September Comic Bento Review – Creator Owned

 

 

The theme of the September Comic Bento is “Creator Owned”, which will be filled with independent 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. They promised 2 Image Comics titles this month.

 

 

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life

 

From the PublisherScott Pilgrim’s life is totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, he’s in a rock band, he’s “between jobs,” and he’s dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? The short answer is yes. The long answer is Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.

 

My Take – I’m new to Scott Pilgrim. I know of him, but never read anything on him. It’s a smaller, manga-sized book, but reads like a typical graphic novel. I’m stoked to give this a read.

 

Cover Price – $11.99

 

Headlocked: A Single Step

 

From the Publisher – Have you ever had a dream? Something you’d never be able to LIVE with yourself if you didn’t at least take a shot at it? If given the opportunity, how much of yourself would you give to make your dreams a REALITY? I have a dream like that. My name is Mike Hartmann…my dream is to become a PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER! 

 

My Take – I’ve never heard of this title, but I like the premise of the storyline. It’s definitely worth a read.

 

Cover Price – $19.99

 

 

The Tick: Karma Tornado

 

From the Publisher – This 128 page book presents the first five issues of Karma Tornado. There are not many first editions of this collection left. These Great Tick stories are based on original plot ideas from the Creator of the Tick Ben Edlund! Plus these stories are co-plotted and scripted by Chris (Jackson Publik from Cartoon Networks’ Venture Bros.) McCulloch. Meet such fascinating characters as The Time Traveling Fish; Omniputus; Super Pilgrim and more!

 

My Take – This is by far my favorite title of the month! The Tick has always been a favorite of mine. I love the black and white newspaper print with original storylines.

 

Cover Price – $13.95

 

Virgil

 

From the Publisher – Betrayed, beaten, and banished by his own, an outed cop fights his way across Jamaica to save his man and get revenge! Virgil thought he was safe on the police force, but his gun and his attitude can’t protect him from his own secret – he’s gay. For thirty years he’s had two lives. In the uniform he’s the toughest on the street. Out of uniform he’s a loving boyfriend. But when his own precinct turns on him, his worlds explodes. They put his name in the paper, raided his house, and took his lover. They left him bleeding in the ocean. They shouldn’t have left him alive.

 

My Take – The first title from Image Comics is a solid one. It’s a brutal, violent book of revenge and is a solid read.

 

Cover Price – $9.99

 

 

Kaptara: Fear Not Tiny Alien

 

From the Publisher – Keith Kanga crash lands on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Come check out this sci-fi comedy from Chip Zdarsky (SEX CRIMINALS) and Kagan McLeod (Infinite Kung-Fu).

 

My Take – Chip Zdarsky has established himself as one of the best in the business Kaptara, though I’ve never heard of it, was a fun read.

 

Cover Price – $9.98

 

 

 

 

Final Take – The September Comic Bento was a solid month. The theme was revealed weeks ago, so most of us knew there likely wouldn’t be many recognizable titles, but this month’s box was still solid. The Tick is always a guaranteed good read and there are few Image titles that aren’t worth a read. The total cover price on these titles was just under $66, so the value is definitely there. What are your thoughts on this months box?

 

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