Third Eye's Top Picks for Free Comic Book Day 2018

Published April 18th, 2018

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There’s so many great free comics out this year for our 2018 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY event (more info on that here), and while we’d love to talk about each and every one, we’ve decided to narrow things down to our top favorites that you gotta check out this Free Comic Book Day!
So, read on, Third Eye Faithful, and get stoked on what may the best line-up of FREE COMICS yet!
Wanna see a full list of all 50 FCBD 2017 books? Click here.
 
 

1. DC NATION #0 – THE most important DC COMICS release of this Summer!

While not technically a FCBD book (but, hey, it’s FREE), because it comes out 5/2/18, but – this is THE #1 must-get book for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY as it literally begins nearly every big story that the DC Universe is going to face this Summer!
Featuring three brand-new stories from a lineup of superstar talent-and each tale serves as a prelude to some of the biggest DC events of 2018!
First, find out how The Joker reacts when he discovers Catwoman has turned her back on crime and plans to marry his archnemesis. Can the Clown Prince of Crime stand to see Batman happy? Writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann set up the events that lead to BATMAN #50!
Then, DARK NIGHTS: METAL shook the DC Universe to its deepest foundations-now it’s time to rejoin legendary writer Scott Snyder, along with all-star artist Jorge Jimenez and co-writers James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson, for the prelude to JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Discover what universe-shattering mysteries have emerged from the most wondrous and chaotic corners of the cosmos to hunt the Justice League in DC’s summer blockbuster event!
And get your first glimpse at Superman’s new world in this exclusive preview of the upcoming six-issue miniseries MAN OF STEEL, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by José Luis García-López. With Truth, Justice and the American Way all under attack, both Superman and Clark Kent find there’s never been a more important time to stand up for what they believe in.
 


2.AVENGERS #1 FCBD Special Edition – A New Era for MARVEL COMICS begins here!

Marvel has HUGE plans this Summer with their new direction beginning in May, and one of the biggest components of that is the upcoming new AVENGERS series by comic superstar JASON AARON (THOR GOD OF THUNDER, STAR WARS, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, and so many others) and ED MCGUINNESS!
The FCBD Avengers #1 is GROUND ZERO not just for what’s going to be shaking with the AVENGERS, but the future of the Marvel U as a whole, with this one-shot providing your perfect chance to dive into the Marvel Universe, whether it’s for the first time ever — or a return after having been gone for a bit!
Also featured in here is a prelude into the upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA by TA-NEHISI COATES run, which looks incredible!
 


3. OVERWATCH FCBD Special

We know lots of you are big fans of OVERWATCH, as are we, Third Eye Faithful, so when we saw that DARK HORSE was going to be putting out a special OVERWATCH FCBD one-shot — we knew we had to shout it out!
In Overwatch, agent Zarya is sent to eliminate an elusive hacker, and she is at her wit’s end. She reluctantly teams up – and butts heads – with an omnic hacker. As they hone in on their target, Zarya realizes that she will have to reassess her worldview about omnics.
 
 


4. DC SUPERHERO GIRLS Free Comic Book Day Special

We LOVE seeing kids of all ages get into comics, and one of the best superhero comics we’ve seen aimed at young readers has gotta be the DC SUPERHERO GIRLS stuff!
Catwoman is out on the prowl one night when – KABOOM! – an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs rouses the heroes from their slumber. Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could’ve prepared Batgirl for what they see next: Batgirl’s dad out on a date!? DC Super Hero Girls Free Comic Book Day 2018#1 is written by Shea Fontana with art and cover by Yancey Labat.
 


5. BARRIER #1 – From the creator of SAGA!

We’re huge fans of Brian K. Vaughan and his work on series like SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, and Y: THE LAST MAN, so when we saw he had something new on the way — AND it was debuting on FCBD, we knew we were in for a treat!
From the Eisner Award-winning team behind The Private Eye, Barrier is an unconventional drama about violence, language and illegal immigration with a shocking sci-fi twist.
 
 
 


6. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FCBD SPECIAL – In the wake of GO DOWN SWINGING, get an early look at the upcoming new Spidey run!

While we’ve loved some aspects of Slott’s incredible, decade plus run of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, we gotta tell ya: we are so stoked to see what’s in store for Spidey with the arrival of Nick Spencer & Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE)!
New creative teams. New series. New directions. New beginnings.
A new era for SPIDER-MAN begins here, and this provides THE perfect place to jump onto your favorite wall crawler!
 
 


7. LEGEND OF KORRA FCBD Special – More KORRA awesomeness!

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!
 
 
 
 
 


8. MY HERO ACADEMIA FCBD Special

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?