January Comic Bento: The Gray Area

Let me start by apologizing for being unable to make good on the way I intended to do this.  My intent was to sit down with Chelcie and do a video but due to equipment issues, time constraints and other issues we were unable to do the video.

That said we were still really excited to crack open our first Comic Bento and see what was inside.

For those who are unfamiliar with the service, Comic Bento is a subscription service that delivers a box of comic books to your door.  The books all fit the theme they’ve selected and total $50+ worth of books.

This month’s theme was The Gray Area and in lieu of trying to summarize the box by myself I’ll show you what they said of their theme:


Every box comes with a printed card explaining the theme and the books within:

The books in this box were as follows:

Troublemaker by Janet and Alex Evanovich


I’ve been a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series for quite a while and had no idea she had branched out into graphic novels.  While I prepared dinner Chelcie read quite a bit of this book and said it had a “Pysch/Nancy Drew vibe” with a semi-light-hearted yet serious mystery vibe and with “Archie-esque” cartoonish but still semi-realistic artwork.  The most glowing praise was that once she picked it up she didn’t want to stop reading it even when dinner was ready.

Superior Ironman Volume 1: Infamous by Tom Taylor


I’ve heard lots about this version of Ironman but have never gotten around to reading any of it.  In the aftermath of a battle with the psychically powered Red Skull, Tony Stark’s mind has been altered leaving behind a Stark with a more selfish, devious and sinister personality.  Daredevil co-stars as the foil for this new and “improved” Stark.

Rai: Welcome to New Japan by Matt Kindt


Apart from the author, there was nothing about this book familiar to me.  I have never heard about the book prior to this moment but it certainly looks interesting.  Described as “future-noir” the book takes place in Japan during the year 4001 A.D.  The island is now in geosynchronous orbit around a destroyed Earth and is controlled by the AI known as “Father”.  The main character Rai is the lone guardian of this future empire and the story focuses on the aftermath of the first murder in a thousand years.

Lola XOXO by Siya Oum


Chelcie took one look at the book and exclaimed “they could not have picked a better book for you…the main character is a blonde haired, blue eyed leggy chick who obviously kicks ass and it is set in a post-apocalypse world”.

And she is absolutely correct.

I love all the things she said about it and despite having never heard of this book either I am very much looking forward to reading it.

All in all I have to say this Bento was a win, a perfect mix of things I was vaguely aware of and things I’ve never heard of but all of which looked interesting enough to read.

Well done Comic Bento, well done indeed.

-Shad (@PolyNerdic)

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