Free Comic Book Day isn’t for a few months yet. But even so, Dark Horse Comics has already taken the wraps off of its Gold book.
For those who don’t usually follow Free Comic Book Day, it basically is what the name implies. Once a year, the comic book industry offers up a slate of freebies for fans to pick up while they’re showing at their local comics shops. These come from a variety of publishers, including Dark Horse Comics, who usually do a pair of books.
This year follows in that tradition, with a Gold and a Silver title. Though Silver is still unannounced, we do know what’s in the Gold book, and it should make a few fans smile.
Dark Horse’s Gold FCBD title will contain two stories, one from Black Hammer, and one from Overwatch. Yes, that Overwatch.
The Overwatch story boasts art from Niemczyk with Andrew Robinson (Starman) and Joelle Sellner (Mer) uniting to write the adventures of Zarya. In Overwatch: Searching, Sergeant Aleksandra Zaryanova is sent to eliminate the elusive hacker, Sombra. To do so, she reluctantly teams up—and butts heads—with an omnic hacker. As they hone in on their target, Zarya realizes that she will have to reassess her worldview about omnics.
In the world of Black Hammer—a thousand years in the future—a collection of teenage superheroes, inspired by the legendary heroes of Black Hammer Farm, are determined to solve the riddle of what happened to the last great heroes of the twentieth century. Black Hammer creators Jeff Lemire (Descender) and Dean Ormston (The Sandman) return to their opus as writer and artist respectively with Wilfredo Torres (Moon Knight) joining Ormston in illustrating and Dave Stewart (Hellboy) providing his colorist skills to the project.
As I mentioned though, this is a ways off still. Free Comic Book Day is May the 5th, 2018.