Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) was once again a success according to Diamond Comic Distributors. The celebration of comics resulted in an estimated $4 million in free publicity and an estimated 1.35 million people attending the event.
This year, over 5.2 million comics were distributed at over 2,200 participating comic book shops worldwide on Saturday, May 4th. The FCBD festivities were covered by over 700 TV broadcast stations and several thousand news outlets. It also received exposure on the Reuter’s Board in Times Square. The total coverage created an uptick in press mentions, generating $4 million in free publicity for the event, comic shops, and the comics industry overall.
Word of this year’s event also spread through social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and others. Several thousand tweets referenced Free Comic Book Day on Twitter, resulting in the event trending nationally at the #2 spot on Twitter. FCBD also received support and promotion on social media from celebrities such as Krypton actor, Cameron Cuffe, and soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Free Comic Book Day website recorded over 118,000 unique visitors on the day of the event, exceeding the previous years’ unique visitor count by over 20%.
The total publicity generated helped send an estimated 1.35 million people to comic book shops all across the world, leaving retailers extremely pleased with the outcome of their events. According to a survey of participating Free Comic Book Day retailers by Diamond, 92% of retailers felt “extremely positive” or “positive” with the outcome of their events, and 58% said FCBD was their highest sales receipt of the year.
Next year’s Free Comic Book Day takes place May 2, 2020.
Advent Comics is celebrating 10 years and while they might not have a comic in shops due to work their upcoming comic Facets, that isn’t stopping them from celebrating Free Comic Book Day.
The publisher has released this digital short story to tide fans over until the June release of Facets and you can read it here courtesy and with permission of Advent. You can find them on their website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
AGENT OF C.H.A.N.G.E. – This is the first appearance of the title character that will be playing a BIG part in upcoming stories within the Advent Universe. Enjoy this short Free Comic Book Day story and be on the lookout for more Agent of C.H.A.N.G.E.! Created/Co-Plots/Edits by Tony Kittrell, Written/Co-Plots/Letters by Shawn DePasquale, Art by Eduardo Mello and Colors by Rachel LaChance.
Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2019 features an amazing selection of comic book titles for the industry’s most anticipated annual event which happens Saturday, May 4, 2019 at participating comic book shops worldwide.
Comic shop retailers chose fifty-one titles overall to be available on Free Comic Book Day: twelve Gold Sponsor comics and thirty-nine Silver Sponsor comics that give fans a great opportunity to discover new titles and genres. There will also be two educational support titles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Gemstone Publishing.
We give a verdict on every single comic with a quick review! But, this is always a great chance to check out something new!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019: GOLD COMICS
Archie Comics | RIVERDALE: SEASON THREE SPECIAL
(W) Micol Ostow (A/CA) Thomas Pitilli
See where it all begins in this brand new story based on the smash-hit CW series Riverdale! Micol Ostow (Riverdale: The Day Before) and Thomas Pitilli (Archie) bring fans into the world with a never-before-seen tale that presents all-new drama and intrigue set between episodes of the show! Plus, get a sneak peek at Scholastic’s original Riverdale novels coming soon to comic shops.
Verdict: One for the fans of the popular CW show, it captures the voice and attitude of what makes it entertaining.
BOOM! Studios | WELCOME TO THE WHEDONVERSE
(W) Greg Pak, Jordie Bellaire (A) Ethan Young, Dan Mora, Serg Acuna (CA) Greg Smallwood
The perfect jumping-on point for the Whedonverse with all new stories from the worlds of BOOM! Studios’ hit series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
First, Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his first mate Zoe Alleyne Washburne have a bond that was forged in blood during the war that shaped the ‘Verse…but when the awful secret at the core of that bond is finally revealed and they’re called to answer, the people who love them are left to pick up the pieces. And in the second exclusive story, there’s something evil lurking under Sunnydale High School, namely a gateway to a hell dimension that’s been foretold to destroy the world as we know it. Buffy and the gang have mostly got it under control…as long as everything stays exactly as it is, and we mean zero new plot points, no new characters, and absolutely no twists, turns, or misunderstood prophecies. Easy peasy!
Verdict: A fun read, but as I’m not a fan of either property I’m not the best to give a solid opinion. Still, it’s a must for fans of Whedon’s creations and whats to see what BOOM! is doing with them.
Dark Horse Comics | STRANGER THINGS & BLACK HAMMER
(W) Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Jody Houser (A) David Rubin, Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) Chun Lo
Tales from two diverse worlds!
In Stranger Things, Eleven and the Demogorgon have disappeared from Hawkins, IN. Steve and Nancy try to cheer Mike up, encouraging him to get the adventuring party back together again.
Then, in the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammerseries, Madame Dragonfly takes the reader on an EC-style tour through her mysterious Cabin of Horrors to witness two groups of brand-new Black Hammer heroes from the past!
Verdict: Having never watch Stranger Things, this one didn’t have the impact (see above comments about being for fans of the show) but if you’ve never read Black Hammer, this is a get to see what the praise is all about.
DC Comics | Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
(W) Lauren Myracle, Kami Garcia (A) Gabriel Picolo (A/CA) Isaac Goodhart
When fifteen-year-old Selina Kyle becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become. From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttfn, ttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart, comes a story about a teenage Catwoman as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham City. This FCBD special edition features a chapter from DC Ink’s upcoming original graphic novel, UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE plus a sneak peek at TEEN TITANS: RAVEN, another DC Ink graphic novel by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo.
Please Note: This title includes adult language, scenes of abusive behavior and a scene of animal cruelty. It is recommended for readers ages 15 and up. Resources for preventing self-harm and abuse are included in the back of the book.
