Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday.
Just drop by your local comics shop and say, "Please, sir, may I have a free funnybook." And they'll give you one.
Just like that.
They might even give you more then one.
This year the industry is offering up 40 titles covering a variety of tastes and interests. All week Mania will spotlight groups of titles to guide you through the generous offerings of the united comics publishers and stores.
Today we're looking at sampling of the super hero books that you can get just by visiting your local shop on May 2nd.
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Jim Cheung
The mighty Thor and both the New and Dark Avengers join forces against the frost-giant Ymir in a battle that will have terrifying consequences for the Marvel Universe — and for these heroes — in the days to come! Top-flight creators Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Cheung combine talents to bring you an absolutely essential all-new touchstone story for what's coming up in the Marvel Universe — and it's yours, absolutely FREE!
Maniac Comment: If you love Marvel's crossovers, this book is for you!
(W) Geoff Johns (A) Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver
Across the universe the dead will rise! Prepare for the coming of "The Blackest Night" with this prelude to the biggest comic event of the year! This special edition recaps the key moments from "Sinestro Corps War" and "Rage of the Red Lanterns" that led to "Blackest Night", and will give readers everything they need to know about the Green Lantern universe, their ongoing War of Light, and their dark days ahead.
(W) Chad Lambert (A) Oscar Bazaldua. Pow Rodrix
Breaking free of his past, Fist of Justice confronts the one man who stands in the way of his return as Charm City's greatest defender. This is the perfect jumping-on point, because everything you need to know about Fist of Justice is in this issue!
Maniac Comment: We hear great things about this title, not to mention that it's got a sweet Steranko-homage cover!
IMPACT University Volume 5 is jam-packed with the finest art, instruction and inspiration from the biggest comic creators working today. Look inside the history and madness of comics with IDW editors Scott Tipton and Chris Ryall, find out what makes a comic tick from former Marvel editor Andy Schmidt and get world class art instruction from LucasArts artist Randy Martinez, fantasy guru Bill O'Connor, and Ultimates creator Bryan Hitch. Features exclusive, original cover art from Bryan Hitch's Ultimate Comics Studio.
Maniac Comment: Maybe your more interested in drawing superheroes than just reading about them. Impact University is the pace for you!
(W/A) Thomas F. Zahler
Abby's decided that the best way to know more about Mark is to become more like Mark, so she's found a way to become just as super as he is. What will happen when the Crusader gets a partner? Just be sure not to call her a "sidekick"! All of this, and more, in the latest installment of comicdom's favorite heroically super comedy!
Maniac Comment: Hey! You got your Romcom in my Superhero Book. This one brings the funny and the smoochy in between the ka-pow!
(W/A) Erik Larsen
All-new story and art from fan-favorite writer/artist Erik Larsen (Spider-Man, Wolverine)! There's a new vigilante in town: The Dynamic Daredevil! This recently resurrected hero from comics' Golden Age has made Chicago his new home and it pits him against Chicago's fin-headed finest! Plus a mysterious assassin from Dragon's past is introduced as Dragon's battle against the notorious Vicious Circle heats up! It's the ultimate introductory issue and fit for readers young and old!
Maniac Comment: One of the longest-running and most-bombastic indie superhero titles with a guest-shot by the golden-age Daredevil. What more could you ask for?
(W/A) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
Mirage Studios proudly celebrates FCBD09 — and its own 25th anniversary! — by reprinting the groundbreaking first issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (first published in May, 1984)! Old fans and new readers alike will thrill to the seminal adventure of Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael and Master Splinter as they settle an age-old blood feud with their arch nemesis, the Shredder and his Foot Clan minions!
Maniac Comment: If you shopped small-press titles in the 1980s then you may be one of the 3000 lucky people to have scored a copy of the comic that started the biggest phenomenon to come out of the independent comics scene. For the rest of us there's this swell reprint!
A special compilation issue featuring four exciting 6-page story outtakes from several of Aspen's hottest titles! Soulfire and Soulfire: New World Order are two of the showcased titles, plus you'll get first-look premieres of Aspen's two newest titles coming this summer! Cover by Joe Benitez & Peter Steigerwald.
Maniac Comment: Beautiful art and rich fantasy are the hallmarks of Aspen Superheros!
Tune in tomorrow where well spotlight eight alternative comic books that you can get...for free! And be sure to visit FreeComicBookDay.com for more about this special event!