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Courtney’s Pull Box: Preview!

I was chatting it up with one of the associates at my local comic book shop, who informed me of a huge magalog (as they call it) called Previews. This big catalog features information about all of the comics and books that will be released within the next few months. I will be adding some of the comics featured in Previews into my pullbox, and here’s a quick preview of said comics before I review them!

Weird Detective:

weird detective 1SynopsisThe streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Greene is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster.

Written by: Fred Van Lente
Art by: Guiu Vilanova
Published by: Dark Horse
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $3.99

There is not a lot of art for this one, not online nor in the actual catalog, but from what I’ve seen so far, this art in comic looks really good. The premise of this comic also sounds great – I personally love crime and detective stories! This is going to be a miniseries spanning only five books. I’ve never read the writer’s other works, but I am optimistic and can’t wait to see what this series has to offer. This will also be my first introduction to Dark Horse Comics, which is turning 30-years-old in June. With three decades under their belt, I’m sure that they have at least one or two good stories.

DC Universe Rebirth Special #1

Synopsis“It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and the past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Various artists, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, and Phil Jimenez
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Price: $2.99

I’m excited but also anxious for the rebirth of the DC universe. I was very disappointed with most of the stories featured in the New 52, especially Starfire’s story, which explained how she met Dick Grayson. A lot of the story arcs weren’t up to par for fans like myself, so I’m holding out hope that Rebirth will give us something much better than its predecessors.

The art for this cover looks amazing, as does the art for all the DC comics featured in Previews. Wonder Woman isn’t very cartoony – she looks like a real woman. Though when it comes to the Titans, they do look more cartoony, which is something that I wanted to see. the artists know when to make things look realistic and when not to.

Though this is probably really silly, I don’t like that little “Don’t let the message boards ruin it for you!” bit in the synoposis. Look… people want to know others’ opinions on the comic before they dive into it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone complained online about DC’s last remodeling, but they had every right to express their opinion. Be confident in your work, DC.

Batman Rebirth #1

Synopsis“Longtime Batman and Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Synder co-writes with rising-star writer Tom King! EVIL 365: Gotham City faces the threat of the Calender Man!”

Written by: Scott Snyder and Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Price: $2.99

I am a big fan of Batman, but I will admit that I don’t know a lot about each of his incarnations. I’m pretty excited to read this comic because Batman does kind of look like Batman V Superman‘s Batman (played by Ben Affleck) in this art style. There’s not much information about the actual comic and the writer in the preview, but I do hope that long time Batman fans (and people like myself) will be happy when the new Batman comic arrives at our comic book shops.

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

Wonder-Woman-rebirthSynopsis: “After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. DON’T MISS: New York times best selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.”

Written by: Greg Ruka
Art by: Paulo Siqueira and Liam Sharp
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Price: $2.99

It’s hard to really tell it from this cover, but Wonder Woman looks so good in this comic. I love her costume design and her curls. She looks so amazing and I’m so excited to read this comic. Much like with every other DC character, I hope the writers do her justice, and I am hoping that she isn’t in a relationship with Superman in this one. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally like Wonder Woman single and focused. Either way, I’m really excited about what they are going to do with Wonder Woman, especially when they claim that they are going to alter her forever.

Batman #1

batman-1_0Synopsis” “I AM GOTHAM” Chapter One. No has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight? CAN’T MISS: Superstar artist David Finch returns to the Dark Night alongside writer Tom King for this five-part storyline.”

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Finch and Matt Banning
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $2.99

Much like with the other Batman comic preview, I like the look of this comic. I hope that Batman’s story is well written in Rebirth, as I would hate to see DC release yet another disappointment. Much like with every other comic on this list, DC has not released much information about the actual story. I can only hope that Batman fans like this version.

