Free Comic Book Day consisted of more than Flash hanging out in his ass-tight red jumpsuit apparatus. Some comics were pretty damn good...especially Cap & Thor.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Captain America and Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers
Writer: Roger Langridge
Penciler: Chris Samnee
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Free Comic Book Day has come and gone. The comic nerd's Christmas comes with much anticipation and then seems to pass all too quickly after the gifts of meeting creators at your local shop and getting a few free issues are unwrapped. What remains are the sketches, signatures and of course...the comics.
In years past I did not care much for Free Comic Book Day because Marvel, the publisher I follow the closest, had not released issues by creators I cared about. The Marvel free comic always had the feel of a free comic book: lacking interesting content. I became a bit of a Scrooge towards the day. If these comics were going to be bad, they should not be printed and decrease the surplus population! In years past, I had a bad attitude. But this year...this year was different thanks to two ghosts of comics past.
Thanks to the team of writer Roger Langridge and artist Chris Samnee, Captain America and Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers was created. The team is well know for their beloved Thor: The Mighty Avenger title which was unfortunately canceled due to poor sales. The poor sales were because of the connotation that an "all ages" comic book carries; and so, many people did not give the wonderful book a chance. Personally, I collected every issue and was enjoying the 12 issue run right up until the end. I was disappointed when the fun title was cut, but I kept the faith that Marvel would hear the people's outcry and eventually give the fans more Langridge and Samnee goodness...and they did.
Captain America and Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers feels exactly like that love'n feel'n. Langridge and Samnee brought back the same exact tone and entertainment which they previously captured. Readers got to experience a very child-like loving Thor as he interacts with Jane Foster, and also a heroic Thor as he fights side by side with Captain America against his brother Loki.
Cap and Thor tells a one-shot story (obviously) in which Thor and Cap are magically brought to the past times of Camelot to undo that which Loki has done: captured Merlin and deceived King Arthur. The adventure does well to connect the idea of helping one's family no matter what the family member has done wrong. Jane's brother needs help because of his gambling and Thor's brother needs help from himself and his obsession with power. The issue ends on a nice note which is, of course, "all ages" and family friendly.
This issue is the perfect issue for Free Comic Book Day because it is family friendly: in actual story plot and imagery. Free Comic Book Day is a day that families go to the shop together and share books: child and parent. The tone of the story is playful and yet still caries a message that many families will appreciate.
Captain America and Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers is also a great issue to come-out on May 7th because the Thor movie just hit theaters and the Cap movie is releasing in just another 2 months. Marvel knows how to promote and play. The issue was a "win win" for everyone. Readers got a great book, and Marvel got to promote the characters.
Free Comic Book Day was a lot of fun this year thanks to a great local shop (the Comic Bug), good friends who showed-up and the release of Captain America and Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers.
Oh yeah, that Flash ass was amazing, too.
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Review by: Dom G