Comic Bento Review - March 2017 - Canadian Comic Book Subscription Box

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This review written by Hayley.

What is it? Comic Bento
How much? $25.00/month, plus tax and $12.35 shipping to Canada. Save on 3, 6, and 12 month terms. Prices in US dollars.
What's in it? At least 4 graphic novels based on a theme.

Comic Bento is a Canadian subscription box that sends a monthly themed box filled with at least $50 worth of surprise graphic novels. Comic Bento boxes are filled with Graphic Novels only, not single issue comics. There are at least 4 books in a box, but based on the theme or what’s happening that month, it could be more!

The novels came tightly packaged, wrapped in plastic on a piece of cardboard...probably to keep them from getting damaged in transit.

When I was offered the chance to review Comic Bento I immediately jumped on it. My boyfriend (M) enjoys all things video game/super hero (think token 80’s kid) and was so excited to check it out! I was more into Archie comics growing up (which might also be included in future bentos!) and my Dad was a collector of all things comic when I was growing up - so I was excited to see what Comic Bento had to offer.

Product Card - March is the “Out of Retirement” Collection.

“The Out of Retirement collection that you now hold in your hands takes a look at what it’s like for these ass-kickers with experience as they wrestle with re-joining worlds they had long left behind”

Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Fusing the dystopian super-hero elements of the X-Men’s “Days of Future Past,” the wild and wooly futurescapes of Mad Max, and the tragic pathos of Clint Eastwood’s archetypal Western heroes, Millar’s tale finds an older Wolverine at a crossroads with who he was, who he wants to be and who he really is.

Of course I’m a fan of the X-MEN series; we actually just went to see the newest movie. M described this comic as X-MEN meets Mad Max: a post-apocalyptic future after most of the superheroes are dead and gone. He really enjoyed it and thought it was an interesting take on what would happen if all the super villains banded together.

Halo: Escalation 
Set directly after the events of Halo 4, Escalation follows the crew of the UNSC Infinity as they are deployed to security detail for a peace summit between the Elites and Brutes. When the negotiations are ambushed by a mercenary fleet, Infinity is drawn into a plot which leads them to the discovery of a long-lost UNSC asset trapped behind enemy lines.

My Stepson is obsessed with Halo - and he opted to read this comic. He said, “It’s AWESOME! Just like the movies and games!” And then he went on to tell me about the types of characters and what they did.. but he lost me! He thoroughly enjoyed it and read it from cover to cover in one sitting.

Bloodshot Reborn
Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in retirement, reeling from the consequences of his past life. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, this guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers.

M did not have any previous knowledge of the Bloodshot universe before reading this comic. He found the writing and art really engaging and captivating. He said even though it was a paint-by-numbers when it came to the storyline, Bloodshot’s humanistic qualities and realisticness made him like this comic most. Bloodshot has two characters that come from his own mind and M felt this made the storyline very interesting and enjoyable. Now he wants to read the other comics in this series.

Dan Dare Omnibus 
With his beloved Space Fleet long-disbanded, and his friends scattered to the winds- Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future lives far from home in self-imposed exile… but a long-forgotten enemy is coming back with an army of demonic beasts and a secret weapon that threatens reality itself.

This is the first comic M read after we opened up the Bento. He said that the comic itself felt really dated and wasn't necessarily super hero (he knows that some comics aren’t of course) and said it was like a 50’s UFO Movie. He enjoyed it for what it was.. a throwback comic. It had an older feel, with modern elements. Also, he said that the product card described it right: “An epic tale of courage and sacrifice as old adversaries clash head-on in a battle that is fought in the stars to decide the fate of billions”.

The March Comic Bento “Out of Retirement” Collection included four graphic comics. I love that the boys in my life, (mid-thirties and pre-teen) got so much enjoyment out of this subscription. It's nice to see my stepson engaged in something that isn't electronic and it was cool to see M’s face light up when I opened the box… he read three comics in one day! This is clearly a great subscription for the graphic novel and comic lovers in your life!

Click here to check out Comic Bento.



This review was written by Hayley.
Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

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