When BOOM Studios launches its Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics in 2019, there will be a number of changes to Sunnydale's beloved Scooby gang. Under Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora and Joss Whedon's guiding hands, Buffy, Giles, Xander, Spike and other mainstays will look very much like their television counterparts, while Willow, Drusilla and others will be recognizable, but slightly more updated.
Today, CBR has the exclusive reveal of the comic's take on Buffy's Robin Wood, and it's the most dramatic one to date. As you can see in the concept art below (designed by Klaus' Dan Mora), the visual changes are significant, with Robin trading in his bald head and suits for mini-dreadlocks and a track suit. And, as you might have guessed, the changes go a lot deeper than shifting the character's likeness away from actor D. B. Woodside's appearance.
This incarnation of Robin Wood takes him out of the principal's office and places him as a peer of Buffy and her friends. In the comic, Robin is the captain of Sunnyvale High's track team. Described as "a model student and high school heartthrob with a mysteriously broken wrist," BOOM! indicates that there might be some romantic tension between him and the titular Slayer, as well, though there's no indication (yet) as to whether his history with Spike remains intact, or if his mother was a previous Slayer.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a love letter to everything we love about our favorite Slayer and her world - but as you've seen with Drusilla’s introduction as The Mistress, there are no rules we won't break. Reinventing Robin Wood as a mysterious new teenage ally - and maybe more - for Buffy is a key part of that new direction," Jeanine Schaefer, BOOM! Studios' Executive Editor said in a statement. "But just like his original introduction to TV audiences, our Robin Wood comes loaded with a mysterious past, a secret mission and a special connection to the inhabitants of Sunnydale. We can't tell you when he debuts in the series... only that it's going to be big. And we’re not done breaking rules, yet."
BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1, by Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora and Joss Whedon, is set to be released on Wednesday, January 23.