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By Ali Colluccio

"...he’s someone who is going to challenge Superman physically, emotionally, and psychologically all at once." - Scott Snyder

The first Saturday in May has a very special distinction. We’re not talking about the race at Churchill Downs; we’re talking about Free Comic Book Day! Local comic book shops open their doors to long-time and new readers alike and offer them a selection of comics at no cost. As one comics fan put it, “it’s a cheap, easy way to check out new comics you might not know about and to get your friends to try them out, too.”

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By Patrick A. Reed

This year's Free Comic Book Day is the biggest and craziest yet, with more than 50 different comics from various publishers vying for shelf space and room in your shopping bag. Some titles are geared for kids, some feature mature content, some are fit for everybody – and thus, we present this handy field guide, so you can know what to look out for.

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By Patrick A. Reed

This year's Free Comic Book Day is the biggest and craziest yet, with more than 50 different comics from various publishers vying for shelf space and room in your shopping bag. Some titles are geared for kids, some feature mature content, some are fit for everybody – and thus, we present this handy field guide, so you can know what to look out for.

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Free Comic Book Day is tomorrow May 4 (it's also Star Wars Day!) and we know plenty of you guys are going to head to your local shops and stock up on the FREE goodies. So we want you to share your Free Comic Book Day with us...and then we'll share with THE WORLD!

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By Jorge Solis

With Free Comic Book Day just around the corner, there's just enough free swag for everyone to pick up. It's a fun event for new and longtime readers as they rush into their favorite comic book shop. This is also the perfect opportunity to find out what's current. Let's see what are the Top Ten Free Comics you should be looking out for.

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Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 5, 2012 and we've got an exclusive extended preview of Top Cow's offering!

Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces is the debut of Sara Pezzini's new caretaker, Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley and according to Top Cow, the prefect jumping-on point for new readers.

With a brand new creative team and a fresh new direction, now is the time for new and lapsed readers to try out Witchblade! Since the events of Artifacts, Sara Pezzini's entire life has been altered in immeasurable ways. Not the least of which is she's living in a new city and has a new career, but one thing remains constant - the Witchblade. A mysterious, ancient Artifact which often takes the form of a powerful gauntlet and serves a magnet for all things supernatural. In this Free Comic Book Day edition, fans will get a look at the first complete story, "Unbalanced Pieces," by the new creative team Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Bloodstryke) and Diego Bernard (The Man With No Name). This issue serves as a perfect introduction so readers can either pick up the new trade collection or dive into Witchblade #156!

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The only thing cooler than snagging a comic for gratis on Free Comic Book Day (May 5th ) is to get a free preview a couple of months before it's available! MTV Geek has a preview of "Intrinsic" #1, a crossover event featuring Arcana's most famous characters!

Horrors from different worlds have assembled to bring about a global threat known only as The End. A Philosopher has recognized the signs in time to gather his own forces for Good - including an ordinary, powerless young woman. Only together can they avert disaster on a biblical scale. Every last one of them... is Intrinsic.

'Intrinsic' is a company crossover event bringing together characters from hundres of titles beneath Arcana's library. It is an event of unprecedented ambition, unlike anything that has been before.

By Sean Patrick O'Reilly, Casey Jones, Erik Hendrix, and Allan Otero, "Intrinsic" #1 is one FCBD title you're not going to want to miss!

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MTV's own Liz Lee was on-hand at Free Comic Book Day last weekend, checking out what has become like a national holiday for comic book fans of all ages.

Lee, star of the hit show "My Life As Liz," checked out New York City's Jim Hanley's Universe and chatted with comic luminaries such as Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott.

"It is Geek Christmas," Slott told Lee, "You get FREE COMICS!"

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The Comic Stop of Redmond's manager, Michael Byers says that in years past, was slow going getting the other locations of this Seattle area comic store chain get into Free Comic Book Day. But each year, he'd be at his location, bright and early the first Saturday of May, tying balloons to the exterior of the cozy storefront in order to draw in new and regular customers to the now ten year old event. Of course, he should know the value of promotion and attracting a crowd to an event: Byers is also the Events Director for the Emerald City Comic Con.

