See How Worlds Unite on Free Comic Book Day 2015

See How Worlds Unite on Free Comic Book Day 2015

For Free Comic Book Day in 2013, those who don't regularly follow the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog or Mega Man in print format had the opportunity to see what events transpired leading up to the Worlds Collide crossover event. Now, with Worlds Unite on the horizon for the summer of 2015, Archie is going back to the well once again for their annual FCBD offering.

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Preview of Free Comic Book Day Mega Man X Issue

Preview of Free Comic Book Day Mega Man X Issue

A month and a half ago, we learned that this year's Archie Comics "flip-book" for Free Comic Book Day, which has previously featured tales from both Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man, would now be skipping 100 years into the future of the latter title and give us a good look at what we can expect from Mega Man X.

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Reminder: Free Comic Book Day is This Saturday, May 4th!

FCBD-2STH-MM-0 FCBD-1STH-MM-0 Just a reminder for all of you Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and just comic book fans in general: This Saturday, May 4th is Free Comic Book Day, and one of the books available to comic book shops is a two-sided Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog flipbook which acts as a prelude to the "Worlds Collide" crossover. With new cover art by Ben Bates, each tale looks back to the final moments of each cerulean superhero's respective ongoing tales before the two doctors hatch their skull-cracking scheme.

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit ComicShopLocator.com. You can also find out the full array of titles and goodies up for grabs, as well as which shops are participating, at FreeComicBookDay.com, though selection may vary from comic shop to comic shop.

Read on for previews of what's in store from Archie for the big day:

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG / MEGA MAN FLIPBOOK (W) Ian Flynn (A) Ryan Jampole & Various (CA) Ben Bates “Worlds Collide: PRELUDE” – It’s TWO free comic books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, “Worlds Collide,” comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Witness the journey these two epic heroes from both Sega and Capcom took to finally meet each other – Mega Man’s journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic the Hedgehog’s on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic book event of 2013 – as video game icons Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man meet for the very first time anywhere – featuring art from both Sonic and Mega Man comic book fame!

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And just because it was in the same e-mail/.rar that Archie sent our way, here's what Archie Andrews and his friends are up to in their FCBD special:

WORLD OF ARCHIE DIGEST Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead! The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is a great primer to the double digests that Archie Comics are known for. Filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business, this is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!

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In addition to the nearly 100 pages of free content available ("the most FREE content you can get on Free Comic Book Day!"), some of the company's creative talent are doing signings. Ben Bates, Craig Boldman, Steven Butler, Bill Galvan, Matt Herms, Ryan Jampole, Batton Lash, Dan Parent, Jamal Peppers, Fernando Ruiz, Jeff Shultz, Alex Simmons, and Tracy Yardley will be doing the honors this year, and you can find out where and when for each one here.

Worlds Collide Getting Special Flip Book for Free Comic Book Day

Coming May 4th, 2013, Archie will be releasing a special flip book combining content from both the Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog series as a primer to get people interested in the Worlds Collide arch, which will begin the month prior. According to the solicitation:

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Ryan Jampole, Various (CA) Ben Bates

It's TWO Free Comic Books in ONE! Just in time for the start of the epic Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man crossover event, "Worlds Collide," comes a primer issue exclusively for Free Comic Book Day! Witness the journey these two epic heroes from both Sega and Capcom took to finally meet each other — Mega Man's journey chronicled on one side, and Sonic's on the other! This is the must-have primer for the biggest comic book event of 2013 — as video game icons Sonic and Mega Man meet for the very first time anywhere!

Thanks for the tip, Merricks! (Image via First Comic News)

ScrewAttack Reviews Archie's Free Comic Book Day Mega Man Offering

It would seem that Archie's Mega Man comic book has been generating a fair bit of online buzz lately, what with the recent preview of issue #13, which begins an original story arc with new characters; an article about said issue, and the series at large; and of course, the Free Comic Book Day offering from last week. It is the latter which ScrewAttack has chosen to focus on in their latest Two-Bit Review. Of course, if you've already obtained the first issue or the first trade paperback (collecting the first four-issue story arc), then you probably won't find much new here.

Despite being a fan of both comic books and Mega Man, it seems that the writer is new to the series, being introduced to it by this very issue... go figure. Just the same, it's great to continue seeing the book receive positive press from all over. And as the book continues to find its legs and voice, it will hopefully grow to become even better still, and continue to help the Blue Bomber's overall image for years to come.

Reminder: Free Comic Book Day is This Saturday

Just a quick reminder for everyone: after you've gone to see The Avengers this weekend, you'll want to locate your nearest local comic book shop and drop in for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 5th. As we noted previously, this year's Gold Tier of free comics will include a special FCBD edition of Archie's Mega Man #1. And depending on how generous your participating local comic book shop is (it varies from store to store at the owner's discretion, so check around), you can also get your hands on some other books as well, including an Avengers story from Marvel, The Simpsons in the Bongo Free-for-All, Archie's other video game superstar series Sonic the Hedgehog (also by Mega Man writer Ian Flynn), or legendary Transformers scribe Simon Furman picking up where he left off 21 years ago with IDW's Transformers: Regeneration One #80.5, among others.

You can get a look at the full selection here, with previews for most. Do note, however, that while these may be free to you, each comic retailer has to pay for these books themselves out-of-pocket, and so they may not choose to carry the full selection. As a result, you might want to call ahead and see, though they might be pretty busy.

One final note: If you're shrugging off the free Mega Man comic because it's a reprint of the first issue with a variant cover, do note that Archie's solicitation touts "bonus features," as well as a preview of the New Crusaders comic by Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog writer Ian Flynn. What are these features? Your guess is as good as ours!