Free Comic Book Day 2013: May The 4th Be With You!

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May. This year it falls on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day. So check out what the comic book companies have to offer you this year, and May The 4th Be With

(W/A/CA) Matt Groening
Bongo rings in another Free Comic
Book Day with a comical cornucopia of four-color comics and games. First, Bart
becomes a model citizen for a day…with disastrous results. Then, Jimbo and the
gang escalate and elevate their juvenile delinquency to new heights. Stick
around for a bedtime tale with the dim but adorable Li’l Homer and go in search
of the Happy Little Elves with Maggie.

Publisher: DARK HORSE
(W) Joshua Williamson &
Various (A/CA) Ryan Hill & Various
All-ages adventure! Star Wars
joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Then explore the
upcoming Dark Horse series Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing
superhero is on! And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as
she deals with her broken heart . . .
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Jim
Publisher: VIZ LLC
(W) David Horvath & Various
(A) James Kolchaka & Various
Say, Friend. Do you need a hero?
Then this comic isn’t for you. (Though being Ugly is a super power –
“ugly” means unique!)  Do you
need a cookie? Then this is your book! 
 Join OX™, Wage™, Babo™, Ice-Bat™ and all their
friends in the Uglydolls’ first ever comic book adventure.
The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,
but they sure will eat your candy!
And don’t miss the bonus features
from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!
 It’s An Uglydoll Comic will also
feature samples of the upcoming Pokemon Pocket Comics [coming Fall 2013] which
are a collection of full color, self contained, fun and funny comic strips
featuring pokemon from Pokemon Black and White. Also featured are samples of
the upcoming Hello Kitty graphic novels [October 2013] which are full color original
stories by American artists such as Jacob Chabot [Mighty Skullboy Army]. The
last property to be included is Mameshiba, the strange, unique, and absolutely
adorable combination of a bean and a dog put together.
(W/A/CA) Various
An explosion of All-Ages
awesomeness from KaBOOM! this Free Comic Book Day! Sure to be one of the most
popular offerings this Free Comic Book Day, the KaBOOM! Summer Blast is 48
pages chock-full of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands today!
Featuring excerpts from Adventure Time, Peanuts, Regular Show, Bravest
Warriors, Garfield, Ice Age and some brand-new surprises, these series will
keep readers young and old coming back to your comic shop again and again!
(W) Georgia Ball, Jason M. Burns
(A/CA) Amy Mebberson
On side one, Elmo, Cookie Monster,
The Count and Super Grover teach you about the magic of reading comics! It’s
GUARANTEED to chase the clouds away!
On side two, join Strawberry
Shortcake and friends on 3 berry sweet adventures!
Includes “The Blue Flu”,
“The Hunt for Blackberry’s Treasure”, and “Blueberry’s Book
It’s a bushel of fun!
(W) Derek Drymon, Maris Wicks (A)
Graham Annable & Various
United Plankton brings you a
completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013. In
“Paint Misbehavin'” Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to
paint realistically–but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to
life? Then in “Day of the Free Comic” SpongeBob must foil Plankton’s
latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a…giveaway comic book! Will
funny books ever be the same? And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new
villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful
cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer’s SpongeBob
superhero-themed annual!