Verdict: A recent graphic novel release, this is perfect for folks wanting to see if their younger reader would be interested in the full graphic novel or if it’s appropriate at all for them.
IDW Publishing | TMNT: CASUALTY OF WAR
(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz (A/CA) Dave Watcher
The road to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 100th issue begins! New York City has just erupted into war as Splinter battles Karai for control of the Foot Clan with the Turtles caught in the middle! Find out how the Turtles got to this point as they battle some of their fiercest foes in this special FCBD offering!
Verdict: You’re dropped into the action at first and then things are explained as to what you’ve missed. A decent TMNT story but it’s really for those who want to get in to the upcoming “City at War” storyline.
Image Comics | DEADLY CLASS: KILLER SET
(W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Wes Craig
It’s not Summer Break yet! FCBD fans will be treated with a special one-shot standalone Deadly Class story. Readers of the ongoing comic series by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, viewers excited about SYFY channel’s adaptation from Executive Producers the Russo Brothers (directors of Avengers: Infinity War), and new readers alike, will enjoy entering the world of King’s Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.
Verdict: The fact it’s a one-shot is great and it definitely gets you in to the series. If you’ve seen the SyFy show or heard how great the comic series is, grab this one as it’s just a solid entry overall.
Marvel Comics | THEAVENGERS
(W) Jason Aaron, Gerry Duggan (A) Stefano Caselli, Mike Deodato (CA) Ed McGuinness
Free Comic Book Day 2019 is the perfect chance to dive deep into the Marvel Universe with new stories and exciting adventures alongside some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators – and this year, Marvel is bringing you the biggest and boldest stories yet! FCBD AVENGERS #1 features a story by industry superstars Jason Aaron and Stefano Caselli that sets the stage of the main Avengers series just in time for Marvel’s highly anticipated movie Avengers: Endgame, while an all-new thrilling 10-page tale from Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato creates one of the most unique, dynamic, and deadly versions of the Avengers ever- the Savage Avengers!
Verdict: The initial story ISN’T hype for the current War of the Realms event but what comes after. This one will get folks talking with the reveals. The Savage Avengers teaser is good and should get people interested in the new series. Absolutely one for Marvel fans or those with an interest in seeing what’s up.
Titan Comics | DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR
(W) Jody Houser (A) Giorgia Sposito (CA) Photo, Will Brooks
Jump aboard the TARDIS with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and her companions on Free Comic Book Day! A perfect introduction to the hit new series from Eisner-nominated comics writer Jody Houser, where readers leap through time and space in fun, fast-paced adventures!
Verdict: Titan’s Doctor Who comics are always fun and to get a self-contained story is great. Definitely a get for fans of the Doctor or those intrigued by the character.
TOKYOPOP | DISNEY DESCENDANTS: DIZZY’S NEW FORTUNE
(W) Jason Muell (A/CA) Natsuki Minami
A full-color, manga-style graphic novel telling a brand-new story in the world of Disney Descendants, starring Dizzy, the granddaughter of Lady Tremaine, and featuring a host of Villain Kids from the Isle of the Lost! This is the first chapter of Disney Descendants: Dizzy’s New Fortune.
Verdict: A teaser chapter of the upcoming graphic novel, I don’t really know enough about the property, nor am I the audience for this one. Going with this is one for fans of Disney.
Valiant Entertainment | BLOODSHOT SPECIAL
(W) Tim Seeley, Dan Abnett (A) Tomas Giorello, Juan Jose Ryp (CA) Daniel Brereton
Prepare yourself as the most ambitious moment in Valiant’s history launches forward with two original stories, exclusive to Free Comic Book Day 2019! Before Sony’s live-action Bloodshot blockbuster film takes movie theaters around the globe by storm in 2020, discover a breathtaking new tale of Valiant’s brutal one-man army from superstar writer Tim Seeley (Nightwing, Batman Eternal) and groundbreaking artist Tomás Giorello (X-O Manowar)! Then, the 41st century dawns anew with a pulse-pounding prologue to Fallen World, a shocking new event series starring Rai – the formidable protector of a future Earth – by acclaimed comic creator Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (Britannia) that launches just days before Free Comic Book Day!
Verdict: Absolutely fantastic as expected and a great introduction to Valiant for folks. This is an absolute get if you’re into action comics.
Vault Comics | INTERCEPTOR #1
(W) Donny Cates (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Daniel Warren Johnson
Poli has a mech suit and a mission. Weep has machine guns and a temper. Together they lead a band of freedom fighters on a planet populated exclusively by blood-sucking vampires. A planet called Earth. Donny Cates (Venom, God Country) and Dylan Burnett (Cosmic Ghost Rider, X-Force) bring you neon-drenched, blood-soaked, all-out vampire warfare. #DeathBeforeUndead
Verdict: One that’s definitely for adults. Loved this when it first came out and love it still. Thankfully this gem from Cates is going to find a new audience as it’s reprinted overall and you can get the first issue here!
VIZ Media | POKEMON: I CHOOSE YOU! & POKEMON: ADVENTURES
Pokémon: I Choose You!: When Ash Ketchum oversleeps on his 10th birthday, he ends up with a stubborn Pikachu instead of the first partner Pokémon he wanted! But after a rocky start, Ash and Pikachu become close friends and true partners-and when they catch a rare glimpse of the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh in flight, they make plans to seek it out together. Pokémon Adventures: Red doesn’t just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl seem game. But independent Pikachu won’t be so easy to win over! Reprint Material
Verdict: It’s Pokemon, is there really questions here? Both lead into other stories so they’re not one-and-done reads but if you’re a fan of the property, go for it.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019: SILVER COMICS
AfterShock Comics | ANIMOSITY TALES
(W) Marguerite Bennett (A) Elton Thomasi (CA) Rafael De Latorre
A tale from the world of ANIMOSITY… On the day known as the Wake, the Animals rose up — they began thinking, talking, and taking revenge. This Free Comic Book Day, we bring you the intertwined tales of three lives and a date with destiny amid a black comedy apocalypse…
Verdict: A solid introduction to this world where the animals have risen up and can talk. If you’ve never checked out this series, you have no excuse now. This is a consistently solid series and world that’s worth your time.
