Not only is May 4th 2013 Star Wars Day, but it’s the annually occurring, international Free Comic Book Day. That’s right, for one day only you’ll be able to pick up a stack of comic books from your local comic book shop for absolutely free. But today’s busy geek might not have the time to read the large amount of comics available, so here’s Geek Insider’s special guide on what to look out for.
Superman Special Edition (DC)
First up is DC’s biggest offering this year with Superman Special Edition. This issue attempts to tie-in with the upcoming Man of Steel movie by reprinting the first chapter of the Superman’s battle against General Zod, which originally appeared in Action Comics in 2006. New content comes in the form of a sneak-peak of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s new series Superman: Unchained.
Undoubtedly the biggest draw to Free Comic Book Day 2013 for comic fans will be Marvel’s universe changing Infinity issue. Marvel have kept relatively quiet about Infinity, but what we do know is that it’ll act as the start of a brand new, Marvel wide story arc that will wrap up the events of the Avengers and the Uncanny Avengers comics with a a cosmic war. Infinity also contains a reprint of Avengers enemy Thanos’ first solo story; a character that many will remember from the end of the recent The Avengers movie.
The Walking Dead (Image Comics)
This year Image Comics are offering The Walking Dead fans a special treat with a brand new Tyrese focused story, who first appeared on the television series in the third season. As if this was’t enough, it’ll also contain reprints of short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This one’s definitely worth picking up, especially considering that Image Comics have stated that these stories will not be appearing in trade paperback form!
Judge Dredd Classics (IDW)
Following the recent Dredd movie, the Judge Dredd comic strip has successfully made its way from the shores of Britain over to the US, where it is published by IDW. This particular issue contains a special reprint of the legendary introduction of series villain Judge Death, digitally remastered and now in full colour. Defiantly one of Dredd’s finest moments and a comic book that should be checked out by anyone curious of the Judge Dredd series.
Mass Effect, Killjoys and R.I.P.D. (Dark Horse)
Lastly we’ve got a bumper sized issue containing not one, but three stories from Dark Horse. The Mass Effect story, based off the popular video game series of the same name, follows the tale of a flight-school graduate as he proves his abilities in space. True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a new series by My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way. And finally we have a short R.I.P.D. story that ties in with the upcoming film in which we get to see how the team handles a séance that goes horribly wrong.
Mouse Guard/ Rust (Archaia)
Mouse Guard is a charming Archaia series telling the tale of a series of small, mouse inhabited towns and the brave and noble Mouse Guard that protect them. This book also contains Rust, the story of a plucky young rocket powered boy Jet Jones and the lessons he learns while helping out a family of farmers. If this book is anything like Archaia’s offering last year, then these endearing tales will be a must-read for adults and children alike.
Steam Engines of Oz (Arcana)
Arcana’s unique SteamPunk Originals Presents series re-imagines classic fairytale worlds with a SteamPunk twist. As the name suggests, Steam Engines of Oz shows what happened 100 years after the death of the Wicked Witch of the West when steam powered machinery pushes the land of Oz into an industrial revolution.
The Red Ten (ComixTribe)
Another re-imagining, this prelude chapter to The Red Ten is a gritty, super-hero infused retelling of Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None. This book also features another new story, Oxymoron: Quiet Riot in which a psychopathic super-villain takes over an entire city, but with no more heroes around it’s up to a lone cop to save the city she loves.
Comics for the Kids (Big Kids Too!)
Spongebob Freestyle Funnies (United Plankton Pictures)
Top Shelf Kids Club (Top Shelf)
Mr. Puzzle (Capstone)
Sonic the Hedgehog/ Mega Man (Archie)
The Tick (New England Comics)
Ready for Free Comic Book Day 2013?
Are you planning to grab yourself some free comics this Saturday? Which books are you going to pick up on Free Comic Book Day 2013? We’d love to hear from you, so drop us a comment below!