Today is Free Comic Book Day! A day of free comics! Of queueing in a small shop with dozens of people, fighting over the same small selection of titles, few of which they're truly interested in and are taking merely because they're free - hey, I do it too!
So here's what I got today!
Road Rage #1 (Phil Noto variant)
What can I say? Stephen King writing with Joe Hill, his son. Those names alone sold me on it, and once I found out Phil Noto had done a variant, I just had to grab it.
Mind the Gap #1 (Cover A)
I was quite critical of Mind the Gap when I read the prologue a few months ago, but thankfully the first issue puts some of those worries to rest. Like Morning Glories (the series Esquejo has done numerous covers for), it looks as though it'll be a series that needs a few passes before it fully begins to make sense.
I'll confess that the series hadn't left my mind since that preview, so to finally get it is quite welcome.
Alabaster: Wolves #1
Alabaster: Wolves appeared on my radar with quite the bang. I've little idea what it's about or what it's like beyond a fantasy series, but the attachment of Kiernan's name (I've not read her work before but her name does appear numerous times in various places) and the push from Rob Bedford of SFFWorld means I now have a copy.
Batman: Arkham City #1
It was 99p in GAME, yet I've not even started it and I'm disappointed. How thin is this comic? Does it have just three pages or something?!
Ahem. I liked the first game, but I was really just swayed by the price on this one.
Missed out on getting a number of issues I wanted. B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #1 wasn't in stock so I passed on #2 as well, Avenging Spider-Man #7 has been delayed a week, so I couldn't get that, and two other issues I wanted, Saga #1 and New Avengers #59, also weren't around so I'll get the former in trade and the latter digitally this weekend through the Comixology sale. Maybe. I was also thinking about Epic Kill #1 but I passed for reasons I still don't know. I should probably have bought it instead of Arkham City #1.
Well, it's not Free Comic Book Day if I don't get any of the free comics, is it? Here's the list of available comics, and I'll list the ones I got. Sadly, a number that I wanted weren't available, and those I'll list separately.
Atomic Robo (with NeoZoic & Bonnie Lass);
The Avengers: Age of Ultron #0.1;
Bad Medicine #1;
Bongo Comics Free-For-All! (The Simpsons)/Spongebob Comics: Freestyle Funnies;
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Guild;
Graphic Elvis (Why the farkle did I pick this up? Seriously? It's gonna go straight in the recycling);
Yo Gabba Gabba!;
DC Comics: The New 52!;
Worlds of Aspen 2012;
Top Shelf Kids Club;
Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces;
Spider-Man: Season One;
Voltron Force: Shelter From The Storm;
Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and Other Stories (yes, the hardcover!);
DC Nation/Superman Family (it was there, I forgot to pick it up! Arse!);
Jurassic Strike Force 5.
I didn't do too badly, all things considered. I also picked up a Vertigo sampler, but it wasn't a FCBD title so I'm not counting it in the list. I got the majority of the ones I really cared about, and many I don't. Atomic Robo, Aspen and Star Wars are pretty much staples of my FCBD haul regardless of the year, though chances are Atomic Robo is the only one I'll get to quickly.
So that's my haul. Yay!