AHOY Comics | DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1
(W) Tom Peyer, Stuart Moore, Hunt Emerson (A) Russell Braun, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Hunt Emerson, Frank Cammuso (CA) Jamal Igle
All new! From the hit series THE WRONG EARTH: On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo! PLUS! A tale of space hero CAPTAIN GINGER when he was a kitten! AND! Edgar Allan Poe battles the Black Cat!
Verdict: Grab this one. It’s an absolute must get as it’s a good introduction to The Wrong Earth, now out in trade, but also what AHOY offers in every issue. You get the main story, some back-up stories and then some prose. This would be a buy if there was a price.
Albatross Funnybooks | GRUMBLE VS. THE GOON
(W) Eric Powell, Rafer Roberts (A) Mike Norton (A/CA) Eric Powell
From the pages of Grumble, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of The Goon. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass!
Verdict: Great art, great stories. I don’t know Grumble like I do the Goon but I need to go fix that. A solid introduction to both characters and series plus there’s some Hillbilly too. This is a get.
American Mythology | CASPER’S SPOOKSVILLE
(W) Pat Shand, Mike Wolfer (A/CA) Eric Shanower
Casper the friendly ghost, the friendliest ghost you know! Join Casper, Hot Stuff, Wendy, the Ghostly Trio, Spooky, Nightmare, and more as this all-star cast of characters tackle magical adventures and tickle your funny bone. Casper’s Spooksville FCBD Edition is the perfect introduction for fans of all ages to the entire Casper cast and leads directly to the first official issue of the new monthly series in stores this April! Eisner Award-winning artist Eric Shanower beautifully illustrates the new series and takes you on a voyage to discover the joy of Casper with brand new stories and classic tales that celebrate the Harvey heritage!
Verdict: It’s cute all-ages fun that’s safe for kids. There’s some new material as well as a classic reprint.
Antarctic Press | PUNCHLINE #1
(W) Bill Williams (A/CA) Matthew Weldon
Mel was a cloaked super-powered representative of a superhuman group entrusted with protecting all Mankind. After being forced to retire, Mel meets Jessie, who agrees to take her place as a costumed heroine. Mel becomes a mentor to the new cape in town as Jessie joyously engages the role of heroine, meeting the other super-types in the big city of Seaholm and beyond.
Verdict: Really interesting concept and take on the superhero series. It definitely got my interest in wanting to check out more of it. It’s just a good introduction with good humor about it.
Arcana Studio | GO FISH!
Alex the Parrotfish is off to the undersea city of New Corralton in search of fame and fortune (or at least a decent job). Before he’s through, he’ll face down hungry sharks, rude bureaucrat fish, and a shocking threat to the whole reef! How will Alex make it out in one piece? Find out in this all-new comic of GO FISH!
Verdict: Absolutely geared towards kids with some good lessons within. There’s a few words younger kids might need help with but it’s a good reason to read with kids!
Benitez Productions | LADY MECHANIKA
(W) Joe Benitez (A/CA) Joe Benitez
Introduce new readers to this steampunk bestseller, which has been remarkably successful with female readers, art enthusiasts, and customers who are new to comics. Includes the original 14-page one-shot introducing Lady Mechanika, a young woman in Victorian England with mechanical limbs and no memory of how she got them, searching desperately for the secrets to her past, plus excerpts from available or upcoming Lady Mechanika comics.
Verdict: If you’re into steampunk or that sort of weird-fantasy this is a must get. Yes it’s been released multiple times before but the art is great and this series deserves eyes on it.
BOOM! Studios | LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP
When the Lumberjanes discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas, they think they’ve found new friends. But what they don’t know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they’ve found the perfect way to join the outside world…by impersonating the ‘Janes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the ‘Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are…and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.
Verdict: A must get for younger readers. The main story is a chapter of the upcoming graphic novel but it can be enjoyed by itself. If you’ve never checked out this series, it’s a good introduction.
(W) Keith Morris, Ryan Ferrier, Dan Collins, Kenny Porter, Keith Champagne, Ho Che Anderson (A) Stefan Tosheff, Cindy Leong, Felipe Cunha, Mike Prezzato, Ho Che Anderson (CA) Rob Brunette
The world was saved as its hero fell. Who will pick up the pieces?
Michael Evans, the charismatic and genius leader of Equilibrium, has tasked himself to protect the world and rebuild it in the wake of the global attack from the Borealis. But without the aid of his brother Tom, who’s heroic sacrifice saved the world, is Michael in any condition to handle the weight of the world on his own?
Enter a new Captain Canuck, but just who is behind the mask? Find out in this FCBD issue of Captain Canuck!
This FCBD issue will give readers access to Michael’s Equilibrium logs for an overview of the world as it is now and how it came to this point. Also, providing a sneak peak to new happenings and heroes that will come to the forefront!
Your perfect jumping on point to the adventures taking place in Captain Canuck Season 5: Equilibrium Shift!
Verdict: If you want a superhero world without the gritty, here you go. We love Chapterhouse and what they’ve put together and this will catch you up and help make the pitch as to why you should check them out. It’s a good starting point to see what’s up.
