The following books are what publishers are making available to retailers for the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th. What books will be available and how many one can get for free is determined by each retailer.
PUBLISHER: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Dan Slott (A) Humberto Ramos
This first week of May award-winning Spider-Man writer Dan Slott and comics legend Humberto Ramos give you first, fateful glimpses at the biggest Spider-Man epic in years (coming later this summer)! It’s a crime that we’re giving this one away!
The new MADAME WEB can sense a great conflict brewing in SPIDER-MAN’S future and his only hope for survival lies in the hands of SHANG-CHI, THE MASTER OF KUNG FU! Can Spidey gain mastery of the martial arts in time to stop a deadly foe from his past? Watch out, True Believers, ’cause this is the issue that changes up Spider-Man like never before!
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER STAR WARS CLONE WARS
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Johane Matte, J. Torres, Ryder Wyndam (A) Johane Matte, Gurihiru, Ben Dewey
Dark Horse is thrilled to bring to readers of all ages Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Both FCBD stories are excellent entry points to these wonderfully charming and imaginative worlds!
A spin-off television miniseries Avatar: Legend of Korra will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2011!
Features Savage Opress – the vicious new character from The Clone Wars TV show, as well as Breakout Squad, from Grosset & Dunlap’s Clone Wars: Secret Missions novels!
PEP COMICS BETTY & VERONICA
PUBLISHER: ARCHIE COMICS
(W/A) Dan Parent
“You’ve Been Clubbed!!”
Betty and Veronica stubble upon the old Archie Club House and become inspired to bring back their clubbing days! But when the new club splits in two it’s a battle of friendship! With Jughead pushing her buttons can Veronica let go of her competitive spirit in order to save her greatest friendships?
DARKWING DUCK & CHIP DALE RESCUE RANGERS
PUBLISHER: BOOM! STUDIOS/BOOM KIDS!
(W) Ian Brill (A) James Silvani, Leonel Castellani
An all ages flip book from BOOM! On one side, experience Darkwing Duck! Reprinting the blockbuster sold-out first issue of the Darkwing Duck ongoing series. But don’t forget to flip this comic over, or you’ll miss Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, reprinting the first issue of the critically acclaimed bestseller from BOOM! Two hit series, both all ages, one flip book of pure fun! Don’t miss the return of the Disney Afternoon Revolution that grabbed the attention of Disney fans everywhere!
GREEN LANTERN FLASHPOINT SPECIAL ED
(W) Geoff Johns (A) Ivan Reis, Andy Kubert
This is the perfect jumping-on point for new readers who can’t wait to see the Green Lantern major motion picture from Warner Bros.! Discover how and why Hal received the power ring that changed his life forever with this reprinting of Green Lantern #30, a pivotal chapter of the Green Lantern: Secret Origin graphic novel by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Plus: No comic fan can afford to miss this exclusive first sneak peek of Flashpoint, DC’s blockbuster event of 2011, by the all-star team of Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert!
GERONIMO STILTON & SMURFS
Geronimo Stilton: (W/A) Geronimo Stilton
Smurfs: (W) Peyo (A) Yvan Delporte
A sampling of one of the bestselling children’s books characters (over 12 Million sold, 300,000+ this year) plus a full-color Smurfs story! Geronimo Stilton, editor of the Rodent’s Gazette stars in “Play it Again, Mozart”, as the Pirate Cats travel back in time to Milan, Italy in the year 1770, to steal a symphony composed by Mozart. Plus: The evil Gargamel takes his battle with the Smurfs to the seas – with surprising results – in “The Smurf Submarine”!
KIZOIC KUNG FU PANDA & RICHIE RICH
PUBLISHER: APE ENTERTAINMENT
Kizoic presents DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda and Classic Media’s Richie Rich. Featuring stories from the artists and writers of the upcoming all-ages titles, due in stores April 2011. Also a never-before-seen sneak peek at the upcoming Strawberry Shortcake series and more! Ape Entertainment, it’s evolution in progress.
