Free comics are good, right? Good free comics are even better. Available right now from Amazon Studios is Blackburn Burrow #1, by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith, colorist Jordie Bellaire, letterer Troy Peteri and cover artist Brian Stelfreeze. The package was put together by 12 Gauge Comics. Blackburn Burrow is a four-issue adaptation of an Amazon Studios screenplay, and the issues are being offered free.

Set during the waning days of the Civil War, Blackburn Burrow is the story of a man known only as Mister, who is engaged in an ongoing battle with the supernatural. In a remote Georgia mining town, Misters finds terrors beyond any he has ever faced, as well as shocking secrets to his own past. There’s adventure, there’s horror, there’s even a little romance.

At Baltimore Comic Con, Matt Smith and were on hand along with the Amazon Studios team to give away special print editions of issue #1, as well as posters featuring the great Stelfreeze cover. For anyone who wasn’t at Baltimore, issue #1 is available free in a number of digital formats. You can download the issue for Kindle here:

http://www.amazon.com/Blackburn-Burrow-Issue-1-ebook/dp/B005CRQ4AQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1347512293&sr=1-4

View it on the Amazon Studios Facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/amazonstudios/app_105395256203337

Read it on the Amazon Studios site here:

http://studios.amazon.com/projects/2705

Or grab it from the Graphic.ly here:

http://graphicly.com/12-gauge-comics/blackburn-burrow/1

To make it even more enticing, Amazon wants your feedback on the story, and is offering $5 gift cards for completing a brief survey after reading the issue. That’s right, you get $5 for reading a free comic. Pretty great, right? The survey can be found here:

http://studios.amazon.com/blackburnburrowsurvey

Ensuing issues will be released on a monthly basis. I’m proud of Blackburn Burrow #1, and happy to be working with such a great team. Please give it a look.

Cheers,

Ron