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5 free digital comics to spend time with while on lockdown

If there is one thing that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left for people is free time to discover new things to read, watch and listen to. But if there is one thing, the Covid-19 blockages do not have given the people, it is the disposable income to spend on these things. For comic book fans, however, there’s a bit of cash: all kinds of publishers are making a parcel of their material available for free now. But with so many choices, which comics are worth the time and effort? Fear not, dear reader: here are five free digital comics available right now that you must check out.

The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1

Of course, everyone’s excited about the second season of Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s superhero comics – it’s back on July 31 if you haven’t heard it – but for those who really want to get ahead of the crowds, now is the perfect time to pick up the first issue of the third series of the comic itself. This one takes place after the family has broken up, at a time when everyone has to put their bags aside to save the day, and is another clever installation from the cult series. And no, this group of characters never managed to put their bags aside, so get ready for a bumpy ride.

How to read it: Available on ComiXology.

Seeds # 1

And now for something completely different, but with an incredible pedigree. Seeds, which debuted a few years ago, was a complex sci-fi thriller that brought together three disparate and singular talents: writer Ann Nocenti, whose paranoid, beatnik daredevil the 1980s remains a highlight of the character; artist David Aja, who made a name for himself as a visual stylist on Marvel’s Hawk Eye with Matt Fraction; and editor Karen Berger, who led DC’s Vertigo through titles like Sand seller, Hellblazer, Y the last man, Fables and much more. Sure, it can be scary to step into something entirely new, especially a story meant to be disruptive, but when those veterans are behind the wheel, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

How to read it: Available on ComiXology.

Judge Dredd: The Complete Files Vol. 5

Made available for free precisely to those locked up during these times of Covid-19, the fifth volume of the complete Judge Dredd contains what could be the highlight of Dredd’s early days, if not the entire character’s 40-plus-year story: The war of the Apocalypse, in which what remains of Russia goes to war with the east coast of the United States using both chemical and nuclear weapons. The resulting story manages to be both gripping and terribly hilarious as it heads towards a conclusion that lives up to its name and remains genuinely shocking even four decades after its initial publication.

How to read it: Available from 2000 AD.

Ms. Marvel: No normal

One of the undisputed highlights of the last decade of Marvel comic book production, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona Ms. marvel updates the classic Spider Man formula with the invention of Kamala Khan, a fan of superheroes who discovers that her own destiny is far from the mundane future she imagined. Charming, understated, and fully aware of how ridiculous (and truly wonderful) it is, that’s all Tom Holland Spider Man movies are and then some, featuring a character who is much more in tune with today’s world than Peter Parker has ever managed to be.

How to read it: Available at Marvel.

Deceased # 1

On paper, the idea of ​​combining DC superheroes and a zombie plague story sounds like something that really shouldn’t work – couldn’t the Justice League take care of that right away? – corn Deceased, one of DC’s biggest hits of the past few years, not only fails to sell the premise, it also pushes you to the edge of your seat as the world’s greatest superheroes prove to be defenseless as well. that the world begins to end around them. Credit writer Tom Taylor, who has had the experience of bringing DC heroes to their knees in the Injustice comic book series and artists like Trevor Hairsine, making the impossible seem logical, plausible, and terrifying to boot.

How to read it: Available from DC Comics.

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Update 5/18 – 8:35 p.m. EST: This story has been updated to replace a comic that was no longer offered for free.

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