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Ten of the 12 “Gold Sponsor” titles for 2019’s Free Comic Book Day have been announced, with publishers participating in the top tier of the annual event including Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics and, of course, Marvel and DC.
As has become traditional, the majority of titles released at the Gold Sponsor level — curated by a group of comic book retailers — have some level of cross-media tie-in branding, with this year’s selections including properties owned by Fox, Netflix and the BBC, among others. Technically, all 12 titles were announced by FCBD organizers, but details on both the DC and Marvel releases remain under wraps at this time.
“The quality of titles from publisher applicants made for some tough choices,” Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Ashton Greenwood said Monday in a statement accompanying the announcement. “It’s a solid indicator that Free Comic Book Day is truly the greatest event to showcase the best and brightest titles you can find in comic book shops.”
Thirty-nine Silver Sponsor titles will be announced later this week, for a total of 51 exclusive releases for 2019’s Free Comic Book Day, which is set to take place May 4.
The 2019 Gold Sponsor titles are:
Avengers (Not final title; Marvel Entertainment)
While the title and contents of this issue are a secret, it will apparently feature two 10-page stories that “set the stage for upcoming game-changers in the Marvel Universe.”
Bloodshot Special (Valiant Entertainment)
Despite the title, there’s more than just Tim Seeley and Tomas Giorello’s Bloodshot in this one-shot; there’s also Dan Abnett and Juan Jose Ryp providing a tie-in to Fallen World, a series launching the same week as FCBD.
DC Entertainment Top Secret (Not final title; DC Entertainment)
Officially, “a special, top-secret project too big to announce!”
Deadly Class: Killer Set (Image Comics)
Tying in with the new Syfy adaptation debuting in January, Deadly Class creators Rick Remender and Wes Craig reteam for a special issue returning to King’s Dominion School for the Deadly Arts one more time.
Disney Descendants: Dizzy’s New Fortune Chapter 1 Preview (Tokyopop)
Instead of exclusive work, Tokyopop offers a preview of unreleased work — a tie-in graphic novel to the Disney musical series about the children of fairy tale villains, with work by Jason Mueller and Natsuki Minami.
Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor (Titan Comics)
A companion to Jody Houser and Rachael Stott’s regular Thirteenth Doctor series, with Houser and Stott joined by Giorgia Sposito and Arianna Florean.
Interceptor (Vault Comics)
Sci-fi gets bloody in the first issue of Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett’s genre mashup series, in which two freedom fighters are trapped on a planet full of vampires. (It’s not going to end cleanly, let’s be honest.)
Pokemon: I Chose You/Pokemon Adventures (VIZ Media)
Two strips based around the ever-popular anime franchise, by Ryo Takamisaki, Hidenori Kusaka and Mato.
Riverdale Season 3 Special (Archie Comics)
An all-new story by Micol Ostow, Thomas Pitilli and Andre Szymanowicz, set between episodes of the CW show; also includes a preview of Scholastic’s Riverdale tie-in novels.
Stranger Things/Black Hammer (Dark Horse Comics)
A split-book, with a new story by Jody Houser and Ibrahim Moustafa set in the world of Netflix’s Stranger Things being paired by an original short from Jeff Lemire and David Rubin from Lemire’s cult favorite Black Hammer mythology.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casualty of War (IDW Publishing)
Leading to the upcoming 100th issue of IDW’s TMNT series, this special issue by Tom Waltz, Dave Wachter and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman puts the Turtles in the middle of a civil war for control of the Foot Clan.
Welcome to the Whedonverse (Boom! Studios)
All-new stories tying in with both the Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series, behind a cover by Greg Smallwood.
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