As we barrel towards the end of this terrible year, we can look ahead to see what's coming up in 2017. Today, we get a glimpse of what we comic fans can plunder from our local comic shops this May, on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). At least a portion of what we can get, from the gold sponsors. In 2017, FCBD takes place on May 6.
Let's take a look at some of the foodies we can try snatch away from the hands of your fellow fans…
Archie Comics looks like they might be handing out something that was published this year, though perhaps the content within is different?
Betty & Veronica No. 1 FCBD 2017 Edition (Archie Comics Publications)
(W/A/CA) Adam Hughes
It's Betty vs. Veronica! Betty and Veronica are America's sweethearts… until they turn on each other! Pops' Chocklit Shoppe is being taken over by a huge coffee company. When Betty and Veronica go head-to-head over the issue, all bets are off! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken. Betty and Veronica are back in this all-new #1 from comics legend Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Catwoman)! (STL035988)
D'oh! Looks like Bongo Comics is going with the The Simpsons again this year…
Bongo Comics Free-For-All FCBD 2017 Edition (Bongo Comics)
(W/A/CA) Matt Groening
Get in line for the foremost Free Comic Book Day four-color giveaway of the year! When Bart injures his back and has to use a rolling backpack, he turns weakness into strength as the "Leader of the Backpack Pack." Then, Homer and Bart pull an all-nighter and put themselves on high alert to prevent a potential home invasion. Rod and Todd Flanders get separated from Ned Flanders in downtown Springfield and find themselves on an odyssey fraught with many mostly imagined dangers. All that and much, much more, and it's all free! (STL036286)
BOOM! Studios will be offering a three-course meal for its gold title.
BOOM! Studios Summer Blast FCBD 2017 Edition (BOOM! Studios)
(W/A) David Petersen & Various (CA) Kyla Vanderklugt
BOOM! Studios Summer Blast is jam-packed with three stories of mice, monsters and one supernatural punk band. In an original Archaia short story of David Petersen's Mouse Guard, a pair of youngfurs learn a lesson from a grizzled guardmouse on what it means to be a hunter. Next, get a sneak peek of the upcoming KaBOOM! series Brave Chef Brianna. To prove herself as a great chef, Brianna starts her own restaurant... but the only town she can afford to set up shop in is Monster City! Finally, the Lumberjanes introduce your new favorite BOOM! Box series Coady and the Creepies. Coady and her sisters are members of a band heading for the gig of their lives… so long as no one realizes that Coady is actually a ghost! (STL037772)
Well, it won't be getting a movie in theaters in 2017… or maybe even 2018, but that won't stop Dark Horse from putting out a FCBD title for Avatar. No, not that Avatar, the James Cameron one. Also a story based on an upcoming TV series.
Briggs Land/James Cameron's Avatar FCBD 2017 Edition (Dark Horse Comics)
(W) Sherri Smith, Brian Wood (A) Doug Wheatley, Werther Dell'Edera
Return to the wilds of Pandora and the world of the Nav'i from James Cameron's groundbreaking film Avatar as Jake Sully connects with the flying Toruk, the majestic Great Leonopteryx, by remembering the depth of his bond with his twin brother and great partnerships of history and legend. Also included in this issue: Set in a secessionist community in rural America, Grace Briggs is trying to guide her family peacefully through trying times. But when confronted with armed militia running an opioid ring on her land, she must take commanding steps. Briggs Land is currently in development for television at AMC. (STL037798)
DC Comics is being all top-secret-y and stuff. What are they hiding or do they not know what they will be rebirthing next? U Decide!
DC Comics Gold Book (Temp Title) FCBD 2017 Edition (DC Entertainment)
A special, Top Secret project too big to announce! Please check back in the February issue of PREVIEWS and at freecomicbookday.com for future updates! (STL037276)
IDW Publishing is flexing their IP muscle and will be putting out a Star Trek themed FCBD book. Boy, if a broken mirror gave me those biceps, sign me up!
