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First round of Free Comic Book Day titles announced

It’s not even Christmas yet, but the folks behind Free Comic Book Day are already thinking about next spring. Free Comic Book Day (often abbreviated as FCBD) is a promotional event designed to bring customers into brick-and-mortar comics shops with the promise of free comics, selections from a special set put together for the occasion. The first round of titles, the 12 Gold comic books, has just been announced on the FCBD website; still to come are the 48 Silver titles. Here are cover images and the promotional blurbs from the Gold comics.

Archie Digest #1

(W) Various, George Gladir (A) Various, Fernando Ruiz (CA) Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs, we challenge you to find a FCBD offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and his friends, this digest is filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business!

Bongo Free-for-All

(W/A/CA) Matt Groening
It’s the foremost FCBD four-color giveaway of the year! Bart and Milhouse seek superheroic origin stories by attempting to acquire “accidental” superpowers… and learn that with trying to obtain great power comes great irresponsibility! Plus: Bart and Prof. Frink become trapped in between dimensions when a science demonstration goes awry, and C. Montgomery Burns takes us on a guided tour through the bowels of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant!

DC: The New 52: Futures End Special Edition

Publisher: DC COMICS
(W) Brian Azzarello & Various (A) Ethan Van Sciver (CA) Ryan Sook
Jump on board DC Comics’ epic weekly series beginning with this all-new FCBD issue that features tomorrow’s Dark Knight, Batman Beyond (making his first appearance in The New 52), battling an army of cyborgs to avert an Apocalypse in the future which could destroy the DC Universe of the present! But that’s not all; there are still more surprises to come. Stay tuned for more details!

DH: Avatar, Hellboy, Juice Squeezers

Publisher: DARK HORSE
(W) Gene Luen Yang & Various (A) Faith Erin Hicks & Various (CA) Faith Erin Hicks
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sokka follows Suki as she gives a lesson in manners and encourages a young girl’s strength. Itty Bitty Hellboy has fun toying with nemesis Rasputin, and the Juice Squeezers crew leap into action to defend one of their own against a persistent bully. Hilarity ensues!

Guardians of the Galaxy

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Nick Bradshaw (CA) Sara Pichelli
In an all-new story by award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and acclaimed artist Nick Bradshaw, the Guardians of the Galaxy welcome Venom and Captain Marvel to the team for the launch of a not-to-be-missed death-defying epic! PLUS: Writer Dan Slott lays the foundation for 2014’s top secret Spider-Man event that will rock the Wall Crawler’s world forever!

Hello Kitty Surprise

Publisher: VIZ LLC
(W/A) Various
Hello Kitty and her friends star in all-new comic book adventures, and this time they’re letting their imaginations run wild! Plus: Don’t miss the sneak peek of Perfect Square’s upcoming tribute book celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary.
Bonus feature! Perfect Square introduces exciting Bravest Warriors adventures featuring the irrepressible Catbug!

Kaboom Summer Blast

(W/A) Mike Kunkel & Various (CA) Various
KaBOOM! Summer Blast is the perfect way to share timeless properties like Peanuts, Garfield, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Herobear & The Kid with new readers young and old! KaBOOM! Summer Blast also features the debut of a brand new all-ages series!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Publisher: NBM
In 1993, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers burst on the scene in an explosion of colorful combat, bizarre monsters, incredible robot battles, and Megazord-sized fun, spawning a global phenomenon and an ever-expanding storytelling universe. These comics present the stories fans have been waiting over 20 years for: all-new stories featuring the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! This is a never-before-seen Power Rangers story starring the six Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and is not a reprint of any existing material.

Rise of the Magi

(W/A/CA) Marc Silvestri
“And the man said to me: “There is magic all around you, simply close your eyes and see.” I closed my eyes as he suggested. And when I did, I screamed. That was fifteen years ago, and I have been screaming ever since.”
– The master of light and shadow.

Asa Stone, a young guard at the gates of our reality, has seen a truth, a truth meant to be hidden and never to be seen by anyone. Ever. With his life abruptly turned into a shattered ruin, Asa finds himself on the run with nothing but a terrible secret and a list seven names. Seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves, and killers that can be neither trusted nor believed and yet stand as the only weapon man has against an unstoppable evil.

The world we know is at risk because the world we don’t see, the one that makes ours possible, is on the brink of destruction. Marc Silvestri, the co-creator of THE DARKNESS and WITCHBLADE and the creator of CYBER FORCE, presents a new fantasy adventure series set in both worlds in which we live. The Magi are awake and they are legion, and only seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves and killers can stop them. But as Asa Stone will soon find out, among thieves, there is no honor.

Spongebob: Freestyle Funnies

(W) Graham Annable & Various (A) Jacob Chabot & Various (CA) Jacob Chabot
United Plankton’s all-new SpongeBob comic book for FCBD 2014 starts with “Relocate!”, in which we finally learn the answer to the age-old question: “What if Squidward, SpongeBob, and Patrick’s houses all became giant robot creatures and stomped around Bikini Bottom?” Also: the debut of the saltwater super-sensation, Mermaid Girl, and SpongeBob schools Patrick in the ways of comic-book making in “SpongeBob ComicSnob!” Plus: comics from James Kochalka, Sam Henderson, Nate Neal, and Andy Rementer!

Transformers vs. GI Joe

(W) Tom Scioli, John Barber (A/CA) Tom Scioli
Two titans of pop culture clash in the kick-off of an all-new, all-action ongoing series! When Earth is threatened by giant machine life from outer space, the planet’s greatest heroes unite-but will they be enough? From the pulse-pounding pen of visionary artist Tom Scioli begins the most cosmic crossover of all time!

>Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: A Matter of Some Gravity

(W/A/CA) Don Rosa
In “A Matter of Some Gravity” by fan-favorite Don Rosa, saucy sorceress Magica De Spell turns Scrooge’s life sideways – literally! – when she distorts the forces of gravity! Then, in “The Sign of the Triple Distelfink”, Lucky Gladstone Gander faces a 24-hour luck jinx – and battles to hide it from a gloating Cousin Donald! Only ever published in the USA in under-printed mid-1990’s editions, these Rosa classics are back like you’ve never seen them before!

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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