Dark Horse Comics loss is Boom! Studios gain once more. After Dark Horse lost the Firefly comic book license to Boom! this summer (with a new ongoing series on the way), Joss Whedon’s other property Buffy The Vampire Slayer is following suit.
Announced by IGN, following the recent news that the current twelfth season Buffy comic at Dark Horse will be the last for the publisher Boom! is picking up the license and plans to roll out new Buffy comics in 2019. Boom! will work together with 20th Century Fox, who owns the rights to Buffy, to produce new monthly series, limited series and graphic novels along with other content featuring Buffy and likely other characters in her world. Since Dark Horse’s license for the comics doesn’t officially end till 2018 ends, Boom! has no official launch date for the comics because they can’t launch till 2019.
“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,” BOOM! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer said in a statement provided to IGN. “Buffy is about love at its core, love for your friends and yourself. The characters are allowed to be equal parts human and monster, and seeing them struggle to balance those parts of themselves, the same parts we all struggle with, is why it still resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds today.”
Based upon the image that came with the announcement, Boom!’s version could see Buffy returning to high school which stands apart from Dark Horse’s version since 2008 which saw them continuing on where the TV show left off when it ended in 2003. This is a change that makes some sense not only because the property is getting a new home after 20 years but also with the reports of a new version of Buffy in the works for Television too.
Whether this is the case or not will become more clear once Boom! makes more announcements about what their plans will be moving forward.