Below you will find my hand-picked list of must-have issues being given away for Free Comic Book Day 2018 at a comic book store near you on Saturday, May 5. But before I get into that, I want to speak to those of you who have yet to dive into comics.
I, for one, love comic books, but its not just the stories or the pictures that get me, but it’s also the community. In my opinion, they are one of the most diverse groups in terms of age, race, gender, locale, and, well, you name it. And while some modern readers have moved toward digital comic book reading, its the comic book store that unites us. When I worked in Manhattan, I’d spend my lunches just hanging out with the staff at JHU Comics. It was always an amusing experience, even just watching the different types of people you’d find in a comic book store at 1pm on a Tuesday when all the kids were in school. Hearing a business-suit Wall Street type arguing with a guy in a GWAR t-shirt about who’d win in a Superman vs Hulk battle is just an amazing thing to witness.
And this brings me to my point: Free Comic Book Day 2018 is tomorrow, Saturday, May 5. And if you’ve never been to one, you should start tomorrow to see what you’ve been missing. – Dennis Marrero
2018 Free Comic Book Day Best of List
For those of you who already love comics, here’s a curated list of giveaways that you won’t want to miss.
My most anticipated release is Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y the Last Man, Private Eye) and Marcos Martin’s (Private Eye) BARRIER, a 5 issue miniseries originally published digitally via Panel Syndicate. The Free Comic Book Day giveaway will be the 50-page issue 1 of the series. The remaining 4 issues will be published later in May.
- STARBURNS PRESENTS
This collaborative project features four stories by various artists, one of which is written by Patton Oswalt!
- AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA
While I’m normally not as excited for new Avengers stories, this one is being written by Jason Aaron, writer of the brilliant graphic novel SCALPED
- AMAZING SPIDERMAN
An issue 1 reboot for spidey written by Nick Spencer with art by Ryan Ottley.
- GHOST IN THE SHELL
A completely new story starts in the free comic book day exclusive that fans will most likely go gaga for.
- DOCTOR WHO
This probably wont be that great, but I love Doctor Who, so I’m including it.
- STAR WARS
Han Solo and Chewy are at it again. Oh Han, we miss you.
- BOB’S BURGERS
Because it’s funny
- TANK GIRL
Because she’s an anarchist badass.
Comic Book Day 2018 Noteworthy Stores
- JHU Comics, New York, NY
- East Side Mags, Montclair NJ
- FJB Comics, Jersey City, NJ
- Jonny Destructo Hero Complex, Philadelphia, PA
- Midtown Comics, New York, NY