Every May, comic fans gather at their favorite local comic shops to celebrate the art form they adore and love. Some cosplay there; while others play trading card games, but those who attend always go for the free comic issues. Most of the content handed out during FCBD consist of previews or short one-shot adventures to lure newcomers into this year’s top titles, but occasionally fans are treated with interesting stand-alone stories. Here are 5 comics to snatch up on May 3rd, 2014:
1. Dark Horse’s Avatar Hellboy Juice Squeezers
Any new Avatar: The Last Airbender content becomes an automatic must read. Gene Yang, writer of The Promise and The Search, returns to the title in a short story focused on boomerang wielding Sokka and his girlfriend, the Kyoshi warrior Suki.
2. Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales #0
Zenescope’s long running Grimm Fairy Tales has captivated audiences for a decade with its vivacious heroines and its sadistic fairy tale re-imaginings. This FCBD, Zenescope is giving fans a free issue that directly ties in with the upcoming company-wide Age of Darkness event. If you crave a free comic with beautiful heroines, this is the comic for you on FCBD.
3. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
In an obvious move to attract attention to the upcoming film, Marvel is giving fans a first look at new members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Venom and Captain Marvel. Written by the veteran writer of the ongoing series, Brian Michael Bendis, Guardians of the Galaxy will be a taste of what’s to come for the intergalactic team of misfits in 2014.
4. DC Comic’s The New 52 Futures End
Fan favorite, Batman Beyond makes his New 52 debut in this FCBD special edition issue. A future apocalypse involving cyborgs that only Batman Beyond can stop? Sounds like a great FCBD comic to pick up May 3rd!
5. Les Miserables: The fall of Fantine
Not the first title that comes to mind when Free Comic Book Day is brought up, but Udon Entertainment is giving male comic fans a reason to drag their girlfriends with them to the comic shops on May 3rd. This manga stand-alone issue tells the story of Fantine as her story is adapted to the comic world.