Publisher: DC
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
#1 is a great jumping-on point for fans who can’t wait to see Warner Bros.
Pictures’ Man of Steel major motion picture! This issue features the first
chapter of the Superman: Last Son of Krypton graphic novel, written by Richard
Donner and Geoff Johns and illustrated by Adam Kubert, featuring Superman’s
epic battle with General Zod and the Phantom Zone villains.
In addition, it includes a special
sneak preview of the blockbuster new monthly series starring The Man of Steel
by the all-star team of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee!
Publisher: NBM
(W/A) Peyo & Various (CA) Peyo
THE SMURFS return to Free Comic
Book Day with two stories never-before-seen in the US! Gargamel has tormented the Smurfs time and time again,
always vowing his revenge on the small creatures. But what happens when he is
forced to tangle with someone bigger than him- a nasty Ogre? Will the Smurfs
let the Ogre destroy Gargamel, or will they decide to help their oldest
foe?  Find out in “The Ogre and the
Smurfs”! Also featuring comics from two of the hottest new Papercutz
series-ANNOYING ORANGE and ARIOL, a new series from Emmanuel Guibert!
(W/A) Various (CA) Dario Brizuela
Jumping from screen to page, it’s
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES! This unique series
captures the heart of the smash Nickelodeon television show with brand-new
stories. Full of action, excitement and laughs, this is the perfect all-ages
comic to get you seeing green!!
(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie
Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
This special Walking Dead issue
contains a new Tyrese short story, who made his television debut in The Walking
Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor
and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for Walking Dead fans–none of
these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!
(W/A) Various (CA) TBD
Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead!
The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this
FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is
known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more
pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends,
this digest is a great primer to the double digests that Archie Comics are
known for. Filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business,
this is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!
(W) John Wagner & Various (A)
Henry Flint & Various (CA) Henry Flint
Home of Judge Dredd, 2000 AD is
the UK’s award-winning weekly SF anthology comic.
this bumper 48-page FCBD special, The Jimps Club is a brand new Judge
Dredd story about a club of Judge impersonators compete against each other to
see who can last the longest on the harsh streets of the ‘Big Meg’. They’ve got
being a Judge down to a fine art, nailed the mannerisms and the stance, but all
it takes is one mistake for Dredd to spot an imposter…; Zombo returns in the
all-new Planetronix: Mohawk Of Menace! – the failed government(TM) robot defense
force Planetronix (TM) are on a mission to just say NO to DRUGS! But when
Yellow Lion (TM) starts getting into insidious punk rock music, Zombo has to
intervene; plus thrill-pounding action from The Visible Man, dimensional
instability issues for Indigo Prime and dubious thermo-nuclear advice from
alien delinquents DR & Quinch.
Christos Gage (Avengers
Academy, X-Men: Legacy, Authority: Prime) created a visceral world
where law enforcement turns to super cops to subdue the new breed of street
evil.  But when one cop crosses the line
and begins hunting and killing criminals in secret, he becomes worse than those
he brought to ultimate justice.  Absolution
takes fans on an insane roller-coaster ride that ends in a public hero’s
downfall and the uprising of a violent judge, jury, and executioner.  Absolution: The Beginning reprints the first
two issues (#0-1) of this classic series and provides a sneak peek preview at
this summer’s highly anticipated sequel, Absolution: Rubicon!  Perfect for fans of the Punisher and
Authority – Absolution will show you what happens when a superhero is pushed
beyond the boundaries of sanity and decides to push back. 
(W) Robby Bevard (A/CA) Fred Perry
Kid the Adventurer and Bro the
Kung-Fu Pegasus are back in an ALL-NEW story for Free Comic Book Day! The
fan-favorite best buds will face fierce forests, soaring snakes, nincompoop
ninjas, doofy dinosaurs, and vile villains all in the name of fun!  Don’t miss out on this growing hit!
(W) Matt Hawkins (A) Stjepan Sejic
Aphrodite IX returns for Free
Comic Book Day!  This first free issue
launches a new ongoing series of Top Cow’s fan favorite, memory challenged,
green haired, questionably human heroine. 
Hundreds of years after a cataclysmic event scorched the surface, Earth
