Tomorrow is the ninth annual Free Comic Book Day, also known as “Christmas on Steroids.” You can track down a participating store near you over at the FCBD website, along with a list of the free comics. As usual, some of the comics being offered are a bit suspicious. (Oh hooray, Shrek and Toy Story tie-ins! Finally, I can enjoy the characters without all the eye-popping animation or the hilarious voice acting!) However, there are some diamonds in the free bin, including an Iron Man/Thor crossover illustrated by muscular artist John Romita Jr. (Opening line: “Came the day the Thunder God stood on the beach in Thailand.”)
If I were you, though, I’d set my sites on the FCBD special edition of The Tick #1, the first issue of the hilarious mock-superhero series that later spawned a cartoon and a beloved, short-lived Patrick Warburton TV series. Also, Archie and the gang are going to the beach! Wow!