FCBD 2016: Read It Or Leave It?: Silver Titles, Part Two



AUTOMATIC PIC - SPECTRUM FCBD 2016CON MAN’S SPECTRUM FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: AUTOMATIC PICTURES PUBLISHING
(W) Pj Haarsma, Alan Tudyk (A/CA) Sarah Stone
Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion present the first Spectrum comic from their highly successful webseries, Con Man! Our planet has been ravaged by two alien attacks and life on Earth is very different. Captain James Raaker is tasked with cleaning it up, but this is just a set-up to destroy everything he loves and quite possibly life on Earth itself!
The four-issue series from Automatic Publishing will be written by Tudyk and novelist/producer PJ Haarsma (The Softwire Series) with artwork by Sarah Stone (Transformers) and overseen by Shel Dorf Award-winning editor Shannon Eric Denton. The Free Comic Book Day offering is not a sampler or a preview, but the actual first issue of the series.
Rating: All Ages
I guess this is the comic to the TV series mentioned in Con Man?
Ignoring all that… this sets up some intriguing world building. The art is lovely, and we get just enough story to wonder What Happens Next? A complete issue, so worth a grab.

DARK HORSE - ALL-AGES SAMPLER FCBD 2016DARK HORSE ALL-AGES SAMPLER FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Michael Dante Dimartino & Various (A) Brian Churilla, Doug Wheatley (CA) Heather Campbell
Avatars, Dragons, and Zombies? What could be more friendly for all-ages than original tales from these prime Dark Horse worlds? Nothing. For Free Comic Book Day 2016, take a journey with the Avatar from The Legend of Korra, the dragon riders from How to Train Your Dragon, and the fundead of Plants vs. Zombies!
Rating: All Ages
Nope… I’m not the intended audience for this, but it was still fun to read! If you’re a Cool Uncle/Aunt/Cousin, grab a copy for your younger geeklings! (And if you’re a Korra fan, you’ll learn the origin of Naga!)

FCBD Sapce Goat 2016SPACE GOAT PRESENTS: DARK LILY & FRIENDS FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: SPACE GOAT PRODUCTIONS
(W) Georgia Ball & Various (A) George Kambadais & Various
Fun for all ages from Space Goat Publishing for Free Comic Book Day! This title features the first appearance of Dark Lily, a character destined for her own title in 2016. Meet the fun loving characters of Monster Elementary as they make their direct-market debut (coming to comic stores in 2016). The Monster Elementary graphic novel won the Independent Book Award’s First Place Gold Medal for “Best Humor Graphic Novel”. Plus, young readers get a free glimpse at both Rocket Queen & The Wrench and Mage, Inc., already in stores.
Rating: All Ages
Four short teasers. Monster Elementary looks cute.

FCBD DC superhero girls 2016DC SUPER HERO GIRLS #1 FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: DC
Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High! DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of superhero storytelling that builds character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. This special FCBD issue features two exciting, action-packed stories from the upcoming original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINAL CRISIS that readers of all ages will enjoy. It’s the day before finals and the student body is hard at work…and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman spars with Cheetah in gym class as Batgirl and Supergirl watch from the sidelines. In the next class, the girls sit next to an empty seat. Where could Supergirl be? Don’t miss this chance to meet the students as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all part of growing up!
Rating: All Ages

Yeah… the theme song is playing in my head…  (There’s some Kryptonite / And sometimes we fall / But we get back up / And put up a fight…)  AHEM… Again, I’m SO not the target audience for this, but I’m a cool uncle, and I’ve got an awesome niece who is kicking soccer balls, so, of course, I need to read this to make sure it’s age appropriate before I pass it on.  No, really! … Okay, yeah, this is a great series of cartoons, and this is a sneak peek at the new graphic novel hitting shelves in July!

I won’t spoil it, but if you’re a fan, there’s some new characters in the background, and a flashback to Krypton!


FANTAGRAPHICS - LOVE_ROCKETS FCBD 2016LOVE AND ROCKETS SAMPLER FCBD 2016 EDITION (MR)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A/CA) Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez
Love and Rockets is one of the most acclaimed and beloved series in comics history, and this summer, Fantagraphics has announced that the series will be rebooted as a quarterly comic book series beginning with a new #1 in July! To celebrate, Fantagraphics is offering up this one-shot sampler featuring classic L&R material by the great Hernandez Brothers, including an all-new cover and several other surprises! A perfect introduction to one of the most wonderful bodies of work in our medium’s history.
Rating: Teen
!!!Mature Readers!!! Fantagraphics reboots the LaRniverse! No… nothing that drastic! Love and Rockets returns to comics as an ongoing series this year! You get two complete stories in this issue, plus pin-ups! And a one-pager by Seth and Gary Groth!

GRAPHIC INDIA - AVATAREX FCBD 2016GRANT MORRISON’S AVATAREX: DESTROYER OF DARKNESS FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: GRAPHIC INDIA PTE. LTD
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Jeevan Kang
From legendary creative icon, Grant Morrison (Batman, All Star Superman, 18 Days), comes his newest hero! In Avatarex, the epic world of living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India. What happens when an all-powerful super-being awakens to fight the Last War of the Age – only to discover he’s been sent too early for the End Days and must somehow learn to exist in a world that’s too small and too frail to survive his presence?
Rating: Teen
Two previews, as Grant Morrison delves into Indian mythology! Brain candy!

GRAPHIX - DREAM JUMPER FCBD 2016GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: DREAM JUMPER BOOK ONE: NIGHTMARE ESCAPE FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: GRAPHIX
(W) Greg Grunberg (A/CA) Lucas Turnbloom
Trapped in a neverending nightmare… Ben has a gift. He can jump into other people’s dreams.  So when his classmates start falling victim to an evil dream monster, he knows he has to do something. But can he get to them in time? With help from a mysterious companion, Ben just might be able to defeat the monster and save his friends… if he can harness the power within! Created by actor Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias, Felicity).
Rating: All Ages
A quick preview of an original graphic novel! It’s from Scholastic Graphix, so place a reservation at your local library now!

DYNAMITE - GRUMPY CAT SPECIAL FCBD 2016GRUMPY CAT (AND POKEY!) SPECIAL FCBD 2016 EDITION

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
(W) Royal McGraw & Various (A) Ken Haeser & Various (CA) Ken Haeser
Grumpy Cat, the Internet’s cutest curmudgeon, brings her hilarious brand of sass to comic shops everywhere with the official Grumpy Cat Free Comic Book Day 2016 special! Readers of all ages will love the misadventures of this killjoy kitten and her high-spirited brother Pokey! 8,000,000 Facebook likes and 306,000 Twitter followers can’t be wrong – Grumpy Cat is a worldwide sensation and a (devilishly) delightful giveaway for comic shop fans and newcomers!
Rating: All Ages
Super-Pokey & Grumpy Cat! Hardboiled crime comics!


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