Sunday, May 15, 2016

Review- Free Comic Book Day 2016 offerings, Part One

Free Comic Book Day 2016 offerings, Part One

2000 AD Free Comic Book Day Prog 2016 (Rebellion/2000 AD)
This year's 2000 AD FCBD title is standard comic book size, a shift from it's larger format in past years. Judge Dredd is drawn by Goon artist Eric Powell to great success. The Order is an interesting concept. Rat Fink is great. This was a worthwhile read.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 3.25 out of 5.

We Can Never Go Home/ Young Terrorists- Free Comic Book Day 2016 (Black Mask Studios)
Two different titles are showcased here, and they are well done and slick. You can do worse for sure, but I am a cynical middle-aged bastard who is very selective with what he buys these days. If I were to buy one of these, though, it would be We Can Never Go Home.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 2 out of 5.

Bruce Lee- The Dragon Rises #0: Free Comic Book Day Edition (Darby Pop Publishing, cover date May, 2016)
Shannon Lee is the co-writer and co-creator of this comic, where her father Bruce Lee didn't die but instead was cryogenically frozen. Lee wakes up after an earthquake causes a security guard's coffee to spill and short out his containment unit. He awakens to the modern world with amnesia but full retention of his martial arts abilities. There are many funny moments as he tries to acclimate himself to the modern world. This is a fast-paced, action-packed read that is appropriate for all ages.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

Free Comic Book Day 2016- Suicide Squad #1 Special Edition (DC, cover date May, 2016)
This is a reprint of Suicide Squad #1 from 2011, and it was okay. It's not my cup of tea, and that is okay too. I am not the target audience for this title or the forthcoming movie, and I am more than okay with that.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 2.75 out of 5.

Free Comic Book Day 2016: Captain America #1 (Marvel, cover date May, 2016)
The Captain America story is very good, and the Spider-Man Dead No More preview looks promising as well. Bringing back Gwen Stacy from the dead stopped being shocking in 1975, though.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

Rom #0- Free Comic Book Day 2016 (IDW, cover date May, 2016)
ROM has risen! ROM has been in licensing Limbo for years. IDW has done a good job of rebooting the character for the 21st century. I was surprised to see the Dire Wraiths included here, as I thought that they were created by Bill Mantlo and owned by Marvel. Bill Mantlo made the original comics more interesting and longer lasting than the toy. Mantlo created so many characters that it makes it impossible to reprint the original run of this title or Micronauts by anyone other than Marvel. The artwork left me cold but the writing was good enough to carry it. Welcome back, ROM. The world needs you now more than ever.

Junk Food For Thought rating: 3.5 out of 5. 

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