25 Books You Need to Pick Up at Free Comic Book Day 2021
Published August 3rd, 2021
Hey Third Eye Faithful! We are so excited that FCBD 2021 is drawing nearer and nearer! We missed out favorite day of the year last year, but we are prepared and stoked for what’s to come this year! We can’t wait to welcome you all back to the biggest comics day of the year! With that in mind, we thought we’d get you started with some of the FCBD books we’ve had our eyes on so far!
1. Enter the House of Slaughter
(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Werther Dell’Edera
ARE YOU READY TO ENTER THE HOUSE OF SLAUGHTER?
In 2019, James Tynion IV (Batman) and Werther Dell’Edera (Briggs Land) introduced the world to Erica Slaughter, the iconic monster hunter who came to Archer’s Peak, Wisconsin to save the town’s children from the monsters only she can see.
But Erica is not the only member of the House of Slaughter…
With nearly half a million copies sold Something is Killing the Children has become a true comic phenomenon and this Free Comic Book Day you are invited to enter the House of Slaughter… if you dare.
2. WE LIVE: THE LAST DAYS
(W) Inaki Miranda, Roy Miranda (A/CA) Inaki Miranda
Before Tala and Hototo began their long journey, there was the beginning of the end of Earth as we know it. In the days after the bracelets fell to earth, a group of young friends embarked on a journey to find one of their own. In the Broken Lands, on the adventure of their lifetimes, these friends face the seedy world of Bracelet Diggers-the dark underground of criminals dealing life-saving bracelets, to those who can afford it most.
WE LIVE: THE LAST DAYS offers another look at the intriguing world of WE LIVE-a look no less whimsical…or heartbreaking.
3. CRITICAL ROLE / THE WITCHER
(W) Jody Houser, Bartosz Sztybor (A/CA) Tyler Walpole
In the twentieth year of free comics, we bring you stories expanding on two epic worlds. In CriticalRole, explore a small but important corner from the adventures of the Mighty Nein. Then, in TheWitcher, it’s an original tale featuring the iconic witcher, Geralt! Created in close collaboration with CD Projekt Red!
4. AVENGERS / HULK #1
(W) Donny Cates, Jason Aaron (A) Ryan Ottley, Iban Coello
In a land beyond time, a shining tower stands, deploying its operatives across the Multiverse to hold against the encroaching darkness! Who is the mysterious Avenger Prime, and how will his advent impact on the past, the present, and the very future of the mighty Avengers?
5. STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES
(W) Daniel Jose Older (A) Nick Brokenshire, Harvey Tolibao (CA) Nick Brokenshire
Join Yoda, Buckets o’ Blood, and their Padawan learners as they go on an adventure to help maintain peace during the glory days of the Republic, in a prelude to IDW’s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures series! Written by series architect Daniel José Older, this is the ideal entry into the world of the High Republic-and a can’t-miss story for fans!”
This will angle more toward the Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures VOL 1 TPB, though Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #6 remains the start of the next story arc and should be supported within the back matter. Star Wars the High Republic is an incredibly successful initiative of an interconnected mega story told across books, comics and magazines. We had record numbers for our 1st issue!
6. WHO SPARKED THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT?
(W) Insha Fitzpatrick (A/CA) Abelle Hayford
From refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger to sparking civil rights protests across America, explore how Rosa Parks’ powerful act earned her the title “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” A story of resistance, strength, and unwavering spirit, this graphic novel invites readers to immerse themselves in the life of the American Civil Rights leader.
7. BATMAN AND ROBIN AND HOWARD / AMETHYST PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD
(W) Jeffrey Brown, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale (A/CA) Jeffrey Brown, Asiah Fulmore
This flipbook style sampler features first looks at two upcoming original graphic novels perfect for all ages, BATMAN & ROBIN and HOWARD by bestselling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown and AMETHYST: PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD by New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale with art by Asiah Fulmore. To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched. And what’s more, Damian’s dad, Bruce Wayne–a.k.a. Batman–decides that starting over in a new school will be just the distraction Damian needs from his superhero routine. Certain that Gotham Metro Academy has nothing to teach him, Damian is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard–the smartest and most athletic kid in school. The boys’ rivalry is instantaneous and fierce…and both are sure only one of them can be the best in their class. Amaya, princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is something of a troublemaker. She and her brother have great fun together until a magical prank goes much too far and her parents ground her…to Earth! They hope a whole week in the mundane world will teach her that magic is a privilege…and maybe washing dishes by hand will help her realize the palace servants should be respected. Three years later, Amy has settled into middle school and ordinary life. She doesn’t remember any other home. So when a prince of the realm brings her home and restores her magical destiny, how will she cope?
