We live in a world where, even if your favorite show is canceled or finishes its on-air run, it might just return via Kickstarter (hooray, Veronica Mars!), on another network, or even in a comic book series. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of those fan favorites that took on this tradition in 2007, four years after the series finished its seventh and final season, or, at least, its final televised season. Dark Horse Comics published Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, The Long Way Home, which follows the Scoobies in their misadventures after the events of the show.
Über-fans of the Buffyverse have stuck with the ragtag group of supernatural characters for over a decade, through Seasons 8 and 9, and now, one of the gang is set to take on Buffy Season 10. At the Dark Horse panel at Wizard World Portland, Comics.Blog.fr reported that Nicholas Brendan, a/k/a Xander Harris, nerd extraordinaire, will be writing issues 3-5 of the upcoming season. Though Xander’s tenure on Buffy has seen some hilarious, iconic moments, this particular arc will feature his former Dark Master, Dracula.
Those who remember Dracula’s short-lived tenure on Buffy (Season 5, Episode 1: “Buffy vs. Dracula”) know that his interactions with Xander made for some Whedon-perfect dialogue. Take for example, this exchange:
Dracula: You will be emissary. My eyes and ears in daylight.
Xander: Your emissary….
Dracula: Serve me well. You will be rewarded. I will make you an immortal. A child of darkness that feeds on life itself… on blood.
Xander: Blood? Yes, yes! I will serve you, your Excellent Spookiness. Or Master. I’ll just stick with Master.
Dracula: You are strange and off-putting. Go now.
After the events in Season 5, Xander reunited with his former Master in an arc of the Season 8 comics. And although Xander was forever sick of being everyone’s “butt monkey”, it appears as though he’ll find himself entangled with the Unholy Prince yet again.
Brendan’s not the first Buffy alum to work on the comics, though. Amber Benson and James Marsters have also lent their voices to the page. In fact, Marsters was also at Wizard World Portland discussing his own work on the new Spike graphic novel entitled Into the Light.
Writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs serve as the main creative team for Season 10, with Joss Whedon staying on as a creative consultant.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 hits stands March 19th, 2014.