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Free Comic Book Day has been an annual event for 17 years now. I've been writing up this guide to the FCBD books for the past 10 of those, so believe me when I say: This year's a good 'un. The best yet. Don't skip it. There are more all-ages books in this year's mix, more stories starring girls, women and people of color and a healthier, more robust selection of genres to choose from than ever before. It's also gratifying to see fewer publishers putting out FCBD offerings that amount to little more than samplers, offering readers only tiny snippets of stories from several different comics they publish. Happily, most of the books you'll be able to pick on Saturday — even those that are simply excerpts from new or forthcoming graphic novels — make for solid, substantial, satisfying reads.

Creed and Fury Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. The brave and true and, not for nothing, divinely empowered Warrior-Queen Malika, of the year old African Azzazian, technically Empire, has emerged from suspended animation to defend her people from a terrorist group. She's joined by Malika-fangirl Zahra as she seeks to foil a deadly plot. The action is crisp, Sunkanmi Akinboye's art effective, and if Malika tends to talk like an inspirational poster "True nobility does not stem from perfection, but rather one's awareness of their imperfections and their willingness to confront them instead of being defined by them" writer Roy Okupe makes sure to keep characters like Zahra around to defuse things "Gosh, you're good.

A satisfyingly complete story, albeit a talky one teeming with word-balloons, so that Teen designation fits. Lots to recommend here, over and above the fact that the book features African characters — but the fact that it features African characters is notable, and welcome.

The Mall Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. It's Cuban-American teen Diego is a good, nerdy kid who finds himself inadvertently mobbed up, thanks to his mother's dalliance with a now-dead mafia don. He works at a organ store in a Fort Myers mall a front for money-laundering — and is smitten with the school's most popular girl.

The appeal here is how the story — the first chapter of a series — mashes up Elmore Leonard and John Hughes. These opening pages don't make the most of that I-Love-the-'80s setting, some character designs come off a bit too similar, and the ceaseless dialogue doesn't yet give the art enough room to breathe, but there's real potential here.

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The Metabaron series focuses on an alien race of cyber-warriors who battle the sinister Technopriests over control of the transdimensional fuel known as the white oil Epyphite and wow okay I see I've lost some of you already. This is big, bold and unapologetically baroque space opera that's not for those who would turn up their noses at a chewy sentence like "Since childhood, the Meta-Guardiannesses have devoted their lives to the defense of Algona and its Epiphyte.

Valentin Secher's planet-scapes are gorgeously mind-bending to look at; you can happily gawp at them whenever the dialogue goes a bit portentous. One caution for parents — the titular Metabaron spends a few pages naked — there's no frontal nudity, but we see enough of his Metabutt to get a pretty good sense of his fitness regimen lots of Metasquats.

Also there's some warrior women who hang around in leather space-bikinis. As you do. Again, this is probably too dense for the science-fiction dabbler. But if you're the kind of person who knows that the space opera ain't over until the buff cyber-warrior squats, sure.

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The evil Lord Drakkan has seized the Samuraizers and seeks access to even more Morphers, so Zordon of Eltar seeks an audience with the Emissaries to petition the Morphin Masters to intervene and preserve the Morphin Grid.

Which of course is pretty much the plot of Long Day's Journey Into Night , with, you know, a extra splash of morphin. A kind of overview issue, tracing the history of the Rangers and setting the stakes for an ongoing storyline that sees them facing their greatest threat ever. I mean, if you or your kids are into the Power Rangers, you know all this stuff already.

And if you or your kids aren't, this desultory overview won't entice you. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers? At a school for heroes, a training lesson in combat between two rival students grows intense. In a backup story, four fierce warriors-in-training face a vile, snake-headed monster. Both stories are excerpts that drop you in manga res , as it were, so by the time you get your bearings, they're over.

If you like what you see, there's 12 volumes of My Hero Academia graphic novels — and an anime series scheduled to start on Adult Swim's Toonami this month. It took me a while to realize that there's no comma in the title, so it really means "My Hero Academy" as in, "The school for heroes that I'm attending," and not, as I'd figured, "My Hero, Academia," as in, "Oh how I do so admire higher education as an intellectual pursuit and civil institution!

