Comic Bento August Review – Bento Gets Wet

 

August’s Comic Bento’s theme is “Bento Gets Wet”, which you can expect an assortment of sea-based titles. Comic Bento delivers roughly five graphic novels for just $25 per month. You typically get at least a couple of titles you’ve heard of, combined with new titles to discover.

 

The Mercenary Sea – Image Comics

Action and adventure set in 1938—The South Seas. Japan has invaded China. War in Europe is imminent. Ex-bootlegger Jack Harper captains The Venture, a refitted German U-Boat, with a crew of expats, mercenaries and treasure hunters. They do whatever it takes to stay afloat, often running up against pirates, headhunters, spies, and soldiers. They’re always one step away from the greatest score of their lives…or their certain demise.

 

I love that Comic Bento is adding more from Image Comics. The volume collects issues 1-6 from the story. This was a great read, especially if you’re a fan of war novels. Each character has such detailed, interesting characteristics that they could have their own spinoff series.

 

Crogan Adventures: Catfoots Vengeance – ONI Press Inc.

Chris Schweizer’s award-winning historical adventure series returns in this new FULL COLOR edition of The Crogan Adventures: Catfoot’s Vengeance. When “Catfoot” Crogan becomes the new favorite of an infamous pirate captain whose crew he was forced to join, he incurs the wrath of the murderous first mate D’or. Can Catfoot keep his new crewmates safe when D’or hatches a scheme that will bring the full might of every navy in the West Indies down on their heads?

I like the newspaper cartoon style artwork of this book. This was a fun book, not one I would necessarily buy on my own, but it was worth the read.

 

Fantastic Four/Inhumans: Atlantis Rising – Marvel Comics

The crossover that literally reshaped the face of Marvel’s Earth is collected for the first time! When sorceress Morgan Le Fay forces the sunken continent of Atlantis back above the waves, it creates a crisis for Namor – not to mention the water-breathing Atlanteans! The Fantastic Four race to the Sub-Mariner’s aid as Thor, the Inhumans and Franklin Richards’ young team the Fantastic Force become ensnared in Morgan’s scheme. But when the sorceress’ chilling endgame comes to light, can this motley collection of heroes save the day? This is it – the catastrophe that decimated the Atlantean people, displaced Namor from Atlantis and made the Inhumans an international target! Collecting NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER #60-62, FANTASTIC FOUR: ATLANTIS RISING #1-2, FANTASTIC FORCE (1994) #8-9, FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #401-402 and FANTASTIC FOUR UNLIMITED #11.

 

I had a feeling either Namor or Aquaman would be apart of this box. This was cooler than I expected, as it incorporates the forgotten Fantastic Four with the Inhumans. This book is made up of several different storylines and with the awesome artwork of the mid-90’s. It also has a lot of the Inhumans, who up until recently, didn’t have a big role in the Marvel Universe, so it’s cool to see some older work on them prior to their iMax/TV series soming out in a few weeks. Atlantis is also one of the coolest settings in the Marvel Universe. This is one that I would have picked up at the store if I’d seen it.

 

Anne Bonnie: The Journey Begins – Blue Juice Comics

Set sail on the Great Sea, a world full of magic, danger, and excitement! Join Ariana, a most unlikely heroine, aboard an enchanted ship as she discovers what it truly means to be a pirate, on a journey that will change the world forever.

I’ve never heard of Anne Bonnie or Blue Juice Comics, but this was another solid story. It’s sort of a kid’s-manga-type series, but is a solid read for adults as well. The cover is beautiful and look how detailed the artwork within it is:

So overall, this is another good pickup.

 

Fathom: Dawn of War – Aspen Comics (Comic Bento Exclusive)

Fathom: Dawn of War Volume 1 collects issues #0, 1, 2, 3, and the Cannon Hawke Dawn of War #1! This special edition contains the entire tale of warfare and betrayal that led up to the battle between the humans and the Blue, and the unheralded surfacing of the Black! Find out for yourself why Dawn of War became one of the most pivotal storylines in Fathom history! Brought to you by the creative of J. T. Krul, Talent Caldwell, Jason Gorder and Christina Strain, and featuring a brand new cover by Fathom creator Michael Turner, this edition is a definite must for any Fathom fan!

 

And finally, the gem of the month is the Comic Bento exclusive, Fathom: Dawn of War by the late Michael Turner. Fathom has a strong following due to the amazing artwork and solid storylines. This was a great add to the box and completely made the box one of the best they’ve released yet.

 

 

What are your thoughts on this months box?

 

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