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:

Honorable Mentions:


  1. I thought that is a nice illustration at the top of this page, colorful and fun. By Butch Somebody, or Somebody Butch? But then I noticed… every character but one is a guy. I think there is one girl in the lower left (if that can be determined from those prominent eyelashes). Now I think it’s still colorful, but not as nice and not as fun.

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