It's never too early to get ready for Free Comic Book Day (or FCBD, to many collectors).
One reason collectors are already excited about the prospect of getting select comics for free in May of 2012: The closest thing to Han Solo teaming up with Mal Reynolds is coming from Dark Horse Comics.
A special "flip book" issue of "Star Wars," paired with "Serenity" (based on the short-lived, much-missed Fox sci-fi series), was announced last week for Free Comic Book Day. Both stories (one of which can be read normally, and another by flipping the book upside down) are written by Zack Whedon, a writer on "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," "Fringe" and brother to "Serenity" and "Dr. Horrible" creator Joss Whedon.
Mal and Han are kindred spirits in a way, both being space cowboys with similar devil-may-care attitudes (even spawning more than a few geeky debates.) The combination of two stories from their respective universes are sure to fly off comic book store shelves in May.
Speaking of Whedon, his other creation, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is being paired in another flip book with Felicia Day's web video sensation "The Guild," another series recently translated to comics by Dark Horse.
Many fans of "Buffy" first became familiar with Day through her work on that series and "Dr. Horrible," so the Slayer pairing with Codex is a perfect fit.
Needless to say, it's going to be a little like Christmas for fans of the Whedonverse. Free Comic Book Day takes place on May 5, 2012 at a comic book store near you.