In this Previewing Previews Special, we take a look at all the Free Comic Books available on Free Comic Book Day this year! Below is a guide to all the Free Comic Book Day Comics you might find at Modern Myths! We have included a preview blurb to help you decide what books to grab and we also have included information of what to look for after you’ve read (and enjoyed) your FCBD comics. All Ages titles are prefaced with an (AA).
(AA)-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (IDW)- The Turtles are back in the adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon. The Turtles learn an important lesson when they’re forced outside their comfort zone. What’s next? IDW is launching an all-ages TMNT: New Animated Adventures book in July!
(AA)-Top Shelf Kids Club (Top Shelf)- This sampler contains short stories featuring characters from Owly, Korgi, Johnny Boo & Dragon Puncher, Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken, Upside Down, and Monster on the Hill. What’s next? All these great kids properties have books of their own!
Valiant Masters 2013 Showcase Edition (Valiant)- Four sneak peeks at upcoming hardcover collections featuring classic stories from the original Valiant Universe. What’s next? Valiant Masters: Ninjak Vol. 1 is available now; the collections for Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and Rai will be available this month, August, and November respectively.
The Walking Dead (Image)- Four tales featuring fan favorites Michonne, Tyrese, Morgan, and the Governor. What’s next? Walking Dead is an ongoing monthly book or you can pick up one of the collections!
The Red Ten (Comix Tribe)- A prequel of the 10 issue super-hero murder mystery Red Ten. What’s next? The Red Ten issues #1 & 2 are available now!
Infinity (Marvel)- A teaser of Marvel’s upcoming Summer event; also contains a reprint of a Thanos story from Logan’s Run #6 and a preview of Avengers: Endless Wartime,the new original graphic novel from Warren Ellis and Mike McCone. What’s next? Get caught up with Thanos in Thanos Rising #1 & #2 available now. Check out Infinity in August and the Avengers: Endless Wartime OGN in October!
Bleeding Cool (Avatar Press)- If you miss Wizard Magazine, this book is for you! With short articles on all aspects of comics, this primer has Top 10 lists, covers comic collecting, and previews summer events from Boom!, IDW, and Valiant. What’s next? Bleeding Cool Magazine has filled the niche left by Wizard Magazine.
Superman: Last Son of Krypton (DC Comics)- This reprint of Action Comics #844 kicks off the Summer of Superman. Also contains an interview with the superstar creative team behind the new Superman Unchained series. What’s next? If you want to read the rest of the Last Son storyline, check out the Superman: Last Son of Krypton TP. Superman Unchained #1 hits shelves June 12th, just two days before Superman: Man of Steel hits theaters.
(AA)-DC Nation Super Sampler (DC Comics)- Two all-ages stories featuring the stars of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block on Saturday mornings. What’s next? If your little one wants more all-ages Batman fun, check out Lil’ Gotham #1 or the Batman: Brave & the Bold trade paperbacks.
Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace 2013 (Gemstone Publishing)- A collection of articles highlighting comic book properties on the big screen. What’s next? For more in-depth articles on comic collecting, check out The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide 43rd Edition in July.
Atomic Robo (Red 5 Comics)- Atomic Robo is back for his latest FCBD adventure. Has Robo met his match in Unit 5? Also contains a story featuring Bodie Troll, a troll who wants to be fierce and scary, but is doomed to be cute and cuddly. What’s next? Atomic Robo can be found monthly either in his recurring series of limited series or in Real Science Adventures. Atomic Robo is also available collected in trade format. Bodie Troll is currently starring in his own limited series. Issue #2 is out in July.
(AA)-Ugly Doll Comics (Vizkids) contains stories starring the ubiquitous Ugly Dolls, Hello Kitty, mameshiba, and Pokemon. All four stories are previews of books coming from Vizkids in the Fall. What’s next? Currently, Pokemon digests are available!
Judge Dredd Classics (IDW Comics) previews a reprint series of Judge Dredd comics coming this summer. What’s next? Check out either the ongoing Judge Dredd series or the Judge Dredd Year One miniseries!
Marble Season ( Drawn & Quarterly) is the first semi autobiographical work from Love & Rocket’s co-creator Gilbert Hernandez. The FCBD sampler also contains the afterword by Corey K. Creekmur. What’s next? Marble Season is available now.
Kellerman/L’Amour (Bantam Dell) is a sampler of two upcoming graphic novels adapted from best selling authors. What’s next? Louis L’Amour’s Law of the Desert Born is due in the fall and Jonathan Kellerman’s The Web is due in the winter.
