DC Announces Its 2021 Free Comic Book Day Slate
Free Comic Book Day is coming a little later than usual this year (thanks, COVID). Regardless, DC is hoping fans will make room on their shelves for its new selection of offerings in just a few months. The publisher has just released its full list of FCBD titles, and it sounds like they have something for everyone.
DC will kick things off with a special 32-page issue of Batman courtesy of James Tynion IV and artist Jorge Jimenez. The issue continues the ongoing saga of the Magistrate, which has been given the go-ahead from Gotham’s mayor to take over all high-level law enforcement. Unfortunately, the organization has made Batman its primary target. And if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the issue will also feature an appearance by the Scarecrow, who begins sowing the seeds for his latest plan to terrorize Gotham in a lead-in to DC’s upcoming Fear State event.
Additionally, DC is releasing a new Suicide Squad one-shot focusing on King Shark to coincide with his appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. The story comes from writer Tim Seeley and artist Scott Kolins. Readers will also get an early look at Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev’s Suicide Squad: Get Joker! miniseries.
The remaining FCBD titles are primarily aimed at younger fans. DC will preview its new Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven graphic novel for young adults with a standalone issue that features a full chapter from the book. Finally, readers will get a sneak peek at two all-ages graphic novels with a flipbook previewing Batman and Robin and Howard and Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld.
This year’s Free Comic Book Day festivities will be held on Saturday, August 14. You can check out covers and full synopses for DC’s titles in the gallery below.
Which of these issues will you be picking up this summer? Let us know in the comment section!
Recommended Reading: Batman Incorporated
Batman FCBD Special Edition
The Batman creative team of GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) and Jorge Jimenez (Justice League) take their epic run to the next level. Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path as the danger level to Batman and his allies reach a fever pitch. The Magistrate now has full support from the mayor to handle high-level law enforcement in Gotham and branded the Dark Knight as Public Enemy #1. Plus, the Scarecrow has his own terrifying agenda as he launches his master plan in the chaos. This is the first look at the epic Fear State event that will run across Batman titles beginning this Fall.
The new Dark Knight, Jace Fox, has arrived in this sneak peek of the upcoming I Am Batman series written by Oscar® winner John Ridley (The Other History of the DC Universe) with stunning art by Travel Foreman (The Next Batman: Second Son). Fans will get a taste of this blockbuster storyline starring the newest Caped Crusader in this 32-page FCBD special edition.
Suicide Squad FCBD Special Edition
Just in time for The Suicide Squad movie written and directed by James Gunn, releasing in theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, with this incredible special edition that features the world’s deadliest villains.
Discover more about the breakout character from Task Force X in an original Suicide Squad: King Shark story written by New York Times bestselling author Tim Seeley (Nightwing) and illustrated by award-winning artist Scott Kolins (The Flash).
This 32-page issue also includes a preview of the sensational Suicide Squad: Get Joker! limited series by writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Alex Maleev (Checkmate). An incarcerated and angry Red Hood receives a chance at freedom from Amanda Waller. All the former Boy Wonder needs to do to gain his freedom is lead the Suicide Squad on a mission to terminate The Joker. Paired up with Harley Quinn and Gotham City killers such as Firefly and Killer Croc, he doesn’t care if any of them come back alive, as long as The Joker dies!
Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven Special Edition
The writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling Teen Titans: Raven, Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo, continue the Teen Titans series and give readers the romantic meet-up they’ve all been waiting for!
It seems like years, but it’s only been a few days since Raven Roth recovered her memories; trapped her demon father, Trigon, in her amulet; and had her heart broken for the first time. Garfield Logan still can’t believe he has powers that allow him to change into different animals, but the price of knowing that his parents kept this secret hidden from him just feels too high.
Both are seeking answers from the one person who seems to have them all figured out: Slade Wilson. When their paths converge in Nashville, Raven and Gar can’t help but feel a connection, despite the secrets they both try to hide. It will take a great amount of trust and courage to overcome the wounds of their pasts, but can they find acceptance for the darkest parts of themselves? Or maybe even love?
This 32-page special edition features a chapter from the upcoming original graphic novel. The full graphic novel will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on September 28, 2021.
Batman & Robin and Howard
This flipbook style sampler features first looks at two upcoming all-ages original graphic novels, Batman & Robin And Howard by bestselling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy) and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld by New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Hale (Princess Academy and The Goose Girl) and Dean Hale (Rapunzel's Revenge, Coauthor) with art by Asiah Fulmore.
To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched. And what’s more, Damian’s dad, Bruce Wayne--a.k.a. Batman--decides that starting over in a new school will be just the distraction Damian needs from his superhero routine. Certain that Gotham Metro Academy has nothing to teach him, Damian is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard--the smartest and most athletic kid in school. The boys’ rivalry is instantaneous and fierce...and both are sure only one of them can be the best in their class.
Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld
Amaya, princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is something of a troublemaker. She and her brother have great fun together until a magical prank goes much too far and her parents ground her...to Earth! They hope a whole week in the mundane world will teach her that magic is a privilege...and maybe washing dishes by hand will help her realize the palace servants should be respected. Three years later, Amy has settled into middle school and ordinary life. She doesn’t remember any other life. So, when a prince of the realm brings her home and restores her magical destiny, how will she cope?
Both Batman & Robin And Howard and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on November 9, 2021.
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