Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday.
Just trek over to your local comics shop and say, "Il''ukiudh hveolhaonn iekil'eirh free comic". If they speak Romulan, they'll give you a free comic! If they don't then you can ask in English and for sure they'll give you a free comic!
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.
We've already covered superheroes, alternative press and all-ages titles. Today we're showing you the top Science Fiction and Fantasy picks to look for simply by questing to your local shop on May 2nd.
(W) Brian Clevinger (A) Scott Wegener
Who can turn away from the epic battle of Atomic Robo vs. Dr. Dinosaur!?! This is pure gold — and we're just giving it away! Don't miss the all-new adventure of indy phenomenon, Eisner-nominated Atomic Robo by Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, along with previews of the 2009 adventures of Red 5 favorites and some new faces!
(W) Garan Madeiros (A) Kevin Sharpe, Rick Ketcham, Mark McKenna
As the hard working CEO of the CyberMerc company, "The Stellar Rangers", Jessie Garrett needs a break from the daily mercenary rat race. A visit home to see her dad is just what she needs to recharge. However, her homecoming is interrupted by an unexpected guest — forcing Jessie to relive just how she became a merc in the first place. A great jumping-on point for new readers!
(W) Mark Waid (A) Kenneth Rocafort
Top Cow launches its biggest summer event to date with the return of Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer! When two fan-favorite antagonists join forces, both teams are thrust back into the spotlight and must band together to keep the world safe. But can they get along long enough to succeed? This FCBD09 preview issue leads directly into the five-issue event series launching in July and features an original story by Waid and Rocafort, plus special sneak-peeks of this year's "Pilot Season" contenders.
(W/A) Fred Perry, Rod Espinosa
New look! New beginning! New characters! New adventures! If you've ever thought about reading Gold Digger, this is the jumping-on point you've been waiting for! The next hundred issues start here! And if that weren't enough, this fantastic new-reader-friendly issue also contains a special preview of Prince of Heroes: Chapter Two by Rod Espinosa!
In 2008, Radical Publishing debuted with their FCBD08 preview issue, which also teased at what to expect beyond 2008. Radical 2009 now fulfills that breakout promise with a showcase of Incarnate (from Nick Simmons, son of KISS's Gene Simmons); Oblivion (created by Joseph Kosinski & written by Ian Edginton), FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency (written by David Hine), The Last Days of American Crime (by Rick Remender), Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead (by Steve Pugh & Warren Ellis), Hercules II: The Knives of Kush, Legends, Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising, Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost, and more!
Maniac Comment: If you're in L.A. stop by Meltdown Comics between Noon and 2pm. Nick Simmons will be signing comics and will also be taping for his reality show Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.
(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Justin Greenwood
From the writer of Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man comes a science fiction epic that explores the aftermath of Earth's most brutal conflict. For 10 years the alien invaders have laid waste to our planet, but now they've vanished, leaving the survivors with two questions: "Where did the 'bugs' go?" and "Where does humanity go from here?" Its existential questions, alien-fueled intrigue, and some of the biggest action in comics today! PLUS: A preview of Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen!
(W) Stan Lee (W/A) Hiroyuki Takei
The Shonen Jump FCBD09 edition features 32 action-packed pages of manga fresh from Japan, featuring a new chapter of Ultimo, an exciting manga serial by legendary creators Stan "The Man" Lee and Hiroyuki Takei, creator of Shaman King!
The Studio 407 Sampler showcases four of our titles and asks: What if you were a kid trapped in your own nightmares? What if you were the world's greatest escape artist in the one prison you couldn't escape? What if the world's most advanced piece of military hardware fell into the hands of a madman? What if your attempt to stop a civil war in Europe led to something much worse?
Tune in tomorrow where well spotlight eight comic books that will attract fans of movies, games and other media. And, yep, they're free! And be sure to visit FreeComicBookDay.com for more about this special event!