My Free Comic Book Day grabs:
2000AD (2000AD): I really enjoyed parts of this, but as you’d expect from an anthology comic, some tales seemed significantly better than others. I’d been planning on trying 2000AD for a while, but this didn’t quite push me over the line to adding it to my pull. Some of the stories were good, though:
- Judge Dredd: On the Job: This was alright, but I’ve read better Dredd (Judge Death) and better takes on futuristic journalism (Transmet) so all in all it didn’t blow me away
- The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the Dead Left in his Wake): The first couple of pages were alright; good-looking, standard cowboy fare. It was slowly growing on me until the last couple of pages, when a twist occurs in the story, and the page design really steps up a notch; I’m definitely curious as to how the rest of the series will be. It definitely grabbed my attention.
- Zombo: The Day the Zombo Died: Part One: This was a reasonably creepy concept for a villain, but the OBMOZ character didn’t grip me at all. I’ve never read any Zombo material before, which might have been part of the problem.
- Ro-Busters: Pretty standard Moore sci-fi fare. It was alright, and definitely a pretty good example of the genre, but I didn’t particularly enjoy it that much.
- Future Shocks: The Green Pedestrian Palm: By far the best part of the issue, this was a great short both art- and story-wise.
If you are unsure about putting it on your pulllist you could always check out a few digital progs first. Or have a read of the Forbidden Planet blog Prog Pledge, which gives a new reader’s perspective on jumping into 2000AD. Or track down any graphic novel collections that take your fancy. Basically, lots of different ways to ease into the galaxy’s greatest comic.