I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly etc. etc. is kind of a big deal in Hollywood now. I mean, to geeks like me, he was always considered somewhat of a God (“we are not worthy”) but now, after directing the third highest grossing film of all time, The Avengers, and subsequently being given the position of the supreme leader of all Marvel films (for the next two years at least) he isn’t exclusively just for the Scoobies or the Browncoats anymore… (and we have to share him with the world).
One of the many, many, MANY projects he is now the overseer of (and probably the least talked about… why am I writing this article again?) is a comic book canon continuation of the project he is best known for (pre 2012 anyway), the television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer (my favourite series- maybe “thing” of all time- oh, that’s why I’m writing this) but I bet a lot of Buffy fans out there have never read an issue. Maybe they are scared of it ruining their memories of the show, maybe they gave up after Buffy *spoiler* died, maybe they have simply never heard of it, or don’t really enjoy comics all that much (I used to be one of you).
I, a massive Whedon fan, remain unsure on the series and comics (but will read every issue none the less… I am a slave to the mighty Whedon) and here are my reasons why…
WHY I LOVE THEM
1. More Buffy
The simplest reason is the first reason. As a massive Buffy fan, I miss the show, and the comics are the closest thing we will (probably) get to more Buffy on the small screen (let’s try to forget about the attempted but failed movie reboot… without Buffy or Joss’s involvement. Sacrilege!).
I used to pine for a big screen version, written and directed by Whedon, and involving all the original cast, and started to get excited when Whedon suddenly (and very quickly) became more and more famous. But, almost 10 years after the show ended, this is very unlikely, and a big screen doesn’t sound like the best idea anymore.
But the comic can do things the TV series could not. The comic has an unlimited special effects budget and isn’t restricted by availability of the cast, or damaged by poor acting (potential slayers… I’m looking at you). The comic has a freedom the TV show couldn’t even dream of, and in that respect, the comic is arguably more cinematic.
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