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Free Comic Book Day: ComicsAlliance’s Best Bets

Free Comic Book Day 2010 arrives tomorrow, and if you’re not sure whether your local retailer is participating, now is the time to double check! There’s going to be a ton of free comics from a cornucopia of different publishers, and after previewing a selection of the offerings ourselves, we’re pleased to report that there’s a little something for everyone amid the more than 30 free titles.

Free Comic Book Day’s official Web site has a full listing of available comics, but check out a few of our most recommended picks after the jump.

Before you get too worked up, though, remember to be cool and save some free comics for the kids, won’t you? They’re the ever-lovin’ future!


Iron Man/Thor: Matt Fraction + John Romita Jr. = all you really need to know.

DC Kids: Awww yeah! Who can resist the Tiny Titans? Why would you want to?

Irredeemable/Incorruptible: What if… Superman became evil? What if a terrible super villain… became a hero? Mark Waid explores both ideas in fine style with two of his most successful Boom! series, “Irredeemable” and “Incorruptible,” wrapped up here in a neat 48-page package.

The Sixth Gun: Oni Press debuts its new Western series by giving you the entire first issue for free, with a tale that revolves around a gun with mysterious powers that just about everyone seems willing to kill for.

Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock: Archaia’s double storied offering combines two cool things into one package – much like Ralston’s 1988 Nintendo cereal. Wow!

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales: If you’re unfamiliar with the twisted world of Jim Woodring’s “Frank,” this will be a quick initiation; focuses on the bathrobed pig-boss that inhabits the wordless, unsettling cartoony landscape.

Doctor Solar: Man of the Atom and Magnus: Robot Fighter: Dark Horse prepares to launch the Shooterverse. Yup.

Del Rey Showcase: They might seem played out now, but I’m still a sucker for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so a comic book version is welcome in my stack any day. Especially a free one.

Fractured Fairy Tales: Fables meets Strange Tales. Cover by Mike Allred!

Atomic Robo: You’ve seen Robo face down many foes, but nothing can prepare you for Terror Bird! (the greatest Pontiac never made, IMO)

Owly and Friends: More accurately, Owly, and Johnny Boo, and Korgi, three of the cutest titles from Top Shelf Productions. Grab it if you like saying “awwww.” When you’re done reading, be sure to pass it on to a youngling.

Classic Comic Strip Action & Adventure: What’s all the fuss about “Li’l Abner” and “Rip Kirby”? Who is Secret Agent Corrigan X-9? The Library of American comics collects some classic comic strips from days of yore.

Love and Capes: It’s like what “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” would have been like if it took place in 2010 and ruled.

The Tick: If you enjoyed The Tick’s animated adventures in the ’90s or currently dig Benito Cereno’s relaunched run, now’s the time to check out creator Ben Edlund’s debut issue on its 24th anniversary.

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