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This Saturday is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, an annual event that takes place in hundreds of comic shops across the nation to get fans into stores. Archie Comics is once again participating, offering up its video game adaptations, Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Each free issue provides the perfect jumping on point for anyone curious as to how these video game icons translated from pixels to print as scripted by Ian Flynn. Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante and Ben Bates provide the art for Mega Man and Sonic, respectively, featuring brand new cover art by Chad Thomas and Tracey Yardley. Mega Man was even listed as one of Comics Alliance’s “top recommendations” for Free Comic Book Day.

The blue mascots deftly blend action/adventure with a dash of humor in their titles, offering fans everything they could want in a comic. Archie Comics have been publishing the Sonic title for going on twenty years now while Mega Man just hit the one year anniversary mark. For more details on what the Free Comic Book Day issues have in store, read on below:


“Let the Games Begin!” – Don’t miss the first classic issue of the hit new MEGA MAN comic series! The future looks bright when brilliant and benevolent Dr. Light unveils his latest creations: the Robot Masters! But when the nefarious Dr. Wily steals them for his own sinister purposes, there is no one left to stop him. No one – except Mega Man!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Patrick “SPAZ” Spaziante, John Workman, Matt Herms
Cover: Chad Thomas, Fabio ReDivo and Evan Stanley
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/5
32-page, full color comic


“…Two Steps Back: SPECIAL EDITION” – “Genesis” may be over, but that doesn’t mean Sonic has saved the day! The Death Egg II still menaces New Mobotropolis, and Dr. Eggman has one more sinister trick up his sleeve. It’s a desperate race against time as Sonic and Sally try to prevent another world catastrophe, and the ending will leave you speechless.

Script: Ian Flynn.
Art: Ben Bates, Terry Austin, John Workman and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 5/5
32-page, full color comic

via Archie Comics


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