Welcome back! We’re just 3 days away from every comic nerd’s favorite day of the year... free comic book day! There's a lot of good content that will be available for free at your local comic retailers, 50 different books to be exact. If walking out of the comic shop with 50 free books is too much for you then I have you covered. I narrowed it down to just 5 books that shouldn’t be passed up so read on to see what they are followed by two new books going head to head!
Camp Midnight (Image)
Instead of going with a book full of previews, Image is giving us Camp Midnight for its FCBD offering. Based on the preview, this looks like it’s going to be a fun book.
“Add a touch of spooky to your Free Comic Book Day this year with the first chapter of Ben 10 and Big Hero 6 creator Steven T. Seagle and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein's Camp Midnight! Not wanting to please her "step monster," reluctant Skye is dead-set on not fitting in. But when she's accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp - Camp Midnight, where everyone attending is a full-fledged monster - Skye realizes that not fitting in will be the very least of her challenges! Camp Midnight is the perfect book for readers who love Raina Telgemeier's Smile but wish it had more bowls of gooey eyeballs in the lunch scenes.”
Steve Rogers Captain America (Marvel)
While Marvel is offering up more than one book, this is the one to pick up. There’s been a lot going on in the world of Captain America and this book aims to get you up to speed with everything and lead you into the new title from Marvel. Not only that but we will get our first glimpse of the Dead no More storyline that Marvel has been teasing us with. If you’re a Marvel fan, this is the FCBD offering you want.
Avatarex (Graphic India)
Grant Morrison is a legend. When it comes to new titles from the famed writer it’s always a good idea to check out what he's doing and there’s no better way than with a free comic book.
“In Avatarex, the epic world of living myth collides with the mundane realities and cultural upheavals of contemporary India. What happens when an all-powerful super-being awakens to fight the Last War of the Age - only to discover he's been sent too early for the End Days and must somehow learn to exist in a world that's too small and too frail to survive his presence?”
Serenity (Dark Horse)
If Serenity wasn’t enough, Dark Horse is also giving us a Hellboy story and a glimpse into the new Aliens: Defiance book. This is sure to be a FCBD hit so make sure to grab a copy.
“Need a reason to pick up Dark Horse Comics' 2016 Free Comic Book Day offering? Here's three: From Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, a lesson from Hellboy's past is shared. From Brian Wood, a peek into the Aliens: Defiance series with an original tale. And from the world of Joss Whedon, a glimpse at the crew of the Serenity, following the film and the smash-hit series Leaves on the Wind!”
Attack on Titan Anthology (Kodansha Comics)
I couldn’t be more excited to pick this one up. Attack on Titan is one of the hottest manga to reach our shores. Attack on Titan Anthology is a collection of stories from some of the biggest names in American comics and this is one that should not be missed.
“Titans of Comics+Attack on Titan! The biggest manga of the decade, reinterpreted by the top talent in comics! Get a taste of this fall's upcoming Attack on Titan Anthology, a collection of original stories set in the world of Attack on Titan, from creators including Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Michael Avon Oeming, Tomer Hanuka, Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Faith Erin Hicks, Kate Leth, Kevin Wada, and many more”
This week we’re back to our normal head to head showdown and I have some books that have received a ton of praise. In 2013, Archie Comics threw a curveball at us and released the first issue of Afterlife with Archie. A book so different than what Archie fans were used to, this took a much darker tone depicting the town of Riverdale during a zombie apocalypse. This book was so well received that in 2014 the folks over at Archie comics gave Sabrina Spellman a similar makeover with the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In 2015, Archie Comics took these two titles and put them on their brand new imprint, Archie Horror. With both of these titles recently getting the announcement of brand new issues starting in May, I figured this is as good a time as any to check these out.
Afterlife With Archie (Archie Horror)
“When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion - Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same - and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale!”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Archie Horror)
“On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics' latest horror sensation starts here! Compiles the first five issues of the ongoing comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”
I am really excited to read these two books and it’s looking like this might be a tough choice. Make sure to come back next week for my impressions and the winner. Don’t forget to visit your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day to pick up some free goodies and support them by picking up your favorite trade paperback, See you next week!
-The Creature of the ComiCombs