Free Comic Book Day was this past Saturday, and my haul was a “go big or go home” one. For those of you unfamiliar with Free Comic Book Day, it’s an event hosted nationally in comic shops in North America on the first Saturday in May annually. Free comics are provided at local comic shops and some even run sales on this day. If this is your first time hearing about this, check out the Free Comic Book Day website here and put it on your calendar for next year!
I’ve been in a manga/comic mood lately so I’m excited about the comics that I got and will be posting more in depth reviews on some of them as I read them. This post is going to be a lengthy one, and I’m not even including all the comics I got! You can scroll through to see if any of the titles I bought catch your eye and to read the synopsis for each of them. The entire haul of what I got is a shelf on my Goodreads, if you want to check out more, linked here. If you end up adding any to your To Be Read list or if you already have read any of them, let me know! I’d love to discuss them. Now, let’s begin!
I think a fun part of free comic book day is discovering new comics/graphic novels, so I challenged myself to purchase a few I was not familiar with or had not heard of before. The cover for Jane stood out to me. I read it as soon as I got home and found it was a creative and cute retelling of Jane Eyre. Some parts were still a little unsettling as far as the romance, but that’s true to the feeling of Jane Eyre since it’s not a cute or even healthy romance.
FROM GOODREADS: “A reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre set in present day, written by acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez.
Growing up in a broken home in a small fishing town, Jane dreamed of escaping to art school and following the allure of New York City. When that dream becomes a reality however, it’s not long before she feels out of place by the size of the city and the talent of her peers. She soon discovers her place as she begins to nanny a young girl named Adele, but that is upended when she falls for the girl’s father, Rochester, a sardonic man of power, wealth, and unexpected charm. Jane learns that in the world of New York’s elite, secrets are the greatest extravagance and she’ll have to decide if she should trust the man she loves or do what ever it takes to protect Adele from the consequences of his deception. “Jane on Amazon
I’m a sucker for all things Neil Gaiman. I am looking forward to reading this as it looks fascinating!
FROM GOODREADS: “It is here in Wall that young Tristran Thorn loses his heart to the town beauty–a woman who is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. To gain the hand of his beloved, Tristran rashly vows to fetch the fallen star and embarks upon a lover’s quest that will carry him over the ancient wall and into a world beyond his wildest imagings…”Stardust on Amazon
I skimmed through this already, and am blown away by the art. I can already see it is very graphic, so a warning to the gore-squeamish. The illustrations are breathtaking.
FROM GOODREADS: “BEOWULF tells of the tale of a Scandinavian hero in lands that would become what is now Denmark and Sweden. A monster, Grendel, has arrived in the kingdom of the Danes, devouring its men and women for over a decade until Beowulf arrives to save them.
GARCIA and RUBIN faithfully follow the original story for a new version that is neither revisionist nor postmodern, but captures the tone and important details of the poem, translating its potent, epic resonance and melancholy into a contemporary comic that isn’t standard swords and sorcery or heroic fantasy fare, but rather an ancient story with a modern perspective that remains respectful of the source material.”Beowulf on Amazon
I have no idea who Lou Reed is, but I kept thinking I was pulling up the wrong book on Goodreads because it brought up a blurb about rockstar Lou Reed. Reed wrote an album based on Poe’s the Raven and this book is the visual lyrical book to accompany it. I picked it up because the art looked interesting and I’m a Poe fan. I’ll see how it I like it, seeing as I’m not a fan of the actual music this book adapts into graphic novel -esque format.
FROM GOODREADS: “In 2000, veteran rock ‘n’ roller Lou Reed, legendary director Robert Wilson, and a cast of singers and actors premiered Reeds musical POEtry in Hamburg’s Thalia Theatre.
An ambitious combination of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems and stories and Reed’s reinterpretations of same (with a few classic Reed songs, such as Perfect Day and The Bed integrated for good measure), POEtry bridged the centuries to provide a unique vision of beauty and horror for the dawning 21st century.”The Raven on Amazon
This book is beautiful! For fans of WoW or for fantasy artists this book is a beautiful collection of art pieces collecting the world and characters of World of Warcraft. My favorite aspect of this book is that the portfolio site of each artist is printed below their piece so that you can further check out their art and follow/support them if you really like their art!
FROM GOODREADS: “Celebrating the phenomenon that is World of Warcraft! Featuring hundreds of artists from around the globe, World of Warcraft Tribute showcases professionals and fan artists alike, each paying homage to the most popular MMORPG of all time. Every denizen of Azeroth deserves to have this gorgeous artwork collection in their personal library.”World of Warcraft Tribute on Amazon
Loki. Need I say more.
FROM GOODREADS: “There are two sides to every story. You’ve heard Thor’s — now it’s time to hear Loki’s. Odin’s least favorite son rewrites Asgardian lore from his perspective, featuring the breathtaking painted artwork of Esad Ribic (WOLVERINE). In this story, Loki’s insatiable lust for power, his conflicted sentiments toward Sif, his antipathy toward Balder, and the deep-seated feelings of longing and resentment toward his older brother, Thor, and uncaring father, Odin, will take on new meaning.”Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers on Amazon
I said this would be the year of FCBD that I didn’t accidentally buy comics I already owned… Whoops. I already have the Infinity Gauntlet omnibus. If you haven’t read many comics before and want to know where to start, I think the Infinity Gauntlet arc is a fun one. It can be confusing as there are a lot of elements and characters you won’t be familiar with if you’re coming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it can be fun to compare the comics to the movies to see the stark differences and compare/contract which you like best! I love the comics and really enjoyed what Marvel did with the films, so MCU vs. Comics is a win-win for me!
FROM GOODREADS: “For the dark Titan, Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet was the Holy Grail, the ultimate prize to be coveted above all else. Now, on the edge of Armageddon and led by the mysterious Adam Warlock, Earth’s super heroes join in a desperate attempt to thwart this nihilistic god’s insane plunge into galactic self-destruction.”Infinity Gauntlet on Amazon
I’m not an avid Ghost Rider fan. The last Ghost Rider comic I read was Baby Thanos Must Die with Frank Castle as Ghost Rider… We won’t talk about that further. One of the best/worst things about comic heroes is the reincarnations they take when the mantle is passed to a new hero. I saw the cover of this and immediately grabbed it off the shelf. A female Ghost Rider? I’m down for this ride.
FROM GOODREADS: “The hottest, most rocking thing on two wheels returns! Witness the violent birth of the new Ghost Rider – come to cleanse the earth in a firestorm of blood, oil and vengeance! Johnny Blaze has been chained to Hell long enough. With the world thrown into chaos in the events of FEAR ITSELF, he’s given a chance to rid himself of the Spirit of Vengeance forever – and he takes it. The curse is passed onto a new host, but Blaze has no idea what nightmares his action has wrought upon the world. Will the new Spirit of Vengeance bring us salvation – or send this world of sinners to a flaming death?”Ghost Rider on Amazon
If you’ve made it to the end, thanks for reading! Let me know what you got from Free Comic Book Day or what comics/graphic novels/manga you’re currently reading!