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Old 05-24-2018, 06:01 AM
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A followup to yesterday's issue 1 tweet.

https://mobile.twitter.com/EdsNoteCo...3588086784?p=v

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@EdsNoteComics Can you give us any clues about Buffy Season 12?? ������I am so looking forward to reading this comic

@EdsNoteComics Replying to @HandlerLyon

It expects you know Fray, both shows, and both comics. Great attention to detail in the art. And there’s a definitive answer about the comics timeline.

5:26 AM - 24 May 2018 from Maine, USA


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Another Tweet from Editor's Note Comics about Buffy S12 # 1.

https://mobile.twitter.com/EdsNoteCo...0403450882?p=v

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Thank you so much for this, I know you can't give away much. Fans on Buffy Forums are waiting with baited breath . . . and are a bit nervous too, hoping our faves don't get staked.


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It’s one of the strongest starts to a season so far. So hopefully it ends as well as it possibly can.

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Old 06-01-2018, 02:31 PM
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Tweet from Christos Gage.

https://mobile.twitter.com/EdsNoteCo...9090116608?p=v

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@Christosgage possible spoiler question, but does Spike know Fred's alive?

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Yes, definitely by the time Season 12 starts.

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Old 06-04-2018, 12:09 PM
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Old 06-05-2018, 12:28 PM
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Preview Pages for Buffy S12 The Reckoning# 1

https://www.cbr.com/preview-buffy-th...e-reckoning-1/.

EXCL.: The Future Looks Grim in Buffy Season 12: The Reckoning #1

Dark Horse Comics' Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1, by Christos Gage, Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty.



vThe culmination of every Buffy season to date begins to unfold in our preview of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1.

Not only will readers see the return of Melaka Fray, but also her twin brother Harth, who retained her memories and those of every other slayer. Will their quest for power spell the end for the Scooby Gang?

Check out the issue’s solicitation text and CBR’s exclusive preview below:



BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12: THE RECKONING #1

•CHRISTOS GAGE, JOSS WHEDON (W) • GEORGES JEANTY, KARL STORY (A)
•Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
•Variant Cover by GEORGES JEANTY
•Ultra Variant Cover by KARL MOLINE

•It’s one year later, and the lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven’t been too eventful for a while–at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that’s all about to change when Dawn and Xander’s housewarming party is interrupted by some familiar faces bringing news of familiar foes from the future. Can you say Harth . . . and Fray?
•The return of Fray!
•The Reckoning will be the culmination of all the Buffy seasons!

•In Shops: June 20
•32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99














We saw the last one with Buffy and the baby but the first three pages are new.They do a nice setup for this story of season 12 while being a nice recap for the relevant tease of Buffy's fate and the fate of the slayers from the Fray series while adding a little more info.Plus it sounds like Buffy's trip to the future in season 8 may of made this future now more wobbly as said here.Also I think this sets up the threat of Harth pretty good.

I do now seriously wonder if we are going to get a Kelvin tomeline deal here like the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films.

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Old 06-06-2018, 11:33 AM
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Priceless brought this over to Buffyforums.

Season 12 Announced! - Page 23

I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but a French site, Slayer Revival are saying (google translated )

At the level of history, this season 12 resumes after the end of the events of season 11 where it is stated that the gang spent a year in calm, far from the forces of evil. And yet, when Xander and Dawn are having a little homecoming party, familiar faces knock on the door, forcing Buffy and her friends to regain service. Faced with a horde of vampires, Wolfram & Hart and a future vampire called Harth, Buffy will find herself trapped in a temporal rift that could put an end to the Slayer line.

The 'trapped in a temporal rift' wasn't in the original CBR post. Sorry if I'm repeating old information, but I don't remember this.


The temporal rift part is new I believe.I don't remember that.
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Another tweet from Editor's Note Comics about Buffy S12 # 1

https://mobile.twitter.com/EdsNoteCo...0789536769?p=v

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The issue out this month gives her age. No, it doesn't work with pop culture stuff. But I'll just assume things in that universe happened quicker than in our own.

8:15 AM - 7 Jun 2018


Might just mean the whole leisurely way comic book time works.You see this all the time with DC and Marvel.For example,Buffy Season 8 started a year and half after "Chosen" but the comics reflected newer more recent pop culture.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:14 PM
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New Cristos Gage interview for Buffy Season 12..

https://www.previewsworld.com/Articl...g-In-Season-12

Buffy's Reckoning In Season 12

Jun 13, 2018



by Vince Brusio

The time for rest and relaxation is over, as Christos Gage hops on board to co-write with Joss Whedon Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1 (APR180011) for Dark Horse Comics. In this PREVIEWSworld Exclusive interview, Gage explains that he and Whedon are about to write some impossible stuff. Earth-shattering apocalyptic stuff. It may just give the artists migraines. So grab some Tylenol, and read on, fiends!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1 (APR180011) is in comic shops June 20.

