Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise began with
the camp but fun 1992 movie. There was clear unrealised potential and Whedon
was left unsatisfied with the final product. Five years later, he released the iconic
spin-off TV series, with much of Buffy’s life prior to Sunnydale retconned.
The show lasted for seven seasons on TV, and another five as
a comic series published by Dark Horse. Though there was a fan outcry over the
direction of season eight, with the creative team embracing the comic genre in
too fantastical a way for some fans, the Dark Horse continuation built a loyal
When Boom! Studios took on the franchise, they decided to
reboot it, taking The Scoobies back to high school. It surprisingly drew little
ire for a reboot of a ‘90s cult classic. The first issue went to print in
January 2019 and has since done an excellent job of reinvigorating the
franchise while keeping devotees to the classic series awaiting the next issue.
However, more has changed than social media and selfies…