“Free Comic Book Day” — a special day each year where comic book publishers provide free sampler books to stores to lure in patrons — gets a nice little addition from Viz this year with a Dragon Ball and Rurouni Kenshin preview book.
The SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: DRAGON BALL/RUROUNI KENSHIN RESTORATION sample book will provide, as its title pretty clearly implies, a quick look at each of the two series.
Dragon Ball, a wry update on the Chinese “Monkey King” myth, that follows Son Goku, a monkey-tailed boy who, along with a determined young girl named Bulma, to collect the seven “Dragon Balls” amd earn a wish from a powerful dragon! Also: Following the end of years of civil war, a feared and ruthless assassin decides to take up a new name and calling in the samurai classic, Rurouni Kenshin!
Dragon Ball (split by Viz into two separate releases of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, though the manga was originally a 42-volume series entitled simply Dragon Ball in Japan) finished its individual volume “Graphic Novel” run from Viz many years back, and most recently completed a “Viz Big” release in late 2010 that combined two or three volumes into a larger-sized book on higher quality paper with most of the color chapters intact. Viz will be starting up a new “3-in-1” release of the Dragon Ball manga this summer, a release line that still combines multiple volumes into one physical book, but on much lower-quality paper and at a cheaper price. Viz indicated to Kanzenshuu that they intend to keep the “Viz Big” releases out alongside the new “3-in-1” volumes with the collectors in mind.
Free Comic Book Day will take place 04 May 2013.
Thanks to Gonstead for the heads-up!