8. TEEN TITANS BEAST BOY LOVES RAVEN SPECIAL EDITION #1
(W) Kami Garcia (A/CA) Gabriel Picolo
Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo continue their New York Times bestselling Teen Titans series and give readers the romantic meet-up we have all been waiting for! It seems like years, but it’s only been a few days since Raven Roth recovered her memories; trapped her demon father, Trigon, in her amulet; and had her heart broken for the first time. Garfield Logan still can’t believe he has powers that allow him to change into different animals, but the price of knowing that his parents kept this secret hidden from him just feels too high. Both are seeking answers from the one person who seems to have them all figured out: Slade Wilson. When their paths converge in Nashville, Raven and Gar can’t help but feel a connection, despite the secrets they both try to hide. It will take a great amount of trust and courage to overcome the wounds of their pasts. But can they find acceptance for the darkest parts of themselves? Or maybe even love? This special edition features a chapter from the upcoming original graphic novel.
9. BATMAN SPECIAL EDITION #1
(W) John Ridley, James Tynion IV (A) Jorge Jimenez, Travel Foreman (CA) Mico Suayan
The Batman creative team of James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez take their epic run to the next level. Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path and the danger level to Batman and his allies reaches a fever pitch. The Magistrate now have full support from the mayor to handle high level law enforcement in Gotham and have branded the Dark Knight as Enemy #1. Plus, the Scarecrow has his own terrifying agenda as he takes this chaotic moment to launch his master plan. This is the first look at the epic FEAR STATE event that runs across the Batman titles beginning this Fall. The new Dark Knight, Jace Fox has arrived in this sneak peek of the upcoming I AM BATMAN series written by Academy Award-winner John Ridley with stunning art by Travel Foreman. Fans will get a taste of this blockbuster storyline starring the next Dark Knight.
10. SUICIDE SQUAD SPECIAL EDITION #1
(W) Tim Seeley, Brian Azzarello (A) Scott Kolins, Alex Maleev (CA) Trevor Hairsine
Get ready for The Suicide Squad written and directed by James Gunn, which releases in theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, with this incredible special edition that features the world’s deadliest villains. Discover more about the breakout character from Task Force X in an original SUICIDE SQUAD: KING SHARK story written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Scott Kolins. This issue also includes a preview of the sensational Suicide Squad: Get Joker! limited series by Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev. An incarcerated and angry Red Hood receives a chance at freedom from Amanda Waller. All the former Boy Wonder needs to do to gain his release is lead the Suicide Squad on a mission to terminate The Joker. Paired up with Harley Quinn and Gotham City killers, such as Firefly and Killer Croc, he doesn’t care if any of them come back alive, as long as The Joker dies!
11. ZOM 100: BUCKET LIST OF THE DEAD / DEMON SLAYER KIMETSU NO YAIBA
(W) Haro Aso, Koyoharu Gotouge (A) Kotaro Takata, Koyoharu Gotouge
Zom 100: After spending years toiling away for a soul-crushing company, Akira’s life has lost its luster. But when a zombie apocalypse ravages his town, it gives him the push he needs to live for himself. Now Akira’s on a mission to complete all 100 items on his bucket list before he…well, kicks the bucket.
Demon Slayer: In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.
12. SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK
(W) Jerome Alquie, Leiji Matsumoto (A/CA) Jerome Alquie
Preview the forthcoming full color, original “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” series from ABLAZE, personally overseen by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto! In this brand-new Captain Harlock adventure, planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Sylvidres and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world. Will Captain Harlock and his crew manage to solve this mystery and save the Earth from yet another menace? Also includes teasers for 3 highly anticipated upcoming manga/manhwa releases from ABLAZE, including The Breaker Vol 1 omnibus (critically acclaimed martial arts manhwa), Versus Fighting Story Vol 1 (Capcom e-sports shonen manga) and Crueler Than Dead Vol 1 (zombie horror seinen manga).