Dark Horse Comics | THE INCREDIBLES 2 & MINECRAFT
(W) Cavan Scott, Hope Larson (A) Kawaii Creative Studio, Meredith Gran (CA) Cassie Anderson
Presenting two stories that are fun for all ages, are you ready? First, in the world of Minecraft a heartless Griefer runs rampant, but she discovers her actions end up having real world consequences. Then, in Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are ready for a date night, but when someone is up to no good, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are determined that this villain will not ruin their parents’ night off!
Rating: All Ages
Verdict: Minecraft isn’t my thing so the story didn’t do much, but was entertaining. The Incredibles story was all-ages fun for a fan of that series. Again, if you’re interested in either property, this is a get.
DC Comics | Dear Justice League Special
(W) Michael Northrop (A/CA) Gustavo Duarte
The greatest Super Heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids! Courtesy of Michael Northrop, the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte, DC’s iconic Super Heroes find time to answer questions both big and small when they are not busy saving the world. Their honest and humorous responses will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. This FCBD special edition features two chapters starring Superman and Hawkgirl from DC Zoom’s upcoming original graphic novel, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE. This title measures 5.5″ x 8″.
Rating: All Ages
Verdict: The art is amazing and story is cute. It’s a bit of the upcoming graphic novel so trying to sell you that but you should be getting that anyways.
Drawn & Quarterly | LITTLE LULU IN THE WORLD’S BEST COMIC BOOK
(W) John Stanley (A/CA) John Stanley
This FCBD give your customers one of the best comics in the history of the medium, Marge’s LittleLulu by John Stanley and created by Majorie Henderson Buell. Lulu Moppet is an outspoken and brazen young girl who doesn’t follow any rules-a protofeminist who is more relevant than ever. Generations of comics readers have adored Stanley’s timeless, hilarious cartooning and new readers of all ages will be won over by this full-color issue that will kick off D+Q’s landmark hardcover reissue series!
Verdict: Reprinting classic stories, it’s one I’d pass on unless you’re looking an all-ages read.
Dynamite Entertainment | BOB’S BURGERS
(W) Rachel Hastings, Anneliese Waddington, Justin Hook (A) Steven Theis, Sara Richard, Frank Forte (CA) Ryan Mattos
Join the Belcher family for the 2019 Free Comic Book Day Bob’s Burger Comic book! Brought to you by the producers and animators of the hit TV show and features all your favorite characters; Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene & Louise. Reprint Material
Verdict: The utter insanity, and humor, of the cartoon is captured in a comic and a fun read. Definitely one for fans of the show though not sure others will quite be in to it. If you like the recent decades of more absurd cartoons, check it out.
Dynamite Entertainment | VAMPIRELLA #0 50TH ANNIVERSARY
(W) Christopher Preist, Kurt Busiek (A) Arthur Adams (A/CA) Ergun Gunduz
July 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Vampirella, and to celebrate, Dynamite is relaunching the title that very month, with a very special preview to come in this year’s FCBD special, Vampirella#0! Featuring work by legendary Vampirella creator Forrest J. Ackerman along with legends in the own right, Mark Texiera, Ty Templeton and Bruce Timm, Vampirella #0 will also unveil our lights-out new creative team as they present the prologue to a story so big, we had to hold it for Vampi’s birthday! Reprint Material
Verdict: If you like Christopher Priest or interested in his upcoming run, this is a get.
When Zagor’s archnemesis, professor Hellingen mysteriously disappears from a scientific military base Skylab, Zagor is bracing himself for a crisis of colossal magnitude. Still, nothing prepares him for what comes next.
Verdict: The story is definitely a throwback as it’s a reprint. The page layout is weird by today’s standards with a bar on top and panels feel like they don’t take advantage of the whole page. Unless you’re really in to classic comics, this is a skip.
Fantagraphics Books | OUR FAVORITE THING IS MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS
(W) Emil Ferris (A/CA) Emil Ferris
Emil Ferris’s runaway smash hit My Favorite Thing Is Monsters has been the graphic novel event of the decade and for this year’s Free Comic Book Day, Ferris has delivered something truly special: an all-new, 16-page Monsters story exclusive to FCBD readers. Additionally, Our Favorite Thing Is My Favorite Thing Is Monsters features two other Ferris short stories never before collected: a six-page autobiographical story about the harrowing circumstances that led to the creation of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, as well as a five-page “how to” strip appropriately titled, “How To Draw a Monster”! This will certainly be the prestige book of FCBD 2019!
Verdict: New material plus you get an idea of what the hype is about concerning this praised and award winning graphic nvoel.
Golden Apple Books | BLASTOSAURUS ANNUAL #1
(W) Richard Fairgray, Paul Eiding (A/CA) Richard Fairgray
One year since his arrival in Freak Out City, Blasto has touched the lives of the weirdos, mutants and misfits who reside there in too many ways to count. Now, they gather to honor his Dinoversary and tell tales of their encounters with their 6 foot Triceratops hero. From stopping vampires trying to knock over a blood bank, to the great circus train robbery of 2019, Blasto’s seen it all. Three new stories from the Blastosaurus mythology that are sure to delight kids all around the world.
Verdict: Don’t know anything about this character or series but it’s entertaining enough. Kids should enjoy it.
Graphic India | CRISTIANO RONALDO’S STRIKER FORCE 7
(W) Merrill Hagan (A/CA) Jeevan Kang
The world’s biggest superstar is now becoming the world’s next big superhero! Cristiano Ronaldo stars in his first superhero project based on the animated series in production. Led by Cristiano, a motley crew of super-powered agents from around the world must protect the Earth from annihilation – provided Cristiano can teach them how to work as a team! They’re here to save the Earth – but who’s going to save them from each other!?
