Welcome to The Issue, where we'll take a look at some of the strangest, most interesting and most distinctive single issue comic stories ever to grace the medium. You know the ones; silent issues, sideways issues, backwards issues; the comics that try to do something different with the form, and stand out from the series they belong to.
Buffy Harmony Cover
In the last installment, we talked about issue #12 of The Invisibles, a comic that takes a sympathetic look at one of the series' throwaway baddies. This time round, it's 'Harmonic Divergence', issue #21 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, written by Jane Espenson and drawn by Georges Jeanty. It's a comic that takes a very different approach to a similar idea and, as Hallowe'en is nearly upon us, throws in some spooky Draculas too.
The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.
It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer came back as a comic, so why not Firefly?
Dark Horse Comics must have wondered the same thing, because that's exactly what's happening. The first issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Windis set for release January 29. It'll be written by Zack Whedon, brother of Joss Whedon and an accomplished screenwriter in his own right, and art will be by Georges Jeanty, who Whedonites will remember from the Buffy comics.
On sale this week from Dark Horse is Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #1, continuing the adventures of Joss Whedon's plucky, cult favorite killer of bloodsuckers. Written by Whedon with Andrew Chambliss (TV's The Vampire Diaries) and featuring the work of returning artists Georges Jeanty & Dexter Vines, Season 9's inaugural storyline "Freefall" finds Buffy looking to find some normalcy in the city of San Francisco.
It's now January 2011, almost nineteen years since the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie that got the franchise off to a rough start and almost fourteen since the beginning of the television series that eventually got it all right...
As "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon ramps up his run on Dark Horse's comic book conclusion to season 8, it's become increasingly clear that even the book's most popular characters aren't necessarily guaranteed a happy ending...
Fans of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic woke up to shocking news several weeks ago when the secret identity of Twilight, the villain of Season 8, was revealed by leaked solicits much sooner than either the fans or creators had anticipated...
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