Thursday, October 24, 2013

The ever-expanding Whedonverse

Posted by on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

A god to comic book nerds and even some marginal cinefile types, Joss Whedon has gifted the world much in the realm of brilliantly written and directed entertainment. To wit:

The Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Men comics, Firefly, Angel, and the currently underway Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (next episode Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on ABC). 

Much like the clamor that brought Arrested Development back to life on Netflix, Whedon fans have moaned for years for more of shows canceled, then turned cult classics. (Yes, at least there was Serenity to sort of wrap up what Firefly left us wanting.) But many of us would just be happy for a Joss Whedon channel on the TV, or some appointment of him as creative overlord with an army of minions to manifest all his ideas. 

Well, it's not quite like that, but the good news for at least the Firefly, Buffy and Angel fans, is that those storylines do live on in comic form, and all have been renewed via Dark Horse Comics for series in 2014. 

Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64 — Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6) hits comic racks Jan. 29. From a press release: 
“We've been dying to get more Serenity out ever since the book Joss and Zack wrote. We all loved Zack's work on Shepherd's Tale, and couldn't wait to get him back into the mix. This story is the first giant step past the film, after the big damn heroes stuck a big middle finger in the face of the Alliance,” notes Editor in Chief Scott Allie, “Zack establishes new ground rules for these characters. He nails the voices, takes the relationships to the next level, and just gives us all the best space romp since the film Joss made …”
With artwork by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8 & 9), covers by Dan Dos Santos (Tomb Raider) and script by Zach Whedon (The Terminator) – Serenity returns as a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s 2014 lineup!
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 (of 30) goes on sale March 19 and Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 (of 30) will be available April 2. From that press release:
Announced at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is bringing the Whedonverse into it’s tenth season with the help of fan favorite authors, Christos Gage and Victor Gischler. ... [Buffy will be] written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Issacs, with covers by long time series artist, Steve Morris. ...
“In Buffy, Season 10 is going to be about bringing friendships back together, while in Angel & Faith, relationships are shattered. Magic is starting to come back into the world, but in some surprising ways, like that vampire we saw standing in the sunlight at the end of Season 9,” says Editor in Chief Scott Allie. ...
[Angel will be] written by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Will Conrad, with covers by Scott Fischer. "I was proud and privileged to have a small part in season nine, and I can't express how grateful I am to have an expanded role in season ten. Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains an iconic television show, and the Dark Horse comics continue that great tradition. I plan on having a lot of fun." Says Angel & Faith series writer Victor Gischler.
“I'm very happy that our Angel & Faith artist has hopped over to Buffy, allowing our Buffy artist to jump over to Serenity. And to make the game of musical chairs complete, the guy who draw the first two Serenity miniseries is back in the loop, taking over Angel & Faith. These are all artists Joss and the writers and I are comfortable working with, and who are cozy with these characters, so it's nice to shake things up a bit while having a lot of confidence in what these artists can do. And I'm so happy to have Will back,” adds Scott Allie.
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