Last Saturday was Free Comic Book Day which is the first Saturday in May when comic book stores bring in huge amounts of specially written comics for their customers to pick up for free. It’s a great way of getting people in stores and appreciating that they still have them to go to in a time when independent shops are a rare being. It’s great, and I’ve been going every year with my brother since I got into comics.
Personally my store (Travelling Man in Manchester) has a one of each policy, but this changes from store to store. Wherever you go on FCBD you’re bound to find a great vibe, with anything from donuts, to chocolate, drinks and merriment. It’s pretty much Nerd Christmas. The books this year were great, the art work is on form and the ones I’ve read so far have all had really interesting stories.
And I was lucky enough to find this tucked into one of my free books! Ah but what to buy?!
While I was there, in the spirit of FCBD I bought a couple things too. I got Letter 44 #1 because Charles Soule is probably the most interesting writer in comics at the moment- he writes, I think, 7 books, which is more than most full-time comic writers all while being a lawyer. I have no idea how he does it because I can tell you one thing, his writing is insanely good. Letter 44 is impeccable and I really recommend it.
Then I got Hacktivist #1 because I’m a sucker for a hacking story and I’ve just realised it’s written by Alyssa Milano aka. Phoebe Halliwell from Charmed who I love!
And I picked up my usual Catwoman, the only DC book I still buy regularly. But that’s a whole other story.
So if anyone needs me, I’ll be reading these over the weekend!