December 23rd, 2014

Subscription Box: Comic Bento, December 2014

Subscription Box: Comic Bento, December 2014
COLORS OF THE SEASON

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. December marks the first time that the box arrived before the end of the month. I hope that’s a trend that continues!

Happy Holidays and welcome to a very special Comic Bento Box that celebrates the Colors of The Season!

Traditionally around now, stores, businesses, homes and streets are all decked out with decoration and cheer. Green trees and Red bows are everywhere and there’s even a bit of magic in the White of a new-fallen snow. There’s also the Silver and Gold of tinsel and trimmings, the warm Orange glow of a crackling fire and the colorful twists and turns in a candy cane!

-- Moss


Previous box letters were written by Costello, and I can’t help but wonder where he’s gone and who this Moss fellow is. But my curiosity about the box contents is stronger, so let’s look inside and see what was included in this Bento box!


Green Hornet: Blood Ties by Ande Parks & Johnny Desjardins (Dynamite Entertainment): Green Hornet: Blood Ties is a precursor to Kevin Smith's Green Hornet series, and features the original Green Hornet and Kato in action! Ande Parks and Johnny Desjardins tell the exciting story of the last remains of the Italian Crime Family and the Japanese Yakuza. How did the two-man team of The Green Hornet and Kato bring about the fall of all crime in Century City? Find out here! Collecting the four-issue series, Green Hornet: Blood Ties, plus a complete cover gallery. $16.99

The King by Rich Koslowski (Top Shelf Productions): The King is an offbeat tale of one very enigmatic Elvis impersonator that's taking the Vegas strip, and the world, by storm. Shrouded in mystery with the shining gold helmet that covers his face, his performances are mesmerizing, and many fans are starting to believe that he really is Elvis. Through a series of thought-provoking interviews and investigative reporting, a journalist makes it his personal mission to find out who The King really is. And along the way he discovers a lot more than he bargained for. $19.95

Savage Dragon Vol. 1 by Erik Larsen (Image): In this very first story arc, we meet Officer Dragon, a brand new cop in a Chicago overrun with super freaks and crime lords. Creator Erik Larsen takes big risks with story-telling, characterization, and plot, infusing this series with violence, sex and humor in a way previously unseen in the genre. He takes liberties no other creator can, and will surprise you at every turn. $14.95

Bloodshot Vol. 1 by Duane Swierczynski & Manuel Garcia (Valiant Entertainment): Your name is Angelo Mortalli. Your brother is trapped behind enemy lines and on the verge of - no. That's not right. Your name is Raymond Garrison. You've retired from the dangers of the field, but a desperate plea from your oldest friend plunges you into a vicious firefight that - no. That's not right, either. You are Bloodshot. You are the shade of gray that freedom requires. The perfect confluence of military necessity and cutting-edge technology. A walking WikiLeaks. A reservoir of dirty secrets that could set the world on fire. And you've just been captured! Collecting Bloodshot #1-4 (2012) by best-selling writer Duane Swierczynski and acclaimed artists Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi, find out why this is the series that has IGN proclaiming "Valiant is quickly becoming the publisher to beat." $9.99


I’ve actually got a copy of The King lying around somewhere, but the rest of these comics are all new to me. I mean, I saw that Green Hornet movie a few years back, but I’ve never heard of Bloodshot or Savage Dragon. I was worried the box would be filled with sappy comics about Frosty the Snowman or Elf on the Shelf, so I’m glad these are more traditional “comic books” titles. Even better, each book is the first volume in the series, so I don’t have to worry about jumping into a series with half the story missing!






Peeking into the archives...today in:
2013: The XX Factor by Alison Wolf
2012: Movie: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
2011: Fashionista Piranha on hold for a few weeks!
2010: Closing down for end of the year Festivus…
2009: Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham and Steve Leialoha
2008: Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel by Classical Comics