50 Free Comic Book Day titles!
If you’re lucky, your store will give you a bundle of comics!
But more likely, you’ll have a limit… both in time (what? this isn’t the line for the 12:15 showing for Guardians of the Galaxy?) and number.
What should you grab? Depends on what you like, for starters. But also, you should try something new. That’s the whole idea, to get new readers. (Although, for some reason, DC and Marvel keep preaching to the choir, promoting the latest story arc or event.)
I’m not a critical reviewer of comics. I don’t study themes, or motifs, or symbolism. I just want a good story, preferably something that either gives an instant reaction, or is memorable. I’ve read almost every Free Comic Book Day issue from the past 15 years (approximately 700 issues?), and here’s what I enjoyed this year.
Here are my top five titles (the top ten percent!) for 2017:
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist.
Ask me anything!