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The Comic Book Worlds of Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon has always been a fan of comic books, and his career has likewise been greatly influenced by them. X-Men member Kitty Pryde, for instance, was a partial inspiration for vampire slayer Buffy Summers, while Whedon later created graphic narratives for Astonishing X-Men and The Runaways for Marvel. Whedon was even hired as writer/director of The Avengers, a 2012 blockbuster that grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide. More significantly, the comic book and web series creations of Joss Whedon have found a way to continue long after their time on the small screen came to an end, with Dark Horse publishing official continuations of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with oversight by Whedon himself, since 2007. Firefly and its big screen sequel Serenity, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Dollhouse have likewise witnessed graphic representations, keeping the flames of Whedonverse alive in the process.

 

Buffy Season Eight

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 1: The Long Way Home Recap of the first volume of the comic book series, which reintroduces the characters and the New World they created at the end of the television show.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 2: No Future For You Recap of the second volume of the comic book series, which focuses on the former rogue vampire slayer Faith and her continued struggle to redeem herself.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate Recap of the third volume of the comic book series, which pits Buffy Summers against a group of Japanese vampires who are after the slayer scythe.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 4: Time of Your Life Recap of the fourth volume of the comic book series, in which Buffy Summers is transported into the future world of slayer Melaka Fray and pitted against her.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 5: Predators and Prey Recap of the fifth volume of the comic book series, in which the world becomes aware of vampire slayers but assumes that they are evil and a threat.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 6: Retreat Recap of the sixth volume of the comic book series, in which Buffy Summers and her slayers are forced to take refuge in Tibet as the forces of Twilight bear down on them.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 7: Twilight Recap of the seventh volume of the comic book series, in which Buffy Summers discovers she has superhero powers and the identity of nemesis Twilight is finally revealed.

Buffy Season Eight Vol. 8: Last Gleaming Recap of the eighth and final volume of the comic book series, in which Buffy Summers and her army of slayers return to Sunnydale to face the latest apocalypse.

 

Additional Whedon World Comic Books

Fray the Future Vampire Slayer Recap of the Joss Whedon-penned graphic novel about a vampire slayer that is “chosen” hundreds of years in the future, much like the original Buffy Summers before her.

The Spike of Brian Lynch and IDW Comics Examination of Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and the character’s depiction in the numerous IDW comic books created by writer Brian Lynch.

Serenity Still Soars Regardless of the Medium Review of the first two Serenity comic books, entitled Those Left Behinds and Better Days, that continue the saga of the short-lived television series Firefly.

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale Discussion of Derrial Book from the Joss Whedon sci-fi drama Firefly and the graphic novel The Shepherd’s Tale, which answers numerous questions about the character’s past.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind Examination of the six-issue Dark Horse comic book series that continues the narrative of the short-lived Joss Whedon television show Firefly and its big screen sequel Serenity.

Dr. Horrible Conquers the Comic Book Realm Review of the one-shot Dr. Horrible comic book, as well as several online mini comics, that were all written by the musical web series’ co-creator Zack Whedon.

 

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