This Saturday, May 4th is Free Comic Book Day, so why not celebrate by checking out your local comic store?  Many shops will feature FREE comics only available on Saturday, as well as discounts and specials on the rest of their merchandise.  Are you interested in comics but don’t know where to begin?  It’s easy!  Click here for more details on Free Comic Book Day, then read on for our picks for the best comic shops you’ll find in Connecticut.

Legends of Superheros
1655 Straits Turnpike #4
Middlebury, CT
(203) 577-2445

Legends of Superheros carries a wide selection of comic books ranging from the most current books to an impressive collection of 1940’s and 50’s independent publishers comics.  They also feature lots of cool collectibles including specialty action figures, statues and lots more geek swag to adorn your office or apartment. They also feature weekly game nights for a variety of games for kids and more mature gamers, so there’s something for everyone here.

Sarge’s Comics
124 State Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-2004

A staple of New London, Sarge’s is one of the largest comic shops in New England with over 5,500 square feet packed with comics, manga, books, collectibles and gaming items. With a huge variety, awesome discounts and sales, and weekly game sessions to play and learn, Sarge’s is a true destination among local comic shops, drawing in fans from all over New England.

Richie’s Comic Cabana
96 Store Ave
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 597-1952

The long running Richie’s is a mainstay of comic stores in the southern Central Connecticut area. With a nice selection of the latest releases– plus a great variety of back issues, collectibles and more– Richie’s is a well known resource among comic book fans. On top of his store, Richie is active on eBay, allowing collectors to shop his store virtually from the comfort of their own home.

Heroes and Hitters
1845 Silas Deane Hwy.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 529-8824

Heroes and Hitters carries mostly Marvel and DC (the heavy hitters of the comic book world), with both current and back issues ready to fly off the shelves. It also carries graphic novels, action figures, t-shirts and posters, so there’s something for each and every comic fan. Heroes and Hitters takes special orders, as well, so if you’re looking for that hard-to-find item they can try to help you track it down. The store is open seven days a week, with frequent special events.

A Hero’s Legacy
188 Middle Turnpike West
Manchester, CT
(860) 432-5545

Rising from the ashes of the legendary Buried Under Comics, A Hero’s Legacy is one of the newest staples among the Connecticut comic book scene. Occupying the same storefront as Buried Under, the shop features an assortment of back issues, graphic novels and collectibles just as impressive as ever, as well as a healthy amount of the comics coming in each Wednesday.

Eye Opener
15 Center Ct
Newington, CT
(860) 666-5862

Eye Opener is a small store in downtown Newington, that’s packed to the gills with comics, trade paperbacks and toys and statues.  It’s a delightfully old school comic shop, with regulars showing up each Wednesday for the latest releases. While it’s a little bit cluttered and disorganized, Eye Opener is loaded with some very cool buried treasures at amazing prices, if you’re willing to do a little bit of digging.

Bill Sencio writes for CBS Connecticut and sports a collection of 5,000+ comic books, so he probably sort of knows what he’s talking about.