Joss Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer has found a new publishing home at BOOM! Studios.
Announced today by IGN, BOOM! will partner with 20th Century Fox to release new comic book series, limited series, original graphic novels and more, all centered around the Buffy franchise.
“I remember watching the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer over twenty years ago, and the feeling of empowerment that came with seeing a girl get to kick ass and have flaws at the same time, and to not apologize for who she was. It’s an honor to oversee that world for a new generation and to bring them that same feeling of knowing your greatest power comes from being true to who you are,” BOOM! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer tells IGN. “Buffy is about love at its core, love for your friends and yourself. The characters are allowed to be equal parts human and monster, and seeing them struggle to balance those parts of themselves, the same parts we all struggle with, is why it still resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds today.”
Promotional art for the announcement shows Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers standing in front of her high school, a pack of zombies with a cell phone in one hand and a wooden stake in the other, highlighted with the phrase, "High School is Hell."
In an interview with CBR in August, Whedon revealed Fox's plans to pull the Buffy and Firefly licenses from Dark Horse, ending a 20-year relationship between the property and the publisher.
Debuting on The WB Television Network in 1997, Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for seven seasons and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers." 20th Century Fox Television is working on a Buffy reboot alongside Whedon, with the series set to feature a black actress in the title role.