(AA)-Spongebob: The Freestyle Funnies (Bongo) is a collection of short Spongebob comics. What’s next? Spongebob stars in his own ongoing monthly comic.
Spoon! The Tick (NEC) contains all new stories starring the Tick. What’s next? Check out more of the Tick’s escapades in any of the Tick trade collections.
(AA)-Scratch 9 (Hermes Press) reprints the first issue of the Eisner nominated all-ages series about a housecat named Scratch who has delusions of being a jungle beast. What’s next? Scratch 9: Cat Tails will be available in July.
The Steam Engines of Oz (Arcana Studios) re-imagines the magical world of Oz in a steampunk vein. The FCBD comic contains the first chapter of the upcoming graphic novel. What’s next? Theis is just the first release from Arcana Studios new line of Steampunk Orignals.
Ramayan 3392 AD (Graphic India) sampler from Graphic India contains a handful of stories penned by Ron Marz and drawn by comic greats like Michael Avon Oeming, David Petersen, Luke Ross, and Bart Sears. Also contains a preview of Grant Morrison’s 18 Days: The Animated Series. What’s next? Graphic India plans on releasing a line of digital comics available at http://www.graphicindia.com/
(AA)-Also from Graphic India, Stan Lee’s Chakra the Invincible is a preview of the upcoming digital release of Graphic India’s first superhero line. What’s next? Graphic India plans on releasing a line of digital comics available at http://www.graphicindia.com/
(AA)-Strawberry Shortcake/Sesame Street flip book contains short comics from two of Ape Entertainment ongoing kids’ comics. What’s next? Sesame Street just launched with #1.
(AA)-The MegaMan/Sonic flip book from Archie Comics contains the prelude to the long awaited ‘Worlds Collide’ story-line from these two ongoing series. What’s next? The ‘Worlds Collide’ story-line continues on in MegaMan, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Universe.
(AA)-Action Lab’s NFL Rush Zone imagines a world where Pokemon inspired National Football League mascots fight crime. What’s next? NFL Rush Zone is an ongoing all ages series.
(AA)-Anna & Froga/Pippi flip book from Drawn & Quarterly previews two all ages upcoming graphic novel releases. What’s next? Anna & Froga: I dunno…what do you want to do? is available now and Pippi Fixes Everything will be out in September.
(AA)-Bongo Comics Free-For-All is a collection of Simpsons themed comics. What’s next? Get more Simpsons fun in the ongoing monthly comics Simpsons Comics and Bart Simpson. Bongo also releases many Simpson themed specials and one-shots!
Valiant 2013 (Valiant Comics) previews Harbinger Wars #1, X-O Manowar #11, Archer & Armstrong #0, and Quantum & Woody #1. What’s next? The Valiant Universe is back! Check out any of their ongoing monthlies: Bloodshot, Shadowman, Harbinger, X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, and the upcoming Quantum & Woody.
Damsels: Mermaids (Dynamite) features a brand new original story set in the Damsels Universe. What’s next? Damsels is an ongoing monthly and Damsels: Mermaids #1 launches next week!
(AA)-Capstone Presents Mr. Puzzle (Capstone) Mr. Puzzle is a superhero who can bend, shrink, stretch and grow! He uses his puzzle powers to save the day! What’s next? Mr. Puzzle Super Collection a 128 page collection is out this summer!
Buck Rogers 25th Century A.D. (Hermes Press) collects two original Sunday Buck Rogers strips from the 1930′s: ‘Mind of Minds’ and ‘Wilma to the Rescue’. What’s next? Hermes Press is launching an ongoing Buck Rogers comic in August written and drawn by Howard Chaykin.
(AA)-Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Marvel Comics) is a comic adaptation of the upcoming Disney XD cartoon. Also contains a preview of the Avengers Assemble cartoon. What’s next? Both cartoons premiere on Disney XD on August 11.
(AA)-Action Time Buddies (Antarctic Press) is a collection of the hit web comic of the same name. What’s next? Check out more of the web comic at www.ActionTimeBuddies.com
(AA)-Rated Free for Everyone (Oni Press) is a compilation of some of Oni Press’s all ages material. The first story is ‘Mermin: Welcome to the Zoo’ which follows the escapades of a visit to the zoo by Mermin, a merchild. The second story is ‘The Crogan Adventures: The Black Brigade”; a historical comic set in 1779. What’s next? Mermin the Merman is available now and follow more of the Crogan family in any of the following graphic novels: Crogan’s Vengeance Crogan’s March, and/or Crogan’s Loyalty.
