(Courtesy of BOOM! Studios)
The groundbreaking TV series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, has now staked a new home at BOOM! Studios. With new stories to tell, the pop culture phenomenon will continue in the comic book realm.
According to IGN, the license for the comic franchise based on the Joss Whedon-created franchise previously belonged to Dark Horse Comics. After 20 years, the license will be moving to a new comic publisher for the first time. BOOM! Studios will release new Buffy monthly comic series, limited series, graphic novels, and more in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.
Here are 5 reasons why we’re excited for Buffy The Vampire Slayer at BOOM! Studios:
5) It’s About Empowerment!
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BOOM! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer echoes the show’s themes, “I remember watching the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer over 20 years ago, and the feeling of empowerment that came with seeing a girl get to kick ass and have flaws at the same time, and to not apologize for who she was. It’s an honor to oversee that world for a new generation and to bring them that same feeling of knowing your greatest power comes from being true to who you are,”
4) Darker & Scarier!
The promotional artwork above by Matthew Taylor is such a great throwback to the first season. “High School is Hell” was the show’s message, which mixed the horror and teen genres. In keeping with its horror roots, I’d love to see Buffy fight scarier monsters this time around!
3) The Artwork!
Having read and reviewed so many titles from BOOM!, I thinking of artists that I’d like to see draw the slayer. I’d love to see Jorge Coelho (RoboCop: Citizens Arrest), Jonas Scharf (Bone Parish), and Sami Kivelä (Abbott) present their take on the character. .
2) The Annuals!
What I love about the WWE annuals are their collections. I love the roundup of writers and artists getting an opportunity to tell a short story about my favorite wrestler. With Buffy, you have characters, such as Giles, Xander, and Willow, who would work in their own installment.
1) Season 8!
Season 8 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a perfect example of the series being a reflection of our times. An examination of the Bush administration, Buffy found herself being chased by the government for the terrorist attack that destroyed Sunnydale. We live in a decisive time — with the Me Too movement and the recent Brett Kavanaugh accusations — and we need a hero like Buffy.