 

Titans Rebirth #1

b060_-_titans_rebirth_tnsreb_cv1Synopsis“Friends. Teammates. Titans. Donna Troy, Garth, Lilith, and Nightwing were all that and more until a mysterious force erased their memories, forcing them to forget what they could accomplish together. Reunited with their memories returned, the Titans must destroy the interdimensional demon that broke them apart and threatens reality itself.”

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $2.99

This is a version of the Titans that often isn’t seen anymore. With the popularization of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (which features the second generation of Teen Titans), the Titans have been more known by general audiences. The designs featured in this preview look really good, which is so surprise: all the characters so far have looked really nice and this one really is no exception. I’m excited for this team up, but I’m hoping that this comic will leave Titan fans with better taste in their mouth after having to deal with the current incarnation of the Teen Titans.

Wonder Woman #1

19.-Wonder-Woman-1Synopsis” “The Lies” Chapter One: Why has the lasso of truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!”

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Liam Sharp
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Price: $2.99

There isn’t much of a description, but this preview left me wondering why Wonder Woman’s lasso isn’t working and what else is going on with the Amazonian princess. It’s intriguing, but also scary, because this story may change the basic premise of Wonder Woman and ruin her character. Much like with the other characters in Rebirth, I know I’m not alone in wanting to see a good portrayal of Wonder Woman.

 

She Wolf #1

SheWolf-01_cvrSynopsis: She Wolf is a surreal exploration in horror as the story follows a teenage girl who believes she’s been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her reality.

Written by: Rich Tommaso
Art by: Rich Tommaso
Published by: Image Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Price: $3.99

There are a few pages of this comic featured in the Previews book, and from the looks of it, it seems to be really interesting. The main character is supposed to be a real human being, and it’s comforting to see that she actually looks like a person (she actually reminded me a mixture of some of my friends). The art featured in this comic is much different from Marvel and DC in that everything is more sharp and dynamic. Fingers crossed that the full comic is as good as the preview!

 

Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1

Sherlock_Manga_ASIP_01_Cover_ASynopsis: Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialised! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time…all over again!”

Written by: Steven Moffat
Art by: Jay
Published by: Titan Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Price: $4.99

I love Sherlock Holmes, and as of writing this, I have seen and read almost twenty different versions of the detective. I wasn’t really shocked to see a manga version, and from what I’ve seen so far, the art is very odd – but in a good way. The artist was able to draw two very unique looking men very well in manga form. I joked when I saw the preview for this that Sherlock’s nose is very similar to Pearl’s from Steven Universe. The last manga I read is now older than I am, so I’m really excited to check this one out!

 

Stay tuned for my review of these comics, and leave your own impressions in the comments section!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Mild Conundrum’ (Sherlock Fan Film)

Mystery fans and Cumberbitches rejoice! Masterpiece and PBS premiered Sherlock: the Abominable Bride on the small screen January 1, 2016, and Fathom Events aired the Victorian special in cinemas throughout this week.

It doesn’t take a sleuthing detective (or a high-functioning sociopath) to guess that we decided to watch and review a fan film based on Sherlock Holmes for this weeks edition of Fan Film Friday. We went with a short by Snealiv called Mild Conundrum

The real conundrum: do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch Mild Conundrum and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Want more Sherlock? Pour yourself a cup of Sherlock Blend tea and take a look back at the first images of the Victorian special!

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Tea Review: Reichenbach Recovery Blend

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Reichenbach Recovery

CREATED BY: CARA MCGEE

Only time will heal your broken heart. Maybe this tea will at least bring a little comfort until Sherlock reappears.

This is purely indulgent. My favorite tea for a while has been Earl Grey bravo, with a dash of hazelnut syrup (it’s what I order at coffee shops when I go with my friends, since I don’t drink coffee). It’s a very comforting taste to me, and the flavors all go surprisingly well together. It’s a bit like fresh baked cookies.

ingredients:
earl grey bravohazelnutcaramel

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My Review

The scents of hazelnut and caramel hit first and strongest, sweet and nutty and warm, though tempered by the Earl Grey Bravo. Perhaps this is because I just got the shipment a little while ago, and it is abysmally hot in Modesto at the moment so the package was also pretty warm. Maybe the heat awoke the hazelnut and caramel in the tin. Once brewed (I did my by-now-customary 212 degrees Fahrenheit, 1 heaping teaspoon, steep for 5 minutes) the aroma is still sweet and warm but slightly muted, almost heavier, if that makes any sense.