13. THE RESISTANCE: UPRISING #1
(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) C. P. Smith (CA) Rahzzah
The Resistance takes an intimate look at a very special species of the super-human race known as The Reborn. Emily Kai is what is known as a “Moth.” She was granted immense power by the global pandemic known as “The Great Death,” but with a caveat: The moment she taps into the power that resides within her, a clock starts and Emily will have only six months to live. Granted the opportunity to bring immense beauty into the world, but only by paying the ultimate price, Emily embarks on a harrowing journey of self-discovery that will test her to her core and take her to places way beyond her wildest imagination.
14. JUST BEYOND MONSTROSITY #1
(W) R. L. Stine (A) Irene Flores (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE HORROR BUSINESS!
Ruthie and Ezra Dillon’s dad and uncle just bought an old Hollywood movie studio.
And while the family has plans for reviving it to make scary movies for a modern audience, the monsters hiding in the backlot have other ideas.
Ruthie and Ezra are eager to star in their family’s films, but they’ll soon find themselves in a real horror show with Wolfenscreem, the Lagoonatics, and the Wasp-Keeper… who are all ready for their revival with a vengeance!
Soon to be a television show on Disney+, delve into the mind of all-ages horror master R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) with artist Irene Flores (Heavy Vinyl) and discover the world of Just Beyond.
15. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER / THE LEGEND OF KORRA
(W) Nadia Shammas, Kiku Hughes (A) Sara Alfageeh, Sam Beck (CA) Sam Beck
Celebrate the world of the the Four Nations with two all-new stories from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra! Your favorite characters from both generations of Avatar teams bring you some food for thoughtmore than a few laughs along the way!
16. THE BOYS: HEROGASM #1
(W) Garth Ennis (A) John McCrea (CA) Darick Robertson
An evil so profound it threatens all mankind… the mightiest heroes on the planet uniting to defend us all… a secret crisis of such utter finality that a countdown to civil or infinite war seems unavoidable… but have you ever wondered what really happens during Crossovers? The Seven, Payback, Teenage Kix, Fantastico and every other supe on Earth team up for an annual event like no other… and where the supes go, can a certain “five complications and a dog” be far behind? Vought-American prepare to make their move, in a story that will change the world of the Boys forever: Herogasm #1.
The first-ever Boys spin-off mini-series features the pairing of Ennis with Hitman artist John McCrea and covers by Boys artist and co-creator Darick Robertson!
17. RED ROOM
(W/A) Ed Piskor
The most eagerly-anticipated series of 2021 gets the FCBD treatment with this ALL-NEW “bonus” issue of the series! Featuring 33 pages of comics produced exclusively for FCBD, from the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design, designed as a perfect entry point for new readers and a must-have for those already on board. Aided by the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency, there has emerged a subculture of criminals who live-stream and patronize webcam murders for entertainment. Who are the murderers? Who are the victims? Who is the audience? How do we stop it? An outlaw, splatterpunk masterpiece, as seen on Piskor’s YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe!
18. STRAY DOGS
(W) Tony Fleecs (A) Trish Forstner & Various (CA) Trish Forstner, Tony Fleecs
For FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, a special expanded edition of the hit IMAGE series, STRAY DOGS!
Meet Sophie, a dog who can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall…WAIT! Where’s her lady? This FCBD edition also features a BRAND NEW prologue, “That Doggie in the Window” the unnerving story of the very first dog to ever come to the Master’s house.
19. SPIDER-MAN / VENOM #1
(W) Al Ewing, Ram V. (A) Bryan Hitch
Free Comic Book Day is the perfect chance to dive deep into the Marvel Universe with new stories and exciting adventures alongside some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators – and this year, Marvel is bringing you the biggest and boldest stories yet!
Starring Spider-Man and Venom!
