Boom! Studios has revealed a sneak peek at artist Dan Mora’s character designs for its upcoming reboot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic series. While the art style is definitely different from that of Buffy’s previous home at Dark Horse Comics, the reboot continues to use the likenesses of the WB television series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters, Anthony Head, Emma Caulfield, and Juliet Landau:

The Buffy reboot is written by Jordie Bellaire (Redlands), with series creator Joss Whedon serving as story consultant.

Boom! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer said: “Once you fight your way through all the monsters of the week and threats around every corner, Buffy is about something we’ve all experienced – the awkward, uncomfortable journey of figuring out who we choose to be. Dan Mora captures the spirit of that struggle with the perfect style and attitude for slaying the monsters hiding in the dark…and in the light of day. As you can see, Jordie and Dan have some huge plans for Buffy and the Gang – starting with some pretty major introductions of characters like Anya and…well, I won’t spoil that one quite yet. But let’s just say by issue #4, it’ll be clear that this is a love letter to the Buffy we all adore and will go in directions that no one ever expected.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer issue #1 will be released Wednesday, January 23rd of next year.

Synopsis:

Buffy Summers is trying to make friends at her new school, get decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil. But the Slayer’s world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as this new series brings her into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize (including fan-favorite Drusilla’s debut as “The Mistress”).

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang – Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia and more – faces brand new Big Bads, and a threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High, confirming what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

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