52 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 Ask Dr. Ruth?) 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.
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 18 years (approximately 850 issues?), and here’s what I enjoyed this year. (Truth: I didn’t enjoy much. Bongo quit last year, so no Simpsons or Spongebob comics, which were always near the top of the list for any given year. Then there are the media tie-ins I don’t follow, Marvel’s typical FCBD offerings (less about reaching new readers, more about preaching to the bleacher creatures), and stuff I saw in previous years, and which didn’t excite me then or now.)
That said, I only need to pick five, right? Kinda like Diogenes in Gomorrah…