Verdict: If you’re really in to Cristian Ronaldo, go for it. If you want an all-ages superhero comic, go for it. Otherwise, skip.
Graphix | WOLFIE MONSTER AND THE BIG BAD PIZZA BATTLE
(W) Joey Ellis (A/CA) Joey Ellis
Three monster brothers get into trouble in a wacky adventure to save their failing pizza parlor!
Monster brothers Wolfie, Jackson, and Roy are in for some serious competition when the gigantic corporation, Happy Leaf, moves into their hometown of Oak Hollow and wants to buy their pizza parlor. But not all is on the up-and-up when they discover the villainous CEO, Lord Mudpant, wants more than to just sell people his addictive products. Can the boys set aside their squabbles long enough to thwart Mudpant’s nefarious plans?!
Verdict: It reminds me of the cartoons my 9 month old daughter watches. Definitely for kids.
Humanoids | H1 IGNITION
(W) Mark Waid (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Yanick Paquette
The new Humanoids H1 Universe starts here! Don’t miss the introduction to this exciting imprint with an original story brought to you by Mark Waid, Kwanza Osajefyo, Yanick Paquette, Carla Speed McNeil and Phil Briones. Plus: a sneak peek at the first six original series: Ignited, Omni, Strangelands, The Big Country, Meyer, and Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen. Explosive cover by Yanick Paquette!
Verdict: This is a must get and great introduction this this new universe we’re hyped about. Everything about this release is quality, the story, the paper, the cover, everything!
IDW Publishing | STAR WARS ADVENTURES: DROID HUNTERS
(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Derek Charm
The stars have aligned: This year, Free Comic Book Day coincides with Star Wars Day! Han and Chewie race against pirates in a search for one of three identical droids that contain the location of a legendary treasure. But what our favorite smugglers don’t know is the other two droids are booby trapped! Trickery and double-crosses abound in this original story set before A New Hope! May the Fourth be with you!
Verdict: The story has some humor to it but this is one for the younger Star Wars fans.
Image Comics | SPAWN #1
(W) Todd McFarlane (A) Todd McFarlane (CA) Francesco Mattina
Relive the historical launch of one of the most successful comic book series of all-time this FCBD with a reprint of SPAWN #1 featuring a new, exclusive cover by Francesco Mattina. Longtime readers of this record-breaking, iconic series following anti-hero Al Simmons will enjoy a nostalgic look back at the issue that started it all. And new readers will have a chance to embark on the SPAWN adventure in time for the release of the film adaptation starring Jamie Foxx, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Todd McFarlane himself. Reprint Material
Verdict: If you’ve never read this, here you go.
Kodansha Comics| KODANSHA COMICS ALL-AGES MANGA SAMPLER
This all-ages sampler features a much-anticipated preview of the classic Cardcaptor Sakura: Collector’s Edition by CLAMP, plus the US premiere of Witch Hat Atelier, by renowned Marvel and DC variant cover illustrator Kamome Shirahama. and the adventure about the “magic” of reading, Magus of the Library by Mitsu Izumi!
Verdict: One for manga fans or those interested in checking that out. These all are teases for full volumes
Lion Forge Comics | A SHEETS STORY
(W) Brenna Thummler (A/CA) Brenna Thummler
An all new original story that takes place after the events of Sheets by Brenna Thummler. When Marjorie Glatt goes to her grandmother’s to celebrate Mother’s Day, Marjorie can think only of getting her ears pierced. All the girls in seventh grade have their ears pierced. But Wendell, Marjorie’s ghost friend who roams the human world as a sheet, doesn’t want Marjorie to change herself just to fit in.
Verdict: A really solid one-shot that will hopefully get you in to the graphic novel Sheets. More aimed at younger teens, it’s just a really solid comic that shows they’re more than tights.
Marvel Comics | THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
(W) Tom Taylor, Saladin Ahmed, Donny Cates (A) Cory Smith, Ryan Stegman, Jay Leisten, Ryan Stegman
Everyone knows Miles Morales, who rose to fame in Marvel’s acclaimed animated sensation Into The Spider-Verse – and with a second feature film arriving this year, Peter Parker will once again suit up to save the world with his web-slinging super powers! In a special FCBD story, creators Tom Taylor, Saladin Ahmed, and Cory Smith take these superstar heroes of the Spider-Verse in a shocking new direction, with a story that will build to one of Marvel’s most fantastic and epic tales later this year!
And prepare for absolute terror within the pages of FCBD, as an original Venom story by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman sets the stage for what will become one of the most fearsome events in the Marvel Universe…
Nearly a year after the epic red-hot arc of the Red Goblin, Venom’s dynamic creative team is bringing you a story that’s been brewing since classic Spider-Man tales like Amazing Spider-Man #252, The Spectacular Spider-Man #90, Marvel Team-Up #141 – a saga so big and so absolutely action-packed, it will deliver the most dramatic story in all of FCBD history! Fans will be well aware by the summer of 2019 that “everyone is a target”…and the 1st Saturday in May, Marvel invites you to experience the threat for yourself!
Verdict: One story is good for kids, the other is absolutely not. If you’re really in to the upcoming “Absolute Carnag”e event, get it, otherwise, this is for the die-hard Spider-Man fans. Not enough is explained for new readers and ‘teen” is pushing it.
New England Comics | THE TICK
(W) Ian Nichols, Jeff McClelland (A) Ian Nichols
The Tick is back for his 10th Free Comic Book Day featuring an ALL NEW story by Ian Nichols! The Tick has always been one of the most popular FCBD comics! Dave has the largest collection of Tick & Arthur memorabilia in the world—except the most rarest “items” of all….Tick & Arthur themselves! Featuring the return of the fan favorite Tick Cycle with its legendary “unnecessary rockets”! The Tick is one of the most successful and longest-running independent comics ever! SPOOOOOOOOOOOON!