Cup 1: Oh my god, yes, this tea does taste like Froot Loops. Or Fruity Pebbles. Taken without anything, I could have probably steeped it a minute or so less, but at 5 minutes I’m pretty sure Recovery is going to be awesome with milk and sugar. The caramel and Earl Grey Bravo flavors, and a little of the hazelnut, remain slightly in the mouth after drinking. Overall, the cup offers a warm, comforting feeling, and you can forget about whatever is ailing you for a little while.reichenrecovery3

Cup 2: With milk and a very little sugar this time. Even more like a wonderful bowl of bygone breakfasts of my youth. I still have the expectation that I ought to be crunching down on some bit of cereal though, which makes me think this would be an awesome addition to some sort of baked good. Like an oatmeal Recihenbach cookie, maybe. That….actually sounds really good right now.  And yes, this tea really is as soothing and delicious as it seems.

I gave this blend 5 out of 5 stars. I’m so glad I got it in the tin as this is going to be a staple in my tea cupboard, I’m sure. You can purchase it here.

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Tea Review: The Woman Blend

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Incredibly seductive to any man (or woman): the scent of fresh cookies, hints of cherry, and just a whiff of smoke. created by: Cara McGee

Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.

My Review

This tea smells so, so sweet and fruity at first, you can barely catch the smoky hint of lapsang souchong in there. I mean, really, that honeybush vanilla is fragrant beyond imagination. I steeped my first cup at 212 degrees for four minutes, watching it turn a lovely sort of ochre-ombre color. The sweet vanilla scent remained, though not as pungent as when I first opened the bag to transfer it to my tin. (And even opening the tin packs a powerfully sweet punch to the senses.) It kind of reminded me of Jell-O when you first make it, before setting it to chill in the refrigerator; just nowhere near as strong a scent. The steeping also brought the lapsang a bit more to the forefront. Honestly, I was a little worried that it would be overpoweringly sweet. Don’t misunderstand; I enjoy fruity, sweet teas, but I wasn’t quite in the mood for that just then. Lucky for me, though the blend is sweet and fruity, it wasn’t off-puttingly so (Teavana white peach blend, I’m looking at you.)woman2

The dewy cherry supplies a vague cherry essence to the tea with only the tiniest tarty bite I often associate with cherries (though perhaps the vanilla is a mitigating factor?) To be perfectly candid, I was a little reminded of sugar-free Kool-Aid (I drank that stuff like an alcoholic when I was a child.) The lapsang lends a gravity to the sweetness, however, making this a blend with a duality that can be enjoyed down to the dregs.

I’ve already had two cups since starting this review, so there you have it….

I give this tea 5 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.

 

(Reviewer’s note: I will be reposting all of my tea reviews from the previous version of GGW since they were lost in the transfer. I’ll try to get the original posting dates correct, but I cannot guarantee anything.)

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Tea Review: Moriarty Blend

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moriarty blend

created by: Cara McGee

Spicy Chai backed by more ginger. Guaranteed to burn the heart out of you. Because that’s what people BREW.

Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.

ingredients:
gingermasala chai

My Review

The first thing I noticed upon opening the bag was the spicy cloves. I love the warm, peaceful nostalgia the scent of cloves evokes. As with all initial tastings, I tried the first cup plain. I steeped a heaping teaspoonful at 212 degrees for about four minutes. I watched the color deepen in my ingenuiTEA until it tea reached an aesthetically pleasing rich cinnamon shade. Pouring it into my cup, the scent of cloves diminished significantly.

