Free Comic Book Day is on 3rd May, 2014. Lots of comics, available free from your local comic book store, a mix of reprints and new material, all with the intention of grabbing new eyes to the medium, and teasing upcoming comics for old hands.
It's only 142 days folks! Get with it!
First up, the Gold comics, which every participating retailer has to order to qualify. So you can guarantee your retailer will have these in stock. But… how many?
THE NEW 52: FUTURE'S END FCBD SPECIAL EDITION
Writers: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen and Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Cover: Ryan Sook
Jump on board DC Comics' epic weekly series beginning with this all-new FCBD issue that features tomorrow's Dark Knight, Batman Beyond (making his first appearance in The New 52), battling an army of cyborgs to avert an Apocalypse in the future which could destroy the DC Universe of the present! But that's not all; there are still more surprises to come. Stay tuned for more details!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by NICK BRADSHAW
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
In an all-new story by award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and acclaimed artist Nick Bradshaw, the Guardians of the Galaxy welcome Venom and Captain Marvel to the team for the launch of a not-to-be-missed death-defying epic! PLUS: Writer Dan Slott lays the foundation for 2014's top secret Spider-Man event that will rock the Wall Crawler's world forever!
ARCHIE COMIC DIGEST
(W) George Gladir, Various (A) Fernando Ruiz, Various
(CA) Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario "Tito" Peña
The world's most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs, we challenge you to find a FCBD offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and his friends, this digest is filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business!
Digest, 96pgs, FC
BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL
(W/A) Matt Groening, Various
It's the foremost FCBD four-color giveaway of the year! Bart and Milhouse seek superheroic origin stories by attempting to acquire "accidental" superpowers… and learn that with trying to obtain great power comes great irresponsibility! Plus: Bart and Prof. Frink become trapped in between dimensions when a science demonstration goes awry, and C. Montgomery Burns takes us on a guided tour through the bowels of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant!
BOOM! – KABOOM! SUMMER BLAST
KaBOOM! Summer Blast is the perfect way to share timeless properties like Peanuts, Garfield, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Herobear & The Kid with new readers young and old! KaBOOM! Summer Blast also features the debut of a brand new all-ages series!
DARK HORSE – Avatar, Itty Bitty Hellboy and Juice Squeezers
(W) Gene Luen Yang, Art Baltazar, Franco, David Lapham
(A) Faith Erin Hicks, Art Baltazar, David Lapham
(CA) Faith Erin Hicks
Three All-Ages Favorites in One! In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sokka follows Suki as she gives a lesson in manners and encourages a young girl's strength! Itty Bitty Hellboy has fun toying with nemesis Rasputin, and the Juice Squeezers crew leap into action to defend one of their own against a persistent bully. Hilarity ensues!
FANTAGRAPHICS – UNCLE SCROOGE: A MATTER OF SOME GRAVITY
(W/A) Don Rosa
In "A Matter of Some Gravity" by fan-favorite Don Rosa, saucy sorceress Magica De Spell turns Scrooge's life sideways — literally! — when she distorts the forces of gravity! Then, in "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink", Lucky Gladstone Gander faces a 24-hour luck jinx — and battles to hide it from a gloating Cousin Donald! Only ever published in the USA in under-printed mid-1990's editions, these Rosa classics are back like you've never seen them before!
IDW – TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE
(W) Tom Scioli, John Barber (A/CA) Tom Scioli
Two titans of pop culture clash in the kick-off of an all-new, all-action ongoing series! When Earth is threatened by giant machine life from outer space, the planet's greatest heroes unite—but will they be enough? From the pulse-pounding pen of visionary artist Tom Scioli begins the most cosmic crossover of all time!
IMAGE/TOP COW – RISE OF THE MAGI #0
(W/A/CA) Marc Silvestri
Asa Stone, a young guardian at the gates of our reality, has seen a truth meant to be hidden and never seen. With his life a shattered ruin, he finds himself, keeper of a terrible secret and a list of seven names; Seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves, and killers who can be neither trusted nor believed and yet, stand as the only weapon mankind has against an unstoppable evil! Marc Silvestri (The Darkness, Cyber Force) presents a new fantasy-adventure series! Marc Silvestri's book there, first reported on Bleeding Cool.
PAPERCUTZ – MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS
In 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers burst onto the scene in an explosion of colorful combat, bizarre monsters, incredible robot battles, and Megazord-sized fun, spawning a global phenomenon and an ever-expanding storytelling universe. These comics present the stories fans have waited over 20 years for: all-new tales featuring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! This is a never-before-seen story starring the six Power Rangers, and is not a reprint of any existing material! 32pgs, FC
UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES – SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE
(W/A) Graham Annable, Jacob Chabot, Gregg Schigiel, Corey Barba, Various
United Plankton's all-new SpongeBob comic book for FCBD 2014 starts with "Relocate!", in which we finally learn the answer to the age-old question: "What if Squidward, SpongeBob, and Patrick's houses all became giant robot creatures and stomped around Bikini Bottom?" Also: the debut of the saltwater super-sensation, Mermaid Girl, and SpongeBob schools Patrick in the ways of comic-book making in "SpongeBob ComicSnob!" Plus: comics from James Kochalka, Sam Henderson, Nate Neal, and Andy Rementer!
PERFECT SQUARE – HELLO KITTY:
Hello Kitty and her friends star in all-new comic book adventures, and this time they're letting their imaginations run wild! Plus: Don't miss the sneak peek of Perfect Square's upcoming tribute book celebrating Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary! Bonus Feature! Perfect Square introduces exciting Bravest Warriors adventures featuring the irrepressible Catbug!
Silver books this time next week! Including a new Bleeding Cool FCBD Magazine and four zero issue books from Red Giant, marking the premier of their Giant-Size, all bundled together into one giveaway! And the following info already released…
DC – TEEN TITANS GO! # 1
Writers: Sholly Fisch & Merrill Hagan
Artists: Ben Bates & Jorge Corona
Cover: Daniel Hipp
This free issue is the perfect place to start reading the sensational series based on Warner Bros. Animation's hit animated show featured on Cartoon Network's DC Nation Saturday morning programming block. Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hijinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren't the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu…so dig in, Titans! Includes two exciting, action-packed stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!
MARVEL – ROCKET RACCOON
Written by JOE CARAMAGNA
Art by ADAM ARCHER
Cover by SCOTTIE YOUNG