Verdict: Wasn’t this the plot of a Simpsons episode?
Oni Press | GHOST HOG #1
(W) Joey Weiser (A/CA) Joey Weiser
A new graphic novel from the Eisner Award-nominated creator of MERMIN that deftly navigates loss, vengeance, and acceptance! Truff is the ghost of a young boar, fueled by fury towards the hunter who shot her down. She has a lot to learn about her new afterlife, and thankfully the forest spirits Claude and Stanley are there to guide her! However, they soon find that her parents, along with their fellow animal villagers, have been kidnapped by the malicious mountain demon Mava! Truff wants to help, but… the hunter is finally within her grasp, and if she lets him go, she may never get her revenge! Reprint Material
Verdict: Promoting the upcoming graphic novel, out this coming week, this is one to get the kids.
Papercutz | GILLBERT FCBD
(W) Art Baltazar (A/CA) Art Baltazar
Young Gillbert is the prince of the underwater world of Atlanticus. Together with his best friend Sherbert and mysterious new friend Anne Phibian, Gillbert is curious to find out where all the messages in a bottle are coming from! Created by Tiny Titans‘ Art Baltazar.
Verdict: Baltazar always puts together a comic that can be enjoyed by kids and adults and this is no exception. It’s a get.
Random House Children’s Books | LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL: BIG AND BOULDER
(W) Jeffrey Brown (A/CA) Jeffrey Brown
When a meteor hits nearby, Lucy & Andy can’t help but go investigate, and chaos ensues once the kids realize that it definitely has magical powers. Enjoy this Free Comic Book Day exclusive story full of pranks, animal hijinks, and tons of jokes, and then prepare to meet some other amazing graphic novel characters as well!
Verdict: Not for me but good for kids.
Rebellion | TREASURY OF BRITISH COMICS PRESENTS: FUNNY PAGES
(A) Ken Reid, Leo Baxendale, Robert Nixon, Reg Parlett, Trevor Metfalfe, Steve Bright, Mike Lacey, Martin Baxendale, Sid Burgeon, Gordon Hogg
It’s time to put the funny back in funny pages! This Free Comic Book Day, the Treasury of British Comics presents a stack of silliness in a folio of frivolous foolishness with a trove of classic cartoon characters! Infant delinquent Sweeney Toddler commits crimes from the crib! Just when you thought it was safe to parody Steven Spielberg shark films, along comes the terror from the depths, GUMS! Martha’s Monster Make-Up and Faceache strips are both a scream! The egg-straordinary adventures of super-zeroes Birdman and Chicken are sure to get you clucking; You can count on Deadley Hedley The Vampire Detective to be up to your neck in laughs when he joins a stake-out at a monster Christmas Party! A bounty of belly-laughs for kids of all ages!
Verdict: A lot of short comics. Not for me but if you can get them all, sure.
Red 5 Comics | THE DARK AGE/ AFTERBURN ONE-SHOT
(W) Don Handfield, Scott Chitwood (A) Rod Thornton, Leonardo Rodrigues
In 2019, a gray haze descends on planet earth and reduces every known metal to worthless piles of rust. With no technology remaining, humanity reverts to a violent feudal system ruled by knights of wood, stone and plastic, this is the new Dark Age. Also included is the return of Afterburn, soon to be a major motion picture! After a solar flare wipes out half the earth, Jake and his treasure hunters raid what’s left behind. Post-apocalyptic mayhem is unleashed in Russia in this original short story.
Verdict: Don’t think this is for teens but I really enjoyed it and want to get the series it promotes, so win? It’s one to definitely check out if you like post-apocalyptics stuff or military stories.
(W) James Pruett, James Haick, Enzo Garza (A) Branko Jovanovic, Enzo Garza (A/CA) Scott Van Domelen
What would you do if you discover your son isn’t really your son? He may look like him, act like him, but deep down in your soul you just know…that he’s been replaced. Then your worst fears are realized when the light hits his face just right and you accidentally see his true appearance for yourself. But he isn’t the only one you discover; your neighbor, your friend, even your husband. Do you scream? Do you run? Or do you fight back? And how can your daughter be the best and, perhaps, last hope for mankind? Enter the dystopian world of the Midnight Sky. Also: a special prequel to Long Live Pro Wrestling, an original story of Gutt Ghost, and previews of four upcoming 2019 Scout Comics titles: Devilreaux, Red Winter, Dust, and Snow White Zombie Apocalypse.
Verdict: I might have preferred one full comic of one series. I’m not quite sure these really sell any of them. Each segment is way too short.
Source Point Press | HOPE #1
(W) Dirk Manning (A) K. Lynn Smith
Unbeknownst to her husband and daughter, Julie Lavelle secretly moonlights as a beloved costumed “ultra” known to the public as Hope. However, when a family outing takes an unexpected turn, she quickly learns how everything can change in an instant. Acclaimed creators Dirk Manning (Nightmare World) and K. Lynn Smith (Plume) present the full first issue of a new superhero series unlike any other.
Verdict: A really good comic but pretty heavy material. I loved it though and this is a series I’m getting now.
