EXCLUSIVE: Joss Whedon Returns to Buffy for Dark Horse's Season 12

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is back for a twelfth season, and so is creator Joss Whedon.

Dubbed Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning, Dark Horse Comics' latest Buffyverse series will be co-written by Whedon and longtime Buffy writer Christos Gage, while Georges Jeanty returns to illustrate the characters' adventures once again. This will be Whedon's first time tackling a specific arc since 2011's Buffy: Season Nine, while Gage previously worked on Buffy: Season 11; Jeanty's last fulltime Buffy gig was on Season 8.

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Picking up after the world-altering finale from Buffy Season 11, the series' synopsis indicates that the Scooby Gang have had an uncharacteristically laid back year away from fighting the forces of evil. However, when Xander and Dawn's housewarming is gatecrashed by some familiar faces, Buffy and her crew will reach for their stakes once again. Forced to battle with a legion of demons, Wolfram Hart and a vampire from the future called Harth, Buffy will apparently find herself trapped in a time warp that could end the Slayers forever.

With alternate futures clearly playing a big part, The Reckoning will once again bring back future Slayer Fray, who first appeared in 2001's self-titled spin-off. The Reckoning will see the return of Faith and Angel, as well as fan-favorite Illyria, though whether they help or hinder the cause remains to be seen.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1 goes on sale on June 20 and will be available with three variant covers from artists Stephanie Hans, Georges Jeanty with Karl Story and Dan Jackson, and Karl Moline, which you can see for yourself in the gallery below.

The first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning will be able to pre-order from comic book shops in March.

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