Before all the current television show revivals became the trend that it is, Buffy the Vampire Slayer found new life after it came to an end in comic book form. Since the eleventh season of the comic/tv series came to an end months ago, fans have been waiting to find out what is next.
Dark Horse has officially announced season twelve of the series titled Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning, but it comes with a good news and bad news type of situation.
What is good news for many fans is that series creator Joss Whedon is set to return to Buffy and the Scooby Gang after his last time writing them being back in 2011’s season nine. He’ll be joining veteran Buffy writer Christos Gage and artist Georges Jeanty who is returning to draw the series, this being his first time being the full-time series artist since season eight.
The bad news is that the season is only slated to last four issues.
Following the world-altering finale of Season 11, Buffy and the Scoobies have had a laid-back year in the saving-the-world department. But as they’ve learned over their years of fighting the forces of darkness and thwarting many an apocalypse, nothing stays quiet for long. When Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is crashed by some familiar faces with news of an amassing force that must be reckoned with—Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, a vampire from the future—Buffy finds herself in a time warp that could alter the fate of the world and could spell the end for Buffy, her friends, and the Slayers, forever.
Along for the ride will be future slayer Fray, who appeared in her own 2001 self-titled spinoff series, as well as the vampire with a soul Angel & the ancient demon Illyria who move over from the recent Angel series along with Faith the Vampire Slayer.
One interesting thing to note from one of the seasons covers is that an adult Rupert Giles appears alongside the rest of the Scooby Gang as they go into battle. Previously Giles was reborn as a young man and in his current spinoff miniseries, he’s infiltrating a high school still as a teenager, meaning either he turns back to an adult in that series or during the year gap between seasons something returns to him to adulthood.
Also, the main cover for the first issue features Buffy holding a baby, either indicating that during the gap year she had a child or someone else might have.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning begins in June with three variant covers by Stephanie Hans, Georges Jeanty with Karl Story and Dan Jackson, and Karl Moline.