What Comics Did You Pick Up On Free Comic Book Day This Year?

Today I picked up:

Bongo Comics Free-For-All

Civil War II

Doctor Who

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Just me..?
Boom!studios summer bash
All-New Archie
Bruce Lee The Dragon Rises
Valiant 2016
ROM

Not read any yet. Looking forward to ROM and never read a Valiant book so wonder if this will spark interest?

Like Richard I got the Bruce Lee and Valiant comics. I also got the Stuff of Legend and Mooncop comics. I haven't read any of them yet either.

I grabbed up the two Marvel offerings and the 2000AD book.

I read the two Marvels just now.

Civil War II was alright. Thanos seems to be at the center of this story, and it brings together a team of Carol Danvers, Black Panther, War Machine, Medusa, Crystal, Johnny Storm, and a few others. A potential major event may have happened at the end; we don't really know. The art by Jim Cheung is really pretty, and of course it was written by Brian Michael Bendis, so we have more of that. In the second story, we have The Wasp, but it turned out not to be the one I am familiar with. Not sure what happened to the old Wasp. The story was by Mark Waid with art by Alan Davis.

Captain America Steve Rogers was a little better. The main story featured the newly-rejuvenated Steve Rogers back in action against Hydra, which seems to be creeping back out of the woodwork through secret factions. Nick Spencer wrote this one and Jesus Saiz drew it. I'm really glad to see Saiz starting to get some higher-profile jobs. Then, a Spider-Man storyline called Dead No More. This is really just a precursor to that story which appears to be bringing several dead villains back from the dead. Story is by Dan Slott and drawn by Javier Garron.



Richard Mantle said:


Valiant 2016
 ...never read a Valiant book so wonder if this will spark interest?


I highly recommend checking out Valiant's books. However, I don't think the FCBD issue is very representative of what their books are like. It is mostly centered around the 4001AD event. 4001AD spins out of Rai, which is a book that occurs in the future of the Valiant Universe. Rai is a great book but it's not very connected to the mainstream Valiant U. I recommend picking up an issue of Imperium, X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Bloodshot or Eternal Warrior to get a feel for what Valiant is all about.

What Detective 445 said. I only read Bloodshot and Archer & Armstrong, but I didn't pick up the Valiant FCBD book for that reason. Still, if you like what you read, you should definitely give Rai as shot!

I usually grab whatever's on offer, to get the stuff I want, plus to sample stuff I normally wouldn't read. I never get all of them, because I don't go in the morning -- night worker here -- so usually the "sold out" issues are in double figures. This year I got 36 out of 50, which is about average.

So far I've read the two Marvel books, since that's what I was most interested in. They were both good, mainstream Avengers books.

I picked up Civil War II and Dark Horse's Serenity special (with Hellboy and Aliens back-up features).  The Civil War issue has been covered by others but I really liked the Dark Horse issue.  The Serenity was a nice little story with River telling a fable-version of the crew's origin to Zoe's daughter.  Lots of fun. 

thanks for the advice, they're definatly on my radar.

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Richard Mantle said:


Valiant 2016
 ...never read a Valiant book so wonder if this will spark interest?


I highly recommend checking out Valiant's books. However, I don't think the FCBD issue is very representative of what their books are like. It is mostly centered around the 4001AD event. 4001AD spins out of Rai, which is a book that occurs in the future of the Valiant Universe. Rai is a great book but it's not very connected to the mainstream Valiant U. I recommend picking up an issue of Imperium, X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Bloodshot or Eternal Warrior to get a feel for what Valiant is all about.

Last week’s was only the third of fourth FCBD I participated in. This year there were a few non-reprint offerings I couldn’t take the chance of being left over today. There were three I really wanted (the three I’ve read at this point, below), but the shop we went to allowed five per person, so between the two of us, my wife and I picked up…

Captain America
Civil War II
ROM
Phantom
Suicide Squad
Archie
Doctor Who
Serenity/Hellboy/Aliens
The Tick
DC Superhero Girls

CAPTAIN AMERICA: The main story was everything I expected. I will likely deal with the series itself in more depth in a discussion of its own. The back-up feature was Spider-Man. I used to hope for this direction (Peter Parker becomes a success), but I wanted to see it happen “naturally,” not take a “jump” to that point. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to enjoy Spider-Man, though (*cough* “Sins Past” *cough* “One More Day” *cough*), that I thought I would pretend the story got to this point naturally. The story opens in San Francisco and immediately got off to a bad start by having Peter criticize sough dough bread. He’s eating lunch with a man named Max, who looks like Dr. Faustus and who Peter describes as his “ol’ mentor.” I’ve read my fair share of Spider-Man comics in my time and I don’t know any “ol’ mentor” named “Max.” The artist has no idea how to draw the Rhino. The story has something to do with the Jackel and characters returning from the dead. Because thet worked out so well last time.

CIVIL WAR II: I now know everything about Marvel’s latest “event” that I need to. If I want more, I’ll just read it multiple times. The true joy here is the new Wasp by Mark waid and Alan Davis. I gave Waid’s ANAD Avengers a two-issue try-out. He failed to grab me in that time, but this story (which leads into today’s issue #9) has granted him a second chance.

ROM: I didn’t start reading the Marvel series until near the end of the run, but I thought, unlike Micronauts which had multiple characters and vehicles, the only thing ROM had was the Spaceknight itself. What I’m getting at is, why are there “Dire Wraiths” in the new version? Weren’t they a Marvel thing? Or were they a Hasbro thing? This issue’s back-up feature is “Action Man,” a sort of British version of G.I. Joe. The essay explaining the relationship between G.I. Joe and Action Man was interesting, but I have no interest in the comic.

Max was Peter's boss at Horizon Labs, where Parker worked for much of Slott's run before Secret Wars. So he is a mentor, but saying an "old" one is a bit of a stretch. I think Jameson put Horizon out of business for threatening the city a lot.

I'll probably read "Civil War II" eventually, but I did a sort of inventory the other day and realized I've never finished "Time Runs Out," much less "Axis" or "Secret Wars." I'd have to read those, I assume, to get to "Pleasant Hill" and then "Civil War II." So probably not happening any time soon. When I die, I'll probably be two or three "events" behind.

I also thought Dire Wraiths were a Marvel thing, but when they were mentioned as being part of the IDW book, I had to assume otherwise. But then I googled it, and sure enough, Dire Wraiths are a Marvel invention -- an offshoot of the Skrulls, no less. Now I can only assume money changed hands, until I hear otherwise.

There is some debate about the Dire Wraiths, but one school of thought is that Hasbro invented the name and abilities of the Dire Wraiths and mentioned them in some promo materials prior to the comic being created. Marvel came up with the appearance and some other aspects of the Wraiths so that type of stuff can't be used by IDW but the actual name belongs to Hasbro.

Thanks, 'Tec.

Incidentally, everyone who read FCBD Civil War II -- how does a missile to the chest nearly kill a Hulk?

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