20. WHITE ASH SEASON 2 #0
(W) Charlie Stickney (A/CA) Conor Hughes
Welcome to White Ash, a small smudge of a town in western Pennsylvania, where mining is a generational calling and the secrets are buried deeper than the coal in the mountain. And the biggest of those secrets is that elves and dwarves live hidden among the town’s population.
Join us as we journey back to White Ash, ahead of the season 2 launch. Alex, fresh off finding out he comes from a family of dwarves plans a secret romantic rendezvous in the woods with Lillian the elf… or not so secret as their meeting is witnessed by a young couple with dire results.
21. GLOOMHAVEN: A HOLE IN THE WALL
(W) Travis Mcintire (A) Tyler Sowles (CA) Nolan Nasser
The City of Gloomhaven isn’t “safe” at the best of times, but lately, more folks than usual seem to be disappearing. In a city paralyzed by an unknown menace, only one adventuring crew will do: The Jaws of the Lion! Based on the hit games, GLOOMHAVEN and JAWS OF THE LION from Cephalofair Games, comes a fantasy adventure with humor and heart.
22. VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE #1
(W) Tim Seeley & Various (A) Devmalya Pramanik, Nathan Gooden (CA) Aaron Campbell
When Cecily Bain, an enforcer for the Twin Cities’ vampiric elite, takes a mysterious new vampire under her wing, she’s dragged into an insidious conspiracy.
Will she be able to escape with her unlife and protect her aging, Alzheimer’s-afflicted sister, or will she be yet another pawn sacrificed to maintain the age-old secret: that vampires exist among the living.
Meanwhile, on the outskirts of the city, a rebellious found-family of vampire cast-outs investigates a vicious killing.
23. INVESTI-GATORS: ANTS IN OUR P.A.N.T.S. SNEAK PEEK
(W/A/CA) John Patrick Green
Get a sneak peek at book 4 in the bestselling InvestiGators series! With agent Brash trapped in a mysterious coma, the technicians at S.U.I.T. have designed the ultimate replacement: RoboBrash! This high-tech replica has been programmed with all of the original Brash’s crime-fighting skills and knowhow-but it seems he’s got a few bugs in his system! Will Mango and his new partner be enough to stop the giant ants that are on a rampage in the city? Orchestrated by the spaced-out villain, Maestronaut, and Houdino, the dinosaur escape artist, it seems criminals are certainly upping the ANT-e!
24. STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC: THE EDGE OF BALANCE / GUARDIAN OF THE WHILLS
(W) Shima Shinya & Various (A) Mizuki Sakakibara, Subaru
The High Republic: A massive, interconnected cross-publisher initiative focused on an all-new era of Star Wars storytelling. Centuries before the Skywalker saga, a new adventure begins …
Guardians of the Whills:
The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force.
– Chirrut Îmwe
Presiding over the Kyber Temple on Jedha, the Guardians of the Whills, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe, had hoped to maintain a peaceful balance despite the growing presence of the Empire in their Holy City. Yet they struggle to stay true to the Force as stormtroopers threaten to take over. When a rebel named Saw Gerrera appears offering them a chance to help Jedha, Baze and Chirrut must decide if they’re willing to compromise for peace, or if Saw’s plan is too dangerous to risk??
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills introduces Baze and Chirrut before they meet the Rebellion members who turn the tide in the fight against the Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Writer Jon Tsuei and manga artist Subaru bring the origin story of this fan favorite duo to life in a new manga adaptation based on the novel by Greg Rucka.
25. SOLO LEVELING
(W) Chugong (A) DUBU
BASED ON THE HIT FANTASY NOVEL, EXPERIENCE THE WEBCOMIC THAT’S CAPTURED THE ATTENTION OF MILLIONS IN ALL OF ITS FULL-COLOR GLORY!
Known as the the Weakest Hunter of All Mankind, E-rank hunter Jinwoo Sung’s contribution to raids amounts to trying not to get killed. Unfortunately, between his mother’s hospital bills, his sister’s tuition, and his own lack of job prospects, he has no choice but to continue to put his life on the line. So when an opportunity arises for a bigger payout, he takes it…only to come face-to-face with a being whose power outranks anything he’s ever seen! With the party leader missing an arm and the only healer a quivering mess, can Jinwoo somehow find them a way out?