As The Quarterbin reported a few days ago, last Saturday was FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, in which comic shops and publishers worked together to give away free issues to the general public. Hit the jump for a rundown of this year’s swag.
BROKEN TRINITY: PRELUDE (Top Cow)
As far as I can tell, BROKEN TRINITY: PRELUDE combines several characters from the Top Cow universe, most notably Jackie Estacado from THE DARKNESS (you may also know him from the video game of the same name) and the ladies of WITCHBLADE. I haven’t read WITCHBLADE since I was a kid, but the refresher course was pretty neat, and reminded me that I used to be a fan of this series. Especially when they did that crossover with Lara Croft of Tomb Raider… that was awesome. All in all, a good way for comic readers to ease into some of Top Cow’s most famous properties.
HELLBOY: THE MOLE/BISHOP OLEK’S DEVIL/OUT OF REACH (Dark Horse)
Three short HELLBOY stories are contained within this single issue, which is appropriate given that a Hellboy movie and video game are due out this summer. This is perfect marketing for Dark Horse, though as someone who is not a regular HELLBOY reader, the second two stories had me feeling a little lost. I would have liked to see more self-contained stories in the HELLBOY universe, but I wasn’t so confused that I didn’t want to read more. Luckily, I’ve got some time before the movie to catch up on the trades, which happened to be 20% off this weekend.
Honestly, this “issue” was pretty much just a lot of advertising for various other issues of the Marvel heroes. There’s no actual story to be found here, so it certainly didn’t do much to suddenly make me a Hulk fan. Although having seen the Iron Man movie this weekend, he can do very little wrong right now, in my book. I just think Marvel could have done a lot more by making a short, self-contained issue with the upcoming film stars instead of merely attempting to point readers in the direction of other comics.
IGNATZ stands for “International Graphic Novels At Their Zenith”, and this issue includes previews for several upcoming books from publisher. However, unlike Marvel, they did it right, and instead of blatant advertising, included a handful of what can be described as “micro-stories” that intrigued me enough to want to read more. Some were better than others, of course, but I may have to keep an eye out for upcoming IGNATZ books.
TINY TITANS (DC)
It is exactly what it looks and sounds like: the Teen Titans, only, well… tiny. Not only are they trying to be pint-sized superheroes, but they’re also dealing with the trials and tribulations of childhood. It’s not the deepest read, but it’s still adorable and charming. Clearly meant for a younger audience, but enjoyable nonetheless.
My favorite of the Free Comic Book Day bunch. Set in the Marvel universe, this issue contains a lovely tale about X-Man Pixie that is both self-contained and part of a larger story. I sometimes forget how much I love the X-Men, and stories like this are there to remind me. The art is part of what makes this issue great, as I was spellbound by Greg Land’s artwork and the way Pixie was depicted. This issue just reminded me that I need to get back into X-MEN, as I’ve been a little behind on my superheroes as of late.