Posts Tagged ‘Free Comic Book Day’

COMIC TITLE: Free Comic Book Day: The Tick (2019)
Ian Nichols– Artist
Ian Nichols and Jeff McClelland –Writer
May 4, 2019
New England Comics

tickNot only is today May The 4TH Be With You Day, but today also happens to be a very special day for comic book fans all over the world. That’s right because today is the day that we celebrate all the comic book writers and artists that we have grown to love called Free Comic Book Day. Hopefully, you had the chance to visit your local comic book shop or retailer and you were able to enjoy all the free comics that came out. When I was a kid, there was a short lived animated series called The Tick that was based off of the comic of the same name and I loved it. That is why I chose New England Comics own Free Comic Book Day: The Tick for today’s special post. In the story title Meatloaf Menagerie, Tick and Arthur have just foiled another sinister plan and were about to call it a day until the world’s greatest Tick collector comes along and invites the duo over for dinner. The only problem is what is this guys true motivation and is he up to something. There is that and a couple of other stories included in this free comic so check it out while supplies last.

tick 2What more could you ask for from a Tick comic book, it has a lot of that absurd slapstick humor that we have all grown to love in a short dose. Ian Nichols has been doing this for so long now that it just feels natural and he knows the character very well. The story flows very well and while there is not a ton of action, you don’t really need it to enjoy the comic. One of the stories that I liked in the comic as well is the last story in the comic which features The Tick making references to Jurassic Park as he battles dinosaurs, but then he gets amnesia and thinks he’s a coyote. I thought that story was hilarious when it needed to be while being minorly suspenseful. There’s a couple of other on page pieces in the issue as well, but overall I was very pleased with the comic. The artwork is fantastic as it looks and feels like a Tick comic and that is all I can really ask for and the panels are easy to follow along with. There were a lot of great issues that came out this week and hopefully you’re enjoying them. Check out my grades below:


Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

b-mco-chris-vs-chris_nvy1Listen, I know I am not crazy and I also know that the next Superbowl (which is Superbowl LI) isn’t going to happen for another 274 days (from todays date May 7TH), but there were just too many factors that played a part in me thinking about it. First of all, this weekend saw the official release of Captain America: Civil War (read review here) into theaters and it also happens to be Free Comic Book Day which saw the release of Civil War II as well as a Captain America comic. So with all of this in my face constantly, it made me remember a bet that was waged during SuperBowl 49 between Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord) an they called it Superhero Bowl 49 as Pratt was a Seattle Seahawks fan and Evans a New England Patriots fan. I don’t know why one wasn’t down for last years SuperBowl, but I would love to see it return once again. They made an incredible T-Shirt with proceeds going to charity and they dressed in character for each other’s charities. It was all fun and it was for great causes.

marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline_by_darkmudkip6-d9jhxzl copySo, I thought of a list of teams that I would love to see make the next SuperBowl in hopes that there is an actor from that city that plays a Marvel character. Anthony Mackie, the man who plays Falcon represents The New Orleans Saints. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) all can represent whatever team from the New York/New Jersey area (Jets or Giants). Don Cheadle who plays War Machine represents the Kansas City Chiefs while Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) could represent either the Oakland Raiders or the San Francisco 49ERS (depending on his preference). Chadwick Boseman is from South Carolina so it would be interesting to see what team he picks whether it be Carolina or any of the teams near by. If we go beyond the film, there’s Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) who can represent the Green Bay Packers and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Dave Bautista (Drax) could represent the Washington Redskins. Vin Diesel who plays Groot could also represent either Oakland or San Fran while Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) could represent the Philadelphia Eagles. If we go into the television universe of Marvel, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) could represent the Washington Redskins while Kristen Ritter (Jessica Jones) could represent either the Eagles or the Pittsburgh Steelers (depending on her preference). Meanwhile Mike Colter (Luke Cage) is just like Chadwick Boseman where it depends on his preference as he is also from South Carolina. So, keep all of these options in mind once the football season starts and hopefully they bring back Superhero Bowl once again.