Free Comic Book Day 2019: The Best of the Silver Comics

Following up my thoughts on the gold comics from today’s Free Comic Book Day giveaways, here are the handful of silver titles I recommend. A Sheets Story (Lion Forge) — A short story in the world of Brenna Thummler’s Sheets graphic novel, about a laundromat girl and her ghost friend. Marjorie, her father, and her younger brother are going to visit grandmother, and Marjorie’s feeling the pain of awkward adolescence. It’s a complex story that unfolds in unexpected ways, and […]

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Mera: Tidebreaker

My review of Mera: Tidebreaker is now posted at Good Comics for Kids. Short version: I liked it. As the first DC Ink release, launching their line of young adult graphic novels, it’s a good showing (and a lot better than Super Sons: The PolarShield Project, the first DC Zoom title for middle grade readers). Although the story structure is familiar — either to fans of star-crossed, fighting family romances or the comic book characters — the telling is entertaining, […]

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The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day

The sixth installment of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series revolves around a major, life-changing event. Kristy’s mom is getting married, which means Kristy is moving to a new, bigger house in a different neighborhood. The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day is by Gale Galligan, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin. The club is now made up of six members, and Kristy worries about how she’ll stay president once she moves. She’s counting on having one last […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2019: Thoughts on Gold Comics

Tomorrow, May 4, is this year’s Free Comic Book Day. Visit a participating comic shop near you to get one or many free comic books (depending on the store) from a selection of over 50 choices. As Diamond Distributors says, Founded on the belief that there is a comic book for every person out there, FCBD offers a huge selection of 51 free titles designed to appeal to a broad range of age levels and their tastes. You can find […]

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Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 3

Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu volume 3 is another enjoyable entry in the series about modern Japanese restauranteurs serving their cuisine to medieval Germans. Reading it is a comfortable escape, with lots to tickle the imagination and tastebuds. It’s based on light novels by Natsuya Semikawa, adapted and illustrated by Virginia Nitouhei. As one might expect at this point in the series, we continue moving away from the simple “one chapter, a new situation and character, one dish” structure. We’ve begun to […]

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Marvel Digital Originals Are Hard to Keep Track Of

Various publishers have smartly created digital comics to tie into popular movies or video games. In addition to providing obvious starting points (sometimes a huge problem for superheroes with decades of history and multiple titles), they also mean a better chance of getting a hit when someone is randomly typing in a search online. The problem with these comics is that they can’t really change anything or do anything significant with the character. They’re not “real” in the eyes of […]

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A Visual History of Captain Marvel’s Costumes

I’m a bit late posting this, since the movie came out almost two months ago, but it’s always fun to see how a long-lasting character’s outfits have changed over the years, particularly since this is a case where the Captain Marvel movie costume doesn’t quite match any of the comic book ones. (That’s more likely with female characters, of course, since their costumes quite often ignore practicality until it’s time to put it on a real-life woman.) Image Created by […]

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Marvel Promotes Creators But Forgets to Name Them

It’s always a great thing when a corporate comic company remembers that its works are built on the effort of talented creators. So I was impressed to see Marvel announce that they would “celebrate some of the most influential comic creators in Marvel history with a line of Marvel’s Greatest Creators True Believers comics”. (“True Believers” being their name for their $1 comic line of introductory books, emphasizing the cultish nature of their fandom.) The big problem here is that […]

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