It’s the beginning of the end with the release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21, as Andrew Chambliss kicks off a brand new story arc that sets the stage for the season’s looming finale. With only 4 more issues left, ‘The Core, Part One’ significantly pushes the narrative forward with a new mission, and wastes no time delivering exciting (though slightly ambiguous) plot twists that will leave readers dazed, but not surprised. READ MORE
From Mr. Disgusting: You guys have no idea how lucky you are. The technological leap we’ve made over the past 5 years is astounding and has created so many opportunities for beloved fan projects to regain footing. No longer will network television have a stranglehold on deciding the fate of the show if not enough millions of people watch it.
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos spoke with Stuff.tv about the return of “Arrested Development,” and the newly minted “House of Cards.” Within the conversation, they begin tackling the tough questions, what other shows would he resurrect?
They ask him about “Arrested Development” creator Ron Howard circling Stephen King’s defunct The Dark Tower, which garned a shocking response: “I spoke to Ron about it, actually,” said Sarandos. “The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.”
The interviewer digs harder asking about “Twin Peaks,” receiving a bold proclamation of “Absolutely!” while also adding that they could even bring “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” back: “That’s one that’ll come up on everyone’s list. She’s a great character. If it was my property I’d do infrequent movies. There’s not enough kick-ass female characters like that.”
What would you like to see back on the small screen (and don’t say “Get a Life”)? READ MORE
With only five more issues remaining this season, Andrew Chambliss sets up an interesting 20th installment that builds up narrative tension and produces foreboding expectations of what’s to come. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #20 provides more information regarding Severin and Simone’s masterplan, and sees the return of a fan-favourite character, while Buffy and Xander struggle to live in a magic-less world as they deal with their helplessness concerning Dawn’s deteriorating health. Unfortunately, Xander deals with his deep-seeded insecurities in a debatably controversial way. READ MORE
Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #19 sees Buffy, Illyria, and Koh dealing with the consequences of a brutal showdown with the Siphon, who continues to gain power by ripping mystical energy from all he touches. On top of him being on the loose, Buffy is met with distressing news concerning Dawn, and an agitated Xander who is fed up with all the negative outcomes ultimately derived from Buffy’s heroic actions. It’s an issue that’s ripe with plot development, dramatic confrontations, and confirms some speculative theories the fandom already presumes. READ MORE
Christos Gage and Jeff Parker’s characterization of Willow Rosenberg conforms to one of the most infallible representations of the witch ever written—post television verse. With a narrative that rapidly advances toward its series’ end, the two formulate the final stages of our protagonist’s journey through her adventures within a significantly bizarre dimension. If Willow’s ever going to make it back home to restore magic to her world, she has to confront the greatest evil she’ll have to face—herself. READ MORE
Christos Gage joins Jeff Parker once again, to deliver another plot driven issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland. And though it’s not the most riveting installment of the series thus far, a moment of highest dramatic tension, accompanied by a significant character reveal at the end of the fourth installment will forgive any predictability in the script. Unfortunately, the fandom will be less forgiving of the implications derived from the insinuated series’ end, as it fosters an undesirable future for both Willow, and the BuffyVerse. READ MORE
After a delayed release, Victor Gischler and Dark Horse Comics finally deliver with the fifth, and final, installment of Spike: A Dark Place. While some fans seem hopeful that the extended hiatus will bring forth a satisfying and momentous ending to Spike’s journey, the creative team struggles to develop the full potential of the series, leaving a lot to be desired and questioned. READ MORE
This essay is a [now belated] Christmas present written for all you young bastards out there. First off, I know many of you aren’t actually bastards. I use the term as a sign of fake-tough guy affection. Because deep down, we are all fake tough guys. That’s why we watch horror films.
But maybe some of you are too young to watch horror films. Stupid mom won’t let you and you don’t have a dad (again, I understand that you probably have a dad). I used to be in your boat. My mom wouldn’t let me watch any horror films until I was about fourteen years old. While most kids pretended to get lost in the video store so they could ogle the porn room, I spent my video story visits pretending to be lost so I could stare at VHS box art in the horror section, which admittedly had its fair share of boobs, as well.