This year Byers decided to forgo the balloons and extra promotion--Free Comic Book Day fell on his son's birthday--but that didn't stop a healthy rush of customers queuing up for this year's selection of free titles. It was a wet and a little cool this morning--Seattle weather didn't really pick up that it was Spring until late in the afternoon--nevertheless, there was still a line when the doors opened at 10. The line snaked its way through the length of the store, from the entrance to a small table set up in the back, where customers could line up and request their two books by letter.

Some of the younger customers would shyly ask for their books, some were still learning their alphabet and took a little coaxing to pick out the lettered selection. I counted several occasions of delighted surprise on realizing that the title the asked for was a flipbook--Byers explained to the kids that it was like getting three books for two. Read More...

Earlier this week, we brought you the new trailer for 2K Games’ sequel to The Darkness titled appropriately enough The Darkness II. The game won’t be out until October, but you can get a little taste of what’s in store for lead character Jackie Estacado in Top Cow’s Free Comic Book Day entry, The Darkness II: Confession. The issue was written by Filip Sablik and Matt Hawkins, with art by Michael Broussard and Romano Molenaar, and is being used by Top Cow and 2K to provide a bridge between the first and second games given the two year gap between the stories.

Sablik, a writer and artist who has worked on Top Cow’s Pilot Season: Asset and Last Mortal was happy to provide MTV Geek with a little insight into the issue—which, if you haven’t heard by now, is free—while trying to avoid any sort of spoilers for the upcoming game.

MTV Geek: Could you tell us a little about the story you’ve chosen to tell for The Darkness II: Confession? What does “the confession” refer to?

Filip Sablik: We wanted this comic to act as both a prologue to The Darkness II, but also act as a bridge from the first game to the second. If you are a fan of the comic, but haven’t played the game, the comic is intended to be an entry point. If you’re a gamer, but not familiar with The Darkness, this comic is meant to serve as an introduction to Jackie and his world. So that was the challenge we gave ourselves, but we also wanted to make the story interesting as a stand-alone comic. Otherwise you end up with something that’s just purely expositional and we’ve got Wikipedia for that!

The story opens with Jackie Estacado, bearer of the Darkness, visiting the grave of his one true love, Jenny Romano and basically pouring his heart out to her. Jackie and Jenny were raised in a Catholic orphanage, and while Jackie has grown up to be a hitman working for the mob, like many people brought up in that tradition he has the idea of confession and penance engrained in him on a deeper level. He’s been struggling lately with his conscience and since Jenny was the one pure soul in his life, he goes to give a confession of sorts to her in hopes of finding some absolution and peace.

Geek: It’s been two years between the first and second game. How has that interval—and becoming a Don—affected Jackie?

FS: Jackie has been through a number of changes, many of which will be revealed in the game, but the two biggest changes, which I can talk about, are that he’s become the Don of the Estacado family and that he’s kept the Darkness chained within himself for two years. In the first game, Jackie took out his Uncle Paulie, the head of the Franchetti crime family, who was responsible for Jenny’s death. Changing the name of the family to the Estacado family is kind of Jackie’s final middle finger to Paulie. And since the Darkness held Jackie back and prevented him from saving Jenny from Paulie, Jackie sees keeping it locked in himself as the only way he can punish the Darkness. As you can imagine, after two years, the Darkness is NOT happy about this.

Geek: Are there any characters from Confession who might make their way into the game?

FS: Not that I can comment on.

Geek: Why is this book a good introduction to The Darkness game and comic?

FS: It’s a great introduction for the game. Most importantly, it really gives you a sense of Jackie as a character and what his mindset is before the beginning of The Darkness II. It also gives you a sense of what came before in the first game – how Jackie inherited the power of the Darkness, his relationship with Jenny and Paulie, and how he came to control the Darkness. The developers at Digital Extremes and producers at 2K Games did a phenomenal job of making The Darkness II very accessible for new players, but any time you do a sequel there are some folks who want to know what came before. The comic provides a great way to jump in without necessarily having to replay the hours it would take to get through the first game.
For us, it also gives a great opportunity for Top Cow to spotlight what makes the Darkness and Jackie Estacado such a compelling comic franchise. One of the goals of Free Comic Book Day is to bring in NEW comic customers and we think that by partnering with 2K we have the opportunity to do just that with the gaming community. Read More...

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