By: Stephanie Shamblin Gray
This upcoming Saturday may be the biggest nerd day ever. Not only is it “May the Fourth be with you” day for our Star Wars pals, but its also Free Comic Book Day! For anyone that doesn’t know, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is the first Saturday in May each year when participating comic shops give away a selection of free comics. As usual, there are a few must have horror titles in the mix, so make sure to visit your local comic shop and support! See the list of horror titles and their synopsis below.
The Walking Dead Special (Image)
This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyrese short story, who made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for Walking Dead fans–none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!
FUBAR (Alterna Comics)
The New York Times-best selling zombie series FUBAR returns with an all-new Free Comic Book Day one-shot! This 32-page issue contains four stories that span the entire American experience from Valley Forge to the present day. Select stories from FUBAR: American History Z (in Previews this February) will put you in the boots of the founding fathers as they come face to face with the walking dead. If you’re new to FUBAR, now’s the perfect time to jump on board!
Discover the characters, creatures and inspiration behind the storyline of NBC’s hit-series, Grimm! From the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Grimm features Portland homicide detective Nick Buckhardt, as he discovers he’s descended from a long line of “Grimms,” who are charged with keeping balance between humanity and the creatures of myth. With newly awoken abilities to detect the evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.
R.I.P.D – Killjoys – Mass Effect (Dark Horse)
Three blockbuster titles fill this FCBD offering! In R.I.P.D., a sÃ©ance goes terribly wrong! Then, in Mass Effect, follow a flight-school grad as he breaks the rules to prove himself in space! Finally, check out the police-state landscape of the highly anticipated miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!
Other than the titles listed above, most of the titles available for FCBD are all-ages and many are specifically for children. A complete list of titles can be found here: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/981. Visit the FCBD site to read more about the event and find a comics retailer near you: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992. Many retailers also have appearances by local artists and creators, so don’t miss out!