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Let's do away with the long intro this time out.  If you've read Part 1 of my Longbox Junk video game one shot special, then you know what this is about. . .Video game-based one shots. 

If you haven't read Part 1 yet, I have to ask. . .

Why are you reading Part 2 first? You some kind of Commie?

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Let's get this out in the open right from the start. . .

I don't like the X-Men.  I never have.  

It's not that I HATE the X-Men, it's just that I'm not a big fan of "mainstream" costumed superhero comics (with a few exceptions like Captain America, Moon Knight and Batman), and I'm even less of a fan of "team" books.  So where I'm a fan of Batman and Captain America, I'm not a reader of Avengers or Justice League.  I just prefer stories to concentrate on one character and their supporting cast.

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Sad to say, but the Longbox Junk Halloween Party is ALMOST over.

So let's see. . .

Superheroes on Halloween non-scary Horror
Infection/Body Transformation Horror
Lovecraftian Creature Horror
Twilight Zone-ish Supernatural Horror
Sexploitation Horror
Elseworlds Superhero Deconstruction Horror
Classic Movie Monster Horror
Zombie Apocalypse Horror
B-Movie Sci-Fi Horror
Not bad.  Not bad at all.  

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Halloween!  It's that special time of year when children get their first basic lesson in the cornerstone of  Socialism. . . Redistribution of Wealth!  I have a giant bowl of candy.  Those who have less candy than me come to collect a portion of my candy under the threat of punishment if I do not comply.  This continues until I have no more candy. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

But enough of THAT.  We're here to talk about Halloween comics!
 
I'm going to come clean right off the top here.  I've never bought a Vampirella comic on purpose.  The 3 or 4 I have in my collection (including the comic at hand) have come to me by way of buying packs of comics where there's 10 random comics for $5 and they're sealed up so you can only see the top and bottom comic.  
 
Most comic stores have these deals, so I assume you know what I'm talking about. . .it's the true definition of Longbox Junk because it's a total random spin of the wheel on what you're getting beyond those two comics you can see.  
 
Vampirella is a character that's been around for a long time.  There are a LOT of Vampirella comics out there.  I've never bought a Vampirella comic on purpose because it's pretty obvious that they exist for one reason and one reason only. . .boobs.
 
I've flipped through plenty of Vampirella comics on the shelf and I find it hard to believe that anyone actually buys Vampirella for the stories any more than when guys protest that they read Playboy for the articles.   
 
THAT SAID. . .
 
My opinion of Vampirella is based on an extremely low actual exposure to Vampirella. And so I decided that since I'm having Halloween comic fun and I HAPPEN to have a Halloween Special starring Vampirella, why not give her a chance and actually read one of her stories for once and see if I'm judging these comics unfairly. . .
 
Let's do this!
 
VAMPIRELLA
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2013
 

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Continuing my month of Longbox Junk Halloween fun, I present for your consideration a little item I pulled from the forgotten depths of a dollar box a couple weeks ago.  I bought it for the awesome cover. . .but is the story inside a trick or a treat?  Let's find out!

CREATURE FROM THE DEPTHS

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It's that time of year again!

The crisp fall air, horror movies on Netflix. . .girls wearing black leotards, hooker heels and dollar store cat ear headbands winning costume contests over guys with elaborate movie-worthy makeup that took them hours to apply.

In other words. . .it's October!

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Longbox Junk - America Part 1

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Let's get this out of the way right off the top. . .I am NOT the target audience for this comic series.

I am a 50 year old married straight male surrounded by the kind of opulent lower middle class white privilege that only being the night manager of a mid-range priced hotel can provide.

This comic series is LASER-FOCUSED at what I'm pretty sure is an extremely tiny slice of the overall mainstream comic readership: Young (college age), LGBTQ Female Hispanics.

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Longbox Junk - Black & White

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A dollar box is like a junkyard. . .hence the title "Longbox Junk".  You do some digging and sometimes you find just the thing you need. Sometimes you discover something you never knew you wanted.  But most of the time you just find junk.  

Let's do this!

BLACK AND WHITE

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Longbox Junk - Mass Effect: Redemption

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Let's get this out of the way. . .I'm a HUGE fan of the Mass Effect video games. 

I'm even going to go ahead and put my nerd cred on the line and say that despite my initial misgivings, I liked the much-hated and presumed series-destroyer Mass Effect: Andromeda to the point that I played it until there was literally nothing left to do!  And I didn't like Andromeda nearly as much as I liked the original trilogy of games.

In other words, when it comes to the Mass Effect video games, I'm a fan.

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Longbox Junk - Avengers: Millennium

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I'm not a big fan of The Avengers for the same reason I'm not a big fan of The Justice League.  I like individual characters on both teams, but it just seems like a failing proposition to keep coming up with stories that can present a challenge to a combined team of the mightiest heroes on Earth.  It all just sort of reeks of fan service, and I prefer lower-key super heroics.  

BUT. . .

I seem to be in the minority when it comes to comics starring laughably overpowered super-teams,  and that's okay. . .I just pass 'em by and read what I like.  But I occassionally make an exception.  Case in point being the 4 issue Avengers: Millennium series at hand.  My local comic shop had all four issues bundled for 5 lousy bucks with that SWEET cover for issue #1 on top.  I may not buy Avengers on the regular, but 4 issues for 5 bucks with at least one cover to make my office wall comic art rotation was a deal I couldn't refuse.  

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