Graphic Novel (Comic) Review 322/365: Free Comic Book Day – Day One

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Free Comic Book Day comes the first Saturday in May each year for the past fifteen years.  It celebrates comics, comic culture, and fandom.  It gives fans an opportunity to get out into the local comic book shops, get some free comics, and explore other great merch.  I’ve never read the entire stack of free comics, so I thought…why not now?  Could make a cool set of blog posts on this 365 quest.

So here we are.  Each day this week I will be blogging on 7-8 singles issues that were distributed on FCBD.  What am I going to be saying about each?  Not sure.  I’m hoping to expand my reading, publishers I might not be familiar with, and have some fun.  Hopefully, if you are on the quest with me, you’ll get something out of a few of these posts as well.

I will not be posting individual pictures of each title; that’s a lot of pics.  Here is the pic of today’s seven issues:

I’ll move from left to right, top row then bottom row.

Riverdale from Archie Comics: with the success of the show, Archie Comics has put out a series of comics to supplement the show.  This is one of those issues.  It’s cool.  Betty interviews Pop about strange happenings in Riverdale surrounding Pop’s shop.  Hint of crime suspense with a splash of supernatural.

Overwatch comic with a chuck of Black Hammer in the back of the issue from Dark Horse Comics: I briefly played Overwatch.  Cool game that I did not have the time or energy to put into getting good.  I didn’t get much out of the comic.  Personally, I think they should have led Black Hammer, a much more interesting story, but hook the kids with stuff they know…I get it.  Overwatch is extremely popular.

The Legend of Korra with a short Nintendo Arms comic in the back from Dark Horse Comics: Korra is the follow up to Avatar, and if you read my review of the Avatar comic (found here), you know that I dug it.  This story has the same feel and art, making it all that the Avatar comic is/was.  A short intro to a Nintendo Arms comic brings up the rear of the book.  I don’t have a Switch, so meh on that one for me…would have liked more Korra.

The Overstreet Guide to Collecting from Gemstone Publishing: this issue is all about how cool it is to collect stuff, and how you can use any number of Overstreet guides to price or find out information about you collectibles.  Cool guide in the back does explain the 10pt. comics rating system.

Comics Friends Forever from First Second Publishing: this is a cool five-story sampler from First Second, introducing young readers to their stories.  Each of the five stories leaves readers on a cliffhanger, so the issue does a good job encouraging young readers to search out each of the titles to keep reading.  Fun and innocent.

SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2018 from Bongo and Abrams: this is my favorite from the seven.  Once again, Plankton is hell-bent on stealing the secret Krabby Patty recipe, and with the help of SpongeBob, assembles a very large group of super-villains to complete his mission.  Well done with a familiar SpongeBob silliness, this one is worth a read!

The Metabaron from Humanoids: this is the start of book three…I think.  I’m not going to lie, this book confused the heck out of me.  The art is really good, but having no experience with the story, series, or publisher, there are way too many names, locations, and universe specifics for someone like me to engage.  I have a tendency to put down something that gets too into its own world.  For this reason, I can’t read the Magic The Gathering books or even the Lord of the Rings series.  This book might rock.  But it’s not for me.

Happy reading!


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