August’s comic book pick of the month: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you read my open call for comics back in April, then you know I’ll be spotlighting current comic book series (in addition to my graphic novel reviews) every month or so to inspire discussion. I’m also taking requests, so please — leave a comment or drop me an email!

Check out last month’s review of HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1.

A lot of you are probably fans of Joss Whedon. From The Avengers to Firefly, he rules a modest corner of the geek world. You’re also probably familiar with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but have you seen past season seven? If not, then you’re missing out on plenty of new stories that await beyond the television screen and on the pages of Dark Horse Comics. Their Buffy adaptation is no small secret in the Whedonverse.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8, as it’s called, was an extended run of the comics that lasted for 40 issues over four years. There were Angel and Spike books over at IDW Publishing, but now everyone’s favorite puppy-eyed and peroxide-headed vampires have relocated to Dark Horse, the home sweet home for all things Buffy in the shows’ afterlives. Faith is there, too — and even Drusilla and Harmony.

The latest run, SEASON 9, is already 12 issues deep, and can I just say … I love this cover!

Buffy Season 9 #12

Andrew Chambliss writes the return of Wolfram and Hart, the evil corporation that Angel toiled in Los Angeles to stop. Since Buffy broke the Seed, emptying the magic from the world, the demon-serving lawyers should be shut away in their own pocket of hell. But now that Buffy’s a Slayer-slash-bodyguard for the rich and powerful, she has an inside scoop on the business world — and one Internet billionaire is telling her the opposite. Wolfram and Hart wants him dead.

It’s cyber terrorism on a whole new level — well, dimension. To seal away Wolfram and Hart for good, Buffy and company must battle a Teuth demon and find which of startup Tincan’s servers to fry. But keeping the connection open could mean a last link to restoring Earth’s magic … or to righting wrongs with Buffy’s friends, including Kennedy and Willow.

Michelle Madsen provides colors, and Georges Jeanty (who designed the cover above) is on pencils. The combination is an artistic style that’s become iconic to the BUFFY series. But what’s best about this series is how believably the creators translate real-life actors in the television medium to cartoon figures in print, and how they turn near hour-long stories across 24-episode seasons into serial, bite-sized issues released across a much longer span of time. If you haven’t started reading these, now’s the time to get on board. You won’t be disappointed.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 #12 (by writer Andrew Chambliss and penciller Georges Jeanty) hit stands on Wednesday, August 8.

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