DC Reveals Epic, Game-Changing Plans For Free Comic Book Day 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020 is Free Comic Book Day, and DC has huge surprises in store for fans of all ages with two free comic books! DC’s Generation Zero provides a closer look into what’s next for the DC Universe, and the DC Middle Grade Graphic Novels flipbook previews great graphic novels for middle grade readers, featuring Batman and all-new characters.  

DC’s Generation Zero: Gods Among Us

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!

DC Middle Grade Graphic Novels

For fans of middle grade graphic novels, 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.

Written by Shea Fontana (DC Super Hero Girls) with art by Marcelo Di Chiara, Batman: Overdrive is a heartfelt story touching on the importance of friendship, trust, and forgiveness. 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. Bruce processes the pain and guilt of their deaths by rebuilding his dad’s first car. As he finds parts to restore the car, Bruce is forced to open himself up to new challenges and friendships, finding out that what he really desires most isn’t vengeance, but freedom.

Four stories featuring Damian Wayne, Alfred, Batman, and more are the center of Batman Tales: Once Upon A Crime. An anthology that combines characters from the DC Universe with classic fairytales, this book encourages middle-grade audiences to read on their own with short, hilarious stories that help foster a sense of reading accomplishment. The creative team of writer Derek Fridolfs and artist Dustin Nguyen (of Li’L Gotham fame) have returned to their Bat-roots to combine Bat-characters with fairytales such as PinocchioAlice in WonderlandThe Princess and the Pea, and The Snow Queen.

In addition, this free sampler includes sneak peeks at exciting DC middle grade titles, My Video Game Ate My Homework and Primer, which feature all-new original characters.

Both samplers will be available for free at participating retailers on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 2, 2020.