Vince Brusio: Season 12 takes place a year after we last saw Buffy and the Scoobies battling a big bad. It sounds like they had the opportunity to take a break. What did that down time look like? Have they had a chance to reflect on what they do, and if it’s still worth doing?

Christos Gage: Things have progressed in their lives, in different ways for each character. Without an apocalypse or Big Bad attacking, they've had a chance to spend more time thinking about what they want their future to look like. Some of the changes are bigger than others...for instance, SOMEONE'S got a baby! We see Buffy holding it right on the cover. Is it hers? Dawn and Xander's? Willow's? Harmony and Clem's? Okay, probably not that last one.

Vince Brusio: In this first issue, we’re said to expect the return of Fray. What’s the special occasion? How is this indicative of where the story will take us in Season 12?

Christos Gage: We're finally dealing head-on with something referred to as ancient history in the future-set Fray comic Joss wrote a few years back, which leads to the end of Slayers for two hundred years. It's this huge battle against the massed forces of evil...and it will affect not only our time but Fray's future time period as well.

Vince Brusio: “The Reckoning” is being touted as “the culmination of all the Buffy seasons.” That is one tall order, to say the least. Can you give us a heads-up on how such a massive feat will be executed?

Christos Gage: Well, Joss and I got together and talked about what we wanted to accomplish, and there was general agreement that Fray's world has been set up like this almost "Days of Future Past"/Ragnarok type future that the Buffyverse was headed towards, springing out of a huge apocalyptic battle that led to all Slayers and most supernatural creatures being banished from Earth. So we figured that to NEVER show that or address it was kind of a cop-out. Plus something that huge was a great reason to get all the characters together. As to how it will be executed, we'll write impossible stuff, and Georges Jeanty and Karl Story and the rest of our amazing team will somehow make it real.

Vince Brusio: If you could geek out over a particular scene in issue #1, what would it be? Why does this scene strike you as special?

Christos Gage: Gotta go with Buffy and the baby. Whose baby is it? What does it mean to Buffy and her life? And everybody else's? You'll have to wait and see.
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First Buffy Season 12 # 1 review.

The Stack: Thor, Hawkman, Buffy And More | Comic Book Club

It's the first 3-4 minutes of the podcast.I transcribed it.

They don't say much.They say,"'Never stop chucking' is the big take away from Buffy # 1.They also say that if you like Buffy you will like this.It's truly like a TV show in comic book form.""It's fun with great character voices.It's fun to see where the characters are now and what they're deling with.The whole thing about ex's and is everything okay with you two.""It feels like a classic Buffy comic."

Also Christos Gage will be doing a Slayalive Q/A for the end of Buffy season 12.SO for issue 4.

Spoilers Buffyverse Season 12 News Nexus - Page 8

So, some good news. I reached out to Christos Gage about continuing to do Q&As with us and he's agreed to do one for commemorate the finale of finales. So stay tuned for an exclusive Q&A with the man when Issue #4 comes out in September!


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Here are the covers for Buffy Season 12:The Reckoning # 4.

http://buffythecomicslayer.tumblr.co...-the-reckoning






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New spoiler tease from Editor's Note Comics about this weeks Buffy S12 # 1.

https://mobile.twitter.com/EdsNoteCo...5507963906?p=v

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@Christosgage I read the Buffy issue. Couple of really big surprises I was excited to see, and you found a fantastic way to up the stakes of the season. Vague non-spoiler statements aside, it's a great first issue.
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Major spoilers for Buffy S12:The Reckoning # 1.

A poster at Buffyfourms read the issue and gave a breakdown of things.

1)The baby is Dawn's and Xander's

2)Buffy and Spike broke up off-screen between seasons 11 and 12.

3)Angel And Illyria are together.

4)Buffy is 30 years old.

More here.

Buffy S12: The Reckoning #1 Issue Discussion Thread (Full Spoilers))

The baby is Dawn's, which I expected - it's a Dander baby. Good for them!!

The thing that's making me SO sad, is that apparently, Spike and Buffy have broken up, at the start of this issue

Angel and Illyria are a couple.

They're all meeting again at a party - Xander worries if it's going to be awkward and asks Buffy - she says no then worriedly asks - wait - is Spike mad at ME? (Obviously both are somewhat nervous about seeing each other - kind of like a Willow and Tara meeting again thing - Spike arrives extra early. Xander greets him.

