If you didn’t know already, Free Comic Book Day was on May 2nd, and there were many many many free comics to be had! If you missed it, don’t worry, they’ll do it all again next year, on the first Saturday of May, and you’ll be ready to go this time!
I stopped into my comic shop pretty late because that weekend was busy as all get out, so some of the comics I was interested in were gone already. The guy handing out the freebies asked which three I wanted, and I said “Doctor Who, please, and Terrible Lizard, and whatever you think I should be reading,” which is how I ended up with those two and also Secret Wars #0. What did I think? Let’s find out!
Secret Wars #0, by Jonathan Hickman and Paul Renaud
I wish one of the regular counter people had been on free comic book duty that day; maybe I would have gotten something I actually liked as my surprise comic. But alas. I mentioned that I don’t know much about Marvel characters in general in my failed all-lady X-Men quest, so maybe reading the zeroth issue of a huge Marvel crossover event was not my smartest move. It opens with the seemingly young daughter of Mister Fantastic (so… he has a kid, apparently?) yelling at a bunch of people wearing numbers (she has a 6, so… numbers are a thing?) about how they need to get their rears in gear and build a ship. Then there’s some exposition about, like, universes colliding and heroes fighting each other. Then there’s a big panel with lots of heroes who can all apparently fly getting ready to fight each other. Soooooooooo that’s cool? I guess? I am not the target audience for this comic series, that is for sure.
In the second half of the… issue? Book? Set of pages stapled together?… there is a story in which The Avengers meet the Titans from Attack on Titan, a manga property I also know nothing about except that I have ordered it for my library because the teens want it. So there are weird giant creepy dudes and a bunch of Avengers whaling on them because that’s what they do, I guess. Hooray? Whatever, I’m sure when I throw this issue in the library prize box it’ll be gone in seconds.
Doctor Who, Free Comic Book Day Edition, by Nick Abadzis and Eleonora Carlini; George Mann and Mariano Laclaustra; and Al Ewing, Rob Williams, and Simon Fraser
That’s a lot of creators, because this is a compilation of three stories from three different Doctor Who runs with three different Doctors: Ten, Eleven, and Twelve.
I’ve been a little down on Doctor Who as of late, largely because I am not a fan of Clara, so when this book opened with a story more or less about Clara I was like, ugggggh. She and Twelve venture to a world made of quartz where bad things are happening and Clara has an existential crisis and then saves the day. Probably. The second story, with Eleven, is a sort of cute play on Free Comic Book Day wherein some alien being hijacks the giving away of free books to force people to read his book and there are some terrible jokes about reading and authors in there. The last story, with Ten, is probably the best of the bunch. In it, he and his companion throw their muddy clothes in the laundry and then the mud becomes sentient. Ish. It’s short and to the point and still gets in some cute original run jokes, so it wins in my book. And now I’m feeling a hankering to go watch some Donna episodes. I miss Donna.
Terrible Lizard, by Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss
This one I read first of my stash and loved absolutely the most. It opens with a couple of full-page, color-saturated illustrations of a city under attack by strange creature, and then pops back a week to a teenage girl kicking back and eating cereal. As you do. Said girl, Jess, gives us some backstory on the military or military-adjacent research lab her dad works for, and then she literally skateboards into it just in time (ha) for a freak time accident that brings her face-to-face with a very very large dinosaur. The T-Rex is dealt with in a not really unexpected way, but then at the end it turns out that there’s more to this event than meets the eye. I loved the artwork and the story in this issue, and I will definitely be putting the trades on my library order.
Did you get any better comics on Free Comic Book Day? Let me know!