Fave Comics

Hey hey, it’s MJ,

I have been meaning to write this post for like a week but have been putting it off. I don’t know why, I just didn’t feel like writing it. Sometimes creativity flows and sometimes the drain gets clogged. The beavers are building a dam upstream so nothing gets through and you become an unmotivated mess. 

            I am going to preface this post with some truth, I have not bought a comic book in about a year and a half. I just haven’t, I love them and I used to get single issue comic books almost weekly. I don’t have a local comic book shop, so that makes getting things more difficult. I have a lot of trade paperbacks as well, but I have over 100 single issue comics that I need to really get bagged and boarded because right now, they are just sitting on a shelf and that is not the best for them; oops, my bad. 

            Some of these might be series that I got in single issue and some will be those that I got as trades, they are not just one comic brand, though much of my collection is Marvel. 

            These are my recommendations as of today, they are characters that I enjoy, and I do not have a large comic collection as compared to others. I like what I like and if you don’t, that’s cool, we can agree to disagree on our faves. 

            I only started reading comics in college because I liked the MCU, so don’t come for me I don’t know all of the things . If you want people who know all of the things go and listen to The Wizard and The Bruiser podcast on Spotify, that’s not a plug they just do a lot of research and I have learned a lot from them. 

The Wicked and The Divine

            I only have the first five trades in this series, there are nine trades in the series  and it’s finished so I need to get the rest of the collection. I started reading it on a whim and it’s so good. Every ninety years twelve Gods return to Earth and in two years they are dead (paraphrased from the back of trade one The Faust Act). It’s this cycle and it’s so good, the art is amazing! I need to reread them before I continue the series but it’s so good! If you like modern retellings of mythical God’s this one for sure is for you. 

The Umbrella Academy

            This one should be obvious on why I am reading it, first of all huge My Chem fan, second it has a Netflix series, which is so good. This comic is for sure different than the show, but it’s really good. Ironically the song I Think We’re Alone Now is playing on my Spotify and that’s hilarious. I only have the first two of three trades that are out there currently, I will be getting the third one at some point, but not today. 

Labyrinth Coronation

            It is no secret that my favorite movie is Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, it’s been my favorite movie since the first time I saw it. It’s ridiculous and everyone I have shown it to does not share my enthusiasm to it. I only have the first volume and I need to get the rest, this is a prequel of sorts to the movie and I love it so much. 

Civil War

            And Civil War 2, I have that all in single issues. Civil War the comic is very different from Civil War the movie, I know, I have read the novelization as well, you can see how I felt about that in my books read post number one from last year. I said it there and I will say it again here, if you consider the comic and book as one entity and the MCU film as another they are both amazing, they are not real similar. 

U.S. Avengers

Yes, the first issue is a variant cover. I was living in Indiana at the time and I had to have the Indiana Avenger cover.

            I have all of the single issues for this one as well, I don’t have any of the trades though I would like to get them some day. I really enjoyed the series when I read it and it sticks in my brain even though I haven’t opened any of them since probably 2018, if not earlier. That is the only Avengers series that I have in single issue and I really enjoyed it. 

The Invincible Iron Man (2008)

            Really any of the Iron Man series that have come out recently but My Five Nightmares was my first trade so it holds a very special place in my heart. It was also the first series that I read from front to back. The art is great, the story is great, and Iron Man is my favorite so of course I liked it. 

Ms. Marvel (2014)

            I loved this iteration of Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson did an amazing job bringing this character into the modern realm and making her believable. I only have the first five trades and need to get the rest, I keep saying that, but it’s true. I loved this series when it came out. I actually may have some single issues of it as well but I don’t remember at the moment and my stack of single issues is large and unmarked because I am an idiot. This series is amazing, there is nothing else to say about it, it’s amazing. 

