Free Comic Book Day 2017
Silver Sponsor Comics
A prequel of sorts to Murder Ballads, Z2 Comics’ biggest release of 2017! This book tells the story of Franklin Bonisteel, the legendary record prodcuer, and his misadventures in Los Angeles. Included will be an original song by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. [TEEN]
[Until I read the blurb above, I was unclear about this story. It’s a good, self-contained story, you don’t need to know anything before you start. There’s a color preview in the back as well, and the song?]
Red 5 Comics and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions present a tale featuring the early years of one of cinema’s most mysterious villains, Keyser Soze. Also included is a new time travel adventure featuring a displaced WWII pilot entitled The Rift presented by Jeremy Renner. [TEEN]
[Keyser Soze is a mysterious vigilante, wanted by the police. The Rift sets up the inciting incident. No idea how Jeremy Renner is involved…]
The galaxy’s greatest Eisner-nominated SF anthology returns to Free Comic Book Day with a 32 page, 40th anniversary special. Judge Dredd is confronted by someone with a personal vendetta in Forty Years of Hurt from Matt Smith and Phil Winslade; the treacherous A.B.C. Warrior known as Blackblood faces off against a new nemesis named General Public from Pat Mills and Kei Zama; private investigator Mallory Hope encounters occult forces in 1940’s Los Angeles from Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton; Judge Anderson attempts to capture the alien bounty hunter known as Trapper Hag and his evil sister Skinner Hag in Hag Team by Dan Abnett and DaNi; and Judge Death attempts to disclose the identity of a murderer in Dreams of Deadworld by Kek-W and Dave Kendall. If that wasn’t enough, this ghafflebette tome includes some exciting, free digital content! [TEEN]
[No review copy available, but generally, this is a great anthology of stories.]
The Loud House is Nickelodeon’s big, new, #1 hit animated show! Learn from Lincoln Loud the ins and outs of living in a huge household with 10 sisters! Lincoln will teach you important life lessons such as how to always get the last slice of pizza, how to restore law and order to the living room, and how to properly dispose of poopy diapers! All this and more from Nickelodeon’s first family-Lincoln and his sisters Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lisa, Lola, Lana, and Lily! Featuring stories by The Loud House animation crew and show creator Chris Savino! [ALL AGES]
[Based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, this issue contains lots of short stories, as well as an interview with creator Chris Savino!]
(W) Chris Grine (A/CA) Chris Grine
When Luke investigates an eerie blue glow in the woods behind his house, he doesn’t know what he’ll find there. But a scientist, a robot Abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur, and a sassy ghost were the last things he could have imagined stumbling upon. Now, as Luke and his new companions are pursued by a bickering trio of bumbling henchmen who are after the strange device locked to his arm, he’s forced on a crazy, headlong adventure in a parallel dimension! Will he find his courage in time to save the day and get home or will he be trapped in a weird alternate reality forever? [ALL AGES]
[Scholastic! The book hits shelves on May 30th! Looks like a lot of fun! Robot Abe Lincoln! Vampire Napoleon!]
Dragon Ball Super: Ever since Goku became Earth’s greatest hero and gathered the seven Dragon Balls to defeat the evil Boo, his life on Earth has grown a little dull. But new threats loom overhead, and Goku and his friends will have to defend the planet once again in this continuation of Akira Toriyama’s best-selling series, Dragon Ball! Boruto: Years have passed since Naruto and Sasuke teamed up to defeat Kaguya, the progenitor of chakra and the greatest threat the ninja world has ever faced. Times are now peaceful and the new generation of shinobi have not experienced the same hardships as their parents. Perhaps that is why Boruto would rather play video games than train. However, one passion does burn deep in this ninja brat, and that is to defeat his neglectful father! [TEEN]
[No idea what’s going on in either of these stories. Grab it if you like either franchise.]
Recently featured on The Washington Post, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of queen and military commander Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Set in 15th-century Africa, this is historical fantasy like you’ve never seen it before. It’s African history mixed with action, drama, politics, betrayal, romance, and dragons! [TEEN]
[The story? It looks interesting. The marketing (including the cover)? Could be better. The back cover image should be on front. The logo, up top in the right corner. The company logo? Youne-3k? (“YouNeek”) The company is striving too hard, but here’s hoping they succeed.]
It’s No Charge Funny Book Day in Bikini Bottom, and Mr. Krabs leads SpongeBob and the entire Bikini Bottom gang through adventure and peril on a quest for free items! But will Mr. Krabs learn the true meaning of No Charge Funny Book Day? Also: Mermaid Man on patrol!
Plankton explores a new world! And facts about waterspouts – the ocean’s tornados! All with a wraparound cover tribute to Famous Funnies #1 (the first comic book ever made!) by Eisner nominee R. Sikoryak. [ALL AGES]
[That cover? It’s a wraparound! The comic? Always fun, even if you don’t know the cartoon.]
Let’s wrestle! Street Fighter superstar Rainbow Mika and the ferocious femmes of the Iwashigahama Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling league headline the main event in this all-new story! Expect plentiful clotheslines, elbow drops, headlocks, and divebombs as these legendary ladies show why they’re the queens of the ring! [TEEN]
[HEIDI! This comic is right up your alley! A comic book about female wrestlers, mistreated by management, fighting for respect! (Friends of Moolah?)
The comic is lots of fun. The action is fun, not too exploitative (considering it’s women wrestlers, fighting each other), and the art…is not as “Tom of Finland” as previous FCBD issues.]
Based on the beloved Disney Descendants! The children of the most frightening Disney villains (VKs) are invited to attend the elite academy of Auradon Prep to learn to be good. But the VKs have ulterior motives – to steal the fairy god mother’s wand and free their parents. Join Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay on this epic Disney adventure. This the first chapter of the manga adaptation of Descendants. [ALL AGES]
[Tokyopop! Disney! Color! The introduction, where we meet the kids and their parents. (Kids? In a toxic family environment? Go to school out-of-state!)]
It’s time for a school competition, and all of the ghoulfriends are excited about showing off their talents! But Clawdeen finds it challenging and runs away! Can her friends find Clawdeen and help her out? And who will win the competition? [ALL AGES]
[Awesome artwork, fun story! In my opinion, more fun than the Barbie comic, if you have to choose!]
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