(AA)-World of Archie Digest (Archie Comics) collects a variety of Archie stories featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teen-age Witch and the rest of the Riverdale gang! What’s next? Keep up with all of the Riverdale Gang in their monthly ongoing books.
(AA)-KaBOOM! Summer Blast (Boom Entertinment) features short stories from Adventure Time, Regular Show, Herobear & the Kid, Ice Age, Peanuts, and Garfield. What’s next? Adventure Time, Regular Show, Peanuts, and Garfield are available as monthly ongoing books. Herobear & the Kid will be an ongoing monthly beginning next month. Follow the adventures of the Ice Age crew in their series of one-shot specials.
(AA)-Molly Danger/Princeless Flip Comic (Action Lab Entertainment) Girl Power! Princeless follows the adventures of a young princess who knows she doesn’t need a prince to save her. Molly Danger is a teen-age superhero! What’s next? Princeless has just released issue #2 of its second volume. Molly Danger is an upcoming indie series from Jamal Igle.
Mouse Guard/ Rust Flip Comic (Archaia Entertainment) The Mouse Guard story is a tale of Thane & Ilsa and the Rust story has Jet Jones helping out two kids with their farm chores. What’s next? Mouse Guard Legends of the Guard VOL 2 #1 is out at the end of the month and more adventures of Rust are available in two hardcover collections.
Grimm (Dynamite) NBC’s hit drama (don’t call us Fables!) is adapted as a comic book! What’s next? Grimm #1 hits shelves next week!
Finding Gossamyr/The Stuff of Legend Flip Book (Th3rd World) Finding Gossamyr is an all-ages tale of Denny, a young math prodigy, who finds himself in a magical land where math=magic. The Stuff of Legend is a more grown up take on the “Toys Are Alive” motif. What’s next? The first arc of Finding Gossamyr is coming out in hardcover this summer! The first 3 volumes of The Stuff of Legend are available now; volume 4 ships this summer.
Prince Valiant: In the Days of King Arthur (Fantagraphics) reprints two classic Hal Foster Prince Valiant strip sequences from 1950: ‘The Homecoming’ and ‘The Challenge’. What’s next? Fantagraphics has published 6 volumes reprinting Hal Foster’s work. Volume 7: 1949-1950 is due in June.
FUBAR (Fubar Press) posits a world where zombies exist and their impact on war. Stories in this comic revolve around Iraq in 2003, Valley Forge in 1776, London in 1941 and Mexico in 1916. What’s next? A new miniseries FUBAR: By the Sword sets the zombie apocalypse in medieval times. Due out in July.
(AA)-Smurfs (Papercutz)- Everyone’s favorite blue sprites are featured in this FCBD comic, along with Annoying Orange and Ariol. Hello Western, Massachusetts! What’s next? The Smurfs star in an ongoing series of trade paperbacks. Annoying Orange’s first trade, Secret Orange Man, was just released as was Ariol: Just A Donkey Like You and Me.
Rurouni Kenshin/Dragonball (Viz Media) This manga flipbook collects two of Viz’s most popular manga stars. The Dragonball half reprints two iconic stories from the international hit. The Rurouni Kenshin half offers a preview of an all-new series starring one of Japan’s most famous manga swordsman. What’s next? Viz Media is collecting the entirety of Dragonball and Dragonball Z in a series of 3-in-1 collections starting in June. The original run of Rurouni Kenshin is being reprinted in that 3-in-1 format and the new story-line Restoration begins in July.
Endangered Weapon B and the Tentacles of Doom (Markosia) England’s premier graphic novel publishing house presents previews of five graphic novels it’s releasing here in the States this summer. What’s next? Look for Endangered Weapon B and the Tentacles of Doom, Project Luna 1947, Hero 9 to 5, The Case Files of Harlan Falk, and The Heart of War this summer.
(AA)-Disney Fairies: Tinkerbell (Papercutz) Everyone’s favorite Tinker Fairy is back in this collection and the FCBD collection also features a preview of Stardoll, an adaptation of a popular children’s web series. What’s next? Tinkerbell stars in her own line of graphic novels and the monthly series Stardoll launches in the Fall.
Mass Effect (Dark Horse Comics) is set the world of the successful video game franchise. The flip book also contains previews of RIPD and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. What’s next? All three books are available as mini-series.
The Strangers (Oni Comics) debuts with this free first issue. A look back at the Cold War through a lens of the paranormal. What’s next? The second issue of this wild, wacky series hits in July.