Since next Saturday is the 2017 “Free Comic Book Day”, I’ve culled together a presentation of some of the titles that I am hoping to snag at my participating retailer. I figured since their is one more New Comic Wednesday between now and then, that it would be a good idea to showcase a few titles so you can make sure the place where you purchase your own titles will have them if they are participating in “Free Comic Book Day” at all. If they are not, I suggest that you use this time to peruse the official website of the event to find a store close to you that does. The information comes straight from each companies press items along with the images so let’s get on down to it.
DC COMICS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY:
WONDER WOMAN FCBD 2017 SPECIAL EDITION: New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka and fan-favorite artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector. Paradise has been breached, Ares stirs, and the Amazons must answer with a champion of their own…one who is willing to sacrifice her home amongst her sisters to save a world she has never seen. Wonder Woman’s journey begins in this epic origin story!
(Writer) Greg Rucka, (Artist) Nicola Scott
DC SUPER HERO GIRLS FCBD 2017 SPECIAL EDITION: DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of superhero storytelling that builds character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. This special FCBD issue features an exciting, action-packed story from the upcoming original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SUMMER OLYMPUS that readers of all ages will enjoy.
(Writer) Shea Fontana, (Artist) Yancey Labat
Free Comic Book Day Unleashes THE DEFENDERS & GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!
Details of Marvel’s Silver FCBD Title Revealed!
The biggest heroes, the biggest creators and the biggest stories are coming to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017! Today, Marvel is pleased to officially unveil the first of two, can’t-miss Free Comic Book Day offerings this year. Featuring two thrilling tales, ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1 is the place to be to catch a prelude to two of 2017’s biggest new comics!
First, blast off with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot as they head for the stars and right into an all-new ongoing series! Creators Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina bring you over-the-top action and out-of-this-world adventure as the stage is set for May’s highly anticipated ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1! As this unlikely band of misfits returns to outer space once more, nothing will prepare them for their first run in with the new Nova Corps!
Then, head back down to Earth and the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen as the blockbuster creative team that brought you Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man and Ultimate Spider-Man bring you their next explosive epic in…THE DEFENDERS! Superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as they go head-to-head with the new criminal element in the Marvel Universe. What new player is running things in the underworld? Find out here with a 10-page tale that leads directly into THE DEFENDERS #1 this June!
“Is there a better time to offer fans a sneak peek at the ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series than the same weekend Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters?” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Fans looking for a clean entry into the comic book need look no further. Plus, the creative team behind CIVIL WAR II are giving fans a sneak peek at the criminal mastermind that’s awaiting Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist when they explode out of the gate in THE DEFENDERS #1.”
This May, Free Comic Book Day stretches from the streets of Manhattan to the far reaches of deep space! No fan can afford to miss out on ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1 – available May 6th at participating comic shops everywhere! Plus, look for more information on Marvel’s Gold FCBD title to be revealed in the coming weeks!
ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1
Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; Art by AARON KUDER/IVE SVORCINA & DAVID MARQUEZ/JUSTIN PONSOR; Cover by AARON KUDER & IVE SVORCINA
SECRET EMPIRE & PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN
Come To Free Comic Book Day! Details of Marvel’s Gold Tier FCBD Title Revealed!
New York, NY-February 14th, 2017 – The biggest heroes, the biggest creators and the biggest stories are coming to FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017! Featuring blockbuster lead-in stories for the premier comic event of 2017 and a thrilling new beginning for your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 is your entry into two of the year’s biggest titles!
“Free Comic Book Day is one of the best opportunities available to bring in both new and lapsed fans,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “It’s a chance to set up new stories and status quos, as well as show off new and exciting titles. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to bring two additional original stories to Free Comic Book Day this year. Secret Empire and Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man are poised to be two of the year’s biggest books, and we can’t wait for fans to get a sneak peek at both.
First, the Marvel Universe is under siege from the greatest threat it has ever known! Everything has been leading to this as Nick Spencer and Andrea Sorrentino bring the entire Marvel Universe together for the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE series! UNITED THEY STAND against a common foe, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Defenders, the Champions, the Inhumans, Spider-Man and more must hold together as an unwavering front! Yet even their combined might may not be enough to withstand the awesome power of Hydra!
