With spring in the air and a new Marvel movie in theaters, it's time for the 16th annual Free Comic Book Day! On Saturday, May 6, 2017, comic book stores in North America and all around the world will be giving away free comics. With 50 titles from a wide range of publishers including Marvel, DC Comics and Image Comics, this is a can't-miss event for any comic fan and a great way to introduce readers of all ages to the wide world of comics.
Now, CBR has your guide for the Free Comic Book Day comics you need to pick up! While the selection and availability of titles will vary from store to store, these comics are some of the best bets for new readers and seasoned collectors alike.View article on one page
15ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
While Marvel's other Free Comic Book Day release might grab headlines, "All-New Guardians of the Galaxy" sets the stage for two highly-anticipated Marvel team titles. In the comic's lead feature, Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina set the stage for their new series, "All-New Guardians of the Galaxy." Fresh off of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2," Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Racoon and Groot return to far corners of the Marvel Universe with the Nova Corps hot on their trail. With a solid art team, Duggan's lighter take on superheroics should make this an accessible jumping-on point for fans of the Guardians' cinematic adventures.
Then, Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor bring Marvel's street-level heroes together for the long-awaited debut of "The Defenders." Fans of Marvel's Netflix shows won't want to miss this story, where Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up to defend Hell's Kitchen. Marquez and Ponsor are one of the best art teams at Marvel right now, and Bendis, who co-created Jessica Jones, has always excelled with street-level heroes and team books, so expectations are high for this upcoming series.
With Wonder Woman set to make her solo cinematic debut in this summer's "Wonder Woman," 2017 will be a big year for DC's Amazon Princess. On Free Comic Book Day, DC will give readers a chance to catch up with Diana's adventures in "Wonder Woman Special Edition" #1, by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott and Romulo Fajardo Jr. This book follows Diana and her future partner Steve Trevor in the days leading up to their first meeting on the shores of Themyscira, the Amazons' island paradise.
While this comic was originally published as "Wonder Woman" #2 last year, "Wonder Woman: Special Edition" is a great way to jump into DC Rebirth, an ongoing effort that's reinvigorated all of DC's superhero comics. During his acclaimed run on "Wonder Woman" in the mid-2000s, Rucka became one of Diana's definitive writers. With dynamic art from Scott and Fajardo, that deep understanding of the character is on full display here in an accessible form. For younger readers, DC will also be offering a preview of Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat's upcoming graphic novel "DC Super Hero Girls: Summer Olympus."
13TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Since 2011, IDW Publishing has produced some of the best "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comics ever. With a line of titles including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and several miniseries, IDW has worked influences from every incarnation of the Turtles into a massive ongoing epic. With revised origins and the input of Turtles' co-creator Kevin Eastman, the Heroes in a Half-Shell have fought familiar foes like the Shredder and Krang in this well-regarded reboot.
On Free Comic Book Day, IDW is offering "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Prelude to Dimension X," by Tom Waltz, Eastman and Cory Smith. This all-ages adventure sets up the Turtle's upcoming space-based adventure in this year's crossover, "TMNT: Dimension X." While a defeated Krang awaits trial for his crimes in Dimension X, a mysterious assassin has set his sights on the Turtles and the rest of Krang's enemies. For fans of Nickelodeon' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," this comic is a perfect jumping-on point.
12BETTY & VERONICA/RIVERDALE
For the last several years, Archie Comics has had a sustained creative renaissance that's turned Archie and his friends into some of the most exciting characters in comics. Although both of their Free Comic Book Day offerings are reprints, both comics give readers a chance to step into Archie's bold new world. Their main release is a reprint of last year's "Betty & Veronica" #1, by Adam Hughes and José Villarrubia. In this beautifully illustrated issue, the limits of Betty and Veronica's friendship are tested when a new coffee shop threatens to take over Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
Archie's other Free Comic Book Day offering is a prelude to the CW's hit series "Riverdale." This special reprints two short stories from this year's "Riverdale" one-shot, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Brian E. Paterson, James DeWille, Elliot Fernandez and Thomas Pitilli. These two tales show the lurid details of how Archie and Veronica spent their summers before she arrived in Riverdale.