What is this excitement I speak of, you might ask? What separates this upcoming visit from the norm? What could possibly make New Comics Day even more exciting? Well, the answer is, Saturday will be a preemptive Free Comics Day!
I remember my first Free Comics Day comic was All Star Superman #1, by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, and Jamie Grant. Now you might assume that I was ecstatic about this grand turn of events, when James handed me this much anticipated issue, for FREE! But, truth in fact, I was totally disappointed.
You might be thinking, What? B-but, it’s Superman! It’s Morrison! It’s Quitely! Well, even though I have been a big fan of Morrison since the late eighties with his amazingly weird and freaky take on superhero comics such as Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, Enigma, and his interpretation of my personal favorite hero, Batman, I’d simply never been a fan of Superman.
So here I was, graciously presented with a free comic, by one of my favorite writers, and all I felt was disappointment. Disappointment that I wasn’t getting All Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder #1. At this point you might be pondering, What the hell’s wrong with you man?
Well, you’d be correct in doing so. For, despite my initial dismay, I proceeded to read it. I figured that Morrison did write it, so it can’t be all bad. In the end, I’m glad I did. It gave me new insight into Superman, and Lois as well. For the first time, I found myself actually identifying with their characters, and, what’s of paramount importance, caring about them.
So what does all of this have to do with Free Comics Day, you might ask? Well, it’s to illustrate the importance of Free Comics Day, which is that it gives new readers the opportunity to try out new titles that they might not otherwise try. It worked for me with Superman, and I’m quite certain that it will work for you too. So this upcoming Wednesday, be sure to make your way down to your favorite local comic shop and don’t be too disappointed if the owner hands you something you wouldn’t normally read. Give it a try and you may be surprised at what you find.