and its inhabitants have been forever altered and a new landscape and political
struggle has taken hold with three distinct factions fighting for control.  Aphrodite IX is both anachronism and advanced
technology in a world that she no longer recognizes.  No aliens, just humans and their genetically
and technologically altered descendants in a mixture of the best Sci-Fi and
Fantasy has to offer!
Publisher: RED 5 COMICS
(W) Brian Clevinger (A/CA) Scott
Unanimously heralded by fans,
creators, retailers and critics as the perfect first comic to give to a
non-comic-reader. It’s a robotic experiment gone wrong, and only Atomic Robo’s
brand of violent science can save the day. We’ve got lasers, explosions, and
robots. It’s like the transforming-robot movies, but comprehensible! Plus,
previews of 2013 adventures of Red 5 favorites and new faces.
It’s out action featuring the
newest stars to be of Disney XD: Avengers and the Hulk and the Agents of
S.M.A.S.H.! Featuring art pulled directly from the animated series, this sneak
peek at the two newest animated series from the geniuses at Marvel Animation
promises to make this the biggest Free* Comic Book Day Ever! *Are we really
giving this away?! YES!
Bleeding Cool Magazine celebrates
Free Comic Book Day with an all-new issue dedicated to the best new comics,
creators, and events of this year’s FCBD! 
Filled with all-ages accessible previews, interviews, and articles that
help the fans to enjoy the comic collecting hobby, BCM FCBD is the perfect
supplement to help readers new and old find the best comics and expand their
experience at the party into a passion for a lifetime.  In this issue, we give the new FCBD reader
everything they need to become a lifelong collector – a Collecting Comics 101
feature, the Top Genre & Starter Graphic Novels in stores, and Tips and
Tricks for the Back Issue Hunt!  This
perfect entry point into Bleeding Cool Magazine is ideal for giving readers
tons of extra FCBD content and to introduce our hot comics, speculation, and
unique brand of entertainment to a host of new customers. 
(W/A/CA) Rick Yager
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,
the first, best and original sci-fi hero is supporting free comic book day with
a special re-print of two complete Sunday stories by fabled artist Rick Yager,
who defined the look of the character for over twenty years.  Hermes Press’ Buck Rogers FCBD issue will
feature two complete, exciting storylines starring Buck Rogers and Wilma
Deering in “The Mind of Minds” and “Wilma to the
Rescue.”  These stories have been
painstakingly digitally reconstructed to perfection and look better than the original
newspaper Sundays!  Hermes Press’ Buck
Rogers FDBD issue will also offer bonus material and tons of surprises!
(W/A/CA) Chris Eliopoulos
Who is Mr. Puzzle, you ask? Well,
he’s the perfect fit for any problem, of course! And Capstone brings him to you
for the perfect price…FREE! Follow Mr. Puzzle on two exclusive,
never-before-seen adventures by Chris “Elio” Eliopoulos. Watch the
superhero stretch, bend, shrink, and grow, all to keep the folks of Busyville
safe. Don’t miss this two-for-none of fun with Mr. Puzzle!!
(W) Matthew Sturges (A) Jean-Paul
Deshong (CA) Stephanie Hans
The Little Mermaid has been
captured by a cruel wizard, who intends to keep her locked away forever. But
help comes in the form of a valiant one-legged tin soldier whose heart is far
bigger than he is. Can the Little Mermaid escape her vicious captor with
nothing but a talking toy to guide her? Find out in this fairy tale for all
ages written by Matthew Sturges (Jack of Fables, Doctor Who).
Publisher: DC
This super sampler is the perfect
place to check out two sensational series from the DC Kids line, Beware The
Batman and Teen Titans Go!, based on Warner Bros. Animation’s new animated
series coming soon to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming
block. It includes two exciting, all-new stories that readers of all ages will
Publisher: NBM
(W/A) Disney, JayJay Jackson (CA)
Papercutz presents DISNEY FAIRIES
featuring Tinker Bell, along with comics from the new hit series, STARDOLL!
There’s only one fairy in Pixie Hollow who can’t fly- Water-Talent Fairy, Rani.
Why doesn’t Rani have wings? Was she always this way? Find out in “Tinker
Bell and the Wings of Rani”.
Publisher: VIZ LLC
(W) Akira Toriyama (A) Nobuhiro
Watsuki, Nobuhiro Watsuki
A seminal series from a legendary
creator. Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese “Monkey King” myth,
introduces us to Son Goku, a young monkey-tailed boy whose quiet life is turned
upside-down when he meets Bulma, a girl determined to collect the seven
“Dragon Balls.” If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful
dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered
all over the world, and to get them she needs the help of a certain
