New Spike and Willow Comics Mini-Series Coming

The cover of Willow #1.
(Image courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.)

If you are a fan of the Joss Whedon continuum and his TV series continuations that have emerged through Dark Horse Comics over the years, then you will be pleased to know that two more mini-series are coming, one featuring Buffy ally Willow and the other focusing on vampire antihero Spike.

With issue #1 going on sale August 22nd, the Spike mini-series will be written by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth) and drawn by Paul Lee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Devil’s Footprints). According to a new press release, “Spike ventures off world in his bug ship in order to get away from some personal frustration on terra firma, and winds up sucked into a demonic plot to take advantage of the absence of magic on earth.” The series continues on from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #10, which comes out on June 13th. (Say that title ten times fast.)

“What I love about working with Dark Horse on Buffy-related material is that they take great care to capture the feel of the characters and stories from the television show, of which I was a huge fan,” says Gischler. “Getting my hands on the characters I’ve loved so much over the years is a dream come true.”

Gischler also told Entertainment Weekly: “The focus is on Spike and his coming to terms with some things, sort of getting right in the head. He loves Buffy but can’t be with her. What does that mean to a vampire with a soul?”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #10 --
the Georges Jeanty Variant cover.
(Image courtesy of Dark Horse Comics.)

Willow #1 hits stands on November 21st and will be written by Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas) with art by Brian Ching (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Witchblade). In her mini-series, the young witch embarks on an obsessive journey to find Angel and to recover her magic. As the press release states, “Willow is on a quest to bring magic back to the world, and she’ll do anything to make it happen, including forming some unhealthy alliances after cracking the code to travel to other dimensions — something thought impossible since the destruction of the Seed.”

“She mainly just wants magic back for herself, whether she realizes it or not,” Parker told Entertainment Weekly. “She really misses just being a witch and just doing what she used to do. She doesn’t really know what she’s looking for or how she’s going to do it. Her ego is pretty big at this point, and she thinks she can just figure it out for herself. So she goes charging into a chaotic universe where magic is all that matters, really.”

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