Exclusive Preview | <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40</i>

Although the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series went out with a bang in 2003, Ms. Summers and the Scooby gang had a very busy 2010. Not only did we get the big reveal of who the villain Twilight really was -- a character whose comic series will return to Dark Horse next year -- but we've also made it to the end of "season eight" with a huge story with huge consequences. And we found out that the crew will be back sometime next year for season nine.

But before that one begins, you gotta have an ending. On Jan. 19, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 drives a stake through the ambitious season eight, where "betrayal comes in the shape of the closest, most unexpected individual of all." Jan. 19 is the birthday of Buffy Summers, and Dark Horse has six events planned around the country to celebrate it.

And right here for our birthday, we're very pleased to present an exclusive preview of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40, courtesy of the kind folks at Dark Horse Comics. Check out the preview, solicitation info and details on the Buffy birthdays after the jump.


Here's the solicitation info:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #40 Writer: Joss WhedonPenciller: Georges JeantyInker: Andy OwensColorist: Michelle MadsenCover Artist: Georges JeantySeason Eight has at last brought Buffy the long way home, and betrayal comes in the shape of the closest, most unexpected individual of all. Reeling from their losses, the Scoobies will never be the same again

Series creator Joss Whedon and series artist Georges Jeanty bring you the biggest Buffy finale ever!

Publication Date: January 19, 2011Format: FC, 40 pagesPrice: $2.99

And here's more information on the six Buffy Birthday Parties, from Dark Horse:

Careful readers may have noticed that the release date of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #40 has been moved to January 19, 2011. The change in date is no accident. The final issue of the much-talked-about series will hit shelves on the birthday of Buffy Summers. In order to celebrate both the end of Season 8 and the birthday of the beloved character, Dark Horse is proud to announce six Buffy Birthday Parties across the country!

Dark Horse editor Scott Allie had this to say about the event: "It's been a long, strange ride to the end of Buffy's eighth season, and when we realized that her thirtieth birthday fell on a Wednesday, the day new comics go on sale, we realized we had to move our release date to coincide. We're excited to celebrate this landmark occasion and hope we can gather good crowds of Buffy readers and fans together to wish her well as she heads off for Season 9, a little bit older, her head hung low. . . . "

It's hard to believe the vampire slayer is another year older, but time and tide wait for no man, woman, or demon. If, while reading this, you notice your local comic shop is not listed as hosting a party, have the shop's owner contact Dark Horse, and we'll provide them with activity sheets to host their own event. The following locations will have games, prizes, giveaways, and more for their Buffy Birthday Party! Details vary by location.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA4:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.Oxford Comics Games & More2855 Piedmont Road NE(404) 233-8682Special Guest: Georges Jeanty, artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8

PORTLAND, OREGON5:30 p.m.—7:45 p.m.Multnomah County LibraryCentral Library, US Bank Room801 SW 10th Ave.(503) 988-5123Special Guests: Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 editors*Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comics will be available for sale at the event from Cosmic Monkey Comics.

MISSOULA, MONTANA4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.Muse Comics & Games2100 Stephens Ave., Suite 107(406) 543-9944

NEW YORK, NEW YORK4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.Midtown Comics Downtown64 Fulton St.(800) 411-3341 / (212) 302-8192

HURST, TEXAS4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Lone Star Comics #6931 Melbourne Rd.(817) 595-4375

PLANO, TEXAS5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.Lone Star Comics #83100 Independence Parkway #318(972) 985-1593

(A huge thank you to Jim Gibbons!)

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