One comic can share two stories. It can happen and it has happened in the past. Rarely though do those two stories share a theme of love in the face of death. Cue Love Stories (To Die For) #1 from Image Comics, written by Dirk Manning and illustrated by Rich Bonk and Owen Gieni. It's an oversized, full-color one-shot clocking in at 48 pages and hitting stores on September 4 for $4.99.
Manning says, "The best horror stories usually revolve around the premise of morals versus survival, and these two stand-alone tales explore this theme in different settings and genres."
One comic. Two stories. One shared theme: love in the face of death. A group of savage Vikings in 946 A.D. are pitted against a band of equally-savage vampires to protect a monastery from invasion in "Bloodlust: Deceiver of the Gods." Thousands of years later in the far-flung future, a man fights his way through an alien-infested space ship in an attempt to return to his wife and escape to safety in "Symptom of the Universe."
Two full-length stories in one attractively-priced flip book are paired with two covers, one on each side. Both tales explore the intersection of love and life, death and hope, and what happens when a person is forced to choose between one or the other. One man must fight his way through vicious monsters in order to return to the love of his life. Another must fight vampires alongside his men while pursuing justice.
Love Stories (To Die For) #1 arrives in stores on September 4 and can be pre-ordered now from the July issue of Previews (JUL130432). Full press release below.