Box Review: Comic Bento – August 2016

Comic Bento

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 ANIMAL PLANETS. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

This month, there was also a cute, original, card-sized print.

Comic Bento

XOC: Journey of a Great White (Retail $19.99) – This definitely didn’t interest me. Maybe children really into sharks would enjoy it. Disappointment #1.
Publisher: Oni Press (August 21, 2012)

Comic Bento

Homecoming Vol 1 (Retail $9.99) – This looks like a fun, alien invasion story. I’ll definitely give this a try.
Publisher: Aspen MLT, Inc. (September 6, 2016)

Comic Bento

Jurassic Strike Force 5 Vol. 1 (Retail $9.99) – Wow, another dud. The artwork is as corny as the story.
Publisher: Zenescope (October 22, 2013)

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Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem (Retail $15.00) – I’m not into comic strip style, so this is disappointment 3 of 4.
Publisher: TopatoCo (2010)

Summary: Only one pick this month peaked my interest. What a waste of another good theme. Unless they get back to more mainstream DC, Marvel – even Dynamite – I probably won’t sign back up again.

Box Review: Bam Box – August 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.

Bam Box

There is a handy sheet included with a description of all of the items in the box and any possible 1-Ups!

This month’s theme was “Crazy”!

Bam Box

I received a pin of Ace Ventura. It’s a strange design – I wouldn’t have guessed the character ever.

Bam Box

EXCLUSIVE RELEASE: Batman The Killing Joke Soundtrack – This is a 2-song 45 EP. I don’t know anyone with a record player, but it’s a fun novelty if you do.

Bam Box

Hannibal Lecter Mask – Creepy! This would make an easy Halloween costume.

Bam Box

What’s in the box?

Bam Box

Ahhhh! I had a good laugh about this one. Like everyone who has seen it, scenes from Se7en are burned in my brain.

Bam Box

Harley Quinn Print by Nathan Szerdy – This is a pin-up style that obviously does nothing for me – except make me roll my eyes.

Katana Signed Photo – Signed by the actress herself, this was pretty cool!

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I was an instant winner of a hand-drawn and airbrushed sketch card from Bianca Thompson. It’s definitely not my style nor do I know who this is supposed to be. Any guesses? Weird.

Summary: This was obviously not my favorite box. But the theme was a hint that it wouldn’t be for me. Hopefully, next month’s theme will be more up my alley with items I’d be more apt to keep around.

Received in August

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received in August for review and/or giveaways:

Mystery Box:
The Bam Box
TeeBlox

Ace:
Into the Guns by William C. Dietz

Archaia:
Lantern City Vol. 2 by Matthew Daley

Arc Manor / Phoenix Pick:
Soulmates by Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn

Disney Hyperion:
Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Lockwood & Co., Book Four: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
Eden’s Escape by M. Tara Crowl
The Shadow Guard by J. D. Vaughn
Cupcake Cousins, Book 3: Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan

Little, Brown:
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Penguin / Blue Rider Press:
The Watchers by Jon Steele
Angel City by Jon Steele
The Way of Sorrows by Jon Steele

Penguin Young Readers / Putnam / Razorbill:
Between Worlds by Skip Brittenham
The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Iceling by Sasha Stephenson
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Random House Kids / Crown:
100 Dresses: If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid
Thrones and Bones: Skyborn by Lou Anders

Roc:
Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Scholastic:
Bionic by Suzanne Weyn
Key Hunters #3: The Haunted Howl by Eric Luper
Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella by Megan Morrison

Shadow Mountain:
Mysteries of Cove: Gears of Revolution by J. Scott Savage

Simon and Schuster / Saga:
The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman

Simon and Schuster Children’s / Aladdin / Simon Pulse:
The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld

Subterranean Press:
Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi
Coco Butternut by Joe R Lansdale

Tor:
Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert

Tor Teen / Starscape:
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians: The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson

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!

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!

Box Review: Comic Bento – July 2016

Comic Bento

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 Robots. Each box comes with a nice card describing each of the month’s picks.

Comic Bento

It Came! (Retail $19.99) – This looks like a classic B movie in comic form. Can’t wait to check it out.
Publisher: Titan Comics (March 11, 2014)

Comic Bento

BubbleGun Vol 1. (Retail $12.99) – I haven’t been impressed with anything from Apsen so far, but I’ll still give this a try.
Publisher: Aspen (August 16, 2016)

Comic Bento

Diesel Sweeties: I’m a Rocker, I Rock Out. (Retail $19.99) – For something different, this is a collection of webcomics.
Publisher: Oni Press (September 24, 2013)

Comic Bento

Voltron Year One (Retail $19.99) – This will be a fun bit of nostalgia! And I’m sure I’ll pass it along to my nephew for him to enjoy.
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment (April 2, 2013)

Summary: I was a bit disappointed with the selection, when I had high hopes for such a promising theme. I would have liked at least one popular robot series included (Voltron is pretty retro). I wish they’d include a bit more mainstream, as these smaller press series aren’t doing much for me. I may be ending my subscription when it’s up for renewal.

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