Thursday, May 11, 2017

Comic Haul 5/6: Free Comic Book Day

This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, and I visited a few places for the event and received an online order! Check out my comic haul for this week!

As is the custom for this time of year. the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. Stores all over celebrate the day with big sales, special events, and of course... free comic books. The free books are typically ones that are sent to the stores to hand out, so you'll see the same books among all stores. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as most places will limit how many of the free books you can take. The store I visited, Comic Quest in Evansville Indiana, limited you to six books.

Recent Purchases

I took Comic Quest up on their six book offer and picked up these. I was unable to attend FCBD last year due to circumstances beyond my control, so I was pleased to see that they still had some of the comics left over from last year.

The comics shown here other than the bottom two were the new ones from this year. I picked up the Star Trek: The Next Generation comic on a suggestion from my good friend Dan Brown [Twitter | Blog], and boy was he right. It was easily the best free comic out of the bunch for me.

I also bought this Street Fighter comic with a cover done by Rob Porter [Twitter | Deviantart]. I follow him on Twitter and I think his art is stunning. He can draw some sexy women, let me tell you.

It's no secret that I'm a big Chun-Li fan, so the chances were high I would have bought this anyway. However, you put some Rob Porter art on the cover and it's a guaranteed sale from me! I should really get his other covers.

Buying a Pop Vinyl figure is kind of a tradition for my friend Dan when we go on one of these trips. I, on the other hand, just buy Pops whenever I see one that strikes my fancy! I couldn't leave Comic Quest without this little Jill Valentine Pop figure done up in her classic style.

After exhausting Comic Quest, we journeyed to a comic shop we had never visited before called Secret Headquarters. I must say, I was very impressed with this store. While it certainly doesn't have the scope Comic Quest has, it still managed to wow me with a large selection of vintage carded action figures, old video games, and a decent selection of back issues. It even has an arcade in it!

While there I picked up this Spider-Gwen Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue for relatively cheap. Relatively cheap being $65 plus tax. I feel like such a Spider-Gwen poser as I have never read a single comic with her in it, nor do I even know her origin or what the character is all about. What I do know is that I love the design of the costume, so take my money.

She's pretty cool because you can swap out her head with a masked version. I appreciate the option because I feel like some companies would probably just release a second statue of the different head so you have to buy both. The only issue I have with the statue is that she's leaning really far back, to the point that I feel like she's going to tip over backwards. She hasn't tipped on her own yet, but I feel like it's just a matter of time.

Speaking of statues, I bought this Captain Marvel statue at my local shop Campus Comics the day before Free Comic Book Day. It's a Gallery statue, so it's even cheaper than the Bishoujo statue I bought. It ran me $40, which is pretty nice. Gallery statues aren't high end or anything, so you can get a nice display piece for really cheap. It's a great way for someone to get a statue without having to spend a fortune.

This one looks nice next to my much larger Ms. Marvel Bowen statue. Actually, It makes it look even smaller in comparison. Maybe I should move it.

Also, the day before Free Comic Book day, I received a small order from My Comic Shop. I thought I would try to clear out a few oddities on my wishlist and I set myself with a pretty low budget to get a few.

First up is Avengers #4 Vol. 3. This is the first appearance of Carol Danvers as Warbird. Ms. Marvel is one of my favorite characters, so I have been buying up her first appearances where she went by different identities. Still trying to get the first appearance of her Captain Marvel costume from Avenging Spider-Man! It's just so expensive, though!

Here is a Todd McFarlane cover of Marvel Comics Presents featuring Excalibur! Again, I'm a fan of all things by Todd McFarlane, so I grabbed this comic online. This is #32 of the series.

I don't really have much to say about this one. I like the art a lot, but I don't really have any real affinity for Excalibur.
Then I bought the first four issues of JSA Classified which has another one of my favorite DC characters in it: Power Girl! These are done by Amanda Conner, who has a style I really enjoy. Her art is really great, especially on Power Girl.

I also bought a few other comics online but I don't want to mention what they are just yet because I plan on writing an article about them. But other than that, those were my purchases for this week! Free Comic Book Day was an overall success!

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