[Free eBook] Valérian et Laureline T01: The City of Shifting Waters [French Science Fiction Comics]

The City of Shifting Waters (La Cité des eaux mouvantes) by the French creative team of author Pierre Christin & artist Jean-Claude Mézières is the vintage 1st album in their long-running Valérian et Laureline bande dessinée series of science fiction time travel adventure comics, free for a limited time in both languages courtesy of publisher Dargaud’s Cinebook imprint.

This was originally published way back in 1970 and is the start of one of the major classic Franco-Belgian comic book series, which is being made free to promote an upcoming film adaptation. The series stars spatio-temporal agents from a 28th century Terran Empire who protect the past. This adventure sends them back in time to New York City in 1986 (as envisioned in 1970), in order to thwart a rogue time traveler who seems to have already changed the future.

Offered in selected countries worldwide (mostly North America & Europe) in both the original French and an English-language translation, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] NOiSE: Vol. 1 by Tsutomu Nihei [Science Fiction Mystery Manga]

NOiSE: Vol. 1 (ノイズ) by popular Japanese mangaka Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉), is the English-language collected edition of his eponymous science fiction manga series, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kodansha.

This is a one-volume tie-in to his cyberpunk manga series Blame! (ブラム!), a prequel story where a police officer solves a gang murder.

Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through January 12th until 11:59 AM Pacific Time as a free taster for the Humble Book Bundle Science Fiction Manga by Nihei.

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[Free eBook] The Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story [Superhero Comics]

The Last Iron Fist Story by Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction with art by David Aja, is the 1st collected volume in the The Immortal Iron Fist comic book series, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Marvel Comics.

This contains issues #1-6 of the 2007 series revival starring the eponymous Marvel Comics martial arts superhero, who is slated to have either a movie or a TV show, I forget which, that this giveaway is meant to promote. It’s been a long while since I’ve read this run, but ISTR that in addition to providing some sort of journey of self-discovery adventure for Danny Rand, it also delved into the stories of previous carriers of the Iron Fist name, some of whom were made up for the new series.

Offered through December 30th, available in selected regions worldwide at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute [Sequential Arts]

Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary L. Chute, an associate professor of English at the University of Chicago, is is a collection of her in-depth interviews with prominent comic book and graphic novel artists, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.

This collection contains several all-new interviews which have never been printed before, and extensive samples of comics from the artists’ repertoires. Featured interviewees include Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, an essential classic of the field), Alison Bechdel (Dykes To Watch Out For and “the Bechdel Test”), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Joe Sacco (excellent comic book format non-fiction journalism which are among some of my favourite GNs), and many more.

Offered worldwide, available through the month of December.

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[Free eBook] Dreamland: Tome 1: Feu! by Reno Lemaire [French BD Fantasy Manga]

Dreamland: Tome 1: Feu! by French BD and manga creator Reno Lemaire is the 1st volume in his French-language Dreamland of series of manga-styled bandes déssinées, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’ Pika imprint.

This is an original French-language fantasy series of manga-styled comics, and the story stars a high school boy who discovers that his dreams are part of a separate world in which he is a fire controller and goes on nightly adventures. Offered free in selected regions worldwide including Canada and Europe, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Fairy Tail: Tome 1 by Hiro Mashima [French Translated Manga]

Fairy Tail: Tome 1 by Japanese manga creator Hiro Mashima is the 1st volume in his long-running Fairy Tail series of fantasy adventure manga, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hachette’ Pika imprint.

This is a French-language translation of the Japanese series, which is set in a magical world where the heroine has joined the Fairy Tail wizard’s guild and goes on comedic adventure quests. Offered in select regions worldwide, including Canada and Europe, available at multiple retailers.

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