Harley Quinn (2013)

            Any of them, I have a few different Harley series and I love her. She’s been one of my fave characters since I was a kid, she was a doctor before being manipulated. My favorite crack ship is her and Deadpool because that would be the most chaotic thing ever. She’s a really strong character when she’s not juxtaposed next to The Joker, this series is all about her being on her own, at least the first trade is. I have a lot less DC comics than I do Marvel, though I have a lot of first issues, Titans, Teen Titans, Hellblazer, Superman, Wonder Woman as well as others that I can’t think of off the top of my head at the moment. I grew up on all of the animated Batman series of the 90’s and 2000’s, I loved the old Justice League, but I didn’t start collecting DC comics until after college and I have no single issue DC comics from the current generation. Grab bag comics from the 90’s and 2000’s sure, but I never sought out DC like I did Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image.

            So there it is, some of my fave comic’s all trades except for a few and I bet anything I have in single issue I would get in trade now, I know that there are thousands of series out there and we can all have our favorites, from the most chaotic to the most heroic. I have Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor, Avengers, Guardians, and many other Marvel comics, but if I added more it would just be a list of the around 30 series that I have in my collection, some of those are just the first trade and then I didn’t buy any others. There are other series that I have wanted for a long time and never got, but I have a lot of comics books and giving a small sample is probably for the best. 

            I hope that everyone has a great rest of the week and I will be back on Sunday with another post! 

            -MJ

Marvel Collector Corps Venom Unboxing

This is Amazon’s second attempt at replacing the Funko Subscription Box, Marvel Collector Crops and after the last box I was almost sure that this would be my last even though I was a loyal subscriber since mid-year one of the original Funko subscription service. Now I will say that they stepped up their game on this box as opposed to the Deadpool box from a few months ago.

Now before I start the unboxing, I do not have a huge knowledge base when it comes to Venom, I understand who he is as a character and I know they are pushing this because the movie just came out. I have not seen it and I don’t know if I will to be honest. The last Marvel movie that saw was Avengers: Infinity War and that was in May so I am two or three movies behind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Marvel tie in films. This box was all Venom themed so I was not expecting any different and I am basing my review off the box itself not the character it represented.

This box was for sure different than the last one, it was smaller and more compact and I went into it with an open mind because I didn’t want to be disappointed because I had expectations on it like I did with the previous box. Amazon is finding its feet with this box and I am happy to say it was a lot better than the first one. (After reading reviews of the Deadpool box on Amazon it seemed like a lot of people agreed with me about the box and its quality.)

 

On to what was actually in the box itself. I still miss the pin and the patch that you got with the first few years of the Collector Corps boxes. I also miss the comic book but that I will save for another day. This box unlike the last one at least had a listing of the items but again I still miss the product card that had the design inspiration and insights into the products but again, Amazon is finding their feet with this service.

 

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Now there was something in this box that I have never seen in one of these boxes before and that was rather exciting because it was a break from the normal box format that I have come to expect and that was a car decal of Venom in silhouette. Now all of the windows of my car are tinted so there is a good chance that I will not be putting it on my car but I know people who would love it so someone is getting this little decal.

 

 

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Of course there was a Pop! Involved because if there wasn’t I think that I along with many other collectors would question it. This month was a leaping Venom Pop! It is actually a really cool Pop! The detail on it is pretty great, tongue out and everything. I really liked all of the Pops! That came out for this film because it was the Venomized versions of some of the Marvel characters and they were all kind of great.

 

 

 

 

 

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This was another item that broke away from the normalcy of the box itself and that was a squishy Venom stress toy, it’s great I was really happy to get that because sometimes you just need a stress ball that doesn’t form back right away. The last stress toy they had was in the Hulk box last December I think but that was a traditional stress toy that wasn’t the squishy texture that the Venom one is.

 

 

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Two more items in the box and they were pretty great, first let’s talk about the tee-shirt, now in the Deadpool box there was no wearable item which was odd for this service, in this box however there was a tee-shirt. (I think in the November box there isn’t going to be a wearable either but I am unsure.) It is just about the same quality as the shirts were from the original subscription service so I was happy to see that as well. I actually really like the shirt because it is simple but different from those tee-shirts of boxes pervious.

 

 

 

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Last item, a tiny pint sized hero, which you can’t tell by the picture but it is slightly translucent, it is also so cute; which is an odd word choice when it comes to Venom but this pint sized hero, like most pint sized heroes are meant to be really cute. I have a Red Skull one from one of the boxes last year, it was the Superhero Showdowns box from I think February of 2017 (I don’t remember) and it was also cute. They take these character who aren’t supposed to be “cute” and make them real cute.