Then, after his globetrotting adventures Spider-Man has returned to his friendly neighborhood as Chip Zdarsky and Paulo Siqueira present a sneak peek at PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN! A new companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker is back in the Big Apple he’s brought the Ol’ Parker Luck with him! Don’t miss your first taste of this back-to-basics and high-flying ongoing series!
SECRET EMPIRE FCBD #1 joins ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FCBD #1 on Free Comic Book Day to bring you four completely original, can’t-miss tales that will have fans everywhere captivated and talking! Whether it’s the swinging into action with the one-and-only Spider-Man, or getting your first taste of Hydra’s sinister secret plot – no fan can afford to miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles – available May 6th at participating comic shops!
Written by NICK SPENCER & CHIP ZDARSKY; Art by ANDREA SORRENTINO & PAULO SIQUEIRA; Cover by MARK BROOKS
IMAGE COMICS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017:
Image Comics is pleased to announce participation in Free Comic Book Day 2017 with these fun, vibrant, all-ages titles—KID SAVAGE by Joe Kelly and Ilya and I HATE IMAGE COMICS by Skottie Young. Free Comic Book Day will take place Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at participating comic book shops worldwide.
I HATE IMAGE COMICS will be the Gold Level free comic book from Image Comics and KID SAVAGE will be the Silver Level free comic book.
Readers can dive into the first chapter of another heartfelt adventure perfect for the whole family this Free Comic Book Day with KID SAVAGE. Enjoy this sweeping story of survival from Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Ben 10) founder Joe Kelly—who first enchanted readers with the multiple-award winning, I KILL GIANTS—and illustrated by the lauded British cartoonist ILYA. Here readers meet the pioneering “First Family in Space” after they take a catastrophic wrong turn on their maiden voyage. When they crash on a dangerous alien planet their twenty-first century know-how is useless against the harsh environment and survival seems unlikely… Until they meet a strange ally: a mysterious orphan boy, short on temper but big on survival skills.
“Ilya and I have wanted to do this project for a long time and It’s extremely exciting to finally unleash Kid Savage onto the world. Image has been supportive of the book from the instant I mentioned it to Eric, demonstrating their commitment to cool and original all-ages titles. Inspired by my unabashed love for the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of my youth like The Herculoids, I wanted to write an adventure comic that I would have grabbed onto as a younger reader. There’s action, monsters, alien language, a wild boy protagonist and one of the coolest pets I’ve seen in a long time. There are also deep themes of loss, revenge, honor and family running through the book that should hook more seasoned readers as well.”
“This was a chance for Joe and I to build a whole new world, and then to fill it with every sort of weird and wonderful creature imaginable—plus, a few more that no-one could ever have expected! Just wait until you meet the Skinks, a double delight sure to be a future superstar. And Kid Savage himself is a riot. It’s time to get in touch with your most basic natures… Can u feel the Nu Primitive?”
KID SAVAGE is a wild ride through uncharted territory, and everyone is invited along for this unique journey.
After putting up with 25 years of creator-owned content, Gert is turning on her own publisher in Skottie Young’s I HATE IMAGE COMICS, just in time to celebrate this milestone anniversary for Free Comic Book Day. Join Gert as she steps out of the world of I HATE FAIRYLAND and sharpens her battle-axe across some of the most beloved Image titles in history. Heads will roll and limbs will be severed as Gert faces off with a cast of characters so diverse they could only have come from the superstar talent that has made Image the number one publisher of creator-owned comics for two decades and running. Featuring characters from THE WALKING DEAD, SAGA, YOUNGBLOOD, CHEW, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, and many, many more—nobody is safe.
Young said simply: “I got into comics when Image was founded. Now I’m drawing a character I created f’ing all those Images characters up, so yeah, I’m living the dream.”
DARK HORSE COMICS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY:
Visit your local comic shop on May 6, 2017, for Free Comic Book Day 2017! Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce our FCBD Gold Comic featuring James Cameron’s Avatar and Brian Wood’s Briggs Land!
The first tale is a “comic book exclusive scene” that begins to explore some of the yet-untold backstory of Jake Sully as he prepares for the final battle against the humans of the RDA. The second portion of the Gold Free Comic Book Day offering is a tale introducing readers to Brian Wood’s secessionist Briggs family
Sherri L. Smith (Flygirl, Sparrow), Doug Wheatley (King Tiger, Star Wars), and Wes Dzioba (Hack/Slash, Aliens vs. Predator) bring the world of James Cameron’s blockbuster motion picture Avatar to comic book form for the first time ever. Jake Sully seeks to ignite a connection with the Toruk (the majestic great leonopteryx) by remembering the depth of his bond with his twin brother and the stories he shared of the great partnerships of myth and legend.
