Marvel has unveiled two of its Free Comic Book Day offerings for 2017 – All-New Guardians of the Galaxy and The Defenders.

“Each year, Free Comic Book Day is an amazing opportunity for publishers to showcase some of their incredible titles and stories,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel in a statement to the press. “It’s an unparalleled opportunity to reach new fans and support our retail partners, so we’re thrilled to provide completely new content for this year’s offerings. These titles are the perfect opportunity for fans to jump into the Marvel Universe with both feet and we’re excited to unveil the contents of this year’s Silver title.”

First, blast off with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot as they head for the stars and right into an all-new ongoing series! Creators Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder and Ive Svorcina bring you over-the-top action and out-of-this-world adventure as the stage is set for May’s highly anticipated ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1! As this unlikely band of misfits returns to outer space once more, nothing will prepare them for their first run in with the new Nova Corps!

Then, head back down to Earth and the mean streets of Hell’s Kitchen as the blockbuster creative team that brought you Civil War II, Invincible Iron Man and Ultimate Spider-Man bring you their next explosive epic in…THE DEFENDERS! Superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as they go head-to-head with the new criminal element in the Marvel Universe. What new player is running things in the underworld? Find out here with a 10-page tale that leads directly into THE DEFENDERS #1 this June!

Free Comic Book Day takes place on the first Saturday in May each year and is a chance for you to grab some free comics from your local comic shop. Make sure you know where your LCS is on May 6th, and get ready to head there, right after you check out Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which opens in theaters nationwide on May 5th.

via Marvel

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