Marvel Comics had to pause their Free Comic Book Day comics–a hugely popular and anticipated time of year–due to the pandemic, but they have set July 15 and July 22 as new release days for the books. the FCBD X-Men book drops July 15 while the Spider-Man/Venom book drops into comic shops July 22nd. This will likely help comic book shops gain a bit more foot traffic as it’s intended to every year.
The X-Men title will feature a brand new story by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz which will lead to the X of Swords series. That’ll be a hot item, especially since it’s free! Meanwhile, Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, Jed MacKay, and Patrick Gleason are contributing two stories to the Spider-Man/Venom comic. I’m all-in on this story since the 2018 story by Cates was so darn good. Plus we’ll get to see this new villain named Virus. Here’s a screenshot from C2E2 2020 of the character:
Free Comic Book Day 2020. Virus's first appearance!!#comics #NextBigThing #C2E2 #C2E22020 @c2e2 pic.twitter.com/dnVQqNi1jM
— AIPT (@AIPTcomics) February 29, 2020
For all the details read the press release below.
New York, NY— June 8, 2020 — This July, readers will get a chance to dive into some of Marvel’s most exciting new titles with brand-new stories for free at participating comic shops! Originally part of May’s Free Comic Book Day, Marvel will be now be releasing two never-before-seen titles for fans to get a first look at some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming events. Each issue will contain two separate extraordinary tales involving the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more by Marvel’s most acclaimed creators!
Available on July 15, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2020: X-MEN will feature a brand-new X-MEN story by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz that will lead into the game-changing X OF SWORDS crossover! The second story will also foreshadow an upcoming epic tale by Tom Taylor and Iban Coello.
And on July 22, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2020: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM will provide two exciting tales connected to the coming major storylines in VENOM, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and BLACK CAT from top creators Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, Jed MacKay, and Patrick Gleason and more!
More details will be shared with retailers this week on how to receive these titles as part of Marvel’s Back in Action program.
Before picking up these new titles from your favorite comic shop, be sure to ask about their current business policies to observe social distancing or other services they may offer, including holding or creating pull lists, curbside pick-ups, special deliveries and other options to accommodate. Find and support your local comic book shop at https://comicshoplocator.com or by visiting https://marvel.com/lovecomicshops.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2020: X-MEN #1 (JAN200008)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN and TOM TAYLOR
Art by PEPE LARRAZ and IBAN COELLO
Available July 15
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2020: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1 (JAN200033)
Written by DONNY CATES and JED MCKAY
Art by RYAN STEGMAN and PATRICK GLEASON
Available July 22
For Marvel’s most up-to-date release schedule for your favorite comics, visit Marvel.com/newcomics.
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