November 13th, 2014

Subscription Box: Comic Bento, October 2014

Subscription Box: Comic Bento, October 2014

Comic Bento is a monthly graphic novel subscription box to which my husband subscribes. Each box claims a minimum $60 value, and subscriptions start at just $20.00 per month (plus shipping) so it's a pretty good deal. The boxes are mailed out at the end of the month, so the October box arrives sometime in mid-November.

It's a shame that these boxes don't show up during the month for which they are themed - what is more perfect for Halloweentime than a box of horror comics?  But reading Project Manager Costello's note this month made me want to keep the frightening times going a little longer:

Can a comic book be scary?  Obviously parent groups thought so, as EC Comic's horror line's perceived corrupting influence scared them enough to create the Comic Code Authority in the 1950s.  In a world where Blade was one of the first comic book adaptations to be taken seriously and millions of viewers tune into The Walking Dead every week, it may be hard to picture a time when ghouls, vampires or zombies were banned from comic books.

Shadowman Vol. 1 by Justin Jordan & Brian Reber (Valiant Entertainment): There's a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing, or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power? $9.99

The Ticking by Renee French (Top Shelf Productions): The Ticking is the story of Edison Steelhead, a boy who at birth takes his mother's life and his father's deformed face. Secreted away by his father to be raised in a remote island lighthouse, Edison relates to his surroundings in the only way he knows how--by capturing them in his sketchbook. Able to find beauty in even the most grotesque of things, Edison embraces his own unsettling appearance and sets out to confront the rest of the world. Waiting for him on its alien shores are the sights and experiences that will give shape to both his future and his past. Written and illustrated by acclaimed artist Renee French, The Ticking is a compelling work of graphic literature, a reminder that before we can appreciate the beauty around us, we must first find it within ourselves. A gorgeous 216-page hardcover graphic novel, designed by Jordan Crane. $19.95

Night Mary by Rick Remender & Kieron Dwyer (IDW Publishing): Meet Mary Specter, a misunderstood teenage girl trained to be a lucid dreamer. Mary's father runs a sleep disorder clinic where Mary enters the ghastly dreams of severely disturbed people in an attempt to help them. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, the nightmare world and the waking one become intertwined, putting Mary in real jeopardy. Set in a world where the boundaries between dreams and reality are tenuous, Night Maryis a very dark and terrifying trip into psychological horror. $19.99

The Big Book of Horror by Steve Niles, Scott Morse, Richard Sala & Ted McKeever (IDW Publishing): Collected together for the first time are the original Little Book of Horror stories. This collection features three classic tales of terror - Frankenstein, War of the Worlds and Dracula - retold by Steve Niles and accompanied with beautiful full-color art by Scott Morse, Ted McKeever and Richard Sala. $19.99

I'm really interested in Night Mary and The Ticking!  These two comics look great, with beautiful book design and premises that draw me right in.  I'm less excited about The Big Book of Horror - these stories have been adapted many times before, and at a quick glance these seem like extremely butchered, truncated versions of the classic stories.  (Besides, does War of the Worlds really count as horror?)

If you're interested in learning more about Comic Bento, visit their website. Boxes ship monthly, and subscriptions start at $20 per month, with discounts should you buy a three- or six-month subscription.

Peeking into the in:
2013: Black Spring by Alison Croggon
2012: Flavorwire: Dream Homes Built for Books
2011: Another little break for school
2010: Poison by Sara Poole
2009: Giveaway #12: Winners!
2008: Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story by Lisa Fiedler