Marvel has revealed the five comic books that will make up its lineup for the company’s annual Halloween giveaway event, Trick or Read.
The event, held at participating comic book stores, is a holiday-themed variation on the iconic annual Free Comic Book Day event, in which readers can stop by their local comic book store and receive a free comic book for Halloween instead of candy. Of course, do note that the stores pay for these “free” comic book stores, so it would always be nice to “treat” the stores with some business on the other days of the year. The choices for this year’s lineup is an electic mixture of books from Marvel’s superhero line and its Star Wars line (plus some comics specifically meant for younger readers).
The three comics from Marvel’s superhero line of comics include:
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE BIRTH OF TOMBSTONE #1 reprints AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 by writer Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr., a key early chapter of Spider-Man’s current era. Witness a brutal battle between Spider-Man and Tombstone that proves without doubt that Tombstone is Spidey’s most terrifying foe! Tombstone will play a major role in an AMAZING SPIDER-MAN event later this year and it all took root here as this iconic villain’s haunting origin is revealed for the first time!
CAPTAIN MARVEL: HIGHER, FASTER, FURTHER #1 reprints CAPTAIN MARVEL (2012) #1 by writer Kelly Sue Deconnick and artist Dexter Soy, the start of Deconnick’s groundbreaking run that took Carol Danvers from “Ms. Marvel” to Captain Marvel! Just in time for Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, soar higher, faster, and further with Captain Marvel as she proves herself to be Earth’s Mightiest Hero in this transformative saga.
MOON KNIGHT: KNIGHT OF BLOOD #1 reprints MOON KNIGHT #18 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Federico Sabbatini, an action-packed entry in the character’s best-selling current ongoing series! The issue sees Moon Knight team up with fan-favorite hero Tigra against a deadly new gang of vampires. Tragedy will strike Moon Knight in the near future so enjoy this perfect standalone adventure for the spooky season while you can…
Marvel mixed things up with the remaining two comics. The first one comics from Marvel’s popular Star Wars line of books…
STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC – ATTACK OF THE HUTTS #1 reprints STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC (2021) #5 by writer Cavan Scott and artist Ario Anindito, a pivotal turning point in Marvel’s first comic series set in the High Republic era! Part of the revolutionary multi-platform publishing initiative, enter the Golden Age of the Jedi with young Padawan Keeve Trennis as she learns shocking secrets amidst a breathtaking battle between the Jedi and the Hutts! The issue is also the first major comics appearance of Jedi Knight Vernestra Rwoh, a character who will appear in The Acolyte, an upcoming Star Wars Original series set during the final days of the High Republic era. The Acolyte will stream exclusively on Disney+ later next year.
SPIDEY AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-READ 2023 will give young readers a chance to enjoy a new collection of Spidey adventures! Swing into adventure with Spidey, Ghost-Spider, and Miles as they face classic villains and more in this spectacular special filled with all new stories from MY FIRST COMIC READER.
Be sure to check with your local comic book store to see if they are participating in Trick or Read this year.