There's just not enough here to get more than a fleeting and very abstract sense of these series, so if you're curious, pick it up. Otherwise, this one's skippable. Overwatch Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. In the first of two stories, we get a bit of background on two characters from the Overwatch video game, Zarya and Sombra. If you don't play Overwatch , you probably won't find the first story particularly compelling.

Some nice buddy-cop characterization, but the rest is pretty standard fare. The second story by Jeff Lemire is a good deal more weird, funny and intriguing, and artists Wilfredo Torres and Dean Ormston mix up their stylistic approach to reflect different time periods — and perspectives. Relay Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption.

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A space traveler arrives on a new world, promising to deliver its residents out of ignorance and superstition and into enlightenment and prosperity. But what is he really offering? A thoughtful and well-executed introduction to a new series that flips a science-fiction cliche on its head: Writer Zac Thompson is playing with notions of degradation — the inevitable decay of the comforts of things like faith, narrative and infrastructure — in a manner that isn't quite unpacked in this opening chapter, but I'm prepared to stick around to learn more.

Yes, if you're prepared for science fiction that leans into sociological ruminations and away from pew pew pew! Riverdale Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. Betty Cooper visits the Pop's Chock'Lit Shoppe to interview its owner, who shares some spooky tales of Riverdale's paranormal past.

A couple of images that might disturb young kids, but otherwise a series of distracting yarns that exposes Riverdale's spooky underbelly and Doesn't seem the right time of year for it, but if you're up for some light chills, sure. Shadow Roads Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption.

In the Old West — and in Victorian Britain — several characters are drawn into a conflict between the forces of light and darkness. Writers Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt's succesful The Sixth Gun series staked a strong claim on supernatural Western comics — here, those two writers are joined by artist A.

Zamudio to tell interlocking tales in a similar vein. It's too early to tell how, or if, this series will distinguish itself from The Sixth Gun, apart from featuring a Native American lead character, but this richly atmospheric opening chapter will likely make you want to see more. Shadowman Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption.

Again, as a narrative pupu platter, it sort of does its job. As a book that offers a satisfying reading experience, it falls far behind most other FCBD books this year. Silver Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption.

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In s New York, a thief attempts to rob an auction of Jonathan and Mina Harker's possessions — yep, the Dracula Harkers — only to fall, literally, into a world of vampiric intrigue. Stylish black-and-white art, and a smart, charmingly roguish point-of-view-character draw you in. Don't be fooled by the cover, though — neither the buxom badass vampire hunter depicted on it nor indeed any nasty Nosferatus show up in this excerpt. Don't let the considerable and defiant and all-encompassing cuteness deceive you.

Bold colors, idiosyncratic layouts and all-around fresh approach to storytelling offer a whistle-stop tour through the singular mindset of the Street Angel series. This is a really smart and effective way to leverage the opportunity FCBD affords publishers.

It provides prospective readers a comprehensive sense of what they can expect from the full series. Tank Girl Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin's rude, anarchic and anarchically violent buzzcut badass gets the This Is Your Life treatment, in this sardonic retrospective.

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Like its protagonist, this FCBD offering is defiantly unruly: Three new stories, rendered in three radically different styles, roughly slapped together — winningly so — and crammed with jokes both outre and in-.

This is a cleaned-up version of the character, but phrases like "well-hung" do crop up — so be prepared to field some fun questions. Unicron Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. In a comic hailed as "the beginning of the end of the Transformers universe," a massive space anomaly is systematically consuming the planetary colonies of Cybertron — including Earth. Said anomaly looks, I think it's fair to say, disquietingly Props to publisher IDW for filling the non-story pages of this issue not with ads, but with relevant and useful content like an exhaustive history of the Transformers comic-book universe, a guide to where you can read more about that history and a checklist for following this crossover event across several titles.

If you don't, there isn't a lot more here than meets the eye. Following his sojourn among the "undead zombie" sic redundant much? A pretty straightforward, self-contained redemption story finds Ken squaring off against various Street Fighter characters in an attempt to tame his eminently quotable "My soul only knows peace when it is bringing pain, suffering and death!

I've been doing it a lot. Most recently in the toiletries aisle of the Safeway on 17th, which has great acoustics. Worlds of Aspen Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. In the excerpt from Dissension: War Eternal , an ancient people square off against some demonic entities. And in Nu Way , a young fighter in a sing along, you know the words dystopian future decides to trade some of his organs — and struggles to hold onto his sense of self in the aftermath.

