Last week we brought you details of the twelve Gold Sponsor titles for 2018’s Free Comic Book Day [see here], and now we have covers and solicitations for the remaining Silver Sponsor comics which will be available to pick up completely free of charge on May 5th, 2018. Take a look here…
STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV #1
(W/A/CA) Terry Moore
America’s favorite couple is back! To celebrate its 25th-Anniversary, the Eisner Award-winning Strangers in Paradise is back with an all-new story beginning with this special FCBD reprint of the first issue! Francine and Katchoo are living the dream… until they learn a former Parker Girl is in hiding and writing a tell-all book about the wicked empire Darcy Parker built with Katchoo at her side. Determined to stop her, Katchoo enlists the aid of her mercenary sister Tambi, and the hunt is on! Reprint.
ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR
(W/A) Various (CA) Brian Hess
Miraculous Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir starring Ladybug and Cat Noir! Based on Zag Entertainment’s hit television show Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, follow the greatest superheroes in all of Paris as they explore other countries and take on new and dangerous villains in this all new original story.
(W) Zac Thompson, Donny Cates (A/CA) Andy Clarke
A story of community, religion, madness and the first planet to succumb to the universe’s biggest paradigm shift. A weary space traveler arrives on a primitive planet lost in the dark ages. The shamanic tribe who resides there are unsettled and uncertain about their future. They rely on hunting and gathering to survive until the charismatic traveler offers a tantalizing and dangerous solution: The Relay. A Monolith designed to spread conformity of ideas, technology and progress across all discovered worlds.
HOWARD LOVECRAFT’S BIG BOOK OF SUMMER FUN!
Howard Lovecraft stars in an all-new adventure with the events leading up to the animated feature film Howard Lovecraft & The Kingdom of Madness starring Christopher Plummer, Mark Hamill, and Jeffrey Combs. The book also includes a new story from The Steam Engines of Oz that lead up to the events before the animated feature film starring Ron Perlman, William Shatner, and Juliane Hough! And, being a big book of summer fun, there’s also games, puzzles, contests, augmented reality, and animation tips from the pros!
WORLDS OF ASPEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION
(W) J. T. Krul, Jordan Gunderson (A) Alex Konat, Jordan Gunderson (CA) John Starr
Celebrate 15 years of publishing with Aspen Comics in this jam-packed Worlds of Aspen Free Comic Book Day 2018 Anniversary Edition! J.T. Krul and artist Alex Konat present Nu Way. Set in 2051, Zihao is trying to literally fight his way up from the city slums with his fists, hoping to make it to the big leagues where cybernetically-enhanced warriors battle for fame and fortune. For the second half, Jordan Gunderson debuts his long-awaited first creator-owned series, Dissension! Long ago, mankind suffered under the hand of a vengeful group of fallen angels. Now, a young woman, possessing a power that had lain dormant in the descendants of the first peoples of Earth, must rise up to stop their return!
(W) Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen (A) Joe Benitez (CA) Joe Benitez, Beth Sotelo
A brand-new 13-page short story! Lady Mechanika learns of a possible clue to the secret origins of her mechanical limbs and meets a new character who will feature prominently in a future story. Plus, excerpts from selected Lady Mechanika trades and comics available on FCBD!
BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL
(W/A/CA) Matt Groening
Get in line for the foremost Free Comic Book Day four-color giveaway of the year! Bart goes in search of adventure on a particularly hot boring day; Milhouse exacts revenge on his bullies; Lisa, of all people, gets her own “…the Clown” show; and Kang and Kodos make an ill-advised alien abduction. It’s a fabulous and frenetic funny book for the ages (all of them), and it’s all free!
ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE SPECIAL
(W) Grace Kraft (A) Christine Larsen (CA) Ayme Sotuyo
What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! As we prepare for the series finale of Cartoon Network’s beloved animated series, everyone’s favorite genderbent citizens of Ooo star in this all-new, original Fionna and Cake story, exclusive to this Free Comic Book Day issue. Fionna and Cake take a look at some of their favorite times together over the years before they jump off into another adventure.
