6 Comics to Pick Up on Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 6, and while there will be 50 different titles to choose from at participating comic shops, these are the ones that take a walk on the darker side.

Buffy the High School Years and Plants vs. Zombies

Buffy the High School Years featuring Plants vs. Zombies Cover

This 2017 all-ages offering from Dark Horse Comics features a sixteen-year-old Buffy the Vampire Slayer who is still learning her trade, and sometimes battles with demons and bad luck can erode a girls confidence – and her ability to have high-school fun. #SlayerStruggleIsReal.  Then, your favorite plants and zombies will take a time-traveling journey to the past, where they run into a devious sheriff.  If they have to work together to rise to the sheriff’s challenges, can they do it? It’s Plants vs. Zombies vs. Sheriff tarnation.

Lady Mechanika

Lady Mechanika cover

This Free Comic Book Day special includes the original 14-page one-shot introducing Joe Benitez’s Lady Mechanika, a young woman in Victorian England with mechanical limbs and no memory of how she got them, searching desperately for the secrets to her past, plus excerpts from the Lady Mechanika trades and comics.  This is sure to be a favorite with fans of the steampunk genre.

Monster High

Monster High cover

It’s time for a school competition, and all of the ghoulfriends are excited about showing off their talents! But Clawdeen finds it challenging and runs away! Can her friends find Clawdeen and help her out? And who will win the competition?


Riverdale cover
It’s a comic, based on a TV series, that’s based on a comic. How meta…

In this special commemorative one-shot issue based on the hit CW TV series Riverdale, you’ll learn the secrets and stories from the summer before the series began.  Featuring two short stories focusing on the major players and events in the Riverdale series: Spend some time at Archie’s summer construction job and learn how it leads him to a fateful encounter with the alluring music teacher, Ms. Grundy.  Find out more about Veronica’s mysterious life in New York, before the shocking event that would send her family scrambling.  This is a must have for fans of the new series.

Spill Night

Spill Night cover

Inspired by a Ukrainian photojournalist who took secret motorcycle journeys through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Spill Night tell the story of the Po-town Spill and things are getting weird.  Strange lights fill the sky, the house across the street is melting, and the neighbors are turning into meat puppets.  Lexa’s big sister and parents are gone, and all she has for company in this calamity is her rag doll, Vespertine.  Luckily, since the Spill began Vespertine can talk, and she has plenty to say.


Descendents cover

This Free Comic Book Day release features the first chapter of the manga adaptation of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants.  Disney Descendants tells the story of Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay, the children of some of Disney’s most notorious villains (Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella DeVille, and Jafar). When they’re invited to attend an elite academy to learn to be good, the kids come up with an ulterior motive – steal the fairy god mother’s wand and free their parents.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book that they’ll love. Every first Saturday in May, the industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops.  To find a participating shop in your area, use the Free Comic Book Day store locator.

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