super-strong boy…
During the violent upheaval of the
Bakumatsu era, Hitokiri Battosai was a feared and ruthless assassin. But now
that the Meiji Restoration has begun to heal the wounds of civil war, Battosai
has taken up a new name…and a new calling! He is now Himura Kenshin , a
rurouni wanderer who has vowed to only draw his sword to protect those in need.
But not everyone is pleased with Kenshin’s new direction, and enemies from his
dark past have vowed to bring him down!
(W) David Tallerman (A/CA) Robert
What kind of lunatic forces a
grizzly bear to wear mechanized combat armor and fight his battles?   What kind of fiend kidnaps a beautiful
Polynesian computer genius to be his child bride?  And just who has a ninja for a butler
anyway?  Meet the Professor: eccentric,
scientist, explorer and Englishman par excellence.  Madcap steampunk high jinks in Endangered
Weapon B.
(W/A/CA) Hal Foster
This full-color comic collects two
Prince Valiant stories from Hal Foster’s 1950 peak: “Home Again,” in
which Val, Aleta, and newborn baby Prince Arn enjoy an eventful ocean journey
back to Thule, and “The Challenge,” in which another knight’s
unwelcome advances on Aleta result in a classic duel with Valiant.
(W) David Rodriguez & Various
(A) Sarah Ellerton, Charles Paul Wilson (CA) Charles Paul Wilson, Sarah
Return to the fantastic world of
Gossamyr as Th3rd World’s critically acclaimed, all-ages series continues in an
brand new, original, adventure just for Free Comic Book Day! The Lorelarks are
tasked with chronicling the tales of Gossamyr. But when a young novice feels
that the growing legends of Jenna and her brother Denny might become a danger
to the siblings, she is moved to action and challenges the code of her order.
Also in this issue, the saga of the New York Times Bestselling Graphic Novel,
The Stuff of Legend continues!
(W) Jeff McClelland, Shawn
Aldridge (A) Jeff McComsey, Steve Becker (CA) Mike Hawthorne
The New York Times-best selling
zombie series FUBAR returns with an all-new Free Comic Book Day one-shot! This
32-page issue contains four stories that span the entire American experience
from Valley Forge to the present day. Select stories from FUBAR: American
History Z (in Previews this February) will put you in the boots of the founding
fathers as they come face to face with thewalking dead. If you’re new to FUBAR,
now’s the perfect time to jump on board!
(W) David Greenwalt & Various
(A) Jose Malaga (CA) Whilce Portacio
Discover the characters, creatures
and inspiration behind the storyline of NBC’s hit-series, Grimm!  From the producers of Buffy the Vampire
Slayer and Angel, Grimm features Portland homicide detective Nick Buckhardt, as he discovers he’s
descended from a long line of “Grimms,” who are charged with keeping
balance between humanity and the creatures of myth.  With newly awoken abilities to detect the
evil lurking among us, Nick struggles to keep his old life separate and safe as
he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries of the Grimm world.
(W) Joshua D. M. Dysart &
Various (A) Clayton Henry & Various (CA) Clayton Crain
Everything you need to know about
the Valiant Universe in 2013 happens right here this Free Comic Book Day! The
critically acclaimed, best-selling comics launch of the decade throws it into
high gear with HARBINGER WARS, Valiant’s first-ever family crossover! The
blistering conflict between BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER will crack the Valiant
Universe in half and reveal the true cost of power.  Plus — who will stand to oppose X-O MANOWAR
on PLANET DEATH? What adventure lies beyond the horizon for ARCHER &
ARMSTRONG?  Who is the true heir to the
legacy of the SHADOWMAN? And what top-secret projects could possibly be coming
next? Get all the answers right here.
(W) John Howard, Joe Collins
(A/CA) Brian Bolland
In advance of IDW’s coming ongoing
series re-presenting the best Judge Dredd stories from the past with all-new
coloring, this special FCBD release offers one of the most beloved Dredd
stories of all time: the introduction of Judge Death, with all-new color! Plus:
bonus “Walter the Wobot” strips appearing in color for the very first
time, all beautifully illustrated by the brilliant Brian Bolland!
(W) Jonathan Kellerman &
Various (A) Tom Yeates, Michael Gaydos
Kellerman / L’Amour features thrilling
excerpts from 2 of the Random House Publishing Group’s stalwart authors;
Jonathan Kellerman and Louis L’Amour. Kellerman’s THE WEB is the 2nd graphic
novel adaptation that brings new life to a classic Alex Delaware psychological
thriller.  L’Amour’s LAW OF THE DESERT
BORN is a classic Western-and an all-new L’Amour story told in a style like no
other! The Free Comic Book Day sampler will feature a 14 page excerpt for each
graphic novel, both are scheduled to publish in Fall 2013.

