It’s a new year and nerd Christmas is right around the corner. That’s right, Free Comic Book Day is on May 6 and there are plenty of comics worth the read, or at least deserve some attention. While all the releases can’t be addressed, there are a couple that look way too interesting to ignore. So, here are 5 Free Comic Book Day comics of high interest.
Prepare to revisit Pandora From James Cameron’s award winning Film, “Avatar”. Written by Sherri Smith and Brian Wood, “Dark Horse Comics” publishes a one-shot comic that reunites us with Jake Sully and the Na’vi for a short trade paperback adventure. Also included in this issue is a short story following Grace Briggs from the comic series, “Briggs Land”. The story is hinted to tie into the possible television series rumored to be in development for AMC. If you’re a fan of the film, or the comic series, this comic should be a good appetizer as we wait for James Cameron’s second installment in this series.
Image Comics Takes a Deadpool esque approach to its own series, “I Hate Fairyland”, with the one-shot issue of “I Hate Image”. The issue follows series lead Gertrude trying to escape fairyland by slashing her way through famous Image titles such as The Walking Dead, Spawn, Black Science and many more. This little jab at the Image Comics roster was written by series regular Skottie Young. Even if you aren’t familiar with the series, at some point you have come across an image title. Either through TV, Movies, or even reading one of Image’s other titles, it’s a neat little nod to their other works.
Akira Himekawa takes us back to the Hyrule Kingdom as we revisit the Twilight Realm in Legend Of Zelda; Twilight Princess. This title, like the award-winning Nintendo game, reunites us with series hero, Link, and the so titled “twilight Princess,” Midna as they try to stop an evil from seizing control of the Twilight Realm and the World of Light. This is a good, but short, introduction to the VIZ Media manga series if you haven’t read it. Also, it’s a nice way to feed a need for Zelda until March, when Breath Of The Wild comes out.
Series creators Akira Toriyama and Masashi Kishimoto wrote a one-shot collaboration issue of their own titles, Dragon Ball Super & Boruto. This trade paperback tells 2 stories. One focuses on Goku and the Z fighers as things have gotten docile after the defeat of Buu. But new evils arrive to test the Z fighters once again. As the other story goes, after the end of the Naruto series, we catch up with the son of the seventh Hokage, Boruto. While he may come off as a video game loving slacker, he does hope to prove himself by defeating the one person whose approval means most to him, his own father. This is another good intro to the Shonen Jump Series of the same names.
Lastly, Red 5 Comics teams up with Bat Hat Harry productions, the company behind films like The X-Men movies, The Usual Suspects, and Valkyrie. Together, Paul Ens and various BHH writers tackle the classic villain From The Usual Suspects, Keyser Soze. Also included is a Story called The Rift. This Jeremy Renner story follows a displaced WWII piolet and his time travel adventure.
On a bonus note, DC comics have releases they labeled Top Secret. One is labeled Gold Book, and the other, silver book. Both are supposed to be released in February, obviously. Marvel is doing the same thing, only with more information. Both contain 2 ten page stories, but one comic headlines spiderman, while the other headlines The Guardians of the Galaxy. No word on what the story prey tells, or if they tie into their upcoming cinematic ventures. But those we will find out about in May.