The first mouthful was replete with the spicy bite of the cloves, cardamom, and ginger, followed by the warmth of cinnamon, and lastly, a mild aftertaste. The spice of this tea burns pleasantly, lingering, an almost physical feeling of having bitten into ginger. (I must confess I rather adore ginger, so I quite enjoy this.) I tend to inhale deeply before each drink, sort of wakening my olfactory senses and tastebuds. I really do love the spicy warmth of this tea.

As mentioned before, I tried the first cup plain. The second cup I brewed in the same manner, and then added one packet of stevia and a healthy splash of milk. As it ought to, with masala chai as a main component, the blend does fantastically with the additions and the cloves seem to be kicked up a notch in potency. I feel this would be an excellent tea for winter holidays and festivities.

I give it five out of five stars. You can purchase it here.

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Tea Review: Sherlock Blend

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sherlock blend

created by: Cara McGee

All at once exotic and mysterious and perhaps a little bit insane, with a lingering hint of smoke.

Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.

My Review
The smokiness is the first thing you notice when you open the bag, thanks to the Lapsang Souchong. You can detect the Oriental Spice in there, riding noticeably underneath like a current. Still, it’s a very smooth, eloquent blend.
The golden-coppery color of the Lapsang when brewed fuses beautifully with the burgundy-red of the assam melody to make a burnt copper color kind of like ochre in your cup (well, in my white cup, anyway.) I know it seems weird, but the smokiness of the Lapsang really gives this blend some heft and strength without any bitterness. If you don’t like strong black teas then this most likely isn’t for you…. but it’s delicious! If you’re a coffee drinker like I am, then you will probably enjoy this blend a great deal.
I gave this tea 5 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here.
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Tea Review: The Consultants Blend

So, it’s been taking me a while to sort my thoughts on this blend. Here’s the official description:

The Consultants

CREATED BY: CARA MCGEE

Harsh, alarming, and frustratingly alluring with flavors that circle each other like predators. Genius.

Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock, which I am in no way affiliated with. This is created purely for my own enjoyment.

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My Review

Well… first and foremost the lapsang takes charge and never relinquishes olfactory control. There is the barest sting of ginger and spices with the slightest hint of sweetness from the apple chai.

My first cup I brewed at 212 degrees and let it steep for five minutes. After I poured it into my cup, the lapsang was still the strongest scent, but the spice of the chai was far more noticeable than before. I seemed to have lost the sweetness from the apple, however.

Initial tasting was inconclusive; I could not decide right away whether or not I liked it, and that is always an interesting result. At first, I wondered if I found the lapsang too smoky; but no, I like strong flavors, so that should not have been the issue. Then I wondered if perhaps the gingery sting was not enough, or if it was too much. Was the spiced apple chai overpowered by the strength of the lapsang and ginger? I knew before I’d even finished the cup that I would have to keep trying.

The second time around I let the tea steep for four minutes. Not much of a noticeable difference there; the discordant smoke and burn of the competing flavors still defied my ability to determine if I liked this tea or not. I was definitely more aware of the ginger influence, though. I wondered if the slight sweetness of the spiced apple chai diminished the burn that ginger would normally produce. There is the slightest smoky aftertaste that haunts the mouth, but it is neither unpleasant nor immediately noticeable.

The third time around I let it steep for at least seven minutes, mostly because I forgot it was steeping as I was in another room working on something. Surprisingly, it was not noticeably more intense than before with the previous steepings. While hot, I still could not quite formulate my feelings on this blend. However, I allowed the half cup left to get cold while I worked (on this tumblr layout and reblogging posts, actually,) and discovered that I quite preferred the tea cool. I don’t know that it gave the ginger and spiced apple chai time to fully permeate the lapsang’s smokiness and rise to prominence. My empty cup still smells strongly of smoke.

Overall, after three cups, I can see that this blend will require more tastings to fully understand its complexity. Also, I have the sneaking suspicion that it might be fantastic iced.

I give it a tentative 3 out of 5 stars.

You can purchase it here.

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