free comic book day: part 1

This year for free comic book day I found myself in Chicago. Far away from DCBS, my local comic shop, I searched for a shop close to my hotel. What I found was Graham Cracker Comics on Madison ave. Graham Cracker Comics is a quaint shop nestled between a coffee shop and a pizza joint. With a lot of character and substance Graham Cracker Comics was a fun shoo to visit. The only downside was that I could only get three of the books that were available (I havent participated in Free Comic Book day before so I dont know if this is customary or not). I have ordered more from DCBS so on Wednesday I will review the rest of my pick-ups. For now here are the reviews of what I picked up:

 Secret Wars #0

This issue sets up secret wars launch next week by recapping what Jonathan Hickman has been setting up for over a year. It opened with Valeria Richards filling the rest of the Foundation Family on what it is that they are to do during this crisis, all the while bringing the reader up to speed on what they can expect from Secret Wars #1. This issue closed with an incursion bringing two earth worlds together to lock into battle. We learn that the “other” earth is actually the “Ultimates” universe, setting up what should be an epic battle to come in the future. The issue also featured a translated short version of the Avengers Vs. The Titans which I tried to read, but failed

Rating: 5/10

 All-new, All-Different Avengers

This issue written by the fantastic Mark Waid features a short preview of what is to be the new line up for Marvels flagship team. The new lineup is Captain America (sam wilson), Thor (lady thor), Nova, Iron Man, Spider-Man (miles morales), Vision, and Ms. Marvel. This new team feels fresh and works well together. There is a balance between the “veterans” (cap, thor, iron man, and vision), and the “youngsters” (ms. marvel, spider-man, and nova). The story isnt meant to be deep, but rather an introduction to the characters and the new tone of the team. While Hickmans Avengers were dark, brooding and adult feeling (if thats a thing), Waids Avengers feel young and exciting. They seem fresh and less worn out than the older Avengers team. I can’t wait to read more. There was also a short preview of The Uncanny Inhumans, but I didn’t read it.

Rating: 7/10

Fight Club

This issue was also a set up for a series launching later this month. Out of the three that I picked up this was my least favorite. The art by Cameron Stewart was fine, but not up to his usual standards. The writing by Chuck Palahniuk seemed off-balanced and shaky in the best parts. I have pre-ordered Fight Club 2 #1 and after this issue I am hoping I don’t regret it.

Rating: 4/10

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