Free Comic Book Day 2019

Silver Sponsor Comics, Part One

(W) Brenna Thummler (A/CA) Brenna Thummler
An all new original story that takes place after the events of Sheets by Brenna Thummler. When Marjorie Glatt goes to her grandmother’s to celebrate Mother’s Day, Marjorie can think only of getting her ears pierced. All the girls in seventh grade have their ears pierced. But Wendell, Marjorie’s ghost friend who roams the human world as a sheet, doesn’t want Marjorie to change herself just to fit in.
Rating: All-Ages
A nice read, but this will probably appeal more to fans of the book. 

(W) Marguerite Bennett (A) Elton Thomasi (A/CA) Rafael De Latorre

A tale from the world of ANIMOSITY… On the day known as the Wake, the Animals rose up — they began thinking, talking, and taking revenge. This Free Comic Book Day, we bring you the intertwined tales of three lives and a date with destiny amid a black comedy apocalypse…
Rating: Teen
We start the story with the Wake. The series currently has four volumes in print. There’s also a three-page preview of Mary Shelley, Monster Hunter.

(W) Keith Morris, Various (A) Various (CA) Rob Brunette

The world was saved as its hero fell. Who will pick up the pieces?
Michael Evans, the charismatic and genius leader of Equilibrium, has tasked himself to protect the world and rebuild it in the wake of the global attack from the Borealis. But without the aid of his brother Tom, who’s heroic sacrifice saved the world, is Michael in any condition to handle the weight of the world on his own?
Enter a new Captain Canuck, but just who is behind the mask? Find out in this FCBD issue of Captain Canuck!
This FCBD issue will give readers access to Michael’s Equilibrium logs for an overview of the world as it is now and how it came to this point. Also, providing a sneak peak to new happenings and heroes that will come to the forefront!
Your perfect jumping on point to the adventures taking place in Captain Canuck Season 5: Equilibrium Shift!
Rating: Teen
This series has been running for five volumes, not to mention the other series which tie-in with main character. It’s all explained here, mostly. More interesting are the eight “anomalies”, individuals with new powers. I think that’s the next story arc of this universe, published by Chapterhouse.

Casper the friendly ghost, the friendliest ghost you know! Join Casper, Hot Stuff, Wendy, the Ghostly Trio, Spooky, Nightmare, and more as this all-star cast of characters tackle magical adventures and tickle your funny bone. Casper’s Spooksville FCBD Edition is the perfect introduction for fans of all ages to the entire Casper cast and leads directly to the first official issue of the new monthly series in stores this April! Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Shanower beautifully illustrates the new series and takes you on a voyage to discover the joy of Casper with brand new stories and classic tales that celebrate the Harvey heritage!
Rating: All-Ages
The first story features Richie Casper dealing with a lovelorn Spooky, who is on the outs with Gloria Pearl.
In the second story, Casper, Hot Stuff, and Wendy switch bodies (and appearances, as Wendy-Hot Stuff gains a top to match the diapers). The last two stories are reprints. Overall, a mostly harmless read for younger comics fans.

DJL_FCBDThe greatest Super Heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids! Courtesy of Michael Northrop, the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte, DC’s iconic Super Heroes find time to answer questions both big and small when they are not busy saving the world. Their honest and humorous responses will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. This FCBD special edition features two chapters starring Superman and Hawkgirl from DC Zoom’s upcoming original graphic novel, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE. This title measures 5.5″ x 8″.
Rating: All Ages

They had me at “Gustavo Duarte”! I think I first discovered his work at MoCCA Fest, my glance caught by his expressive, cartoony storytelling. This might be the first color work I’ve seen from him…oops, scratch that… he worked on the DC You version of Bizarro! 
As for the rest, well, I’ve always enjoyed the “Metropolis Mailbag” stories featured in the Superman titles. This seems like an updated version of that, with kids writing in with basic questions, not the more heart-wrenching stories of previous decades.
You get two chapters from the book, featuring Superman and Hawkgirl. RECOMMENDED.

(W) Tom Peye, Stuart Moore, Hunt Emerson (A) Russell Braun, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Hunt Emerson (CA) Jamal Igle

All new! From the hit series THE WRONG EARTH: On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo! PLUS! A tale of space hero CAPTAIN GINGER when he was a kitten! AND! Edgar Allan Poe battles the Black Cat!
Rating: Teen

Hunt Emerson?! Edgar Allan Poe. That should be interesting…
But first, The Wrong Earth, which takes place before the first issue. Here we see the goody-two-shoes version of Dragonfly over on Earth-Alpha, and Dragonflyman of Earth-Omega, grim-and-grit-eating defender of a city that deserves to be wiped clean from reality. The ongoing comic deals with the two heroes (and villains) trading places.
Captain Ginger features feline hominids in space. We get a flashback of Ginger, when he was a poor kitty thieving food in the slums.
Then there’s a two-page gag featuring Edgar Allan Poe, playing badminton, followed by a text listing vocalizations scripted from celebrity bios, collated by Hart Seely.
Overall, an enjoyable read.

(W) Art Baltazar (A/CA) Art Baltazar

Young Gillbert is the prince of the  underwater world of Atlanticus. Together with his  best friend Sherbert and mysterious new friend Anne Phibian, Gillbert is curious to find out where all the messages in a bottle are coming from! Created by Tiny Titans‘ Art Baltazar.
Rating: All-Ages

A little mystery, as we meet many new characters! It’s by Art Baltazar, so it’s lots of fun. In the back, there’s a feature on Monica Adventures, Brazil’s popular teen comic. The sample shows a cute, accessible style that’s part Archie and part manga. RECOMMENDED.