(W/A/CA) Gilbert Hernandez
Drawn & Quarterly continues
its FCBD tradition of offering the best free comic in the industry by
publishing an exclusive excerpt of its lead Spring 2013 book by legendary
alternative cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez of Love & Rockets fame. Marble
Season is a semi autobiographical epic about a group of kids growing up in the
1960s seen through the eyes of a young boy. Comics and popular culture of the
day will dominate the proceedings and tell the untold story of one of the medium’s
greatest and most respected artists. This FCBD has no nudity and no swearing
and it will serve as a great preview for the upcoming book of the same name,
which will be one of D+Q’s lead titles of 2013. 

Publisher: DARK HORSE
(W) Jeremy Barlow & Various
(A/CA) Garry Brown & Various
Three blockbuster titles fill this
FCBD offering! In R.I.P.D., a séance goes terribly wrong! Then, in Mass Effect,
follow a flight-school grad as he breaks the rules to prove himself in space!
Finally, check out the police-state landscape of the highly anticipated
miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!

Publisher: ACTION LAB
(W) Jamal Igle, Jeremy Whitley (A)
Jamal Igle & Various
Two complete stories!  She’s Strong, She’s smart, and she’s incredibly
brave. She’s the protector of Coopersville, the Princess of Finesse, the petite
powerhouse known only as Molly Danger! 
But what secrets threaten everything she holds dear.   And on her way to rescue her sisters,
Adrienne finds another mysterious princess locked away in a tower, but she’s
guarded by one of the knights sent to hunt Adrienne. Who is this princess and
will Adrienne and Bedelia survive trying to rescue her?

(W/A) David Peterson & Various
(CA) Royden Lepp, David Peterson
For Free Comic Book Day, Archaia
is proud to present a square flip book containing a collection of original
short stories from some of its all-ages-friendly titles! In David Petersen’s
Mouse Guard short, a young Sadie is told a mouse fairy tale about proving one’s
self and the best trait to look for in love. Royden Lepp’s Rust tells how
rocket-boy Jet Jones learns an important lesson while helping the younger
members of the Taylor family with their daily chores on the farm. This spectacular,
free one-shot also includes original short stories from Sean Rubin’s upcoming,
enchanting dinosaur tale, Bolivar; Jim Henson’s fantasy classic, Labyrinth (an
Archaia original graphic novel by Ted Naifeh, Adrianne Ambrose, and Cory Godbey
is in the works); and Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos’ justice-seekin’ boy
hero, Cow Boy. As an added bonus, there’s also fun Pantalones, TX
activity pages by Yehudi Mercado!

Publisher: ACTION LAB
(W) Kevin Freeman, Jeremy Whitley
(A) M Goodwin, Jerry Gaylord (CA) M Goodwin
Two complete stories!  A referee’s flag is corrupted by the
power.  The Guardians must arrive at the
Bengals-Titans game and get that flag before the referee throws it, bringing it
to life.  And the villainous Coach
Carnage is on the recruit for his interstellar team “The Visitors,”
and it’s up to the Guardians, with the help of previous draft picks, to stop
him from ruining the draft and taking this year’s recruiting class.
This FCBD book also includes an exclusive preview of Jeremy Dale’s
adventure/fantasy comic series, “Skyward.” 

(W) Robert M. Overstreet, J. C.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight
trilogy and Joss Whedon’s Avengers film wouldn’t have happened without the
comic book adventures that spawned them. The same is true Superman, The X-Men,
Spider-Man, Thor and Captain America, and it’s also true for non-superhero films like Sin City, Road to Perdition, Blade, A History of Violence and
others. This issue of Comic Book Marketplace takes a look a detailed look at
the comics that spawned the movies. It also offers tips on collecting movie
posters and puts the origins of Free Comic Book Day under the spotlight as
well. Cover by John K. Snyder III.

