First Look: The new 'Buffy' comic

173745__buffy_lFrom comics she was born, and to comics she shall return: Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s post-cancellation adventures will soon begin anew — penned by Joss Whedon himself — in the pages of Dark Horse Comics. Here’s an exclusive cover image (by artist Georges Jeanty) from issue No. 1. As you can see, she’s kept in shape during her hiatus. (Dark Horse will debut No. 1 at Comic-Con this week.)

This isn’t Buffy’s first foray into comics. And it remains to be seen if it ranks anywhere near Joss Whedon’s best foray into comics: the all-too-brief "future slayer" saga Fray, which follows the dystopic advetures of Buffster’s 24th-century successor. (Some will persuasively argue that this is Joss’ best comics effort. I will counter with a spin move and the old axe-to-the-head. So watch it.)

So what’s going on in the extended Buffyverse? Well, you may recall the show ended with the creation of an army of Slayers. Now they’re organized, and the tide has turned in favor of the good guys. Ah, but you know how much Whedon hates winners: Soon an "old enemy" surfaces (Dark Horse is cagey on Big Bad’s identity), and Dawn starts "experiencing serious growing pains." I hope that means the Scoobies will be fighting a mutant, undead Alan Thicke.

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  • Christopher

    An everyday, still-living Kirk Cameron serving the religious right is far more terrifying. They can argue whether “Left Behind” found a market due to Buffy.

  • Lorenzo

    Being a proud black man, when I saw the photo I screamed like a litte girl but also, as a proud nerd, I printed out the photo and raced to the nearest bathroom :) THANK YOU, Joss Whedon!

  • Kimmie G

    I have a ridiculous question. Is there a mail subscription to this, or do I need to venture into a comic-book shop to get them? Not ever having been a comic reader, I’m extremely naive, but the fact that this is my most-favorite TV heroine ever, Buffy, I’m willing to expose my ignorance to find out how I can keep up with the Slayer. Please advise!

  • D

    Dude that looks like Mischa Barton.

  • Cici

    Can Angel get in this comic too then I can finally have the romantic reunion that I was always dreamed about for years.

  • Christopher

    Kimmie, Dark Horse offers preorders. Go here:

    http://www.darkhorse.com/index.php

    If you want that ‘waiting breathlessly for Tuesday night’ feeling again, preorder the issues; if you would prefer to go highbrow, wait for the trade paperback (TPB) to be released in a year. Either way, they’ll come to your mailbox.

  • johnathan

    I shouldn’t be so sensitive about this, but Buffy wasn’t really “cancelled.” That puts the show on the same level as any old show that lasted a couple months. It was really retired by Joss Whedon and especially SMG, who wanted to move on to film roles.

  • Miles

    At 26, some would say I am too old for comic books, but this is the first set of comic books I will buy since I was 17, I can’t WAIT!

  • scout

    I am so excited. My inner fangirl is going nuts right now. I have been waiting for this forever. I’m not familiar with any of Georges Jeanty’s other work, but that cover looks amazing. Since he was Whedon’s first choice for the project, I should have expected nothing less. After all, Whedon also insisted on Cassaday for Astonishing X-Men, so he obviously has impeccable taste.

  • fan

    I love you, PopWatch. I love that you’re tracking the Buffy comic’s progress. Keep us posted, please! I can’t wait for it! (since it has to do with Dawn, I’m guessing Glory’s making some sort of comeback, and Dawn’s Key-ness is an issue again. You heard it here first. :-)

  • Kimmie G

    Thanks so much, Christopher! I’ve bookmarked the site, and will be awaiting the pre-order availability!

  • Ypulse

    Ypulse Essentials

    ‘Buffy’ resurrected (Joss Whedon is bringing everyone’s favorite slayer back…to comic books. This is an exclusive cover image [by artist Georges Jeanty] from issue No. 1) (Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch) – The Voice Behind the Hood (new report relea…

  • Jakeem

    So whatever happened to the proposed “Buffy” animated TV series featuring the voices of cast members from the prime-time show?

  • Diana

    Does anyone know where specifically to go for preorders? I used the link that Christopher provided above but I can’t find where to go.
    Thanks!

  • ben

    when did they state that the TPB would be released in a year. i prefer TPB but cannot wait that long. ill probably get the series and then the TBP later

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