Alex the Parrotfish is off to the undersea city of New Corralton in search of fame and fortune (or at least a decent job). Before he’s through, he’ll face down hungry sharks, rude bureaucrat fish, and a shocking threat to the whole reef! How will Alex make it out in one piece? Find out in this all-new comic of GO FISH!
Rating: All-Ages
The synopsis above explains it all. I suspect this an adaptation of a movie, and this gives a little hint of the character, as well as a character sheet of everyone else. Meh.

(W) Bill Williams (A) Matthew Weldon

Mel was a cloaked super-powered representative of a superhuman group entrusted with protecting all Mankind. After being forced to retire, Mel meets Jessie, who agrees to take her place as a costumed heroine. Mel becomes a mentor to the new cape in town as Jessie joyously engages the role of heroine, meeting the other super-types in the big city of Seaholm and beyond.
Rating: Teen
This feels like a “zero issue” of the series. It includes enough interesting superhero concepts that I’ll give the trade collection a try when I see it. 

(W) Tom Taylor, Saladin Ahmed, Donny Cates (A) Cory Smith, Ryan Stegman

Everyone knows Miles Morales, who rose to fame in Marvel’s acclaimed animated sensation Into The Spider-Verse – and with a second feature film arriving this year, Peter Parker will once again suit up to save the world with his web-slinging super powers! In a special FCBD story, creators Tom Taylor, Saladin Ahmed, and Cory Smith take these superstar heroes of the Spider-Verse in a shocking new direction, with a story that will build to one of Marvel’s most fantastic and epic tales later this year!
And prepare for absolute terror within the pages of FCBD, as an original Venom story by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman sets the stage for what will become one of the most fearsome events in the Marvel Universe…
Nearly a year after the epic red-hot arc of the Red Goblin, Venom’s dynamic creative team is bringing you a story that’s been brewing since classic Spider-Man tales like Amazing Spider-Man #252, The Spectacular Spider-Man #90, Marvel Team-Up #141 – a saga so big and so absolutely action-packed, it will deliver the most dramatic story in all of FCBD history! Fans will be well aware by the summer of 2019 that “everyone is a target”…and the 1st Saturday in May, Marvel invites you to experience the threat for yourself!
Rating: Teen
The Venom story is a bit gruesome for a “Teen” book. Basically, it’s Spider-Verse, except instead of multiversal Venoms being hunted, it’s all the people who have been “touched” by the Symbiote. Apparently there are Symbiote parts scattered all over every person who has ever worn a symbiote, and if Cletus Kasady AKA Carnage can collect all the pieces, he’ll unleash a symbiote Elder God, destroying the world. Eddie Brock, unpowered (I don’t know where his symbiote is), gets arrested and thrown into the general prison populace of Ryker’s Island, where he murders some con with a symbiote tattoo. (This is part of the symbiote?) Brock, with that small part of the symbiote, then murders other inmates in the commissary, under the influence of Carnage?
In the backup story, Peter and Miles argue over the best pizza in New York, while fighting the Shocker, who joins the discussion. (Me, I prefer Freddy & Pepper’s on Amsterdam, if only for their eclectic varieties. For sheer bang-for-your-buck, Two Brothers is the best. I get two slices, flip one on top of the other, and eat it like a sandwich as I walk down the street.)
Grab it for the Spider-Man story in back.

(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Derek Charm
The stars have aligned: This year, Free Comic Book Day coincides with Star Wars Day! Han and Chewie race against pirates in a search for one of three identical droids that contain the location of a legendary treasure. But what our favorite smugglers don’t know is the other two droids are booby trapped! Trickery and double-crosses abound in this original story set before A New Hope! May the Fourth be with you!
Rating: Teen
This is part of Tales From Vader’s Castle, a story-within-a-story. Both books are recommended for younger fans of Star Wars, and a few older ones as well. 

(W) Ken Siu-Chong (A/CA) Omar Dogan

They’ve been adversaries since high school, but now Sakura and Karin’s rivalry enters a new arena – the arcade! Martial arts meets e-sports as two of Street Fighter’s fan-favorite femmes battle it out through both jabs and joysticks! It’s all-new action in UDON’s newest Free Comic Book Day adventure!
Rating: Teen
A good accessible story, even if you’re not a fan of the franchise. A good plot twist at the end!

(W) Ian Nichols (A) Ian Nichols
The Tick is back for his 10th Free Comic Book Day featuring an ALL NEW story by Ian Nichols! The Tick has always been one of the most popular FCBD comics! Dave has the largest collection of Tick & Arthur memorabilia in the world—except the most rarest “items” of all….Tick & Arthur themselves! Featuring the return of the fan favorite Tick Cycle with its legendary “unnecessary rockets”! The Tick is one of the most successful and longest-running independent comics ever! SPOOOOOOOOOOOON!
Rating: All-Ages
A continuation of last year’s story, as the Tick and Arthur meet the “one-and-only true Tick collector”! Plus there’s a story where The Tick loses his memory, and teams up with wolves and dinosaurs to save a pristine wilderness from deforestation! Silly fun, RECOMMENDED.