Wizard World, the company behind comic cons around the world, has decided to enter the lucrative subscription box industry. If you're not familiar, subscription boxes are packages purchased by a customer, which are delivered on a regular basis. Think of them like how magazines used to be, but with all sorts of fun gifts and without having to pretend you're looking at Playboy for the articles. Subscription boxes exist for all kinds of interests including food, makeup and, in our case, geeky pop culture-based goodies. We got ours right here.
Right off the bat the phrase "What's in the box?" appears on the outside of the package. Any reference to the movie Se7en is going to make us biased in your favor.
Upon opening the box, we were pleased to see that it was completely filled -- not at all like when you open a bag of potato chips only to find it half full with crushed chips. We quickly pulled out its contents and set them up in an aesthetically pleasing fashion for the next photo.
As you can see, there's a lot of stuff in there. At first glance we've got a fake mustache, some Marvel Comics "Mash'Ems" (which are basically super balls of your favorite characters), a neat Lego luggage tag, some Avengers trading cards, a free comic, a signed headshot of one of the actors on Agents of SHIELD, a cool mash-up t-shirt, a mug, a rad print of Batman and Iron Man and a 3D metal model kit of Master Chief's helmet. Give me a moment while I catch my breath. Since we don't have all day, we're going to just take a quick look at four of the bigger items.
Here we've got an issue of Marvel's "Secret Wars #1." This is a neat variant cover that features Wolverine throwing down with the Hulk. This is an awesome throwback tribute to Wolverine's very first appearance which was in "The Incredible Hulk #181" way back in 1974. This is part of Marvel's brand new rebooted 2015 Secret Wars storyline. Great stuff.
Next up, we've got an absolutely stellar print of Iron Man and Batman together. Any time Marvel and DC cross over, comic book geeks are the winners. This print is by artist Rob Prior, and we've gotta say he absolutely killed it. Despite being polar opposites, Batman and Iron Man do both have armored suits and billions of dollars in common, so they might grudgingly respect each other. It's really cool to see their contrasting styles together in one image that's not photoshopped but was created with the intention of joining the two.
Following that, we've got a clever mash up t-shirt. It features Ultron, the robotic villain from the latest Avengers film being "controlled" by his creator Tony Stark. Ultron's portrayed as a marionette and the shirt is captioned "no strings" referencing his line in the film, which already references Pinocchio, which is owned by Disney, who also owns Marvel. Wow. That is a ridiculous amount of meta layers. Bonus points for the Mickey-like shoes and pants on Ultron.
Last but surely not least, we've got our very own SHIELD mug. This is just a great item. It can hold either your drink or your writing utensils of choice, but it will also let anyone who comes into your office or house know that you've got powerful friends in high places. The logo is stylish and the color is perfect in communicating that black ops vibe that SHIELD is so fond of. It's perfect for drinking your gourmet coffee or tasty beverage in after bringing a dead body into Quentin Tarantino's house, err, wait, wrong Sam Jackson movie. Sorry, we got carried away.
So is the Wizard World Comic Con box worth your hard earned cash? We'd give it a resounding, "Yes." These four major items are all awesome, and considering all the other neat little knick-knacks that came in the box, it totally justifies its cost. If you're a comic book or pop culture geek of the highest order, you'll likely love every little thing you get. The Wizard World Comic Con Box retails for $29.99 for a one month subscription and is also available in a three month subscription for $89.97. Pick one up today, right here at Comicconbox.com. Happy unboxing!