(W) Astrid Lindgren (A/CA) Ingrid
Drawn & Quarterly offers a
second FCBD title for the first time this year and it will feature one of the
world’s most beloved and popular characters, Pippi Longstocking! The Pippi
Longstocking Color Special will offer a sneak peak at the brand new Pippi
Longstocking title that D+Q will publish in May 2013 to coincide with FCBD.
Pippi Longstocking was created by Astrid Lindgren and has developed a dedicated
fan base of both children and adults for over six decades. The comics presented
here were originally published in Swedish in the 1950s and are now being
presented for the first time ever in English. This will be the perfect All Ages
comic book, ideal for developing a new readership of kids in the 6 to 10 age set.

(W) Ron Marz (A) Jim Starlin &
Various (CA) Michael Avon Oeming
The original “blue skinned
avatar,” returns in these epic tales of Rama from the hit Ramayan 3392AD
series. Set in a time two thousand years in the future and against a backdrop
of one of the most immortal mythological tales of all time. Ramayan Reloaded
re-imagines one of the most epic tales in history, and this special origins
issue provides all the information on the myriad characters and settings of the
series. Collecting short stories written by Ron Marz and illustrated by leading
talents such as Michael Avon Oeming, Luke Ross, Bart Sears, Jim Starlin and
David Peterson.

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Chris Schweizer, Joey Weiser
(A) Joey Weiser, Chris Schweizer
Oni Press: Rated Free for Everyone
returns for 2013! Featuring two stories by two incredibly talented creators, a
new Crogan’s Adventure by Chris Schweizer, and an introduction to Mermin, a new
story by Joey Weiser! In the Mermin Adventure, Mermin goes with Pete and his human
classmates to the zoo. And in the Crogan’s Adventure, you’ll get an epilogue to
the story of one of the brothers from Crogan’s Loyalty.

(W) Rob M. Worley (A) Jason T.
Kruse (CA) Armand Villavert
Scratch9, the worlds greatest superhero
cat returns for free comic book day with a special reprint issue #1 of the
title and features all new cover art by Armand Villavert, Jr. Scratch9, as fans
of the title already know, is the Eisner Award nominated all-ages comic book
featuring a cat with the ability to summon any of his 9 lives to aid him in his
adventures!  Hermes Press’ Scratch9 FCBD
issue will also offer bonus material and tons of surprises!

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Ryan Jampole
& Various (CA) Ben Bates
“Worlds Collide:
PRELUDE” – It’s TWO free comic books in ONE! Just in time for the start of
the epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds
Collide,” comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day!
Witness the journey these two epic heroes from both Sega and Capcom took to
finally meet each other – Mega Man’s journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic
the Hedgehog’s on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic
book event of 2013 – as video game icons Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man meet
for the very first time anywhere – featuring art from both Sonic and Mega Man
comic book fame!

(W) Stan Lee (A) Graphic (CA)
Jeevan Kang
From the mind of legendary creator
Stan Lee comes his newest superhero, CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE.  Chakra tells the story of young Indian
teenager, Raju Rai, a technology genius living in Mumbai. Determined to use
science to unlock the secrets of human potential, Raju develops a technological
suit that activates the mystical Chakras of the body, unleashing newfound
abilities and powers. 
“Against the spectacular
backdrop of the great Indian metropolis of Mumbai, we tell the incredible saga
of Chakra, our daring and dangerous teenage hero.” – Stan Lee

(W) Erik W. Hendrix, Sean O’Reilly
(A/CA) Yannis Roumboulias
SteamPunk Originals Presents: The
Steam Engines of Oz FCBD. Get a special sneak peek at the upcoming re-imagining
of Oz through a SteamPunk lens. Find out what happens 100 years AFTER the witch
is dead.  In an Oz ruled by a once
revered hero, salvation comes from the unlikely wrench of Victoria Wright, who
dares to question status quo and sparks a rebellion. This FCBD Edition will
give you an exciting extended preview of the upcoming graphic novel AND a look
at what else Arcana’s SteamPunk Originals line has in store for readers!

