Fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic series should expect a shorter, "more concise" ninth season to follow the sprawling, 40-issue Season Eight.
Buffy creator Joss Whedon, who serves as executive producer of the Dark Horse series, months ago confirmed that after the conclusion of this season, the team would "pause for breath," then begin Season Nine. Friday at WonderCon, the publisher revealed that pause would be for about six months -- meaning we could see the debut of the new season about this time next year.
Just as Whedon suggested back in September, the approach to Season Nine will be "very different," and not quite as long.
"We're going to be taking a shorter approach to it," Jeremy Atkins, Dark Horse's director of publicity, told FEARNet. "With Season Eight, we didn't know how long it was gonna take to tell the story Joss wanted to tell. But we think that for this next time around it's gonna be a little tighter, a little more concise."
No writers have been announced for Season Nine, but Georges Jeanty will continue as artist.
For more about Buffy and other Dark Horse series, read Comic Book Resources' WonderCon panel report.