Just in case you might have forgotten, today is “Free Comic Book Day” and this is the once a year event that takes place on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book retailers. It’s a wonderful day for fans of the medium, and its name pretty much describes what happens and its the chance to get a nice stack of free comic books. I’ve been supporting this initiative for a few years now and cannot wait to head over to my local retailer. Here are some of the items that I am interested in getting copies of. The art and premise were all culled from the Official FCBD website which I’ve linked below for your own assistance. Here we go.
Avengers/Captain America: Free Comic Book Day 2018 is your perfect chance to dive into the Marvel Universe! With a story from Jason Aaron and art by Sara Pichelli, Marvel’s FCBD title debuting this May features stories that set the stage for an epic new direction in the Marvel Universe. (W) Jason Aaron, Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Sara Pichelli, Leinil Francis Yu
FYI this is the back cover of the flip-book.
Amazing Spider-Man: New creative teams. New series. New directions. New beginnings. Fans will be able to read the first Amazing Spider-Man story from Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley in the Amazing Spider-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy Free Comic Book Day issue! (W) Nick Spencer (A) Cliff Rathburn (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
From DC Comics:
DC Superhero Girls: Featuring a chapter from the original graphic novel, DC Super Heroes: A Date with Disaster (NOV170216)! Catwoman is out on the prowl one night when – KABOOM! – an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs rouses the heroes from their slumber. Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could’ve prepared Batgirl for what they see next: Batgirl’s dad out on a date!? DC Super Hero Girls Free Comic Book Day 2018 #1 is written by Shea Fontana with art and cover by Yancey Labat. (W) Shea Fontana (A/CA) Yancy Labat
From Image Comics:
Barrier #1: From the Eisner Award-winning team behind The Private Eye, Barrier is an unconventional drama about violence, language and illegal immigration with a shocking sci-fi twist. After debuting on PanelSyndicate.com, this critically acclaimed five-part miniseries finally comes to print exclusively from Image Comics. And to help celebrate everything that makes serialized comics great, the massive, 53-page first issue will be available to mature readers for free on Free Comic Book Day, with the next four issues being released weekly throughout the rest of May! Printed in its original “landscape” format (side-stapled for convenient shelving!) and graced with gorgeous cardstock covers, each comic is meant to be a durable work of art, and there are no plans for these print issues to ever be collected, so the only way to own your own copies of this groundbreaking story is by supporting your friendly neighborhood comic shop! Mature Readers. (W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Marcos Martin
Street Angels Dog: What happens when the deadliest girl alive meets man’s best friend? Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez and her new dog pal go on a rampage… of fun! They play dress-up, skateboard, fight ninjas, skateboard, fight monsters, race robot cars to the death, fight bullies, and teach each other the value of family. It’s Jesse’s fourth best day ever! Unfortunately, even fourth best days ever must end. Don’t worry – the dog lives. Teen (W) Jim Rugg, Brian Maruca (A/CA) Jim Rugg
From IDW Publishing:
Star Wars Adventures: In this all-new story set before Star Wars: A New Hope, feared bounty hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM finally have two of the biggest scoundrels in the galaxy in their sights! Timed to follow hot on the heels of Star Wars Day 2018! (W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Derek Charm
Transformers: Unicron: Not a whimper, nor a bang-the end comes with a squall of entropy shrieking from the ravenous maw of death itself. The message is clear: Unicron has arrived. The Transformers lock into a desperate bid to save Rom’s homeworld from the world-killer – but why has Unicron chosen this world on his path to Cybertron… and Earth? The biggest story in the history of Transformers starts now: for Unicron’s arrival can mean nothing less than the end of a universe. (W) John Barber (A) Alex Milne (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
From Valiant Comics:
Shadowman Special: Superstar writer Andy Diggle and high-octane artist Stephen Segovia present an all-new introduction to Shadowman as Jack Boniface reemerges from the Deadside to reclaim his birthright… and forges a new legend of magic, might, and malice for the long-awaited return of Valiant’s most-demanded hero! Then, jump on board the seismic comics event of 2018, Harbinger Wars 2, as writers Matt Kindt and Eric Heisserer and artists Tomas Giorello and Raul Allen plunge X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, the Harbinger Renegades, Livewire, and the whole of the Valiant Universe into an epic power struggle with the potential to tear America apart! (W) Andy Diggle, Matt Kindt, Eric Heisserer, Various (A) Stephen Segovia, Tomas Giorello, Raul Allen, Various (CA) Roberto de la Torre
The Tick: Foretold by Ben Edlund himself, in the now-legendary 1980’s Tick trading cards set, comes a tale you never expected to read! Wandering into an ancient village on a one-eyed horse, The Tick must make a stand against dark magic, enemy hordes, incredible beasts and the unknown itself! His reward: ACTION! (And also a mysterious jewel the size of a truck.) From a lost Ben Edlund plot comes a story of swords, sorcery, and… spoons?! (W) Jeff McClelland (A) Ian Nichols
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Nothing much to add here since I’m planning on sharing images from my local shop once I get around to going there. Hopefully I will get copies of these ones that I’ve mentioned. I will admit I was a tad disappointed in the DC Comics offerings as being only one book for the younger audiences. No Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman? Come on guys. Fine with the Marvel offerings as they are topical with “Avengers” and “Spider-Man” getting brand new launching series this month and coming. I was interested in more of course but these rang out the loudest to me as I was assembling my narrative. Remember to hit the official website to see what is around and arrive at your local retailer early since this stuff is first come first served and while supplies last. Also, there is a LOT of free digital comics available on Comixology so if you don’t have an account there yet I suggest that you create one. I’ve linked them below as well for your convenience.