For those of you who were looking forward to Free Comic Book Day, it has been delayed for the time being.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the world, events are being postponed and canceled with growing frequency. On Wednesday of this week, it was announced that Free Comic Book Day would morph into Free Comic Book Month with new books arriving each week to allow retailers more flexibility in how they handled the event.
On Thursday, the plan changed yet again with Diamond Distribution now announcing that the event has been postponed as a whole and a new date will be announced at a later time.
“The severity and timing of the impact of the COVID-19 virus can’t be predicted with any certainty, but the safety of our retailer partners and comic book fans is too important to risk. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of the comic industry’s best event and look forward to celebrating with you later in the Summer,” said Diamond Founder and CEO, Steve Geppi.
Amongst the 47 titles being released for the event, there are two DC titles included.
FCBD 2020 GENERATION ZERO GODS AMONG US
(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Brett Booth (CA) Francis Manapul
UPDATED CONTENT! The march toward DC’s future begins with Generation Zero: Gods Among Us! It all starts here, and everything counts. This issue features a version of the story “Flash Forward: Epilogue” that is expanded by 13 pages from its original publication in The Flash #750, with new material by the flash Forward team of writer Scott Lobdell and artist Brett Booth. In order to save his children and the multiverse itself, Wally West makes the ultimate sacrifice, taking his place in the Mobius Chair. Unbeknownst to him, the chair is packing a little extra power, having been imbued with the godlike powers of Dr. Manhattan! Now armed with infinite knowledge-and the powers of a god-Wally West can see the past, present and future of the DC Universe all at once…including what needs to be changed. This issue also includes a behind-the-scenes sneak peak at the upcoming Dark Nights: Death Metal!
FCBD 2020 BATMAN OVERDRIVE ONCE UPON A CRIME FLIPBOOK
(W) Shea Fontana, Derek Fridolfs (A/CA) Marcelo Di Chiara, Dustin Nguyen
DC’s “flipbook” style sampler is sized to match the dimensions of DC’s middle grade titles and will feature the first chapters of Batman: Overdrive and Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime. In Batman: Overdrive, driven to solve the mystery of his parents’ murders, teen loner Bruce Wayne sharpens his detective and fighting skills as he searches Gotham City for clues to the identity of those responsible. Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime is an anthology that combines characters from the DC Universe with classic fairytales, and encourages middle-grade audiences to read on their own with short, hilarious stories. In addition, this free sampler includes sneak peeks at My Video Game Ate My Homework and Primer, which feature all-new original characters.
Be sure to check in with your local comic shop to see how they are handling the current situation. You can find your closest shop by using the Comic Shop Locator service.