Starburns Industries Press | STARBURNS PRESENTS
(W) Ed Kuehnel, Matt Entin, Eben Burgoon, C. W. Cooke, A.C. Medina, Mina Elwell, Ben Kahn, Josh Fadem (A) Dan Schkade, Kit Wallis, Trevor Richardson, Eben Burgoon, Bruno Hidalgo, Josh Fadem (A/CA) Kelly Williams
Starburns sure has some strangeness on the horizon! Is that a beer-swilling Sasquatch behind the wheel of a vintage Corvette, burning rubber on the dusty highway? And are those lights in the sky actually war-mongering aliens from Planet Wrestletopia itching for a grudge match against the people of Earth? No! To the left of those other lights, see? It’s the Starship Gryffen, fleeing a galactic Federation promising a Utopia enforced by clandestine fascism. And that spark of fire in the distance? Don’t mind that, it’s just Cherry, the devil’s prankster granddaughter. And because it isn’t really a sneak peak of Starburns Industries Press without some quirky comedy, Josh Fadem of 30 Rock fame offers a sneak-peek of his humor tome, A Whole New Set of Problems!
Verdict: A fantastic release, every segment has me wanting to read more of the series. There’s something for everyone with a lot of humor.
Titan Comics | ROBOTECH
(W) Simon Furman, Brenden Fletcher (A) Sarah Stone (A/CA) Hendry Prasetya
The radical reimagining of beloved sci-fi anime Robotech gears up for a brand new event, and bestselling writer Brenden Fletcher joins the superstar creative team alongside Simon Furman (Transformers) and artist Hendry Prasetya (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)! Free Comic Book Day is the perfect place to jump aboard the SDF-1!
Verdict: For the Robotech die-hards.
UDON Entertainment | STREET FIGHTER: SAKURA VS KARIN #1
(W) Ken Siu-Chong (A/CA) Omar Dogan
They’ve been adversaries since high school, but now Sakura and Karin’s rivalry enters a new arena – the arcade! Martial arts meets e-sports as two of Street Fighter’s fan-favorite femmes battle it out through both jabs and joysticks! It’s all-new action in UDON’s newest Free Comic Book Day adventure!
Verdict: Cute, but for the Street Fighter fans.
Vertical Comics | KINO’S JOUNREY: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLDSAMPLER
(W) Keiichi Sigsawa (A/CA) Iruka Shiomiya
Kino’s Journey is about a character named Kino who travels around the world with a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people. Kino’s policy is to only stay three days in every town without exception, saying it’s enough time to learn about the each place and moving on to explore the next new place.
Verdict: Really weird and you might need a philosophy degree to really enjoy it.
VIZ Media | MY HERO ACADEMIA/ THE PROMISED NEVERLAND
My Hero Academia: What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? The Promised Neverland: Life at Grace Field House is good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious food and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems…
Verdict: If you want to check out either of these properties this is a must. Solid introduction for me.
YouNeek Studios | MALIKA: FIRE & FROST
(W) Roye Okupe (A/CA) Sunkanmi Akinboye
Following years of moving in the shadows, Malika’s past forces her out of hiding. After receiving a mysterious vision, Malika journeys to Egypt, where she must simultaneously do battle with the past and the presents as she tries to retrieve the FireFrost stone, a relic that holds the combined power of two ancient dragons, from the hands of an absolute evil!
Verdict: Good story. Good art. Good introduction to this world. It’s a get to expand your comic reading habits!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019: EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TITLES
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | DEFEND COMICS
(W) Nathan Hale, Mai K. Nguyen, Bill Griffith, Brian Fies (A) Mai K. Nguyen, Nathan Hale, Bill Griffith, Brian Fies, Gavin Fullerton (CA) Derek Charm
From the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, this anthology features previews of some of 2019’s most anticipated graphic novels from Abrams Comic Arts, Boom Studios, and Oni Press! Includes new work by superstar author Nathan Hale!
Gemstone Publishing | THE OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING – FCBD 2019
(W) J. C. Vaughn (A) Brendon Fraim, Brian Fraim (CA) Billy Tucci
The team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide brings you a comic book about collecting, packed with all sorts of “how to” information including care of your collectibles, grading and more – and it’s not only about comics! Get sneak peek at The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #49 and the countdown to Overstreet #50! Our “That’s never going to happen!” crossover cover features Billy Tucci’s Shi and Tom Mason’s Dinosaurs for Hire.
Free Comic Book Day is here! Like always, Things From Another World are taking advantage of the opportunity to run a variety of one-day sales!
Not only is almost the entire site 20% off on May 4th, 2019, but they’re also giving away three free FCBD comics with every order! In addition, if you spend $25 or more on in-stock comics or graphic novels, shipping is free if you use coupon code FCBD19! Free shipping only applies for U.S. customers.
It’s a big weekend at comic shops — not only is it Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, but there are a ton of new items coming to stores from Diamond Select Toys! Be on the lookout for Gallery PVCs of Supergirl, Bane, Joker, Gipsy Avenger, Black Panther and not one but TWO Spider-Men! Plus, the long-awaited Star Trek Select Borg action figure!
(OCT182227, $45.00) How super is your Gallery? The Girl of Steel breaks into the DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas with this dynamic new sculpture of Kara Zor-El! Shattering a set of chains, Supergirl flies out of an explosion and onto your shelf in a 10-inch diorama by James Marsano based on a design by Caesar. This sculpture features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
(OCT182229, $45.00) Speak of the devil, and he shall appear! The conqueror of Gotham City stands triumphant in this new PVC diorama based on the Dark Knight Rises! Depicting Bane standing on the roof of his camouflage tumbler vehicle, this sculpture by Rocco Tartamella was based on a design by Shawn Knapp. The diorama stands approximately 11 inches tall, is made of high-grade plastic, features detailed paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
(Item #NOV182293, SRP: $45.00) A Diamond Select Toys Release! Why so serious? Heath Ledger’s greatest role is brought to three-dimensional life in this, the latest PVC Diorama in the DC Gallery line. Joining Batman and Bane, this 9” sculpture of the Joker as he appears in The Dark Knight depicts him holding a hand of playing cards with his clown mask and a bag of money at his feet. Made of high-quality vinyl with exacting paint details, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
(SEP182341, $45.00) How spectacular is your Gallery? Spider-Man returns with an all-new sculpt in the Marvel Gallery PVC diorama line! Crouched on a web slung across an alleyway, Spider-Man lives up to his namesake in this all-new PVC sculpture portraying the hero in his element. Measuring approximately 7″ high by 11 ” wide, this detailed sculpt by Alterton is based on a design by Caesar, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
(Item #NOV182283, SRP: $45.00) A Diamond Select Toys Release! From the blockbuster Black Panther movie comes this new, unmasked Marvel Gallery PVC of T’Challa himself! The Black Panther is ready to pounce on anyone who invades Wakanda in this variant sculpture based on the hit film, and it is in the same 9-inch scale as the other figures in the Marvel Gallery line. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!
