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
Andrew Chambliss and Dark Horse Comics deliver a well-rounded issue with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #17. The second installment of this four-part story arc entitled, “Welcome to the Team,” sees our Slayer being forced to join a mystical council in L.A. after Illyria teleports her away from San Francisco. There, she’s involuntarily recruited to defeat a past foe who’s hell-bent on endangering what little mystical energy remains on Earth. Surprise cameos and interesting plot developments galore, Chambliss writes an enjoyable issue. Unfortunately, where he excels in script, Jeorges Jeanty, expectedly, falls short in the art department. READ MORE
Things are decelerating in Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland #3, as Jeff Parker and Christos Gage reach the half-way point of the series. The quick-paced narrative that plowed through the last two slows down in this installment, as our protagonist must come to terms with the fact that her ultimate quest to restore Earth’s magic is failing. With a newly encountered society of witches pulling her one way, and her companion Marrak, another, this issue presents Willow with a multitude of choices regarding her future, both in this mystical realm, and on Earth. 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
Dark Horse Comics continues to deliver more Buffy goodness with a new Willow mini-series that’s sure to please Willow and Whedon fans alike. Written by Jeff Parker (“Thunderbolts” and “Agents of Atlas”), the story of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow – Wonderland, takes our favourite witch on a quest to restore magic to the Buffyverse after the destruction of the Seed at the end of “Season Eight”, and following the events unfolding in Christos Gage’s “Angel & Faith.”
The anticipation surrounding “Willow – Wonderland” has been building for weeks, and the series is finally hitting shelves November 7th. Even though Parker is incredibly busy with the launch of “Red She-Hulk”, his new series for Marvel Now, he’s taken the time to chat with BD about Willow’s trying adventures in a magic-less world, his experience collaborating with penciller Brian Ching (“Skaar: King of the Savage Land”), and his incorporation of some familiar faces that will be figuring into the five-part mini-series. READ MORE
The latest Vampirella one-shot is a hilariously woven tale that magnificently dives into full-blown spoof territory, as Mark Rahner places Vampi into the farcical world of “Fluffy the Vampire Killer”. That’s right, Vampirella bumps heads with a satirical version of Joss Whedon’s beloved popular culture icon, Buffy Summers. And if you’re a fan of either series, it’s a face-off that’s definitely worth checking out! READ MORE
Season Nine of the Buffyverse has been so consistently awesome, that it’s almost painful to see one of the major spin-offs fizzle out into ineffective filler material. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the case for Victor Gischler’s Spike #3. Following the events of “A Dark Place” #2, Spike meets a demon in distress named Morgan, and gets reacquainted with the nasty Pearl and Nash; all of whom are after the pieces of the destroyed Seed buried in the rubble formerly known as Sunnydale. READ MORE
Dark Horse announced that they will be releasing a nice little sampler come 2013 that will offer the first issues of “Buffy” Season 9, “ANgel & Faith”, “Spike”, and “Willow” in order to offer a taste to new readers. The issue drops January 23rd, 2013. More below. 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
Well, it’s not exactly Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Dynamite is offering the closest thing they can without getting sued for copyright infringement. So what you get instead is a hack version of Buffy, called Fluffy, and she will be taking on the busty vamp in a new “crossover” event. Rahner says he has plans to pit Vampirella up against other popular vampire icons, which you can read more about below. The one-shot issue is written by Mark Rahner and drawn by Cezar Razek, and it’s set for release this October. READ MORE
With the June 8th release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at the original Alien franchise with which it “shares strands of DNA.” Whether or not there are xenomorphs as we know them in Prometheus, it’s abundantly clear that it takes place in the same universe.
In the weeks leading up to the release of that film I’m going to revisit the four films in the Alien franchise (sorry, not going to subject myself to AVP) in order to gather my thoughts in anticipation of the new outing. Next up is Alien: Resurrection. You may recall that last week I revisited Alien 3 and discovered a lot to like.
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Alien: Resurrection. When it was first released in 1997, the film was touted by the studio (and some critics and fans) as a return to form. I have no idea what they were talking about (other than that’s the kind of thing everyone says a few years after a disappointing franchise entry). It’s awful. Tonally, it doesn’t feel like an Alien film at all. And while the script by Joss Whedon contains an abundance of great ideas, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City Of Lost Children, Amelie) doesn’t even come close to executing them properly.
For those of you waiting for a movie that Mr. Disgusting and I really disagree on, this is the one. He holds a soft spot in his heart for this film, while I wish every existing print could be rocketed into the sun. Let’s talk more inside. READ MORE