Review:
Batgirl returns in this second volume to fight some new villains, trying to stay off her father’s radar, all while trying to maintain social obligations as a maid of honor for her friend’s wedding.

The adventure, suspense, and colorful villains make for another fun read. The artwork is young and fresh-looking and adds to the light-hearted, young adult story. And I especially loved the appearance of Grayson and the interaction between the two. I hope for some more future crossovers like this. I’m really enjoying this Batgirl series with some solid writing and great characters.

Collects BATGIRL #41-45, DC SNEAK PEEK: BATGIRL #1 and BATGIRL ANNUAL #3.