Hey comic fans -- be sure to set your alarm clock nice and early tomorrow morning so you can beat the crowd at your local comic shop for Free Comic Book Day. The usual diverse line-up of titles will be offered from just about every comic book publisher in America. Including a a handful of books that are of special interest to horror fans. Details, and the full cover art for Dark Horse's free Buffy the Vampire the Slayer book, after the jump.
First up, we've got the free Buffy the Vampire Slayer/The Guild book from Dark Horse Comics. Written by Andrew Chambliss and Felicia Day, with art by Buffy Season 9 artist Georges Jeanty, Jonathan Case, and Dexter Vines, here's how the book is described on the Free Comic Book Day website: "Buffy has never needed a vacation so badly as she does now - with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. Luckily, Spike has got the perfect solution: a 'spacecation'!" As for The Guild, "having lost their regular real-life meeting place, the Guildies are having a little trouble finding a new location 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?!"
Below are the other free horror-related comic books offered tomorrow. For the complete list of titles from all publishers, check out the Free Comic Book Day site.
Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS
(W/A) David Hutchinson, Fred Perry
(CA) David Hutchinson
All 6th-grader Bill Stokes wants is to get through middle school unnoticed so he can go on to become a big-time pro video-gamer. Then his mom comes home from her medical research volunteer job with a zombie virus. Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park! How's he supposed to realize his dream when his life has become a festering, rotting, undead nightmare?
Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.
(W) Nunzio DeFillipis, Christina Weir
(A/CA) Christopher Mitten
Pulled out of exile from a dark corner of the world, renowned-surgeon-turned-fringe-medicine-eccentric Dr. Randal Horne must return to New York City to investigate a tragic research lab accident that's left one man dead... and inexplicably headless. With the help of a distrusting NYPD detective, Horne must diagnose whether this strange case was truly a random act of misfortune, or the first calculated move by an invisible, psychotic murderer.
Dinosaurs vs. Aliens
Publisher: LIQUID COMICS LLC
(W) Grant Morrison, Barry Sonnenfeld
(A/CA) Mukesh Singh
From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black) and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles), comes Dinosaurs Versus Aliens! When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, our planet's only saviors are the savage prehistoric beasts... which are much more intelligent than we ever imagined! Featuring artwork from acclaimed artist, Mukesh Singh (Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper).
Lady Death: The Beginning
Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC
(W) Brian Pulido & Mike Wolfer
(A) Marcelo Mueller
Join us in welcoming Lady Death's 20th anniversary year with this special Free Comic Book Day edition! Her travels have taken her down many different roads but she has always remained a mysterious and powerful goddess. Now new readers can step into her story seamlessly with this 40 page introductory issue that launches the Avatar storyline of Lady Death's current ongoing tale. Collected here are the contents of Lady Death Premiere and issue #0, which makes up the first chapter in the Lady Death Vol 1 TP and introduces fans to a Lady Death who has to face her greatest challenge yet - regaining her powers taken by the mysterious villainess Death Queen!
Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel
Publisher: HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA
(W) Cassandra Clare
(A) HyeKyung Baek
A prequel to Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, the #1 New York Times-bestselling The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city's sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends - including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing...
Witchblade: Unbalanced Pieces
Publisher: IMAGE COMICS
(W) Tim Seeley
(A) Diego Bernard, Fred Benes
(CA) John Tyler Christopher
With a brand new creative team and a fresh new direction, now is the time for new and lapsed readers to try out Witchblade! Since the events of Artifacts, Sara Pezzini's entire life has been altered in immeasurable ways. Not the least of which is she's living in a new city and has a new career, but one thing remains constant - the Witchblade. A mysterious, ancient Artifact which often takes the form of a powerful gauntlet and serves a magnet for all things supernatural. In this Free Comic Book Day edition, fans will get a look at the first complete story, "Unbalanced Pieces," by the new creative team Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Bloodstryke) and Diego Bernard (The Man With No Name). This issue serves as a perfect introduction so readers can either pick up the new trade collection or dive into Witchblade #156