LOCKE & KEY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION
PUBLISHER: IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Joe Hill (A) Gabriel Rodriguez
The acclaimed comic that is on its way to being a Fox television series is now yours for free! This special issue presents a 26-page story by creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez that sees the Locke family and their wondrous Keyhouse mansion beset on all sides by shdowy threats. The malevolent spirit Dodge continues his relentless quest to find the key to the black door, and raises an army of shadows to wipe out anyone who might get in his way. Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children find themselves fighting a desperate battle, all alone, in a world where the night itself has become their enemy.
MOUSE GUARD DARK CRYSTAL FLIP BOOK
PUBLISHER: ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT
(W) David Petersen & Brian Holguin (A) David Petersen & Alex Sheikman
Archaia presents two, amazing, all-new stories in one fantastic flip book-David Petersen’s Eisner Award-winning MOUSE GUARD and Jim Henson’s beloved DARK CRYSTAL share the spotlight on Free Comic Book day!
On one side of the book, a brand-new tale of the fan-favorite Mouse Guard, elite warrior mice tasked with protecting common mice from predators, the elements and other dangers. It’s the perfect introduction to Mouse Guard for new fans, and a rewarding treat for existing ones!
On the other side of the book, Archaia Entertainment is proud to present an exclusive prelude to its forthcoming series of DARK CRYSTAL graphic novels, featuring covers, art direction and concepts by Brian Froud, conceptual designer of the original film! This prelude begins the epic creation story of the world of Thra, and explores the origins of the world of the Dark Crystal!
SUPER DINOSAUR ORIGIN SPECIAL #1
PUBLISHER: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Robert Kirkman (A/C) Jason Howard
Super Dinosaur is finally here! In this standalone origin special you will learn everything there is to know about Derek Dynamo’s best friend, Super Dinosaur! Where did he come from? How did he avoid extinction? What is Inner-Earth? And what the heck is DynOre and why is it so dangerous? All this and more will be revealed – and all for FREE!
2000 AD is Britain’s cult sci-fi weekly comic which has been at the cutting edge of contemporary pop culture since 1977. It’s a multi-award winning sci-fi anthology featuring Imaginative, hard-hitting stories and eye-popping art, which have made 2000 AD essential reading. Together with monthly sister publication The Judge Dredd Megazine, 2000 AD has produced some of the biggest names working in the comics industry today, including Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Kevin O’Neill, Charlie Adlard, and Mark Millar.
DARKNESS 2 PREQUEL
PUBLISHER: IMAGE COMICS/TOP COW PRODUCTIONS
(w) Matt Hawkins & Filip Sablik (a) Michael Broussard
In anticipation of The Darkness 2 video game, coming out later this year from 2K Games, Top Cow proudly presents an original prequel comic featuring the origin of Jackie Estacado and the saga of The Darkness video game to date!
ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS
PUBLISHER: RED 5 COMICS
(W) Brian Clevinger (A) Scott Wegener
When Atomic Robo agrees to guest-judge the National Science Fair, it draws a lot of attention… including the evil Helsingard. When the explosions fly, Robo forgets the most important rule of all – never work with children! Plus: Previews of 2011 adventures of Red 5 favorites and new faces!
BALTIMORE CRIMINAL MACABRE
PUBLISHER: DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Steve Niles (A) Ben Stenbeck, Christopher Mitten
Dark Horse pairs two series with heroes battling the mysterious evils of the world – Baltimore in war torn Europe circa 1920s, and Cal MacDonald from Criminal Macabre in modern day Los Angeles. Both FCBD stories are excellent entry points to these fantastically horrific and compelling comics series.
BONGO COMICS FREE FOR ALL
PUBLISHER: BONGO COMICS
Take the plunge into a treasure trove of Bongo comics with a brand-new, exclusive, one day, one-shot collection of stories featuring The Simpsons and Futurama. No library or millionaire’s vault would be complete without this year’s free collectible comic from your friends at Bongo.
CAPTAIN AMERICA THOR
PUBLISHER: MARVEL COMICS
(W) Roger Langridge (A) Chris Samnee
From the fan-favorite creative team of Thor: The Mighty Avenger comes a time-twisting tale of Camelot-craziness. When mischievous Loki’s machinations throw Thor and a World War II-era Steve Rogers into King Arthur’s court, it’s an adventure neither noble Avenger will ever forget!