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Chris Roberson (A/CA) Scott
“The last thing you want to
see is my hands.” They’re called the Strangers. They’re deadly. Dangerous.
And you’ll never see them unless they want you to. But now they’ve come up
against something big – United States government big. A cover-up of international proportions,
and at the center of it all is the Strangers’ deadliest foe, a man known only
as Capricorn. A man who knows the Strangers. A man who sees them.

(W) Tyler James, Paul Allor (A)
Cesar Feliciano & Various (CA) Joe Mulvey
Who are THE RED TEN? And who wants
them dead? Delve deeper into the murder mystery maxi-series that is a superhero
retelling of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit “And Then There Were
None.”  Also features OXYMORON:
QUIET RIOT, where a super-criminal psychopath holds a city hostage in terrifying
silence as one cop struggles to stop the madman before her city burns to the

Publisher: NEW ENGLAND
(W) Jeff McClelland (A) Pietro,
Duane Redhead (CA) Duane Redhead
This FCBD, NEC Press offers
fans—both old and new!—a FULL-COLOR 32-page comic book with an ALL-NEW
FULL-LENGTH Tick story! Plus exciting all-new backup features as well. “A
Day at the Beach” starts out innocently enough for The Tick, Arthur,
Bumbling Bee & their friends—until The Tick encounters an invasion force
from under the sea! A story sure to be enjoyed by existing Tick fans as well as
suitable to introduce new readers to the world of The Tick and his cohorts!

(W/A) Andy Runton & Various
(CA) Rob Harrell
Here at Top Shelf, we’re
celebrating FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2013 with friends old and new — the latest
lineup of the Top Shelf Kids Club! This FREE comic book contains not one, not
two, but SIX different adventures for readers of all ages.
Inside are brand-new stories
featuring OWLY by Andy Runton, JOHNNY BOO by James Kochalka, KORGI by Christian
Smart Smiley, plus the debut of MONSTER ON THE HILL by Rob Harrell, who also
contributes this year’s cover! Come on in and join the party!

(W) Jim Shooter & Various (A)
Barry Windsor Smith & Various (CA) Barry Windsor Smith
This Free Comic Book Day, dive
deep into the greatest stories of the original Valiant Universe — remastered
and collected together for the first time anywhere! Relive the best-selling
adventures of Valiant’s definitive heroes — NINJAK, SHADOWMAN, the ETERNAL
WARRIOR, and more — in this special FCBD-only edition previewing the next
year’s worth of VALIANT MASTERS hardcover collections. Featuring all-time classic
work by some of comics’ most celebrated talent including Jim Shooter, Joe
Quesada, Barry Windsor-Smith, David Lapham, Bob Layton and more. There’s never
been a better time to discover why the Valiant Universe created a new
generation of comics fans and became the stuff of legend.

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC
(W) J. T. Krul, David Wohl (A/CA)
Alex Konat, Beth Sotelo
Aspen is proud to celebrate its TENTH ANNIVERSARY and is
planning its largest initiative ever-including this year’s jam-packed Worlds of
Aspen 2013 Free Comic Book Day flip book! Join Aspen Comics as they reveal
exclusive in-depth content for all of their exciting “10 for 10”
titles which debut all year long. Aspen is also offering TWO completely brand new stories,
starting with Michael Turner’s Fathom! Kicking off this summer’s upcoming
thrilling Fathom event, Fathom writers David Wohl (Fathom Volume 4) and Vince
Hernandez (Fathom: Kiani), along with seasoned Fathom scribe J.T. Krul deliver
an exclusive 12 page FCBD story featuring the brilliant regular series art team
of Alex Konat and Beth Sotelo! And to top it all off, Worlds of Aspen 2013 will
showcase a WORLD PREMIERE preview of Peter Steigerwalds’ upcoming new Aspen series,

That’s what the companies are offering up. What are you getting? What does your Comic Shop do for Free Comic Book Day? What does your Comic Book Shop do for Star Wars Day? Let us know in the comments and….

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