Spike and Buffy face each other.

They greet each other warmly - he says somewhat flirtily - Out. For. A. Walk. Bitch. Then adds, he wasn't really calling her a bitch - just alluding to that time when...and they hug. And apparently it's heartwarming..

Then Angel and Illyria arrive, they're a couple... reading more. Someone tell me if I should stop or I'm letting on too much OK...
(I still have hope for these two - Spuffy I mean *fingers crossed*)

It's pretty awkward when Angel and Illyria show up at the door (for them) to be greeted by Spike and Buffy. Angel seems uncomfortable, thinking they're still together. Illyria announces Buffy's former paramour (Angel) is now her lover. Spike and Buffy speak up at the same time, awkwardly, announcing that they split up and it was mutual and the right thing. Apparently. Can't tell if one takes them at face value at this point.

Giles is restored to his true age. By a spell, apparently.

The century is about fostering women's empowerment and a connection to the natural world. Says Willow to Xander. She's worried the govt. will see them as a threat.

Willow later at the party walks over to Buffy sitting alone, and asks her if she's OK. "Are things with Spike...?"
Buffy says "We're fine" she's in bent somber posture. "I think the quiet of the past year made us both realise we don't really work as a couple when nothing's going wrong...I'm starting to think - it's not me and Spike that doesn't work...Just me. I mean, I'm 30. Everyone's growing - you with the center. Giles literally."

The part I bolded is bolded in the comic as well.

Buffy S12: The Reckoning #1 Issue Discussion Thread (Full Spoilers) - Page 2

Angel announces that there are dark forces merging near where they are and there's an evil merger and there are lawyers..
Old coworkers from Wolfram and Hart are coordinating an attack on Willow and the Slayers ...

Not just demons but factions in the human world.
Dictators. Plutocrats.
People who see the increasing power and influence of Buffy's movement as a threat.
They're getting intel from Harth.
Giles asks if Illyria can do something with her command over time to send Harth back but she says her powers are limited and she can't.

Willow says this vampire changes history. She says..."maybe enough to give them an edge." Xander "I like it. We shut em down before they can get the whole evil gang together while they're still making the seating chart."

Angel says Faith has her eyes on them now.

Buffy heads to the weapons cabinet. Xander tells Dawn to guard the baby Joyce, too late to find a sitter. Dawn feels he's being sexist. Xander hugs her.

Buffy: "Let's change the future. By hitting it hard!"

Next scene, Harth outside Wolfram and Harth with his legion of evil. There seems to be a schism in the midst of their mob. Tauron, Duke of the Blood Plains, is not too happy to be taking orders from Harth whom he calls a "dwarf gutter vampire", he calls it an atrocity, he doesn't see the point of attacking Slayers and witches in their place of power.

Harth says its like this because it's where he remembers them winning. (?) But his legion of evil aren't entirely convinced, feeling that this is stemming from Harth wanting to change history in order to just feed his own ego

Buffy, Spike, Scoobies, Anglel, Illyria, Faith arrive and the two sides fight.

One of the baddies (I think the Mayor) exchanges words with Spike, Xander and Faith in a face off - Faith accuses him of being the reason she was a murderer, he says no he just offered fatherly counsel and guidance, she made herself one. And he, the Mayor, has got help from Harth.

Buffy/ someone from the Scoobies is heard off-panel saying - that the intel from Harth was planted to get them all here. It was a trap.

Illyria, Willow give them fake time with a magical force shield by slowing time temporarily.

Next scene. Bruised and defeated, the Scoobies are back home. Faith is bleeding and says that weasel was right, and knows everything that's going to happen.

Spike says "Hell with that. I refuse to believe we don't have any bloody choice in what we do."
Willow: "Problem is, if we don't know what his history says, odds are whatever we choose to do will be what we did do."
Buffy points out Melaka has a Mondo Library. Giles porn. Everything the future watchers knew. Buffy couldn't read it, but Giles can.
Angel holds Illyria. Tells her he knows the last time they tried time travel it went south, but they have to try.
But she says the risk lies being shattered against the temporal winds. Willow says she can help. Dawn reminds everyone she's the Key. Giles agrees.

The future Slayer's in New York.
Illyria feels it's too risky. Angel reminds her that life is not without risk.
They do the spell - it seems to be working. Now all they have to figure out is how to find Melaka Fray.