CIVIL WAR ADVENTURE
PUBLISHER: HISTORY GRAPHICS PRESS
(W) Chuck Dixon (A) Gary Kwapisz
Two-fisted, historically accurate stories of the war that divided America! Bloody Bill Anderson’s rein of terror in Missouri traps a reluctant soldier in the battle of his life in ‘I Rode With The Devil!’ Blood-stained axes, moonshine, murder, and revenge in the South Carolina swamps leads to a gunrunner’s worst fear in ‘Gator Bait!’ Check out the ‘Battle Field Amputation’ fact page!
DEADLIEST SHARKS & PREHISTORIC PREDATORS
PUBLISHER: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT
(W) Joe Brusha (A) Anthony Spay
Sharks, Dinosaurs and Dangerous Animals! This FCBD edition from Zenescope’s Silver Dragon Books’ imprint has got them all. This book previews Discovery Channel’s and Animal Planet’s first ever line of Graphic Novels and is based on some of their most popular programming including Shark Week. A book for animal fans of all ages to enjoy.
ELRIC BALANCE LOST
PUBLISHER: BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Chris Roberson (A) Various (C) Erik Jones
For 40 years, the exploits of Elric have thrilled comic book fandom, beginning with his introduction to the world of comics in Marvel’s Conan The Barbarian #15 in 1972. Now, Michael Moorcock, the godfather of the Multiverse concept, brings one of the most critically acclaimed and most recognizable figures in the history of fantasy fiction back to sequential art! This Free Comic Book Day edition heralds the new ongoing Elric series featuring a crisis across multiple worlds that will involve Moorcock’s other famous fantasy franchise characters: Corum of the Scarlet Robe and Dorian Hawkmoon. Meet the Pale Prince in an epic that could only be called The Balance Lost! And make sure you don’t miss the new ongoing series this summer! Written by white-hot New York Times bestselling author Chris Roberson (Superman, iZombie, Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love)!
PUBLISHER: 12-GAUGE COMICS
(W) Doug Wagner (A) Jose Holder
The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (a.k.a. ICE) is charged with keeping our borders secure. The politics are complicated, but they don’t matter to COLE MATAI, leader of the best tactical group ICE has to offer. For him, it’s all about protecting the public from men like LUIS MORALES, head of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. When Morales notices that some of his drug runners are stealing inventory, he takes it personal. Shockwaves hit three U.S. cities as members of his cartel are savagely murdered over a period of weeks, all at the hands of Morales. Now the chase is on! Jump into the action with this free preview edition of ICE #1 (featuring special bonus content from other great 12-Gauge titles)!
PUBLISHER: VIPER COMICS
(W) Dale Mettam (A/C) Jose Coba
Inspector Gadget, Penny and Brain are back… but so is M.A.D.! On what should be a peaceful vacation aboard the Orient Express, Gadget must locate Professor Sagan-Heisenberg and escort him safely back to Metro City. But with M.A.D. agents everywhere, perhaps this time, Dr. Claw will finally beat his nemesis. Go-Go-Gadget-Adventure!
INTREPID ESCAPEGOAT & STUFF OF LEGEND
PUBLISHER: TH3RD WORLD STUDIOS
(W) Brian Smith, Mike Raicht (A) Brian Smith, Charles Paul Wilson III
It is the dawn of the 20th Century, and one brave soul dares to walk the line between the worlds of science and the arcane; he is Thomas Fleet… The Intrepid EscapeGoat! Touring with his ward and assistant Isis (a 2,000-year-old mummy girl), EscapeGoat performs to sold-out crowds around the globe… but it’s what happens offstage, when locals call upon him to solve the paranormal mysteries plaguing their cities, that provides the most peril! Also in this issue: a special preview of The Stuff of Legend Volume 3, continuing the saga of the New York Times best selling graphic novel!
