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. Each box typically arrives a few days after the end of the month. May's theme? Movies.
Comics and Movies have always been close cousins. I mean, when you look at a comic from a certain point of view, it is practically a shot-for-shot instruction manual on how to start making a great movie. Conversely, seeing some of our big screen faves fleshed out in a story that lasts longer than 115 minutes is a treat as well.
This month our CINEMATIC ADVENTURES collection takes a look at this relationship between comics and movies in a few different ways.
Do you think there's an Ant-Man in here? I know, it seems too obvious, but that movie IS coming out in July. Well, let's dive in and see what we've got!
STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS by Robert Orci, Mike Johnson & David Messina (IDW Publishing)
The countdown to the motion picture event of 2013 begins here, in this blockbuster 4-issue prequel mini-series that sets the stage for the upcoming Star Trek film! Like the best-selling Star Trek: Countdown in 2009, this all-new series leads directly into the next movie, with a story by Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson (Star Trek) ongoing series), and drawn by the original Star Trek: Countdown artist, David Messina! Star Trek: Countdown To Darkness is the can't-miss lead-in to the new adventures of the Enterprise crew!
MARVEL'S AVENGERS: BLACK WIDOW STRIKES by Fred Van Lente (Marvel Comics)
A new Black Widow solo adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Before Natasha assembles with the Avengers Initiative, see her travel back to her homeland to match wits and fists with a deadly admirer in this hard-hitting espionage adventure set between the events of IRON MAN 2 and MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS!
KEVIN SMITH'S GREEN HORNET VOL. ONE by Kevin Smith, Phil Hester & Jonathan Lau (Dynamite Entertainment)
Playboy Britt Reed Jr. has lived a frivolous life of luxury. But when a mysterious figure from the past brutally and publicly murders his father, all of that changes. Driven by revenge, aided by his father's longtime ally and a new female Kato, this one-time underachiever will find those responsible and take his father's place as Century City's greatest protector, the Green Hornet! Filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) adapts his unproduced Green Hornet film screenplay to comics, delivering a powerful, cinematic tale of justice and legacy.
KEVIN SMITH'S GREEN HORNET VOL. TWO by Kevin Smith, Phil Hester & Jonathan Lau (Dynamite Entertainment)
In this daring reimagining by trailblazing filmmaker Kevin Smith, young Britt Reid Jr. takes to the streets of Century City as the new Green Hornet, following in the footsteps of his fallen father! But the deadly killer known as the Black Hornet has plans that not only threaten to kill our hero, but spell doom for the whole world, as well. Will even the crime-fighting prowess and martial arts skill of his new female sidekick be enough to end the threat and restore the legacy of the original Green Hornet and Kato? It's high-octane action, drama, and humor, as only Kevin Smith could deliver!
PREDATOR: PREY TO HEAVENS by John Arcudi, Javier Saltares, Walden Wong & Raymond Swanland (Dark Horse Comics)
The world's attention is focused painfully on a brutal third-world civil war, a merciless sectarian conflict sparing neither soldier nor civilian, grandmother nor child. But amidst the terror and carnage, where great nations and powerful interests jockey for position and advantage, another blood feud rages in the shadows, one no more humane but decidedly less human. Two warring tribes from the stars have chosen Earth's killing fields as their arena, with each clan sworn to eradicate the other... and all who stand between them. Each is the other's prey, each the other's Predator.
I don't see much for me, but my husband has probably seen all of these movies and I think he'll enjoy the comic books. It was a good theme, at least.
Peeking into the archives...today in:
2014: My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business by Dick Van Dyke
2013: Paper: An Elegy by Ian Sansom
2012: Fashionista Piranha on vacation until June 9th…
2011: Fashionista Piranha will be on hiatus for a while…
2010: The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
2009: Discussion Question: What are YOU reading?