DIE KITTY DIE: I LOVE YOU TO DEATH
(W/A/CA) Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz
Kitty is dead… and Free Comic Book Day is just not the same without her! At Kitty Comix, opportunistic publisher Skip Stone finally has the death of his main character that he always wanted to exploit! Meanwhile, Kitty’s friends are suffering through the worst Free Comic Book Day ever without her… until Kitty’s ex-husband Derek the Warlock arrives in search of answers! When Kitty’s disembodied self rejects his unholy help, Derek decides to show Kitty what life without him would be like by zapping her into one Free Comic Book Day comic book after another!
(W) Van Jensen (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) John Gallagher
The biggest event in the history of Chapterhouse Comics is here with Invasion, an epic battle between Earth’s heroes and the otherworldly threat of the Borealis! The alien race has long observed our planet, and in this special prologue, they arrive on Earth, ready to pass judgment and deliver their verdict: humanity is a failure, too dangerous to be allowed to live. But the Borealis did not account for Captain Canuck, who stands to the last to defend his home, no matter the odds! Canuck and his fellow heroes are proof that all is never lost, and that the world, for all its flaws, is still worth saving.
DARK HORSE COMICS
THE LEGEND OF KORRA/NINTENDO’S ARMS
(W) Michael Dante Dimartino, Ian Flynn (A) Jayd Ait-Kaci, Joe Ng (CA) Jayd Ait-Kaci
In our 2018 all-ages offering, the Avatar pairs up with a rambunctious sidekick in The Legend of Korra! When Meelo shirks his duties at the refugee camp, Korra recruits him for a top-secret, super-important mission: tracking down a pack of lost pets! Then, in a story based on Nintendo’s smash-hit video game, a debut fighter in the ARMS League tirelessly trains to reach the top! Spring Man’s only wish is to win the Grand Prix—but first, he has to win the title of the Spring Gym! Can he defeat the other 599 contenders to become the best?
DARK PLANET COMICS
(W/A/CA) Stephan Franck
New York City, 1931. Finnigan, ethically challenged master-thief, and his partners in crime Mullins and Brantley, rob the mysterious Harker foundation. But as the job turns into a narrow escape from the FBI, Finn encounters Tao, a Chinese boy with the uncanny gift of second sight, and stumbles upon an ancient silver bar. Finnegan’s world will never be the same! A high-concept genre-blender spun out of Bram Stoker’s literary classic Dracula, Silver is full of wit, heart, gothic drama, and wild pulp excitement!
BOB’S BURGERS #1
Join the Belcher family for the 2018 Free Comic Book Day Bob’s Burgers comic book! Brought to you by the producers and animators of the hit TV show, this series brings back your three favorite Belcher kids, along with some brand-new stories from the minds of Bob and Linda. This comic includes new installments of Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction, Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities, Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes That Could Someday Be Songs, Linda’s Attempts to Take a Nice Family Picture in Front of the Restaurant (And How It Always Goes Wrong), and Bob’s Fantasy Food Trucks (If Money Were No Object).
JAMES BOND: VARGR #1
(W) Warren Ellis (A) Jason Masters
Reprinting the first chapter in Dynamite Entertainment’s ongoing James Bond series! James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin. Reprint.
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
(W/A/CA) Jason Lutes
Drawn & Quarterly presents a special FCBD reprint of the first issue of the comics masterpiece twenty years in the making, Berlin, by the master cartoonist of his generation, Jason Lutes. A fascinating portrait of the twilight of the Weimar Republic, Berlin intertwines the narratives of communists and Nazis, Jews and gentiles, jazz musicians and swingers, rich and poor amidst the nation’s imminent turn to facism. This FCBD issue includes exclusive bonus features, including an interview with Jason Lutes looking back on the landmark series. Reprint.
WORLD’S GREATEST CARTOONISTS
(W) Sophie Goldstein & Various
Much like Fantagraphics’ well-received 2017 FCBD book, they have commissioned over 12 new pieces by their most popular authors, each creating a short comic relating directly to their newest book!
GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: SPARKS
(W) Ian Boothby (A/CA) Nina Matsumoto
August is a brilliant inventor who is afraid of the outside. Charlie is a crack pilot who isn’t afraid of anything. Together these pals save lives every day. They also happen to be cats who pilot a powerful, mechanical dog suit! Always eager to leap into danger, this feline duo have their work cut out for them as they try to thwart Princess, an evil alien bent on enslaving mankind. Don’t let the fact that Princess looks like a cute, diaper-wearing baby fool you! When Princess and the browbeaten fools she calls servants enact a brilliant and dastardly plan to conquer Earth, August and Charlie pull out all the stops to save the day.
THE METABARON BOOK 3: THE META-GUARDIANESS AND THE TECHNO-BARON PREVIEW
(W) Jerry Frissen (A) Valentin Secher
Featuring the exclusive first part and art pages of The Metabaron Book 3: The Meta-Guardianess and the Techno-Baron, the latest chapter in the new cycle of one of the most influential sci-fi graphic novel series of all time: The Metabarons. This new series is a collaboration between writers Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jerry Frissen, and features the stunning work of talented artists Valentin Secher, Niko Henrichon and Esad Ribic. In Book 3, the Metabaron enters a parallel universe to find more epiphyte, in order to save his own universe.
STAR WARS ADVENTURES
(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Derek Charm
In this all-new story set before Star Wars: A New Hope, feared bounty hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM finally have two of the biggest scoundrels in the galaxy in their sights! Timed to follow hot on the heels of Star Wars Day 2018!
STREET ANGEL’S DOG ONE-SHOT
(W) Jim Rugg, Brian Maruca (A/CA) Jim Rugg
What happens when the deadliest girl alive meets man’s best friend? Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez and her new dog pal go on a rampage… of fun! They play dress-up, skateboard, fight ninjas, skateboard, fight monsters, race robot cars to the death, fight bullies, and teach each other the value of family. It’s Jesse’s fourth best day ever! Unfortunately, even fourth best days ever must end. Don’t worry — the dog lives.
GHOST IN THE SHELL: GLOBAL NEURAL NETWORK PREVIEW
(W) Max Gladstone (A) David Lopez
An exclusive preview of the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network anthology featuring Alex de Campi, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Max Gladstone, David Lopez, LRNZ, Khoi Pham, Genevieve Valentine, and more talented creators working in the world of Shirow Masamune’s cyberpunk masterpiece. In Shanghai, Major Kusanagi experiences a dramatic reunion with a wartime enemy and an old friend. With Aramaki kidnapped and the local bureaucrats less than helpful, Kusanagi will have to reckon with how much the city — and she herself — has changed.
THE WORMWORLD SAGA: THE JOURNEY BEGINS
(W/A/CA) Daniel Lieske
Enter the Wormworld, at the very beginning. A mysterious painting. A wooden sword. A hidden world. A time before conflict. Two friends in search of magic and adventure. This is how the saga begins. This exciting all-new prequel to Daniel Lieske’s hugely popular webcomic The Wormworld Saga will entice new fans in time for the series’ first US print release in May 2018, and tantalize existing readers with hints at secrets yet to be revealed.
INFINITY WATCH/AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Don’t miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles from Marvel, each featuring two 10-page stories that set the stage for upcoming game-changers in the Marvel Universe. Get ready as Heroes Assemble in the Marvel Universe! Please check back in with the February issue of PREVIEWS, and at freecomicbookday.com for future updates!
NEW ENGLAND COMICS
(W) Jeff McClelland (A) Ian Nichols
Foretold by Ben Edlund himself, in the now-legendary 1980’s Tick trading cards set, comes a tale you never expected to read! Wandering into an ancient village on a one-eyed horse, The Tick must make a stand against dark magic, enemy hordes, incredible beasts and the unknown itself! His reward: ACTION! (And also a mysterious jewel the size of a truck.) From a lost Ben Edlund plot comes a story of swords, sorcery, and… spoons?!
