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Free Comic Book Day

By Tara Bennett

I remember a time when I didn’t appreciate the character of Captain Marvel. This woman — soon to star in her very own MCU movie — held very little interest to me because I never took the time to pick up one of her books and read up about her adventures, whether it be as an Avenger, or with the Guardians of the Galaxy. But at a Free Comic Book day several years ago, a Captain Marvel comic book was one of the titles available to me at no cost. I grabbed one, and now I consider Carol Danvers to be one of my favorite characters of all time.

So what does this mean for you? Perhaps you’ve never picked up a comic book, or maybe you’ve lost interest in them many years ago. Maybe you’re like me—you’ve heard a lot about a character but never really felt like investing your money in one of the books. Well, my friends, Free Comic Book Day on May 2 is for you.

For those that don’t know, Free Comic Book Day is exactly what it sounds like: you can walk into your local comic book shop (Louisiana Double Play for us Baton Rougeans) on that day and pick up numerous select comics for free. The comics are usually a sampling of what a publisher has to offer in the form of multiple short stories or a setup to a big upcoming story.

So what are some of the titles you could get? DIG has put together a list of several free comic books to let you know which belong in your collection.

FIGHT CLUB

I feel like I’m breaking the first rule of Fight Club by talking about this, but this will certainly be Dark Horse Comic’s most thrilling comic debut to date. Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, he lives a mundane life with a kid, a wife, but it won’t last long. Find out what happens as Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart premiere the sequel of Palahniuk’s best-selling novel Fight Club.

BOB’S BURGERS

The hit TV show created by Loren Bouchard is now a comic book. Created by the show’s writers and animators, this comic gives us more of the family we love, The Belchers. In this special Free Comic Book Day edition, several “Best Of” stories from Dynamite’s first-ever Bob’s Burgers comic book series will be collected including “Friend Fiction,” “Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities,” and “Gene Belcher Presents: The Musical.”

SECRET WARS

Can you handle the tension preparing for the final days of the Marvel Universe you grew up with? Add on to that nerve-racking wait for the biggest comic event of the year by picking up this selection. Survivors of a decimated cosmos rise up to witness the horror of Battleworld. Even if they survive, where will they go if they have no home to return to?

DOCTOR WHO

Here’s a little something to soften the wait for the next season of Doctor Who—three all-new short stories featuring the Tenth Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor and the Twelfth Doctor. Perfect for the hard core fans, or for those who have always wanted to give the Doctor a try. Rumor has it there’s also gonna be a sneak peek of top secret DW event coming this summer.

DIVERGENCE

We have a first look at a few of the upcoming DC storylines with DC Comics: Divergence. This preview is jam-packed, featuring Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman, as well as Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s launch of the “Darkseid War” within Justice League, and featuring Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, some of the biggest villains in the DCU. There will also be Gene Luen Yang’s DC Comics debut with celebrated artist John Romita, Jr. as they bring us brand-new Superman.

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