(OCT182230, $45.00) How titanic is your Gallery? The world of Pacific Rim Uprising just got even bigger, with the first ever Gallery PVC Diorama from the hit sequel! Gipsy Avenger stands on guard against Kaiju (and rogue Jaegers) above a diorama of decimated buildings in this 10-inch sculpture, cast in high-grade plastic and featuring detailed paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box, it was designed and sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks.
(SEP182332, $24.99) Resistance is futile! No Star Trek fan can pass up the opportunity to own the ultimate Borg action figure! This 7-inch, fully poseable action figure is based on the Borg’s appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and includes multiple interchangeable parts, including human and Klingon heads, various eyepieces, different tool arms and a removable vest. You can create dozens of different configurations and build an army of Borg! With a full 16 points of articulation, this figure comes packaged in display-ready Select figure packaging with side-panel artwork. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott!
Marvel Comic Gallery FCBD Black Costume Spider-Man PVC Diorama
(Item #NOV180013, SRP: $45.00) How spectacular is your Gallery? Spider-Man celebrates Free Comic Book Day with this black-costume variant in the Marvel Gallery PVC diorama line! Crouched on a web slung across an alleyway, Spider-Man lives up to his namesake in this all-new PVC sculpture portraying the hero in his element. Measuring approximately 7” high by 11 “ wide, this detailed sculpt by Alterton is based on a design by Caesar, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and Tokyopop will be at Hi De Ho Comics giving out free copies of Dizzy’s New Fortune, a full color, manga-style graphic novel telling a brand-new story in the world of Disney Descendants!
The original Villain Kids have worked hard to prove they deserve to stay in Auradon, and now it’s time some of their friends from the Isle of the Lost get that chance too! When Dizzy receives a special invitation from King Ben to join the other VKs at Auradon Prep, at first she’s thrilled! But doubt soon creeps in, and she begins to question whether she can truly fit in outside the scrappy world of the Isle.
Where: Hi De Ho Comics, 412 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 When: May 4th, 10am – 5pm What: More details here!
Can’t make it? Check if your local store is hosting its own Free Comic Book Daycelebration by using the Comic Shop Locator service!
BOOM! Studios has revealed a look at Lumberjanes: The Shape of FriendshipFCBD Special, an all-newcomic book arriving in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic Book Day (May 4th, 2019) with an exclusive first look at the upcoming graphic novel.
Lumberjanes: The Shape of FriendshipFCBD Specialexclusively presents the first chapter of the all new original graphic novel reuniting the acclaimed Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass team of writer Lilah Sturges and artist polterink. When the Lumberjanes discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas, they think they’ve found new friends. But what they don’t know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they’ve found the perfect way to join the outside world…by impersonating the ‘Janes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the ’Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are…and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.
Print copies of Lumberjanes: The Shape of FriendshipFCBD Specialwill be available for FREE on May 4th, 2019.
BOOM! Studios has revealed the final cover and first look at the Welcome to the Whedonverse FCBD Special, an all-new comic book arriving exclusively in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic BookDay (May 4th, 2019), with brand new stories featuring three of the greatest creations from visionary Joss Whedon.
This FREE comic, released in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, is the perfect jumping-on point for the “Whedonverse” with all new stories from the worlds of BOOM! Studios’ hit series Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
First, dive into the secret origins of Boss Moon, the brand new character who made her first appearance in Greg Pak and Dan McDaid’s Firefly #2. This special origin story reveals how the relentless Unificator was recruited by the Alliance to hunt down Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Zoë Alleyne Washburne, written by Firefly series writer Greg Pak and illustrated by Ethan Young.
Created by Whedon and set 500 years in the future in the wake of a universal civil war, Firefly centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a planet to call home. Mal Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian Alliance, will undertake any job — legal or not — to stay afloat and keep his crew fed. Thrust together by necessity but staying together out of loyalty, these disparate men and women are seeking adventure and the good life, but face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as avoiding capture by the Alliance, and evading the dangers you find on the fringes of the universe.
In the second exclusive story, it’s the beginning of Buffy vs. Angel as the Slayer makes a surprise visit to Anya’s magical emporium in search of an extremely rare and dangerous item that might be the solution to fixing an impossible problem. But she’s got competition, and fans will have to pick up this special issue to find out what happens when the Slayer, vampires, and the magic of cursed souls all converge on the same place in this hit reimagining of the cult television sensations. Writer Jordie Bellaire, with artists Dan Mora, and Serg Acuña, continues the bold reimagining of the groundbreaking mythology that changed pop culture forever.
Welcome to the WhedonverseFCBD Special, featuring a cover by Greg Smallwood, is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.
Print copies of Welcome to the WhedonverseFCBD Special will be available for FREE on May 4th, 2019.