Dark Horse’s State of the Whedonverse(s): Buffy, Angel & Faith return for a magical ‘Season 10’; Serenity flies again (shiny!)

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BUFFYS10 #1 FC FNLThis weekend at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announced that the continuing adventures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith would extend the “Whedonverse” begun when Buffy’s TV run ended into a 10th “season.” Meanwhile, across space and time, we finally have some details on the continuing adventures of everyone’s favorite Firefly-class transport, Serenity.

“In Buffy, Season 10 is going to be about bringing friendships back together, while in Angel & Faith, relationships are shattered. Magic is starting to come back into the world, but in some surprising ways,” said editor in chief Scott Allie in a statement Saturday.

Fan favorite authors Christos Gage and Victor Gischler will take the reins, Gage penning 30 issues of Buffy illustrated by Rebekah Issacs with covers by longtime series artist Steve Morris, and Gischler writing 30 issues of Angel illustrated by Will Conrad with covers by Scott Fischer.

Says Gage: “The Buffyverse community has been wonderfully welcoming to Rebekah and me. It’s a tremendous honor for Joss and Dark Horse to trust us with their flagship book, and we are going to do all we can to be worthy of that trust. It’s a new season, with new rules…but hopefully the same blend of love, action, horror, humor and creativity that’s made Buffy and her Scoobies part of all our families. We hope you’ll join us for the ride.”

ANGELAFS10 #1 FC FNLSays Angel & Faith series writer Victor Gischler: “I was proud and privileged to have a small part in season nine, and I can’t express how grateful I am to have an expanded role in season ten.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains an iconic television show, and the Dark Horse comics continue that great tradition.  I plan on having a lot of fun.”

More from Allie: “I’m very happy that our Angel & Faith artist has hopped over to Buffy, allowing our Buffy artist to jump over to Serenity. And to make the game of musical chairs complete, the guy who draw the first two Serenity miniseries is back in the loop, taking over Angel & Faith. These are all artists Joss and the writers and I are comfortable working with, and who are cozy with these characters, so it’s nice to shake things up a bit while having a lot of confidence in what these artists can do. And I’m so happy to have Will back.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 hits stands March 19 and Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 is on sale April 2.

SERENLW #1 FC FNLAcross space and time, Serenity will be a cornerstone of Dark Horse’s 2014 lineup, helmed by executive producer Joss Whedon and scripted by Zack Whedon.

“This story is the first giant step past the film, after the big damn heroes stuck a big middle finger in the face of the Alliance,” said Allie. “Zack establishes new ground rules for these characters. He nails the voices, takes the relationships to the next level, and just gives us all the best space romp since the film Joss made …”

Serenity will feature artwork by Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8 & 9), covers by Dan Dos Santos (Tomb Raider) and script by Zack Whedon (The Terminator).

Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever, and everyone’s asking the same question . . .

Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64—Leaves on the Wind #1 (of 6) is on sale Jan. 29.

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