I had a serious horror film itch, and there were only two methods by which I could scratch it. One was to stay the night with friends, since most of them lacked mothers as lame and draconian as mine. Unfortunately, this rarely worked out. Most of my friends had no interest in horror films or had already seen them before too many times. I saw Halloween 4 and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 by this method, but that’s about it.
Fortunately there was method two: Television. Granted, this wasn’t good for horror films but it worked wonders for horror itself because mom couldn’t monitor everything I watched. Plus, she figured if it was on TV, it had to be suitable for children. READ MORE
Andrew Chambliss takes us back to regular Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 programming, with a new zompire-packed, four-issue story arc entitled, “Welcome to the Team.” Giving slight context to an ominous scene in Jeff Parker’s “Willow – Wonderland” #2, issue #16 brings back Xander and Dawn; deals with Buffy taking on a zompire nest in San Francisco with the SFPD and our new honorary Scooby, Billy Lane; and reunites readers with a terrifyingly wonderful ancient demon from Angel’s past. READ MORE
Jeff Parker’s knack for writing increasingly engaging scripts is fantastically supported by Brian Ching’s ability to give life to them through Michelle Madsen’s alluring explosion of colours on the pages of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland #2. This second installment has a lot to offer in terms of plot development and sees the exciting return of an iconic past lover to the BufyVerse. READ MORE
With only one more issue ready for release next month, Victor Gischler delivers a fast-paced fourth installment that finally tells the readers where Spike: A Dark Place is headed; not only in terms of plot development leading towards the finale, but also regarding Spike’s character growth and place in the grand narrative of “Season 9″. It’s just a shame that it took 4 issues of a 5-issue miniseries to see this kind of progression. READ MORE
Dark Horse Comics’ Billy the Vampire Slayer is a two-part standalone arc for season 9, brought to you by fan-favourite BuffyVerse writers, Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and Drew Z. Greenberg (Warehouse 13). Full of world-building, political advocacy, and a spin on the series’ original mythology, issues #14 and #15 introduce readers to a rabid spread of zompires infesting a small Californian town; and to the first gay male “Slayer” who takes it upon himself to get rid of them. READ MORE
Dark Horse Comics’ latest Buffyverse gem comes in the form of a new dynamic mini-series that follows the trials and tribulations of one Willow Rosenberg as she embarks on a quest to restore magic to the world. Considering the train wreck narrative that’s currently destroying “Spike: A Dark Place”, the anticipation and high hopes surrounding Jeff Parker’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland, has been quickly building momentum, and issue #1 does not disappoint. With on-point characterization from Parker, engrossing artwork by Brian Ching, and two stunning covers to drool over, compliments of David Mack and Megan Lara, this new series is off to an honorable start. READ MORE
British musician and huge Buffy fan Kate Nash, along with several of her musically inclined pals, rocked out the Hackney Picture House in London, England last night by performing the Buffy The Vampire Slayer musical episode “Once More With Feeling”. Yes, the whole thing. While not all of it was recorded, a lot of it was and you can watch it all below! READ MORE
Spaghetti Western-influenced band Spindrift has announced the “Ghost Town Tour 2012″ in which they will be embarking on a series of live dates where they will be performing in ghost towns across the Western frontier. The band will be recording their live performances as part of a documentary for their upcoming album Songs Born Of The West, which they are currently recording in Joshua Tree, CA. The album has a Spring 2013 release. Tour dates for the shows are below.
Bodie, CA holds a special place for singer/guitarist Kirpatrick Thomas. He says “Bodie sprang up in the late 1880’s and was a mining town. There were so many miners in there that the town quickly became a thriving boomtown with over 65 saloons, opium dens and cat-houses. This was a place of life that went from bringing in 3 million dollars of revenue at its peak to being desolate by 1912.”
The band has also scored the film Dust Up, which is directed by Ward Roberts and stars Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Supernatural). The soundtrack (iTunes) and film were both released Oct. 2nd. READ MORE
Halloween is supposed to be a night for celebrating the darker sides of human nature. But just like with Christmas, it’s original meaning has been adulterated by consumerism. Instead of worrying about demons and zombies, we now spend Halloween collecting buckets of candy and/or ogling sexy maids/nurses/teachers/adult babies.
