Subscription Box Review: ComicBoxer (July 2018)
You KNOW you like it when mysterious packages show up at your door.
That orgasmic feeling of opening up a package that you forgot you ordered? Subscription boxes are even better, because it’s like someone sending you a surprise gift. That you paid for.
SO let’s play with a few subscription boxes.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
We’re going to try out two subscription boxes at a time, for three months each. I’m constantly compiling a list of boxes that ship directly to Bahrain (no freight-forwarding cheating), and will randomly pick out boxes from the list, so there's going to be a variety of things coming in for review.
Our first subscription box review:
ComicBoxer - July 2018 (Month 1)
ComicBoxer is a monthly comic book subscription boxes, where you get a specially curated selection of 5-7 comic books, "from #1 issues, First Appearances, Variant Covers, and Exclusives."
Cost of box: 7.55 Bahraini Dinars
Cost of shipping: 5.28 Bahraini Dinars
Total Cost: BHD 12.83
What's in the July 2018 Box:
Archie's Superteens vs Crusaders #1 - STADIUM COMICS EXCLUSIVE (Limited to 500 copies)
Captain America #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Lenil Yu (Cover by Alex Ross)
Immortal Hulk #1 by Al Ewing & Joe Bennet (Cover by Alex Ross)
Deadpool #1 by Scottie Young & Scott Hepburn
Justice League #1 by Scott Snyder & Jim Cheung (Jim Lee Variant)
Shipped: 9th July, 2018
Received at doorstep: 25th July, 2018 (16 days)
This is a really good start to our ComicBoxer experience! I was skeptical of their ability to gather up five genuinely special (and new) single-issue comics every month, but this is a great Month One for us. The Archie v Crusaders alone, we couldn’t even find it in the comic book database that we use, it’s a great variant, bitches love homages to classic comics. The fact that all issues are first issues is a huge plus, because it means you don’t need to put in any work to study the history of the comics before jumping right in.
All comic books are A-list series, some of which sell out almost instantly when they hit retail; a Jim Lee variant of Scott Snyder’s first issue of Justice League? Shoot me in the face. Two Alex Ross covers? Ta-Nehisi Coates’ move from Black Panther to Captain America? The lets-be-honest-they’re-trying-to-do-Swamp-Thing horror genre Hulk?
Regardless of market value, these five comics make me excited to read them, and not just shelve them as conversation-starter novelty items, and I think these would be great starters for anyone looking to get into comics but is too freaked out by the HUGE and labyrinthine comic book industry.