Free Comics Book Day Fast Review: 2000 AD, Riverdale and I Hate Image

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Free Comic Book Day, a celebration of the stories, characters and art form that we all love.

Hopefully you all returned from our expedition to your favourite Comic Shops with a well stuffed swag.

Here’s a quick look at the three of the books we picked up today.

2000ad2000AD FCBD Special (2000AD / Rebellion)

Words and Pictures by Pat Mills, Dan Abnett, Phil Winslade, Guy Adam, Kei Zama et al.

2000 AD rockets into this year’s Free Comic Book Day and its 40th Birthday Celebrations with a perfect anthology offering.

This book serves up 5 tasty morsels featuring an offering from many of the great characters which have shocked us with their awesome Thrillpower over the years.

Each story is is a 5 or 6 page taser which leaves you wanting more.

This issue comes out of the gate strong with a Judge Dredd story by Matt Smith and Phil Winslade and follows with the tales of the ABC Warriors, HOPE the Occult Noir Detective, Psi Judge Anderson and everyone’s favourite undead lawman Judge Death.

Each self contained short finishes up with a QR Code beckoning you along with path to Tharg’s next Thrill Powered offering.

It’s a great gateway to world of 2000AD for readers who only know Judge Dredd and the perfect  Free Comic Book Day sampler.

RiverdaleRiverdale FCBD Special (Archie Comics)

Words by Brian E Paterson and James Dewille, pictures by Elliot Fernandez and Thomas Pitilli

Riverdale is the surprise hit TV show bringing the beloved Archie Universe to the small screen on the CW network.

But you probably already knew this.

This two tales in this issue, spotlighting Archie and Veronica, serve as a prequel to the events of the TV series providing backstory and setting the scenes for the events of the show.

Archie by Brian Paterson and Elliot Fernandez introduces us to Riverdale’s version of Archie Andrews, America’s Favourite Teen, and provides some background to the recent bad blood between Archie Andrews and his former BFF Jughead Jones.

Veronica by James Dewille and Thomas Pitilli details the Lodge families fall from grace and expands on the events that saw the high flying New York elite return to small town Riverdale after the dirty dealings of family patriarch Hiram Lodge are exposed.

Both stories are solid additions to the lore and world of the CW show but the Archie story is let down by Fernandez’s art which is more akin to a Marvel House Style than some of the great art we’ve seen from the likes of Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson and Adam Hughes on the current run of Archie books.

If you’re a fan of the show or looking to get caught up on Riverdale this is a fun read but if you’re not sold on the world of Riverdale this probably isn’t going to make you give it a second look.


Words and Pictures by Skottie Young

Boy folks these days sure do seem to love that cartoonish, mischievous Skottie Young art.

Whether it’s the endless supply of Marvel Variants which he creates or his own creator owned IMAGE series I Hate Fairyland, it’s hard to browse the racks of your local comic shop without catching a glimpse of Young’s signature art style.

Young unleashes his murderous pixie Gertrude on the IMAGE Comics pantheon in this year’s IMAGE Comics FCBD Special in a homage to books like Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe.

Gert gets wind of a doorway to escape from the Fairyland dimension where she has been trapped for years.  A doorway whose secret is guarded by the IMAGE Comics Partners; Robert Kirkman, Rob Liefeld, Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen and co.

Her quest for freedom leads her from one side of IMAGE Kingdom to the other butchering anyone who dares to cross her path.  From Rick and Carl Grimes to Lying Cat, Coach Boss and Spawn no one is spared from her axe-wielding fury.

It’s light hearted, tongue in cheek, over the top and gloriously violent and most of all fun.

All these books were published as part of the Free Comic Book Day Initiative. Free Comic Book Day / FCBD is a celebrating of comic book characters and creators which happens on the first Saturday in May every year.  

If you’re lucky you’ll still be able to pick up a copy from your local comic shop or digitally on comixology.