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Comic Bento Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016

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Comic Bento is a geek/comic subscription box that sends a surprise selection of graphic novels with at least $60 worth of comics in every box!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes

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The Subscription Box: Comic Bento

The Cost: $25 ($20 + $5 s/h)

COUPON: Save 15% off of any length subscription with coupon code FRIEND15

The Products: A surprise selection of graphic novels with at least $60 worth of comics

Ships to: US and Canada

Good To Know: I’m calculating value for each novel based on their sticker value and not from online websites like Amazon.

Check out all of my Comic Bento Reviews to get more information on this subscription. Check out all of our Comic Subscription Reviews and Geeky Subscription Boxes in the Subscription Box List. Rate, review, and follow this subscription on the Comic Bento profile page.

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This month featured Robots in the selected titles.

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Each month includes a card about your selections. It will detail reasons why they selected it and also give basic details about the series.

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It Came! – Value $19.99

My favorite title this month was It Came! It’s your classic alien tale told like a classic movie – with intro credits, intermission, and all. I liked the style of the comic itself and felt like the graphic design was nicely done for the tone of the comic. It’s also on the lighter side – so you might get some chuckles from it.

From Amazon:

1958. Driving through the British countryside, unthinkingly misogynistic space scientist, Dr. Boy Brett, and his companion, Doris Night, pop into a quaint village pub for a cheese ploughman’s…
But waiting for them outside is a most unwelcome visitor: Grurk, an indestructible, monosyllabic robot from outer space, on a mission to harvest the British Blitz spirit for energy!
Pursuing Grurk in their Morris Minor, will Boy and Doris be able to save the British from a life without stiff upper lippedness, or will Her Majesty’s Kingdom be forever resigned to a life down in the mouth?

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Bubble Gun  – Value $12.99

This title is less about robots and more about tech. It’s called Bubble Gun because a character literally has a gun that shoots our bubble gum (it’s her trial gun). It’s mainly about a team of characters that do heists – which is cool – even though it didn’t feel like something I’d continue reading.

From Amazon

They like the tech, but live for the high stakes! Sisters Molli and Devyn, along with teammates Roman and Kyo-and a stockpile of cutting edge, cyber-punk technology, form a confident team of mercenary thieves able to take on the most formidable jobs around. Yet, when one cyber heist turns out to be more than they bargained for, as a mysterious package and its contents threaten to unravel the group to its core, the menacing worlds of corrupt industry and deadly espionage is unleashed upon them!

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Voltron Year One – Value $19.99

Voltron makes another appearance in subscription boxes this month! Voltron was a favorite as a kid – so I was excited to read a bit about it. It doesn’t get more ‘robot’ than this – multiple robots connecting to make a giant robot – I mean, come on. The story itself left a lot to be desired for me, though – and this whole story is really building up to Voltron, and that may have been why.

From Amazon:

Before Arus. Before Voltron. They were Space Explorer Squadron #686.

Soon, they will be known as the legendary Voltron Force—Keith, Lance, Hunk, Sven, and Pidge—five young men entrusted with five powerful robot lions and the responsibility of defending the universe from unimaginable evil. Now, they are one of many Space Explorers under the command of the Galaxy Alliance, tasked with keeping the Earth safe and the skies clear in a universe growing more and more dangerous every day. They’re the best central command has to offer, and have never once failed a mission.

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Bacon is a Vegetable, Coffee is a Vitamin – Value $17.99

This was my least favorite title of the bunch. Just by title alone, I thought this collection of webcomics would be up my alley. I tried the first 20 or so panels of comics – unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped. Does anyone follow good webcomics? I’d love to get addicted to one of those!

From Amazon:

Bacon. Coffee. Vegetables. Join the Diesel Sweeties for an in-depth examination of how vices are good for you and vegetables are fortified with righteous indignation. This full-color collection is the perfect addition to any meal-instagramming foodie’s diet. Delicious, nutritious, and full of wood pulp fiber!

Verdict: This month was only ok for me. I didn’t get a title that I really dug into when reading each one, and I always hope to get one or two titles that pique my interest. This month has been an outlier lately, though – the past couple of months have been really good and have had at least 2 comics that I loved, and 1-2 that I became interested in – so I have hope for the August Comic Bento.

What did you think of the July Comic Bento?

Written by Eric Cadman

Eric Cadman

Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He’s been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

7 Comments

  1. This was my first and last Comics Bentos box. I was really looking forward to my first load of comics and this box fell totally flat for me. I can canceled within minutes of opening the box. The web comic book was really disappointing.

    I am very new to subscription boxes and would love to hear some suggestions
    for another comic related box to try.

    • I’m a similar boat and I tried the August box as well, since I had a 15 dollar off coupon. It was worse yet! I cancelled my subscription, asap. I well never subscript them again!! Beyond disappointed at what a waste is was. ?
      Hope someone know of a better bento.

  2. Webcomics! Here are a few of my faves:

    Monster of the Week: hilarious recaps of X-Files episodes. http://www.shaenon.com/monsteroftheweek

    False Positive: anthology style stories that are horror/science fiction/fantasy.
    http://falsepositivecomic.com

    Plume: sort of a supernatural-ish western.
    http://plumecomic.com/comic/chapter-one-the-boring-life-of-vesper-grey/

    Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen: a cartoonist actually enters an old comic book and has adventures. This run is finished but worth reading.
    http://hicksvillecomics.com/magicpen/the-magic-pen/

    And of course, Dr McNinja. There’s a book released also.
    http://drmcninja.com

    And my favorite of all, Hark, a Vagrant. Hilarious historical comics. Kate Beaton has several books out (her picture book is fantastic too).
    http://www.harkavagrant.com

  3. Thanks for all of the suggestions!

  4. Ooh, webcomics! ❤️

    http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/
    “Some dead men tell tales, and some little girls have tails…
    Daughter of the Lord of Thieves, Sette Frummagem is on a mission, and she’ll lie, cheat, and steal to make sure it’s a success (she’ll lie, cheat, and steal anyway). Condemned to aid her in her rotten endeavours is a rotten corpse who seems oddly talented with the supernatural, and oddly not laying motionless in the dirt.
    The road is long and no one is what they seem. Never trust a thief, and never trust anyone who won’t let you look into their eyes.”

    http://questionablecontent.net
    “Questionable Content is an internet comic strip about romance and robots.”

    http://www.gunnerkrigg.com
    This one is about a group of kids at a boarding school and it involves magic and technology.

    https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic
    This is a comic about gamers and the gaming industry. It’s good if you’re into current games.

    These are just a couple I read, but they’re really good. 🙂

  5. Breaking Cat News is a web comic about three house cats, the family they live with and the extended environment includes the neighboring cats, mice, and even a bookstore dog.

  6. If you don’t know, Berkeley Breathed is back with Bloom County online only (he has a Facebook page). Opus, Bill the Cat, Steve Dallas, Milo, & the crew have all returned & He’s a brilliant as ever!

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