Published on May 5th, 2016 | by Richard Boom
FCBD 2016 Review: The Lovely Gal Comics
Free Comic Book Day 2016 is a merry Xmas for all comic fans around the world. Comic Shop Owners can order promotional comics, previews and even special introductory issues of the best publishers listed under Diamond Publications. Comic Shop owners with a great heart for the good cause are handing out these comics on this very special Saturday.
ComicsForSinners also has a big heart and will try to give a lowdown on all comics that will be available on this special day and would love to know what comics you have gotten on May 7, 2016!
DC Comics: Suicide Squad #1
Great Ryan Benjamin cover to begin with! And the story is clearly focused on the elder teens rather then youngsters with all the<spoilers removed. please come back on Saturday> Fact of the matter? I think this goed well beyond any test I could come up with if I were part of some good-guy team, that is for sure.
But great reading material before the movie kicks in high gear, so as far as promotion goes: well done.
But I think showcasing Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner’s HARLEY QUINN would have been a more family-friendly introduction to comics.
Black Mask: YOUNG TERRORISTS / WE CAN NEVER GO HOME
2-track story with WE CAN NEVER GO HOME starting out as a more regular story but with the introduction of a Bulletproof Girl it takes a mighty interesting leap out of the window.
YOUNG TERRORIST is a 3-part story with (I presume) one and the same female badass protagonist, during various phases of her life. First of all: the artwork by Amancay Naheulpan is just insanely detailed and among the finest I have ever seen. He should be on the DC or Marvel roster but I am happy to discover him right here. The story is tough, political, sadistic with a lot of mystery and some form of anarchy or rebellion attached to it. This is a must-have I fear!
Hide it for young kids though!
Titan Comics: ASSASSIN’S CREED
Two stories, twice the fun.
The story of Assassin’s Creed is well-known by now: set in a fictional era of real world events and following the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control and their indirect relation to an ancient species pre-dating humanity, whose society was destroyed.
In the Assassin’s story THE CHAIR we see just how important a chair is. The chair with which the Assassins can follow someone’s DNA back into history of their ancestors to find clues that can help them in the present day.
In the Templar’s story GREAT WALL tells of a Templar trying to make right on a moving train.
Both stories feel crucial, meaningful and are written as solid stories with just stunning art. If you like the games, these comics are a must-read. If you just like great comics, then also look no further!
Benitez Productions: Lady Mechanika
Joe Benitez has a history of producing some fantastic art but this is one gorgeous cover. Full of detail and vibrant colors.the rest of the issue has it share of great detail as well, cementing Benitez’ spot at the top of best artists in the business.
Three short stories, with the last one having a steampunk bird that has more detail in its design than most comics have in a year. P.I. Lady Mechanika looks to be one of the better FCDB comics around, so best buy the book!
Aspen Comics: Worlds of Aspen 2016
In the past, all Aspen comics had their own little universe to play in. Aspen Comics has now changed things up and combined it all into one universe.
Art is, as always, very much influenced by Mike Turner. Meaning it’s pretty damn good! And for new readers it has a who’s who of the Aspen Universe so that you have an idea of what is going on.
Devil’s Due: MIX TAPE 2016
A mixed badge of stories, so to each their own. A tad on the 16+ side but still great stories!
Mercy Sparx Year One: Mercy is loose as a young girl and woo the demon or man to cross her path.
Solid art and writing. Loving this one!
Space Goat Productions: DARK LILY AND FRIENDS
Space Goat has been proving to be a force to be reckoned with and with this collection of stories they make sure on any promise they have made.
Dark Lily: the first appereance of Lily in comics and what a thrill it is. Lily is a young girl living in a castle on the Moon and is just a regular gal really. One that takes a trip via a moonbeam and ends up on Earth. Now what?
Monster Elementary: little monsters going to school… acting up just like real kids with parents parenting just like real parents. The situations they get in: those are really very different!
Rocket Queen: awesome art and this story begs to read more, especially with that America-Anima style of art, with some nice tight pencils and great coloring.
Mage Inc: art and story look cool but not sure if I am getting a proper intro with this.
Image Comics: ODDLY NORMAL #1
The first chapter to Otis Frampton’s story about a ordinary girl, who is treated like a freak at school and really has no friends. And her parents are also just really normal and ordinary and named her “Oddly Normal”. That is NOT a joke, mind you! But tell that to Oddly. Also ask her what happened when she got mad, made that horrible wish and then developed a headache… will all things remain ordinary and normal?
Mixed reviews by Ron van Rutten and Richard Boom.