JAKE THE DREAMING
PUBLISHER: RADICAL PUBLISHING
(W) Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin (A) Andrew Jones
Welcome to Slumberton, population 5,000 and boring – but not to 12-year-old Jake. Every day during his mundane tasks of school, homework and chores, Jake falls into daydreams powered by his imagination of untold adventure where he battles fantastic creatures in an epic dreamscape. Life is normal for imaginative Jake until Slumberton’s children start falling into permanent sleep. As Jake expands his imagination and discovers his hidden ability to travel through the dreams of others, it becomes clear that something is keeping the Slumberton children asleep. Whatever it is, Jake must master his newfound ability and harness his imagination to stop it before the whole of Slumberton is trapped in a perpetual nightmare.
JAMES PATTERSON WITCH & WIZARD
PUBLISHER: YEN PRESS
(W) James Patterson (A) Svetlana Chmakova
Yen Press proudly introduces the first chapter of the upcoming manga adaptation of James Patterson’s #1 New York Times bestselling series Witch & Wizard! With art by fan favorite Svetlana Chmakova, herself a New York Times bestselling creator, this series is poised to be a powerhouse! Tap into the legions of fans already following the adventures of Whit and Wisty in their battle against the New Order!
JOHN STANLEY SUMMER FUN
PUBLISHER: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
(W/A) John Stanley
Drawn & Quarterly presents what will surely be the best, most rollicking and pleasure-filled FCBD offering, one that appeals to a myriad of readers; young or old, new to the genre or drowning in stacks of plastic covered pulp, John Stanley’s Summer Fun will leave the reader smiling. Spotlighting the world’s most loved all-ages cartoonist, John Stanley, and one of today’s best contemporary cartoonists and designers, Seth, John Stanley’s Summer Fun features stories from the John Stanley Library–Melvin Monster and Nancy–as well as Stanley classics Dunc and Loo and The Little King, making the collection as diverse as it is engaging. Not only will D+Q’s FCBD issue appeal to the mainstream media, but its direct link to the John Stanley Library makes it relevant to what retailers have in store. Capturing the essence of FCBD while showcasing comics that are accessible to all readers, John Stanley’s Summer Fun offers great value in an eye-catching package. How could you pass this up?
MTG PATH PLANESWALKER II PREVIEW
PUBLISHER: WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Fans of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game, as well as any fantasy reader, will devour this action-packed comic. Featuring content from the Planeswalkerweb comic series, as well as a preview of the upcoming Path of the Planeswalker II graphic novel, readers will get adventures from all their favorite Planeswalkers with lavish illustrations by some of the industry’s best known artists such as Mark Texeira, Kev Walker, Christopher Moeller, and Steve Prescott. The Path of the Planeswalker II Preview represents the high quality story-telling and illustrations readers have come to expect from the world’s most popular trading card game, Magic: The Gathering.
MISADVENTURES OF ADAM WEST #1
PUBLISHER: BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS
(W) Reed Lackey (A) Russell Dauterman (C) Matt Bellisle
The Man, The Myth, The Amulet? Legendary star of the small and silver screen, ADAM WEST, has his career youth-enized in this hip-whimsical,trans-dimensional epic of an adventure. When a mysterious fan delivers an exotic amulet to Mr. West’s doorstep he is Dorothy-fied on an odyssey that will change his career, his love life and inadvertently make him the man that saves the universe!
OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLL COMICS #1
PUBLISHER: GEMSTONE PUBLISHING
(W) J.C. Vaughn (A) Various
Revised and expanded in reaction to retailer and reader requests! How do you collect comics? How do you take care of the comics you buy? How do you grade comics? How do you sell your comics? How do you evaluate their worth? From the team that brings you The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide come answers to these questions and more facing new collectors and experienced enthusiasts alike!
RATED FREE FOR EVERYONE
PUBLISHER: ONI PRESS
(W) J. Torres, Josh Williamson (A) Dean Trippe, Vinnie Navarro
Two all-new stories from two upcoming kids graphic novels! In “Power Lunch” the only thing remarkable about Joey is his astounding array of food allergies-or so he thinks. In reality, Joey is about to learn he has incredible super powers and they’re all tied to the foods his mom has always forced him to avoid. While in “Sketch Monsters,” Mandy must remember exactly how she used her wild imagination to create the giant booger monster terrorizing the city if she has any chance of stopping it!
