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Comic Bento Subscription Box Review – January 2016

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Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - box

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.)

Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - inside

The Subscription Box: Comic Bento

The Cost: $25 ($17.50 + s/h)

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.

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Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - all items

Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - card

Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - card back

The box included a card with some information about each selection this month. This month’s theme was The Grey Area!

Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - Iron Man and Trouble Maker

Superior Iron Man Vol 1: Infamous – Value $15.62

This is a series that I have read, and it’s a good one! It features an ill-intentioned Tony Stark who was spawned in Marvel’s Axis event (read that too – it’s fun!). I can recommend this one, but I’m bummed that I’ve read it!

Troublemaker Hardcover – Value $15.01 on Amazon

This one is new to me! From Amazon:

Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker are back together and fighting crime the only way they know how — by leaving a trail of chaos, panic, and disorder. Alex, an auto mechanic and spotter for racecar driver Sam Hooker, is drawn to trouble like a giant palmetto bug to a day-old taco. Unfortunately, she’s also drawn to Hooker in the same fashion. There’s no steering clear of trouble or Hooker when friends Rosa and Felicia call for help. A man has gone missing, and in order to find him Barnaby and Hooker will have to go deep into the underbelly of Miami and south Florida, surviving Petro Voodoo, explosions, gift- wrapped body parts, a deadly swamp chase, and Hooker’s mom.

Has anyone read this one? Or, are you familiar with Alex and Sam?

Comic Bento Subscription Box Review January 2016 - Lola and Rai

Lola XOXO: The Journey Home – Value $14.99 on Amazon

From Amazon:

In the “Wasteland”, Lola, a fierce and resilient woman with a resolve fortified by a lifetime of survival on her own, must journey across the nuclear-decimated United States in order to find the family that was taken from her. As her quest for the truth begins, Lola uncovers the true inhumanity of the Apocalypse, as those who seek to hold power in a new frontier will do so at all bloody costs–including her life!

I’m definitely giving this post-apocalyptic comic a try – sounds interesting!

Rai: Welcome To New Japan – Value $9.99 on Amazon

This is a series from 2014, but again, is new to me. From Amazon:

The year is 4001 A.D. Led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father’s benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed…and his own long-lost humanity.

I’ve seen some reviews quoting that the art is amazing – and the art really makes a huge difference for me in comics, so I’ll have to take a peek at this one.

Verdict: There is a big value in this month’s box, coming in around $55 in value for a $25 box, that’s great! Comic Bento sends out older volumes (not super old) so there is a chance you can run into duplicates. I’ve definitely found some cool new reads in this box, but I would probably classify it as my least favorite comic box. I think I just prefer the latest titles over getting a volume.

What do you think of the January 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.

1 Comment

  1. Funny, I’m just the opposite. I much prefer a whole story arc in a volume like this than individual comics. These are also much easier to display on a book shelf and store.

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