'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' to Get a Comic Book Reboot in 2019

Buffy Vampire Slayer Announcement - Publicity - P 2018
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Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora will restart the character from scratch when the property moves to Boom! Studios this January. Joss Whedon will consult.

Ahead of the announced television reboot of the property, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is going to receive an entirely separate comic book reboot overseen by series creator Joss Whedon, Boom! Studios announced at New York Comic-Con.

The publisher announced that its new Buffy series will “reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning,” with creative team Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora responsible for the new world. Whedon will be onboard as “story consultant,” according to Boom!

“The world of Buffy The Vampire Slayer has been so richly developed over the last twenty years, so when it came time for us to decide where to take the franchise under Joss’ guidance, there was only one answer in our minds — reimagining the story of Buffy and the Gang for a new generation,” Boom! executive editor Jeanine Schaefer said in a statement. “The world right now is scarier than it’s ever been; placing these characters firmly in 2019, we can use the themes that were so integral to the show — identity, agency, and empathy — to examine our world and the heroes and monsters that lurk inside all of us ... and punch those monsters right in the face.”

The reboot of the comic incarnation of the franchise comes as Buffy moves publishers to Boom! from Dark Horse Comics, which continued the continuity of the TV series with a number of runs overseen — and occasionally directly written — by Whedon.

Buffy has brought my life so much joy and to be part of that now is ridiculously overwhelming on many levels,” Bellaire added. “My very favorite aspect of Buffy is how we have a wide group of characters that love each other, hurt each other and sometimes, they even kill each other. I can't wait to dabble within that universe to find new stories, explore older ones and forever maintain the theme of self-discovery and growing up, whatever that means.”

The new series will launch Jan. 9, with the first issue featuring covers by Matthew Taylor (above), Kevin Wada, Royal Dunlap, Becca Carey and Jen Bartel.