Hopefully you’re already familiar with Free Comic Book Day, the first Saturday of May when local comic shops give out thousands of free comic books in the hopes of getting more people interested in the hobby.
Since there are 51 total titles being given out for FCBD, there are going to be books for every member of the family. Here are our suggestions, broken down by age/interest. Remember, if you have your heart set on a book you think will be popular this year (Hint: Secret Wars, Divergence, Avengers) you might want to show up early just in case.
Top Children’s Free Comic Book Day 2015 Titles
BOOM STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL
Boom! Studios is my favorite comics publisher right now, and they excel at comics for kids. Their FCBD special includes stories from Munchkin, Lumberjanes, Adventure Time: Fiona and Cake, and many more. I’m not sure if all the stories are acceptable for all ages, so it might be smart to re-read this before giving it to younger children.
DARK HORSE ALL AGES AVATAR PVZ BANDETTE
Dark Horse always puts out an all-ages title from FCBD, and it’s always enjoyable. This year, they’re including stories from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Plants vs. Zombies, and the Eisner-winning Bandette. Good, clean fun.
GRONK AND FRIENDS
Gronk is the adorable story of a monster learning about the world around her, which is written and drawn by Katie Cook. It’s incredible to see Action Labs putting this out as their FCBD offering, and the cover is really capitalizing on cuteness. I promise – the rest of Katie Cook’s art is just as adorable.
GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT CLEOPATRA IN SPACE
There are already two volumes of Cleopatra in Space available. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about this title, dip your toes into the far out waters with this introductory issue. Great book for tweens and teenagers who are still willing to (in their minds) “read-down”.
Other FCBD Kids Titles: Bongo Comics Free-for-All, Perfect Square Present Pokemon, Spongebob Freestyle Funnies, and the Teen Titans Go/Scooby Doo teamup.
Top Superhero Free Comic Book Day 2015 Titles
I know that people are excited about DC’s Divergence and Marvel’s Secret Wars, but I’m excited about this new Avengers team. This is basically the most diverse version of the Avengers I have ever seen, although I’d like to see LGBT representation included.
Anyway, this book will give us all the inside information to decide whether or not to support this new Marvel endeavor. You can definitely expect some strong opinions from me about this book come Saturday.
DARK CIRCLE COMICS #1
Dark Horse has been trying to revitalize its superhero section for the past few years. Remember when Kelly Sue DeConnick was writing Ghost for them? Anyway, this title offers readers the chance to familiarize themselves with the Black Hood, the Shield, and the Fox. Bonus points for having a female superhero front and center. asdf
TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are gearing up for their final battle with Shredder, and this issue will get you all caught up on the action. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the cover artwork, but any version of the turtles is better than Michael Bay’s version of the turtles.
The Tick might not be a serious superhero, but his adventures are fun to read about nonetheless. This year, you can read about the haunting of the Tick and Arthur by one of the Tick’s former sidekicks! Plus, thanks to the live action show, you can mentally read all of the Tick’s lines in Patrick Warburton’s distinctive voice.
25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
TBH, I’m not sure how I feel about the Valiant Universe. There aren’t just a ton of prominent female characters, and the artwork just doesn’t jive with me. Yet Valiant recently made a huge movie deal, and my curiosity is getting the better of me. Fans of Valiant: Why do you like it?
Other FCBD Superhero Titles: Captain Canuck, DC’s Divergence, Secret Wars, The Phantom, Legendary Comics Sampler, Savage Dragon Legacy, and Valiant 25th Anniversary Special
Top Indie Free Comic Book Day 2015 Titles
DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN
The Dark Horse adult FCBD offering has been one of the most sought-after titles each year. This year should be no different with the first peek at Fight Club in comic form. If Chuck Palahniuk isn’t a big enough name for you, there’s another chapter of Guillermo Del Torro’s The Strain as well.
The Comics Festival FCBD offering is full of new short stories from the most talented Canadian comic creators. With stories by Faith Erin Hicks, Kate Beaton, and Cory Doctorow – this is one indie book you won’t want to miss.
SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY STEP ASIDE POPS COMBO
Not only is Drawn and Quarterly sharing excerpts from two of it’s biggest upcoming books, but they’re also showcasing two extremely talented women in comics: Kate Beaton and Jillian Tamaki. How could you not want this title? It’s free!
Previously only available digitally, IDW and Top Shelf team up to bring you Chris Sheridan’s breakout book. best described as a cross between Mad Max and Kill Bill. I can’t get over Sheridan’s cool art-style, and the way it allows boob’s to be minimized. Realization: I spend too much time looking at illustrated boobs.
TERRIBLE LIZARD #1
So, this is an all ages book about a girl and her dinosaur written by Cullen Bunn (writer of my beloved Helheim) and Drew Moss. I didn’t include this on the kiddie list because the cover (a giant T-Rex) would have scared a child version of me – although it would have intrigued a childhood version of my brother. This is Oni Press’s only FCBD offering, so you should give it a chance.
Other FCBD Indie Comics: Doctor Who Special, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #0, 2000 AD special, Hatter M: Love of Wonder, Mercury Heat, Stuff of Legends Call To Arms
There you have it, your 2015 guide to Free Comic Book Day titles. Which books are you most looking forward to?