The postmortem on this year’s Free Comic Book Day goes something like this: I decided to hit up the local 2nd & Charles because I saw that they were participating, and I discovered while there that their policy for the event was to give you one of every free comic they had in stock. So, my very first stop ended up yielding about fifteen comics, more than double what I’ve picked up in the last two years hitting up my local comic shop.
Of course, I wasn’t going to just stop there (I figured that even with a huge stack of comics, I should go check out my local to see if they had a different selection and also to actually buy some stuff because the point is to drum up business for independent sellers), so I went by my local and got three more free comics in addition to the fifth trade of Saga and a few back issues of New Mutants that I’ve never actually read myself.
Now, typically I prefer to do a brief overview of all the books I picked up and read, but I just got so many this year that I’ve not yet had time to read through all of them, let alone process which stories I think are good enough to warrant more attention. Eventually I’ll get them all sorted, but for now I’m going to try to do a quick rundown of what’s in my pile with more in-depth thoughts coming later.
- Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64 – A new story set in the Firefly universe with a couple of backup stories set in the Hellboy and Alien universes.
- Attack on Titan Anthology – A collection of stories written and illustrated by Western creators set in Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan universe.
- One-Punch Man – A portion of the first chapter of the One-Punch Man manga presented in a larger Western comic format. Kind of an action comedy about a superhero who’s bored with his life because he’s yet to find an enemy who presents him with a real challenge.
- ROM – This one’s a prologue issue about the upcoming reboot of ROM Space Knight that IDW is bringing out after getting the rights to the character from Marvel. There’s a backup story that’s a prologue for a new Action Man series as well, which is apparently something of a British take on the original G.I. Joe concept.
- Steve Rogers: Captain America – Another prologue issue that sets up the conflict of the first arc of Marvel’s new Captain America series that follows Steve Rogers, who’s apparently been recently re-powered and de-aged (he spent the last few years as an old man after the events of the Original Sin crossover event). Also has a backup story introducing the setup for an upcoming Spider-Man event.
- Civil War II – Yet another prologue issue that presents some events that are leading up to Marvel’s big crossover event of the summer, Civil War II. It also has a backup story about the new version of the Wasp who is being introduced in All-New All-Different Avengers.
- Suicide Squad #1 – A reprint of DC’s New 52 reboot of Suicide Squad.
- Valiant 2016 – A sampler of stories from Valiant Comics’ big summer launch of new titles in their growing shared superhero universe.
- Doctor Who – A collection of four stories about the four most recent versions of the Doctor highlighting each of the ongoing series that follow the further adventures of the Time Lord.
- We Can Never Go Home / Young Terrorists – One story about a teenage girl who witnesses a fight between an apparently invulnerable super-powered woman and the police, and a second about a young woman living in a prison camp who had an unusual childhood.
- Spectrum – A prologue story for a far future sci-fi series based on a concept that appears in the Alan Tudyk & Nathan Fillion show Con Man.
- The Tick – The 2016 edition of free Tick stories. Most of the entries here revolve around a bit of multiversal weirdness that causes a lot of different versions of the Tick to congregate in one locality.
- SpongeBob Freestyle Funnies 2016 – An anthology of SpongeBob stories.
- Bongo Comics Free-For-All! 2016 – A collection of Simpsons stories.
- Bob’s Burgers – A collection of Bob’s Burgers stories.
- Pokemon: Pocket Comics Legendary Pokemon – Looks to be a mini-Pokedex featuring some new Pokemon in comic strip length stories.
- Boom! Studios 2016 Summer Blast – A sampler with stories from Boom!’s upcoming publications including Lumberjanes, Adventure Time, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, The Cloud, Mouse Guard, and Goldie Vance.
- The Legend of Korra – A story about Korra’s childhood. Includes backup stories from How to Train Your Dragon and Plants vs. Zombies.
- Oddly Normal – First issue of a series about a tween girl who is half-witch.
- Camp Midnight – First issue of a series about a human girl who accidentally finds herself attending a summer camp for monsters.
- DC Superhero Girls – A sampling of an all-ages series that reimagines popular DC superheroines as high school students.
Slice of Life Comics
- Archie #1 – A reprint of the first issue of the reboot of the Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples that came out last year.
And that’s it for what I picked up. Like I’ve said, I’m still reading through everything, but I’ll have another post up later with some more in-depth thoughts.