 

 

Overall, this box was a lot better than the Deadpool box and I am pleased to say that the next theme has been revealed to be 10 Years of Marvel and I am super excited for it. I was glad to see an improved box from the box previous and I will continue to subscribe because it is something that I enjoy.

Did you get the box? Do you have thoughts on it? Share them in the comments below!

 

-MJ

 

New Infinity War Trailer Thoughts

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of comic books and the entire Marvel Cinematic universe, not a secret at all. Superheroes have helped me through quite a lot in my life so with the release of the new Infinity War trailer I have had some thoughts and some reactions. If you haven’t seen the new trailer it’s amazing, go watch it.

I was texting a friend earlier and she gave me her reactions first after I sent her the trailer so I responded with mine. I gave her a very brief reaction but I would like to expand on some things.

These are MY opinions and you can disagree with me all you want but these are my thoughts on the new trailer.

My overall first reaction was: AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! But there were no clear thoughts there so here are some clear thoughts.:

  1. I am not prepared to see this movie.
    1. I love all sorts of superheroes and Marvel has come out and said that we will lose a few in this film and I am not ready to let go of any of these characters who have shaped much of my teenage and adult life.
  1. Oh my goodness
    1. The trailer was amazing, I am excited to see the cinematography for it and it looks so good but so scaring. Like I was excited and nervous for it before but now I need a time machine so I can go into the future and see it, right now.
  1. Gamora is such a bada**
    1. Gamora is probably one of my favorite characters in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and her introduction of Thanos just cements how much of a bada** she truly is. I am looking forward to seeing how they develop her character’s relationship with her adoptive father in the film. I hope she throws her shoe at him.
  1. Grape looking motherf**ker (thank you Tumblr for making me only think of him as a grape now)
    1. We are supposed to hate Thanos and let me tell you, I really don’t like him. I am however looking forward to finally seeing a character that we have been exposed to in limited form in his grand role of the big bad guy in Infinity War.
  1. The protection of the remaining Infinity Stones.
    1. Spoiler; both Vision and Dr. Strange harbor an infinity stone (mind and time respectfully) and there was a moment in the trailer between Wanda and Vision that made me very anxious for what is going to happen in the film in regard to how Thanos obtains the Infinity Stones.
  1. Everyone going to Wakanda
    1. I mean there is not much to say about that, it looks like much of the battle will be fought there or so the trailer makes it seem and I am on board with seeing what Wakanda has to offer after what we saw in Black Panther.
  1. Peter Quill & Tony (the sass!)
    1. I am so excited to see some of the interactions between different teams and characters who we haven’t seen interact before. Just that brief moment about a plan between Peter Quill and Tony had me laughing.
  1. What are you doing to Thor grape?
    1. This is what makes me think that Loki isn’t really on Thanos’ side, even though there have been reports of that. Thor (spoilers if you haven’t seen Thor Ragnarok) already lost his eye, his hair, his dad, and his home planet can we just let him live?
  1. Was that Voldemort?
    1. I think in all honest it was something like a Chitari but it looked 100% like Voldemort and I had a moment to laugh at that.
  1. The look in Steve’s eyes (when he’s facing down Thanos)
    1. It was determination and I think a touch of fear and I don’t know if any of us who think Captain America is pretty great will be prepared for what might happen next.
  1. Peter (Parker) & Dr. Strange
    1. “oh we are going with our made up names” and the look on Dr. Strange’s face like, “no that’s my real name” I had a flash back to the scene in Doctor Strange when he and Kaecilius have a similar encounter.
  2. Wait a minute we are missing some characters.
    1. I am still wondering where Hawkeye is and I was surprised not to see Falcon in this trailer as well. There are so many characters in this film but there are a few who just seem to be missing from the trailer footage and I am really wondering why.

Overall I am feeling a sense of dread but also absolute excitement, I can’t wait to see it even though I will be out of town on opening weekend at a wedding so I will have to avoid the ENTIRE internet until I actually get a chance to see it. I would go opening night but I just don’t think that will be able to happen.

Are you excited?

-MJ