It’s that time of year again where comic book enthusiasts get to celebrate their love for the genre! For over a decade, the first Saturday in May has been Free Comic Book Day, a day where participating brick and mortar shops comic book shops around the world open their doors and give away free comics. The catch? There is none! You just need to come in. Each year comic book shops have been upping their game for the day and many are making it a great event with guest artists and writers in attendance, offering other specials beyond free comics and even hiring people dressed up as your favorite comic book hero or villain to entertain!
With 50 books being offered for free, the choice can be a bit daunting on which ones you should pick up, so we decided to poll our comic book experts to help you with your pull list so you’ll be raring to go when the doors open tomorrow!
Here’s what our experts suggest:
‘Avatar the Last Airbender’: Because as always, Avatar!
‘The Tick’: SPOOOOON!
‘TMNT Prelude to Vengeance’: The TMNT ongoing from IDW Publishing has been killing it for the past few years. I’m excited to get a sneak peak at what is coming.
‘Gronk and Friends’: Because Katie Cook isn’t just a great artist and storyteller, but an amazing nice person to boot.
‘Fight Club’: Sure, we’ve seen the movie, and read the book, but the ‘Fight Club’ comic looks like it may be an interesting expansion on a story well-loved in geekdom. I’m very excited to what new angles the comic has to answer, so it is my first pick for Free Comic Book Day.
‘Bob’s Burgers’: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ is a hilarious show, and I’m curious to see if the humor translates without its phenomenal voice actors doing the heavy lifting.
‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’: Sometimes TV shows have the worst comic books, but that has never been the case with ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’. As a collector of every single ‘Avatar’ comic, from the very first time it appeared at Free Comic Book Day, I know this one has promise.
‘Secret Wars’ #0 and ‘The All-New All-Different Avengers’ #1: For this year’s FCBD I can’t help but suggest picking up these two. The entire Marvel Universe is currently being upended and these titles are launching the festivities by giving is the first real taste of what is to come as nothing will ever be the same again.
‘The Tick’: If you aren’t a Marvel fan, I would suggest that the humor enthusiasts pick up ‘The Tick’ for a wonderful taste of the absurd.
For those who want something a little more serious Dark Horse has a teaser issue that has previews of ‘The Strain‘, ‘The Goon‘ and most importantly ‘Fight Club 2‘ where Chuck Palahniuk continues his most famous work to date.
‘Jurassic Strike Force 5′: It’s Dinosaurs in Spacesuits fighting bad guys. What more could you possibly want from comics? ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!
‘Fight Club’ (Dark Horse): Acclaimed writer Chuck Palahniuk takes his first foray into comic books with a sequel to his most famous novel (but not the 1999 David Fincher film), ‘Fight Club’. Before checking out the first issue, pick up the FCBD preview from Palahniuk with art by Cameron Stewart, who you may know from ‘Batgirl’.
‘Doctor Who Special’ (Titan Comics): This is a given for any Whovian, but anyone who loves time travel and sci-fi and a charismatic hero should pick up the FCBD offering. New fans get to meet the Doctor, while long-time fans get to revisit some old favorites as we travel through time and space with all-new short stories starring the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith), and the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi). If these stories are half as good as the books that Titan is putting out featuring everyone’s favorite Time Lord, it’ll be worth it to pick this one up, especially if you’re looking forward to the epic crossover event coming this summer where all three of these Doctors meet on the TARDIS for the first time.
‘Avengers’ (Marvel): Obviously, it’s a given that I would recommend a Marvel book. Both of their offerings look like they’ll be pretty awesome, but I’m a sucker for a good team comic. That’s why I’m excited for ‘All-New, All-Different Avengers’. The line-up including Ms. Marvel, Nova, Ultimate Spider-Man, Iron Man, the new Thor, and the new Captain America is an unexpected shake up that is sure to deliver a fantastic and unique take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
And there you have it! The top picks from our very own ScienceFiction.com comic experts. Whether you are a long time comic book reader or new to the world of comic books, Free Comic Book Day is a great event and one that shouldn’t be missed!
Let us know what you picked up and whether you thought our recommendations were spot on!