With the holidays upon us, it's somehow fitting that Dark Horse has just made a major announcement concerning every comic book fan's favorite holiday -- Free Comic Book Day. Sure the next FCBD isn't until May 5, 2012, but the publisher is making it a date worth waiting for by offering two different comics, each a flip book with two unique titles; one of which is Joss Whedon's venerable Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More info, and the complete cover art for the Buffy title, after the jump.
The first of Dark Horse's flip books will feature Buffy and Felica Day's The Guild, while the second will offer Whedon's Serenity along with a tale of another space rogue -- Star Wars' Han Solo (and his partner Chewbacca, natch). Here's the official announcement we just received...
"Dark Horse rolls out the announcement of all four titles that will be featured in two different comics to be given away to thousands of fans on May 5, 2012.
"First comes a special flip book featuring both Felicia Day's gaming web series turned comic, The Guild, and Dark Horse's best-selling comics continuation of Joss Whedon's iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Buffy has never needed a vacation as badly as she does now, with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. After an old friend suggests a relaxing getaway from all things that go bump in the night, it turns out to be harder than she could ever expect for a Slayer to get a day off!
"Felicia Day, creator of The Guild, continues to bring on the funny with high jinks from her diverse group of gamers when the Guildies struggle to find a meeting place they can all agree on. A little in-game battle becomes the deciding factor, and the circle follows the decree of the winner: the beach?!
"Next up is one of the biggest flip books we've ever published, when Zack Whedon brings you tales of the coolest guy in the galaxy and the most charming rebel in the 'verse! That's right; we've paired Star Wars with Joss Whedon's Serenity!
"Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with their slickest—and shadiest—customer goes bad. But when the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can't be beat!
"Meanwhile, Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is no stranger to jobs gone wrong himself. But when the chips are down, he's able to rely on the amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew of Serenity.
"Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day 2012: Four great stories for the price of, well, none!"