Graphic Novel (Comic) Review 324/365: Free Comic Book Day – Day 3

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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.

The Tick from New England Comics Press: if you like fun comics and you have yet to check out The Tick, now’s the time!  Fun and silly, this comic is a good introduction to this crazy character.

Berlin from Drawn & Quarterly: this piece of historical fiction by Jason Lutes is a fantastic introduction to Drawn & Quarterly; the pages are newsprint, the characters are filled with thoughtful dialogue, and it’s black and white.  The only thing that would make this more D&Q would be if the characters were smoking…wait, they are.  Set in Berlin in September of 1928, this issue is not mature in the inappropriate sense but mature in the thematic sense.  No big heroes smashing through buildings in this one.

The Only Living Boy from Papercutz: this issue is strange starting from its slightly large size; I don’t think this would fit in a normal bag and board.  The story is OK.  Group of aliens making the only living human boy fight to the death in an arena, and he escapes, causing madness to ensue.  I say aliens, but think more dragons and demons and monsters…I don’t know what’s going on.

Bob’s Burgers from Dynamite: I’ve reviewed the Bob’s Burgers comic before. You can check out my review here.  This issue is just a shorter version of the wonderful Bob’s Burgers comics that I’ve grown to love.

Barrier from Image Comics: I reviewed this exact issue last week.  Check that out here.

Star Wars Adventures from IDW and Disney: if you are like me, you’ll eat up almost anything Star Wars.  I loved each of the new films to come out over the past couple of years, and the comics have been great too.  This one is geared more towards the little ones, focusing on Han and Chewy, but I’m cool with that.  Start ’em young!  May the Force be with you!

Street Angel’s Dog from Image Comics: I did not know that Street Angel is a thing.  Homeless teen ninja girl fighting for good…very stylized art.  I dig it!  In this FCBD issue, Street Angel finds a dog, and she’s adorable!  The art takes this book from ordinary comic to interesting and funny comic.  Kudos to the team creative team of Rugg and Maruca.

Happy reading!


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