SHADOW ROADS #1
(W) Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (A) A.C. Zamudio (CA) Carlos Zamudio
At the Crossroads, a mythical plane that serves as a doorway throughout the universe, Gord Cantrell assembles a team of adventurers throughout the Wild West, brought together to fight back against the creatures that would endanger the sanctity of all creation. The spiritual successor to The Sixth Gun, set in the universe that exists after the apocalyptic events of The Sixth Gun series.
THE ONLY LIVING BOY
(W) David Gallaher (A/CA) Steve Ellis
The Harvey-nominated best-selling series returns in this all-new adventure. Erik is the only living boy on a dangerous patchwork planet. While he and his allies Thea and Morgan fight for their very survival, the dreaded Lord Baalikar, the fiendish Doctor Once, and the vile Consortium conspire on a threat that will have dire consequences for our heroes and their world. This daring adventure is the perfect introduction for the young and young-at-heart.
2000 AD REGENED
(W) David Gallaher (A/CA) Steve Ellis
2000 AD Regened proudly presents a riotous all-ages comic featuring original, full-color strips packed with thrill-power for Earthlets of all inception dates! Cadet Judge Dredd upholds the law in a blistering crime caper at an Aeroball game by Matt Smith and Neil Googe! Mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha earns his Strontium Dog badge from Alec Worley and Ben Willsher! Tharg’s Futureshocks present the wonderful world of HumanCraft by Ned Hartley and Tanya Roberts! Help Chet Jetstream escape Hell Island by Henry Flint!
SCOUT COMICS PRESENTS: THE MALL
(W) Don Handfield, James Haick III (A) Rafael Loureiro
Fall, 1985. When the patriarch of a Florida crime family is murdered, his will leaves pieces of his criminal enterprise to his illegitimate offspring. These three teenagers each inherit a store in the local Twin Palms Mall, and must decide whether to embrace the family business or try to go legit, all while trying to navigate all of the John Hughes-type drama of high school in the 1980s. Finding a date for the prom is one thing, but doing it with the Columbian drug cartel out to kill you is another.
STARBURNS INDUSTRIES PRESS
STARBURNS PRESENTS #1
(W) Patton Oswalt, Dan Harmon, Eric Esquivel (A) Troy Nixey
Looking for more from the company that brought you Rick and Morty and Harmonquest? Starburns Industries is proud to announce their launch into comics as Starburns Industries Press. Starburns Presents… will feature Patton Oswalt’s contribution to the upcoming Comic’s Comics Anthology and an excerpt from Gregory Graves #1, written by Dan Harmon and Eric Esquivel. Worlds collide as comics and comedians join forces to tell epic and hilarious stories of fantasy, heroes, villains and more!
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TANK GIRL
(W) Alan Martin (A) Brett Parson
Tales from Tank Girl’s past that illustrate how she became the loveable, unhinged idiot that she is today! Written by series co-creator Alan Martin, with artwork by fan-favorite series artist Brett Parson, and friends! Features classic Jamie Hewlett cover!
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: ZERO’S JOURNEY CHAPTER 0
(W) DJ Milky (A/CA) Kei Ishiyama
When Jack Skellington’s faithful pet Zero gets lost, the ghost pup must get the help of the residents of Christmas Town to find his way back. With Halloween plans on hold while Jack mounts a search, will they be reunited in time to save both holidays?
ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II #1
(W) Ken Siu-Chong (A/CA) Jeffrey Chamba Cruz
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Street Fighter, UDON’s very first comic story returns as a value-priced 6-issue mini-series! While Sagat challenges Ryu to a rematch and Vega spars with Cammy, Charlie rebels against M. Bison and Shadaloo! Reprints Street Fighter #5 (2004). Reprint
UNITED PLANKTON PRODUCTIONS
SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES
(W) Derek Drymon, James Kochalka (A) Robb Bihun, Vanessa Davis
Inspired by SpongeBob’s comic book obsession, Plankton teams up with underwater super-villains to steal the Krabby Patty formula! But he may have gotten in over his tiny green head when word of his plan gets out in the aquatic bad-guy community! Soon, the Chum Bucket is filled with every Mermaid Man adversary we could fit into one story! How will Mr. Krabs fend off this evil, if somewhat over-large, invasion? Plus: In “Patrick Versus Somebody,” enjoy the spazzy antics of Patrick and SpongeBob as they attempt to transform Patrick into a living comic book! All this, plus ocean facts from Maris Wicks and an amazing wraparound cover from Jacob Chabot!
(W) Andy Diggle & Various (A) Stephen Segovia & Various (CA) Renato Guedes
Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia present an all-new introduction to Shadowman as Jack Boniface reemerges from the Deadside to reclaim his birthright… and forges a new legend of magic, might, and malice for the long-awaited return of Valiant’s most-demanded hero! Then, jump on board the seismic comics event of 2018, Harbinger Wars 2, as writers Matt Kindt and Eric Heisserer and artists Tomas Giorello and Raul Allen plunge X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, the Harbinger Renegades, Livewire, and the whole of the Valiant Universe into an epic power struggle with the potential to tear America apart!
MAXWELL’S DEMONS #1
(W) Deniz Camp (A/CA) Vittorio Astone
Rescue princesses from icy monsters, swim the soft spaces between universes, and spray paint your name across the pearly gates in this SF adventure fit for all ages, especially the clever YA reader. Yes indeed, Maxwell Maas is the greatest mind the world has ever known, but at 10 years old he has a lot to learn. Adventuring to distant worlds through his makeshift multiversal closet door, Max will encounter greatness and goodness on a cosmic scale. But will he realize that danger lurks on both sides of the door before it’s too late? Reprint.
MY HERO ACADEMIA/RWBY
(W) Kouhei Horikoshi, Shirow Miwa (A) Shirow Miwa, Kouhei Horikoshi (CA) Kouhei Horikoshi, Shirow Miwa
My Hero Academia: What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless? RWBY: When the people of Remnant aren’t fighting monsters, they still find conflict among themselves. Now they are at fierce odds. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long are Team RWBY. Together they are learning the deadly craft of hunting the monstrous species known as the Grimm.
(W/A/CA) Svetlana Chmakova
Following the overwhelming success of Awkward and Brave, Svetlana Chmakova’s award winning Berrybrook Middle School series continues with its next installment, Crush! Jorge seems to have it all together. He’s big enough that nobody really messes with him, but he’s also a genuinely sweet guy with a solid, reliable group of friends. The only time he ever really feels off his game is when he crosses paths with a certain girl… But when the group dynamic among the boys starts to shift, will Jorge be able to balance what his friends expect of him versus what he actually wants?
MALIKA: CREED & FURY
After recovering from a spell that put her to sleep for 500 years, Malika is on the brink of yet another war. And this time, she has enemies she cannot predict, allies she refuses to trust, and a world she cannot understand. The enemy is the CREED, a growing domestic terrorist group responsible for a devastating attack on Malika’s former home. The ally is Fury, a masked speedster who knows more about Malika than she’s comfortable with. Removed 500 years from the time she remembers, can Malika find the courage to use her newfound power to save the descendants of her former people?
COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
(CA) Gene Yuen Lang
For 30 years, the CBLDF has fought to protect your right to read and create comics. We explore what that means in Defend Comics, an All-Ages anthology featuring new content from a wide variety of well-loved cartoonists, and some of today’s most popular creators! The cover features Gene Yang’s Reading Without Walls initiative. Highly Recommended!
OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING
(W) J. C. Vaughn (CA) Brendon Fraim, Brian Fraim
The team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide brings you a comic book about collecting packed with all sorts of “how to” information including care of your collectibles, grading and more – and it’s not only about comics! Get sneak peek at The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #48 and much more! Cover features The Three Stooges as Valiant heroes X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, and The Eternal Warrior.