SPIDER-MANDATE: The Lowe-down on "Secret Wars," Tie-Ins and Stacey Lee
by Jeremy Barlow, Peter M. Lenkov, Shaun Simon, Gerard Way, Mac Walters, Garry Brown, Tony Parker, Becky Cloonan, Michael Atiyeh, Michelle Madsen, Dave Stewart (Dark Horse)
Killjoys make some noise! We’ve been waiting an awful long time for The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Gerard Way’s follow-up to the Umbrella Academy, the tie-in to the album of the same name and his team-up with Shaun Simon and the always incredible Becky Cloonan. We’ve listened to the music, watched the video and enjoyed the teases of artwork. But now, today, we can finally head the comic shop, screaming off our heads like, like … like a bunch of teenagers at a My Chemical Romance concert, and feast our souls on the story of Girl’s battle against the tyrannical police state Battery City. The kind of city with mandatory bed times …
But wait — there’s more! Dark Horse’s second FCBD offering (the first features Star Wars and Avatar!) is actually a multimedia extravaganza, an anthology that cuts across the worlds of music, movies and video games. In addition to the Killjoys, there’s a also a new R.I.P.D. tale just in time for the bigger summer movie, and a Mass Effect tale that stars the Seth Green-voiced Joker, who pilots the Normandy. (Voiced in the game, that is; you have to provide your own voices when you read the comic). It’s kinda his secret origin, actually, so if you’re a fan of the game, be sure to check it out. –JK Parkin
by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener
Free Comic Book Day has become inextricably linked with Atomic Robo for me these last few years. It’s exactly the kind of comic I want to give to casual comics fans who are looking for something fun, exciting, and different, so Red 5’s offering is always the one I most look forward to. This year’s no different with Jay Fosgitt’s Bodie Troll joining everyone’s favorite, two-fisted robot. Bodie’s an adorable little monster who only wants to be taken seriously by the folks in his village, but the comic is more than just that one gag. Fosgitt’s built in some hilarious supporting characters and created a comic that’s as sweet as it is funny. It’s different enough from Atomic Robo to give the free comic some variety, but fits perfectly with the adventuresome, all-ages tone.
I’ll be picking up my copy at The Source Comics and Games in Roseville, Minnesota. It’s a large, awesome store that always has a huge FCBD celebration with snacks, giveaways (beside the official free comic offerings), a huge sale, and lots of talent from the Twin Cities’ vibrant comics scene. –Michael May