Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, but with so many titles on offer it can be hard to know what’s available. Fear not. We’ve done all the legwork for you. And contained within this list of the 50 titles available for FCBD are some stories you’re not going to want to miss.
For instance, Marvel Comics will be getting a fresh start this year, and you can get in on the ground floor with The Avengers. Additionally, Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s Barrier starts its journey into print with a massive 53-page issue. There’s also plenty of anthologies and more story and character primers than you can shake a stick at.
As always, FCBD offerings are subject to availability. Be aware that not every comic shop carries all 50 titles, and that the comics themselves aren’t free to retailers. As a result, there’s usually a cap to the number of comics you can leave with. Keep all of that in mind and your FCBD festivities should be happy and plentiful this Saturday, May 5. Happy hunting!
Told from the perspective of Pop Tate, this is a side story to The CW’s hit drama Riverdale that follows four tales overheard at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
(W) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Ross Maxwell, Will Ewing (A) Joe Eisma (CA) Photo
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Special
This special ties into the Shattered Grid arc and sees Zordon turn to the Morphin Masters for help in defeating Lord Drakkon, an evil version of Tommy Oliver from another reality.
(W) Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott (A) Diego Galindo (CA) Jamal Campbell
Dark Horse Comics
In Overwatch, Zarya’s uneasy alliance with an omnic hacker forces her to reassess her views on the robot race. Then, in Black Hammer, a group of teenage superheroes in the distant future explore the history of Black Hammer Farm.
(W) Andrew Robinson, Joelle Sellner, Jeff Lemire (A) Wilfredo Torres (A/CA) Kate Niemczyk
DC Super Hero Girls #1
Featuring a chapter from the graphic novel DC Super Heroes: A Date with Disaster, this issue sees Batgirl and Lois Lane investigating an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs, only to find that Commissioner Gordon is… going on a date?
(W) Shea Fontana (A/CA) Yancy Labat
Comics Friends Forever
:01 First Second
Comics Friends Forever is an anthology that celebrates kid's comics and all things girl power, and features work from Vera Brosgol, Hope Larson, Charise Mericle Harper, Ben Hatke, Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham.
(A) Hope Larson, Ben Hatke, Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (A/CA) Vera Brosgol
Transformers: Unicron: The Darkest Hour #0
Unicron arrives in this issue, which sees the Transformers try to uncover why the world-eater has targeted Rom’s homeworld and, perhaps, a way to stop its advance.
(W) John Barber (A) Alex Milne (CA) Sara Pitre-Durocher
This 53-page first issue introduces readers to Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s sci-fi tale of violence, language and illegal immigration. This is also the first time the story has been put into print.
(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Marcos Martin
Disney Princess: Ariel Spotlight
Disney Princess: Ariel Spotlight puts the focus on the Disney’s famous mermaid with a collection of fan-favorite strips and new adventures.
(W) Paul Benjamin, Patrick Storck, Geoffrey Golden, Megan Kearney, Amy Mebberson (A) Egle Bartolini, Dylan Bonner, Brianna Garcia, Chris Dreier, Wes Dzioba, Paul Little (A/CA) Amy Mebberson
Marvel Avengers/Captain America
Everything old is new again in this FCBD issue that is slated to introduce a brand-new direction for the Marvel Universe.
(W) Jason Aaron, Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Sara Pichelli, Leinil Francis Yu
Invader Zim: Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy
Invader Zim returns in this story that sees the incompetent conqueror watching an extremely bad television show called Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy.
(W) Jhonen Vasquez (A) Warren Wucinich, Fred Stresing (CA) Aaron Alexovich
Doctor Who #0
Doctor Who #0 recounts the tales of three different generations of Doctors who tackle threats ranging from planetary conquerors to late-night diners.
(W) Nick Abadzis, John Freeman, George Mann, Jody Houser (A) Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean, Christopher Jones, Mariano Laclaustra, Rachael Stott (CA) Photo
Pokémon: Sun And Moon/Pokémon: Horizon
In Pokémon Horizon, Akira’s vacation to the Alola region turns to disaster when his Rockpuff is kidnapped and his dreams are seemingly at stake. In Pokémon: Sun and Moon, Sun and Moon dream of different lives, but their paths cross when they run afoul of the infamous Team Skull.
(W) Tenya Yabuno, Hidenori Kusaka (A/CA) Satoshi Yamamoto
Strangers In Paradise XXV #1
A brand-new Stranger in Paradise story starts with this issue, which sees Francine and Katchoo discover that a former Parker Girl is writing a tell-all book. That won’t do, so Katchoo enlists the help of her mercenary sister to stop the book from being published.
(W) Terry Moore (A/CA) Terry Moore
Miraculous Adventures Of Ladybug And Cat Noir
Action Lab Entertainment
Superheroes Lady Bug and Cat Noir return for another adventure.
(W) Various, Thomas Astruc, Nicole D'Andria (A) Various (CA) Brian Hess
A space traveler arrives on a distant world stuck in the Dark Age and offers them a tantalizing opportunity -- activate The Relay and spread conformity of ideas, progress and technology across the stars.
(W) Zac Thompson (A/CA) Andy Clarke
Howard Lovecraft’s Big Book of Summer Fun!
Howard Lovecraft embarks on another adventure that acts as a prelude to his big screen debut, Howard Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness.
Worlds Of Aspen Anniversary Edition
This collection packs two big Aspen Comics debuts for the price of none. Nu Way follows Zihao, a warrior literally fighting his way out of the slums for the chance to become a famed gladiator. Dissension tells the story of a young woman using long-dormant power to fight back against a group of tyrannical fallen angels.
(W) J. T. Krul, Jordan Gunderson (A) Alex Konat, Jordan Gunderson (CA) John Starr
Lady Mechanika learns a valuable piece of information that puts her one step closer to uncovering the origins of her mechanical limbs in this short, 13-page story.
(W) Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen (CA) Beth Sotelo (A/CA) Joe Benitez
Bongo Comics Free-For-All
Bart seeks out adventure on a hot day, Milhouse finally gets even, Lisa becomes and clown and Kang and Kodos abduct the wrong person in this anthology.
(W) Matt Groening (A/CA) Matt Groening
Adventure Time: Fionna And Cake Special
The world of Adventure Time gets genderbent in this story that sees Fionna and Cake recollect on some of their favorite adventures, then dive right into the next!
(W) Grace Kraft (A) Christine Larsen (CA) Ayme Sotuyo
Die Kitty Die: I Love You To Death
This very meta issue sees Kitty Ravencraft kick the bucket. But will she stay dead, or will the prospect of leaving her friends to fend for themselves in future Free Comic Book Days reel her back from the grave?
The Borealis have arrived on Earth, ready to wipe out humanity. It might be an easy job if it weren’t for the might of Chapterhouse Comics’ superhero roster.
(W) Van Jensen (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) John Gallagher
The Legend Of Korra/Nintendo’s ARMS
Dark Horse Comics
In The Legend of Korra, the eponymous hero meets a new sidekick and tasks Meelo with tracking down some lost pets. Nintendo’s ARMS sees one of the video game’s main characters fight their way to glory -- and through 599 other contenders.
(W) Michael Dante Dimartino, Ian Flynn (A) Joe Ng (A/CA) Jayd Ait-Kaci
Dark Planet Comics
Vampires get what’s coming to them in this story about a master thief and a mysterious bar of silver.