Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Buffy Spinoff Comics Announced

Like the vamps she stakes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of those properties that just won't stay dead. Dark Horse comics today announced not one, but two new series spun off of the fan favorite show/comic.

Starting later this year, fans will be able to follow both the renegade vampire Spike and the former mistress of magic Willow on some brand new adventures in the Buffyverse. Things kick off in August:

Written by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth) and drawn by Paul Lee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Devil’s Footprints), Spike promises to be the series all Joss Whedon fans will be talking about.Spike ventures off world in his bug ship in order to get away from some personal frustration on terra firma, and winds up sucked into a demonic plot to take advantage of the absence of magic on earth.  “What I love about working with Dark Horse on Buffy-related material is that they take great care to capture the feel of the characters and stories from the television show, of which I was a huge fan. Getting my hands on the characters I’ve loved so much over the years is a dream come true,” said Gischler. Spike #1 will be on sale August 22, 2012!
From exploring what's happening in a world without magic to trying desperately to bring it back, Willow kicks up in November:

Written by Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas) and drawn by Brian Ching (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Witchblade), Willow tells the story of the witch’s obsessive journey to recover her magic.Willow is on a quest to bring magic back to the world, and she’ll do anything to make it happen, including forming some unhealthy alliances after cracking the code to travel to other dimensions—something thought impossible since the destruction of the Seed. Willow #1 is on sale November 21, 2012.

Some very nice pedigrees on those books with quality writing and pencils. It looks like Buffy fans are going to have a lot of reading to do this year.