Moments before the climactic final battle, Jake Sully prepares to embrace his Na’vi destiny and bond with the majestic Toruk – the Great Leonopteryx. Jake remembers the depth of his bond with his twin brother and the stories he shared of epic partnerships of myth and legend. The Avatar Free Comic Book Day story launches the beginning of a new line of Avatar comics and graphic novels, which will start to roll out in late 2017.
Also included in this issue is a new story from the critically acclaimed series Briggs Land, created by Brian Wood (DMZ, Rebels). Briggs Land is nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness that harbors the largest and most secretive antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States, overseen by matriarch Grace Briggs. This story finds Grace confronting an armed militia that is running an opioid ring on her land while she fights to keep her family intact. Werther Dell’Edera (Cobra, Skorpio) and Lee Loughridge (Batman Adventures) illustrate and color the comic. Briggs Land is in development for an AMC television show.
Dark Horse Comics is excited to feature stories from Buffy: The High School Years and Plants vs. Zombies: Unrest in the Old West™ in our all-ages issue for Free Comic Book Day on May 6, 2017!
Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), Yishan Li (Buffy: The High School Years, Paradox Girl), Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess, Neotopia), and Tony Galvan (Gold Digger, Ghost Cop) show us that the #SlayerStruggleIsReal in a new Buffy: The High School Years story. The FCBD all-ages issue finds sixteen-year-old Buffy trying to reconcile her Slayer duties with typical teenage problems—bad luck and demon battling can really destroy a girl’s confidence. Eisner Award–winning writer Paul Tobin (Bandette, The Witcher) and Plants vs. Zombies senior artist Rachel Downing deliver another sidesplitting tale from the hit series Plants vs. Zombies! Our favorite characters take a time-traveling journey to the past, where they learn they must work together to defeat the devious Sheriff Tarnation.
VALIANT COMICS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY:
Valiant is proud to announce that it is joining Free Comic Book Day 2017 with the VALIANT: X-O MANOWAR FCBD SPECIAL – an all-new, Gold-level offering featuring exclusive stories and never-before-seen preludes to the New Year’s must-read new series with X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, Shadowman, Ninjak, Livewire, and a star-studded roster of Valiant’s most formidable heroes present and future!
It all starts here on May 6th, 2017 with AN ALL-NEW PRELUDE to X-O MANOWAR #1, the biggest Valiant debut of all time, from visionary storyteller Matt Kindt (DIvinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of blockbuster interior artists that includes Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn)!
Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.
But that was a lifetime ago.
Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.
But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!
Then: comics superstar Jeff Lemire (Inhumans vs. X-Men, Black Hammer) begins the march toward BLOODSHOT SALVATION – a top-secret new series coming in 2017 – with the FIRST APPEARANCEof A MAJOR NEW CHARACTER in AN EXCLUSIVE FCBD STORY that will forever redefine Bloodshot’s place in a violent world of heroes, soldiers, and survivors!
Plus: FAITH… HARBINGER RENEGADE… NINJAK… PSI-LORDS… ARCHER & ARMSTRONG… SECRET WEAPONS… RAI… SHADOWMAN… WAR MOTHER… And surprise revelations for HARBINGER WARS 2! Be here on May 6th, 2017 as Valiant’s powerhouse heroes come together to begin their biggest year yet with a stunning series of stories, sneak peaks, teasers, and more – only in the VALIANT: X-O MANOWAR FCBD SPECIAL, featuring brand-new cover art by X-O MANOWAR series launch artist and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello!
“Each year, our creators pour an incredible amount of vision and effort into Valiant’s Free Comic Book Day releases, but 2017 might just go down as Valiant’s single biggest FCBD yet,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “From a spectacular new entry point into Matt Kindt’s landmark X-O MANOWAR ongoing series to the beginning of a seminal new series with BLOODSHOT SALVATION by Jeff Lemire, this truly will be a launchpad for the next year of Valiant stories, and a phenomenal introduction to the best-reviewed publisher in the industry today.”