Star Trek: The Next Generation — Mirror Broken FCBD 2017 Edition (IDW Publishing)
(W) Scott Tipton, David Tipton (A/CA) J. K. Woodward
Space... The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the I.S.S. Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to conquer strange new worlds, to enslave new life and new civilizations... to boldly go where no one has gone before! Return to the Mirror Universe with the Next Generation crew in a way you've never seen them before in this prequel to the upcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation miniseries, Mirror Broken! Captain Jean-Luc Picard will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Terran Empire's newest starship, the Enterprise-D. And no one had better stand in his way! (STL037302)
Looks like Image Comics is having their characters crossover into its FCBD offering. Yep, Image United… sort of.
I Hate Image FCBD 2017 Edition (Image Comics)
(W/A/CA) Skottie Young
Gertrude has been stuck in Fairyland for decades when she finally hears of a secret passage that may be her way back home. But reaching it is easier said than done as she crosses the border into IMAGE where she'll have to chop her way through you favorite characters from Saga, The Walking Dead, Savage Dragon, Spawn, Descender, Black Science, Southern Bastards, and any other character I can add to make sure the original art for this issue sends my children to college! (STL037297)
Marvel's gold title, not surprisingly will feature one of the characters having a Summer movie next year -- Spider-Man. What is weird though, is that he will be teaming up with a DC character, Secret! Strange, would have thought they'd feature the characters in the movie that opens a day before FCBD… Guardians of the Galaxy.
FCBD Marvel Secret (Temp Title) (Marvel Entertanment)
Top Secret (STL037585)
Oni Press wades into the FCBD pool with a comic based on the Adult Swim show Rick and Morty.
Rick & Morty FCBD 2017 Edition (Oni Press)
(W) Zac Gorman, Tini Howard (A) CJ Cannon & Various (CA) Maximus Pauson
Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland's hilarious hit Adult Swim animated show Rick and Morty has its own critically acclaimed comic book series from Oni Press! Join degenerate superscientist Rick Sanchez as he embarks on all-new insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty, his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. Catch up on their escapades with this special Free Comic Book Day issue, which includes the story that started it all: Part One of "The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street." Plus, an exclusive first look at the upcoming miniseries Pocket Like You Stole It! (STL036377)
Who does Titan Comics have for their comic? Yes! Four of them!
Doctor Who FCBD 2017 Edition (Titan Comics)
W) Alex Paknadel (A) Mariano Laclaustra (CA) Photo
Take a spin through the past, present and future of Doctor Who universe, in the company of the twelfth Doctor and his brand-new companion, Bill! Featuring Bill's first Titan Comics appearance, this all-new story is an unmissable experience for fans new and old, with plenty of tantalizing teases from Doctors past and present, including incredible clues to the year ahead for all of Titan’s Doctor Who series! Keep your Sonic Screwdriver at the ready and unlock a world of adrenaline-fuelled time traveling adventure! (STL036277)
Valiant Entertainment is bringing out the circles. The main attraction will be X-O Manowar, with mention of Outhouse's favorite: Circle Chest! Also, that sun on the cover is very round.
X-O Manowar Special FCBD 2017 Edition (Valiant Entertainment)
(W) Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire (A) Tomas Giorello & Various (CA) Tomas Giorello
First: The biggest Valiant debut of all time begins with an all-new prelude to X-O Manowar from visionary storyteller Matt Kindt and blockbuster artists Tomas Giorello, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Ryan Bodenheim, and Mico Suayan! Then, comics superstar Jeff Lemire begins the march toward Bloodshot Salvation with the first appearance of A Major New Character! Plus: Faith, Harbinger Renegade, Ninjak, Psi-Lords, Secret Weapons, Shadowman, and surprise revelations for Harbinger Wars 2! (STL036376)
Finally, we don't know how dangerous it is to go to your local comic shop alone, but you might consider picking up a copy of The Legend of Zelda offering that Viz Media is producing…
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess/Ocarina of Time FCBD 2017 Edition (Viz Media)
(W/A/CA) Akira Himekawa
Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards' power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light. This FCBD special features excerpts from the manga adaptations of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (STL037818)
That's it from the gold sponsors. There still more unrevealed for you hungry little readers. You can keep checking on the Free Comic Book Day website for more titles in the future, and where you can pick yours up.