Buffy’s environment and cast has changed a bit since “Time of Your Life” with the army of Slayers disbanded and even the core Scoobies keeping their distance from the series’ lead. Though Season 9 has already introduced several new characters, such as Buffy’s roommates and the mysterious un-vampirizing Severin, Moline said he’s on more familiar ground for his issue and “only worked with the new characters long enough to exchange pleasantries.” “My issue focuses more on Buffy and Willow,” he said. The changed environs, however, did take some getting used to. “San Francisco is a really pretty city, very charismatic and very difficult to draw,” Moline said. “With all of the immense hills, perspective drawing is a nightmare. I think with more time to get the feel of it, I could really come to love it, though. The small amount of exposure I had was enough to make me want to visit, at least.”
Moline was coy about giving away details to issue #5’s story, which follows the conclusion of Season 9’s first arc, but teased that, “like every good story, nothing will ever be the same again.” The story finds Buffy experiencing apparently prophetic dreams and visions that seem to suggest the magic-less world will soon grow even darker. “I actually feel very lucky that I was the one who got to draw this issue, as I think it will be a landmark in years to come,” Moline told CBR.
With prophetic dreams suggesting forward-looking theme and Moline being so strongly associated with Fray, CBR News asked whether fans might expect the future Slayer to appear. “All I can say is that you should definitely expect the unexpected,” the artist said. “There is a long-lost Slayer who comes back to say nothing at all, and Buffy’s life will change forever.
“Cryptic enough? Good. I hope you enjoy it. I know I did.”
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9” #5 is on sale January 11.