Let’s bring the focus back on what Halloween’s really about: Death. While you’re out trick or treating this year, keep these wonderful Halloween-themed threats in mind. READ MORE
Following the events of “Spike: A Dark Place” #1, lovesick Spike is on his way back from the dark side of the moon and headed straight to Sunnydale with his crew of oversized alien-cockroach minions, and stranded demons. Returning to the place he helped the girl he’s hung-up on destroying might not be the best cure for Buffy heartache. Or perhaps, facing his troubles in the hometown where it all began is what this mopey vampire needs to finally move on. READ MORE
The creative team behind Dark Horse’s Buffy comic shows that they intend to continue upping the buzz-worthy controversy in season nine, which already contained the abortion chapter of Buffy’s life. Announced yesterday as an exclusive with Out Magazine, writers Jane Espenson and Drew Greenberg are introducing a brand new Slayer to the Buffy-verse. His name is Billy and he happens to be gay. Billy will enter “Season 9″ this December with issue #14. READ MORE
Dark Horse Comics delivers more Buffy the Vampire Slayer goodness with a new five-part mini-series starring Spike. Who better to write it than Spike fanboy himself, Victor Gischler? Taking a fan favourite like Spike and giving him his own adventure away from the BuffyVerse is very risqué, but it proves to be a great choice for the brooding vamp.
The once terrifying vampire villain, “William the Bloody”, who relished in the murders of two slayers, falls in love with Buffy Summers; which, ultimately, leads him to fight to regain his soul… Intense stuff. The last time Buffy and Spike were together, he told her: “I don’t want to be the dark place you run to when things aren’t working.” Gischler, along with artist Paul Lee, work that concept cleverly into the miniseries. As the title, “A Dark Place”, suggests, Spike embarks on a journey to the dark side of the moon… Literally.
Following “Part I” of a new, three-issue, story arc by Andrew Chambliss, “Guarded, Part II” continues with Buffy settling into her new working environment at Deepscan—Ex-slayer Kennedy’s high-end, bodyguard service company, which hires out ex-slayers for the rich elite. It’s definitely a step-up from her dead-end job as a barista, and offers her something she’s always longed for in terms of stability and a “real” life outside of demons and vampires. Unfortunately, where Buffy’s concerned, the forces of darkness never tend to stay away for too long, as proven from last issue’s cliffhanger. Wolfram & Hart has returned! This familiar Whedonverse institution is back and their target happens to be, Theo Daniels, founder of TINCAN, and Buffy’s first client. READ MORE
The fate of future Buffy comics is uncertain at this point, but the threads of season 9 are starting to intertwine as several storylines are now weaving together. As season 9 draws nearer to its end, you can expect a lot of twists and turns, and,of course, loads of demon ass kicking from the original slayer. READ MORE
Vampires are a dime a dozen these days, and unfortunately not all of them are the blood-thirsty killers we’d like them to be. Some sparkle, some write in diaries, and others are played out romantics. Well, Dark Horse knows that they’ve got they vampire genre down, and they’re not afraid to strut their stuff. Today, the publisher released this sweet vampire one-sheet showcasing why they’re vamps are better than all the rest. Check out the full image after the break. READ MORE
Season Nine has been all over the map in an effort to keep readers interested. The highs and lows of character drama have done a fairly decent job of keeping the vampire slayer fresh thus far, especially the pregnancy/abortion issue. But wait, she was never actually pregnant, she’s just a *SPOILER* robot. Wait, what? Yeah we’re pretty confused with the creative decision too, but hey, at least it keeps things interesting. Who knows what the team has in store for the slayer next. Check out the preview below. READ MORE
Joss Whedon’s vampire teen drama continues to live on! Dark Horse announced today that both the antihero vampire Spike, and Buffy’s BFF, Willow, will be getting their own miniseries this summer. The Spike miniseries will be written by Victor Gischler with art from Paul Lee, and sees the badass bleach blonde battling demons as he does best. The Willow series will be written by Jeff Parker, with art from Brian Ching and it follows Willow on her journey to recover her witchcraft. See the official press releases below. READ MORE