Dark Horse Comics announced at a WonderCon panel Friday that three new comics from the universe of Joss Whedon will launch this year, two of them continuations of past Dark Horse/Whedonverse collaborations Buffy Season Eight and Angel: After the Fall.
First up is a five-issue Dollhouse miniseries based on a future envisioned in the TV series’ episode “Epitaph.” The series will be co-written by Joss Whedon’s brother Jed Whedon and The Vampire Diaries writer Andrew Chambliss. Phil Noto was announced as the cover artist, but no penciller for the series has been named yet. The book is set to hit stores in July.
In August Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine will launch a 25-issue run. Whedon will return to co-write the series with Chambliss, and Season Eight artist Georges Jeanty will take on art duties. During the Q&A portion of the panel, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie confirmed that both Willow and Spike will return to the series, but didn’t reveal any plot details.
Finally, in September, Angel will return to comics, this time sharing headlining duties with Faith, everyone’s favorite bad girl Slayer. Angel and Faith will follow both characters as they retreat to England following the events of Buffy Season Eight and Angel: After the Fall. The series will be scripted by Avengers Academy writer Christos Gage and drawn by Magus artist Rebekah Isaacs. This series is also slated to run for 25 issues.
While it took me awhile to really appreciate After the Fall, Season Eight was just a pitch perfect continuance of the television series from the get-go. Here’s hoping the quality will continue.