Joss Whedon Returns For Buffy Season 8
For me, the biggest disappointment in comics last week wasn't Marvel's offing of Captain America (that was #1 on my "disgust" list and #2 on my "disappointing" list). No, I was way more disappointed that Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 got pushed back to this week.
What? You didn't know that there was a new Buffy comic? Well there is, and it's beyond awesome.
Written by Joss Whedon, with art from Georges Jeanty and covers by the fabulous Jo Chen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 is the equivalent of the season premier of the show's 8th season in comic format, picking up right where the last episode left off. Fans will be treated to what could have been – straight from Whedon himself. This is one of the best ideas I've seen in comics in a very, very long time. The notion of such a high profile creator coming back to such a high profile property in continuity is unheard of.
I don't own one of those "Joss Whedon Is My Master" shirts, but I'll freely admit that the man is a genius. I'd say that based solely on his Astonishing X-Men work and ignoring Buffy, Angel and Serenity/Firefly. He is every bit as good at writing comics as he is at movies and TV. As much as I'd love to see Buffy back on TV or as much as I didn't want him to drop off the Wonder Woman movie, I'd be happy if he only wrote comics for the rest of his career. And that's why I am sure, why I'm positive, that this new Buffy series will be a hit for both new and old fans. So for those of you out there who never saw the show and who are silly enough to not be reading Astonishing X-Men, I promise that you'll be able to hit the ground running with issue #1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In fact, it may be the best crash course in the Whedonverse you could get.
Joining Joss on future issues of the series will be comic book geniuses Jeph Loeb and Brian K. Vaughn as well as various staff writers from the show. Get ready.
I. Can't. Wait.