PUBLISHER: LIQUID COMICS
(W) Ron Marz (A) Mukesh Singh
As seen in the New York Post, USA Today, Fox News, NPR and more. Created by disabled students from America and Syria, experience the origin of a new disabled superhero, Silver Scorpion. “The comic book will help to establish trust and understanding between cultures, to empower young people with disabilities.” – President Bill Clinton, at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
PUBLISHER: ARCHIE COMICS
(W) Ian Flynn (A) Steven Butler
“The Rematch”: Join the excitement with an ALL NEW “Free Comic Book Day” battle royal! Sonic goes to pay his respects for a fallen friend in the Southern Tundra and stumbles upon Ixis Naugus! How has the evil wizard managed to return? How can Sonic beat this magical master of the elements? All this plus exclusive new data files to tell you just who’s who!
PUBLISHER: ONI PRESS
(W) Joe Harris (A) Brett Weldele
Driven to discover the truth regarding his father’s mysterious death many years prior, Melvin Reyes seeks to prove the existence of Spontaneous Human Combustion after fresh outbreaks of the phenomenon reveal a pattern only he can see, a predictability model only he can read, and the terrifying realization that whatever phenomenon consumed his father is also boiling inside of him, just waiting for release.
PUBLISHER: NEW ENGLAND COMICS
In honor of this year’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, NEC Press offers fans—both old and new—an all-new full-color full-length 32-page comic book! Featuring a new 7-page introductory story by the awesome creative team of the popular ongoing TICK NEW SERIES, Benito Cereno and Les McClaine! Plus we offer original full-color preview material from this year’s blockbuster project, THE TICK’S GIANT CIRCUS MAXIMUS, the all-new and updated official “encyclopedia” of The Tick Universe! Use this FCBD TICK both to introduce new fans to the phenomenon known as The Tick, as well as to introduce Tick fans to the upcoming GIANT CIRCUS MAXIMUS project!
TOP SHELF KIDS CLUB 2011
PUBLISHER: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
(W/A) Andy Runton, James Kochalka, Christian Slade, Chris Eliopoulos, Ray Friesen, Jess Smart Smiley
Top Shelf is proud to join the 2011 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY celebration with not one, but SIX all-ages tales. In this FCBD edition, we’ll not only present three adventures from our established all-ages series Owlyby Andy Runton, Johnny Booby James Kochalka, and KORGI by Christian Slade; but we’ll also feature three all-new stories from three brand new all-ages series debuting this year: Okie Dokie Donutsby Chris Eliopoulos, Pirate Penguin Vs Ninja Chickenby Ray Friesen, and Upside Downby Jess Smart Smiley. Perfect for everyone in the family. With a great cover by Chris Eliopoulos this time around to boot!
WALT DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE
(W/A) Floyd Gottfredson
Today everyone knows Mickey Mouse as the cheerful ambassador of all things Disney. But back in the 1930’s, Mickey gained fame as a rough-and-tumble, two-fisted epic hero – an adventurous scrapper matching wits with mobsters, kidnappers, spies, and even (gulp!) city slickers! And Mickey’s greatest feats of derring-do took place in his daily comic strip, written and drawn by one of the greatest cartoonists of the 20th century – Floyd Gottfredson.
WORLDS OF ASPEN
PUBLISHER: ASPEN MLT
Joe Benitez Debuts His Newest Thrilling Series!!
A special compilation issue featuring four exciting outtakes from several of Aspen’s hottest and upcoming new titles – including Fathom (Vol 4), Soulfire(Vol 3), and Executive Assistant: Iris(Vol 2)! Also showcased are two of Aspen’s newest hit titles, Charismagicand Lady Mechanika!!Plus a whole lot more!
YOUNG JUSTICE BATMAN BB SUPER SAMPLER
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS
This super sampler is the perfect place to check out two sensational series from the DC Kids line, Young Justiceand Batman: The Brave & The Bold, based on the popular animated series seen on Cartoon Network. It includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!
DC HEROCLIX 50 SET GREEN LANTERN
Get ready for the Green Lantern movie with this Free Comic Book Day exclusive HeroClix miniature of the classic DC Comics space hero!