Today marked another Nerd Milestone for me – finally, I have my very own actually-really-technically-a-comic-book comic books! I bought Captain America: The Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker last month, but that was actually an… an omnibus edition, I guess? Multiple comics from that particular storyline, repackaged into one big book.
Today I got little comic books, about twenty pages each. So, actual literal technical comic books. To be quite honest, I’m not sure that I’d buy comics in this format – it seems like an awful lot of money for something that I’ll read in just ten minutes!
But today was Free Comic Book Day, so why not pick up a few?
FCBD is, apparently, a world-wide (though predominantly North American?) annual event held on the first Saturday in May. I had literally no idea it existed until a couple of months ago, because I only recently became interested in comics.
Basically, you’re allowed to pick some free comic books out of a predetermined selection of comics, and it’s AWESOME. The comic book store in my town was giving away four free comics per person. (And eight if you came in costume, ha ha!)
Here’s what I chose today:
+ Some Doctor Who Special thing? I am not actually sure if it has a specific title, but basically it appears to be three tiny stories. There’s one about Twelve and Clara, and then one each with Ten, Eleven, and some characters I don’t recognize. I’ve actually been meaning to read some of the Doctor Who comics, so this was an awesome find!
+ Hatter M: Love of Wonder. What I have appears to be the intro to volume five? I’d never heard of this story before, but apparently it’s about the Mad Hatter. One of the comic book store employees recommended it to me after we talked a little bit about other comics I’ve enjoyed, so THANK YOU. This looks good!
+ A Dark Circle Comics story about the Black Hood, the Fox, and the Shield. This just looked really cool? I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I liked the cover art and illustrations inside, so… yeah. Side note: I feel like these comics probably have actual titles, but at the same time most of them seem to be sneak peeks of longer, upcoming stories, so maybe they don’t have titles. Who knows? The FCBD website lists very few specific titles – it just shows the covers, which doesn’t really help.
+ The All-New, All-Different Avengers. WHAT AN AWESOME SUPERHERO LINE-UP: Iron Man, Sam Wilson as Captain America, Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, the Vision, lady!Thor, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, and Nova! I’ve been meaning to find some stories about lady!Thor and Morales anyway, and I am LOVING the racial and gender diversity in this line-up! Super super super excited for this comic, in particular.
I can’t wait to read my new comics! (How cool is it that FCBD and Age of Ultron fell on the same weekend?!) Did you pick up any fun stories as part of Free Comic Book Day? Be sure to tell me all about them in the comments!
P.S. More information about FCBD may be found here, if you’re interested.