I've chided Aspen Comics' FCBD entries in the past, as they've tended to skew towards painstakingly wrought tableaux of busty, anatomically uncanny women in warrior-kinis striking poses meant to stir the blood of year-old straight boys. This year's entry has managed to pry itself out of and focus on storytelling. Of the two excerpts, Nu Way offers a clearer tonal and narrative sense of what to expect from the full series.

Peter is broke still, again, some more , looking for an apartment and Spidey's villains are teaming up. The second story is essentially a dossier on what's been going on in the Guardians of the Galaxy title in the lead-up to an event called Infinity Countdown. Any Spider-Man story is only as good — which is to say, as bad — as Spidey's quips; they're what keeps this perpetually overmatched character from coming off as a self-pitying sad sack.

Writer Nick Spencer nails what's essential about Peter — his humor, his heroism, and his self-doubt.

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Artist Ryan Ottley, who made his bones in the bone-breaking superhero series Invincible, brings it all home. The Guardians story is just a series of quick hits, but there's serious energy to it. In the Avengers tale, an intro to the new status quo in the newly restarted Avengers ongoing series, Odin and Black Panther have a serious chat about some Writer Jason Aaron finds an intriguing affinity between Odin and T'Challa, but the Cap entry is more a mission statement than a story — a proof-of-concept that proves too conceptual.

Bob's Burgers Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. Tina imagines herself and Jimmy Jr. Perfectly captures the spirit and tone of the show, but stands on its own. Only quibble: Not enough Linda. Barrier Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. Liddy, a Texas landowner whose property is being used by a cartel to smuggle people over the Mexican border, and Oscar, a young Honduran man making that journey, cross paths in an unexpected way.

Writer Brian K. Vaughan is a master of dialogue half of it in Spanish, here that reveals everything his characters are desperate to conceal. He also knows that silences — long, heavy, saturated silences — have a crucial role to play in building connections, or severing them.

The book's layout is horizontal, which allows artist Marcos Martin to render these sun-scoured landscapes with Cinemascope-like grandeur — or fill our field of vision with a character's expressive features, for maximum impact. Berlin Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. The opening pages of Jason Lutes' 3-volume magnum opus that explores the daily lives of the citizens of Berlin amid the rise of Nazism.

Meticulously researched but never dry, Berlin is a rich and palpable chronicle of small gestures — fleeting moments of human connection among characters whose lives are slowly, inexorably sinking into state-sponsored inhumanity. This brief glimpse offers a real sense of Lutes' gifts in that regard — just know that there's a lot more where that came from. Starburns Presents Diamond Comics Distributors hide caption. Four stories — one stand-alone, and three excerpts — of comics out of Starburns Industries, the production company founded by Dan Harmon, Dino Stamatopoulos and others.

In the first, Patton Oswalt wanders a seamy section of Hollywood, imagining what real-world superheroes might look like. In the second, a housefly trains for combat. In the third, a Hell-demon in the guise of a seven-year-old girl harvests souls for her own nefarious purposes. And in the fourth, written by Harmon and Eric M. Esquivel, a supehero interviews his arch-enemy. Additional info here. Additional details here. The store also has a Winnetka location. More info here.

Charity raffle for the Light Bringer Project. Food and donation drive for the L. Full list of vendors and additional info here. Comic book shops are not the only places to celebrate FCBD. A number of local libraries such as the L.

Other L. Skip to content. Golden Apple. Los Angeles Guests: Earth-2 Comics. Sherman Oaks Guests: How will you know WHAT you should download? Ask someone on staff at the comics shop. It's that simple.


Tell them what kind of movies you like, what kind of books, what TV shows you binge on. They'll very likely be able to make recommendations in line with your tastes. The books are rated by age-appropriateness, but of course there's always wiggle room with that. Little Aiden or Brittany will read it with delight. Little Aiden or Brittany might need help with some words or concepts. Only three books fall into this category this year.

Two are Marvel books, in which superheroes punch folk The third is the Bob's Burgers tie-in, which features a story from her "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction" notebook, but of course the most erotic thing about it is the word "erotic. What's 'disembowel' mean?