AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA, BARRIER #1, CRUSH, THE MALL #0 and RELAY #0.
All were enjoyable reads. The standout is probably Zac Thompson, Andy Clarke, and Donny Cates and RELAY #0 from AfterShock Comics. A full issue with a highly intriguing story and beautiful art! I’ll be along for the full ride. Svetlana Chmakova’s CRUSH is a top contender for for standout as well. It’s a preview to a forthcoming graphic novel of the same name and it has me wanting to seek out the previous two OGNs, AWKWARD and BRAVE, from Yen Press. THE MALL #0 was pretty fun as well, and I think I will collect that series when starts this summer from Scout Comics. And of course BARRIER #1 (of 5) by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin and Munsta Vicente from Image Comics was a very nice treat bring the one-time digital comic to the printed page.
ASTRO CITY: a VISITORS GUIDE, BREATHLESS #2, BUZZ KILL TPB, FEAR AGENT – VOL. 1 TPB, SLEEPER: BOOK ONE TPB and SQUARRIORS #3.
I wanted to dive deeper into the back issue boxes at my LCS, but I just couldn’t resist a few trade paperbacks of older material that I’d been wanting to read, especially BUZZ KILL (Donny Cates!) and SLEEPER (Brubaker & Philips!!!). Rick Remender & Tony Moore’s FEAR AGENT has always been on my radar and now Image Comics is doing a series of four chunky collected editions in 2018.
Overall, I’d say this was my best FCBD yet! I imagine they’ll continue to get better with each passing year given the high caliber of output pretty much all the talented creators and better publishers are putting out these days.
I wish I had grabbed the Spider Man issue!
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