Graphic Novel Review: Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 3: Casualties of War

Superman/Wonder Woman Vol 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke

Synopsis:
Superman and Wonder Woman—two of the world’s mightiest heroes—are the ultimate power couple. And yet, when a new superhero arrives out of nowhere asking for their guidance, the two Justice Leaguers can’t help but suspect that something is very, very wrong.

Wonderstar has no past, no memories and only a strange connection to Superman and Wonder Woman. He claims his intentions are good, but when his true identity is finally revealed, it will take the combined strength of the Man of Steel and the God of War to take him on.

Review:
In this New 52 series, Superman and Wonder Woman are starting a new relationship. They even try for a date, that doesn’t last long when two superheroes are involved. A superpowered man with no memories arrives who seems to want to good – until his memories come back.

Casualties of War collects issues #13-17 of Superman/Wonder Woman. It’s a short and sweet, self-contained story arc that any reader can jump into. The plot is exciting and fast-paced, and involves magic (one of Superman’s few weaknesses). So the villains are worthy adversaries, if very misguided. The artwork is great – dark and beautiful, which really added to the setting as well. I really wish I had been reading this series before now.

Box Review: ZBox – November 2015

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“The ZBOX is a monthly geek box themed around your favorite (favourite for those of you not in the States) geeky interests, from zombies and the undead to retro games and pop culture. Each month you will be sent a box containing over £35 worth of exclusive, licensed merchandise. Perfect as a monthly treat or a gift for your geeky friends, we think that the ZBOX is the best mystery box you can get your hands on!”

The ZBOX is priced at just over $30/month USD.

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The theme for November is Time Travel.

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The box comes with a really nice mini magazine with details of each item in the box and a variety of fun articles.

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Marty McFly EXCLUSIVE Funko POP! (Retail $25+ on Amazon) – This is one of the reasons I bought this box. This exclusive Marty is riding a hoverboard. I love it.

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Dr Who Tardis Socks (Retail $5-10?) – I’m not a Dr Who fan, so these will be finding a new home.

Blinktime Watch (Retail $5-10?) – This is another ZBox exclusive. It’s a rubber watch that you can push a button on the face of the watch, and the time glows in red numbers. This will make a cute stocking stuffer for a youngster.

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Cosmonauts Graphic Novel #1 (Retail $6.28) – Another ZBox exclusive (as in variant cover), and a graphic novel I’ve never read about time travel – score.

BONUS ITEM: If you used a coupon code last month, a free Back to the Future comic. This was shipped separately and arrived several days later.

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Back to the Future Comic (Retail $3.99) – ZBox claimed this was worth $15, but it’s just a variant. I was hoping it was a larger comic or graphic novel for the price listed. But it’s just a standard variant comic.

Summary: Even with the extra variant comic, the value barely covered the cost of the box unless you count the variants at sellable cost. I was a bit disappointed with so very few items included. This will probably be my last ZBox.

Book Giveaway: The Prison in Antares

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Magazine Review: Star Wars Jedi Master – December 2015

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Titan Magazines has come out with a new Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine. Get the chance to revisit where the whole saga began with Star Wars Jedi Master Magazine #1 on sale November 17 at all major retailers for only $4.99.

Children will enjoy this fun activity and trivia magazine. Young readers can follow along with facts and games with familiar characters from all of the Star Wars films and track their progress on the road to becoming a Jedi. There is even a certificate at the end that can name them a Jedi Knight for completing their Jedi Academy training.

Pull-out posters include Darth Maul, with a movie poster from The Phantom Menace on the opposite side, and a smaller action shot of Yoda at the end. If you have a young Padawan who enjoys trivia and all things Star Wars, this would make a great gift. There are only 3 issues planned, so be sure to order quickly.

New Trailer: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Official Trailer 2 [HD]

I’m really going to hate Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He’s not supposed to be geeky, annoying, comedy relief – that’s the Riddler. After I get past that anger, the rest of the trailer looks decent.

Box Review: Comic Con Box – November 2015

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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.

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The theme of this box was “Survivor.”

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Take a Chance To Megaton Tshirt (Retail $10?) – Does anyone like this design? Not sure why it was chosen as “the” shirt for this month’s box other than fitting the theme. Another shirt toss.

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Morgan (The Walking Dead) Funko POP! (Retail $10.38) – Unfortunately, I can’t stomach The Walking Dead, so this month’s POP was a big disappointment for me.

Game of Thrones Edition 2 Vinyl Figure Mystery Mini (Retail $7.88) – This is another I don’t care for. So, 0 for 3.

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Apollo Creed Rocky II Superstars (Retail $22.95) – What’s with the ridiculous price tag on Amazon for this little figure? With the new Creed film coming out, this was pretty cute. Still, it’s not a scifi collectible, so I probably wont keep. If I wasn’t discerning, my house would look like something out of hoarders, I’m sure.

Stikbot (Retail $9.55) – I’m not the target audience for this either. It may end up in a kid’s stocking at Christmas.

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Nuka Dew Mousepad (Retail $1-2?) – People still use mousepads?

Bonded For Life Print (Retail N/A) – This is the one item in the box that actually caught my attention. And I don’t even care for prints. Pretty sad for this box.

Never Give Up Towel (Retail $1-2?) – An random hand towel? No thanks.

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Lone Survivor Superman Print (Retail n/a) – I love Superman, but not this style of artwork. Bummer.

Supergirl #1 Comic Con Box Variant (Retail $2.99) – I already have and read this. Which is fine, but something Superman/Supergirl was the one thing I was counting on in this box and they both were disappointments.

Summary: I really felt let down since these were the only 2 Superman/Supergirl items in the box. The shape of the S on Survivor theme logo and the box itself got my hopes up for a Superman (or girl) figure. But this is all we got. There isn’t one thing I’m keeping from this box. Thankfully, this is the first total-fail for Comic Con Box. They have been a strong favorite of mine for several months. I hope they can come back with next month’s box.


The #8/December Box Theme is… shock of all shocks…

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Every box is jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon. But I’m a huge fan, so that’s okay by me.

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