Joss Whedon announced yesterday that he was stepping down from the Batgirl movie and then it was quietly revealed that he's revisiting Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whedon is co-writing the comic series for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning, which should be exciting news for fans of the hit show and Whedon's work. The hit series was the first thing that launched the director/writer's name into the stratosphere and while a lot of people know him for The Avengers, the majority of people know him for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning is Dark Horse Comics' latest Buffy series and as previously noted, it will be co-written by Joss Whedon and longtime Buffy writer Christos Gage. Georges Jeanty is also returning to illustrate the new adventures. Whedon hasn't been involved in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics since 2011's Season 9 and this is a welcome return for the writer/director. Gage and Jeanty last worked on the Season 11 and Season 8, respectively.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning will only last 4 issues this time around and it will pick right up after the events of Season 11. Though, the hit television series ended in 2003, Dark Horse Comics has taken the stories and explored as well as expanded the Buffy universe. Whedon's story will see the return of the Slayer Fray, the first appearance since 2001, and will see the return of Faith and Angel, as well as fan-favorite Illyria. Not much else is clear about the story, but fans will be able to find out soon enough when the first issue hits comic stands on June 20th, with preorders beginning in March and 3 different covers to choose from.
In other Buffy news, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fox is launching the first-ever Buffy Slay Day on March 10th, 2018 for fans who would like to pay homage to one of the original female superheroes who paved the way for women and girls everywhere. As part of the 21-hour celebration on Buffy Slay Day, fans will have a chance to buy exclusive merchandise as well as exclusive pages from the all-new Giles comic book co-written by Joss Whedon, which is available Feb 28 at your local comic shop.
The Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, created by Joss Whedon, premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers. Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends. The return of Joss Whedon is certainly exciting news and you can get more information about Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning as well as Buffy Slay Day via Darkhorse.com.