And then the entire group - Buffy, Spike, Angel, Illyria, Faith, Willow, Giles, Dawn etc - look on aghast in horror as they see -

Melaka Fray with a blonde accomplice confront them. Fray says "Turn round, scurry back home. Or the Fray sisters'll kick you there." Her 'sister' says "In pieces, need be."

End of this comic - to be continued.


New Christos Gage & Georges Jeanty Interview.

Is This The End For The Slayers? Christos Gage & Georges Jeanty Talk Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning – COMICON

Is This The End For The Slayers? Christos Gage & Georges Jeanty Talk Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning

by Hannah Means Shannon

Coming up this week on June 20th, Buffy the Vampire Slayer hits a major milestone when Season 12 kicks off in Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning #1 (of 4) from Dark Horse Comics. The series sees Joss Whedon return to writing duties alongside Christos Gage, Georges Jeanty powering through epic scenes in the art department with a decade of Buffyverse experience at work on pencils, and Karl Story bringing on the inks, with Dan Jackson on colors.

What makes this story particularly poignant and might leave readers with a hint of apprehension going into the tale is that this could be an equal or bigger “event” in the Buffyverse than even the finale to Season 8. Set about a year after Season 11, “The Reckoning” catches up with the gang as they’re about to face off against a new hoard of foes including Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, a vampire from the future. Wait, the future? That’s right. They’re also going to be joined by Angel, Faith, Illyria, and Fray, a Slayer from the future. Fray brings some heavy tidings. The events that are about to play out, known as “The Reckoning”, spelled the end of Buffy and all the Slayers in her timeline. What could possibly avert a future already written?

Christos Gage and Georges Jeanty join us today to really dig into the workings of Season 12, and how they handled the emotions, as well as the challenges, of crafting “The Reckoning”.



Hannah Means-Shannon: Christos, how is your writing process different on this epic season with the return of Joss to more direct work on the series? How does your experience of developing the story change and what do you find fun about collaboration in writing?

Christos Gage: It hasn’t been hugely different, but there are differences. The traditional pre-season summit where we create a one-day writer’s room to figure out the big beats of the season usually included whoever could make it from the Whedon inner circle, like Jane Espenson, Drew Greenberg or Andrew Chambliss. But this time it was just me and Joss. We probably focused a bit more on specifics than usual (facilitated by the fact that it was only four issues), including key bits of dialogue.

From there, I write the first draft of each script, then kick it over to Joss for any changes he wants to make. I’ve always loved collaborating…I co-write with my wife on virtually all my screenwriting work, and I’ve worked with other writers, like Dan Slott, in comics. In TV, of course, you’re always collaborating…that’s what the writers’ room is. The great thing about collaborating is that you have other brains working on the story, solving problems and coming up with great stuff…and bouncing off each other to come up with things you never would have alone. Working alone is fine too, it’s just a more solitary experience and you never know if you’re totally off the rails until someone else reads it.



HMS: At this point, has your view of Buffy as a character changed over time as she, in turn, changes through new experiences and adventures? If you had to describe her mentality and perspective in “The Reckoning”, what would that entail?

CG: People change, and Buffy has too, though who she is at her core has always stayed basically the same. It’s been a year since our last series, a year of relative quiet in terms of demon apocalypses. In the sliding timeline of the comics, Buffy is thirty years old. As a lot of us do at that age (because Buffy has always been about life stages many of us go through, with a supernatural spin) she is taking stock of her life and evaluating where she wants to go from here. For a long time, I think she was just trying to survive from one moment to the next, but now she’s coming to grips with the fact that she might be around a while and evaluating what she wants that to be like. Then, of course, she comes face to face with the knowledge of the Reckoning – which to Fray, the Slayer from the future, is ancient history – a big battle in which Buffy disappeared forever, and all the Slayers with her. I’m deliberately being a bit vague because I don’t want to give anything away, but her perspective on the relationships with the people she cares about is front and center throughout all of this.



HMS: Working with so many characters, and on an even more action-packed scale than usual, what challenges did you face putting this series together, and how did you resolve them? (If that’s not too spoilery a question!)

CG: The biggest challenge was finding room to do all the things we had in mind, which sometimes meant we had to cut bits we would’ve liked to do, and other times left it in and hoped Georges didn’t hunt us down and kill us! Poor Georges. The fact that we know how brilliant he is made us be very mean to him…casts of thousands on every page…and he’s doing an amazing job with it, of course. At the end of the day, though, it was about the characters, so when there was a choice between big action spectacle and an important character beat, the character beat won out, and I think that was the right choice. Besides, we’ll never top the cosmic scale of Season 8, and we didn’t even want to try. The epic scale of this particular series is because of what it means for the characters…they’re up against a moment that history already says will happen, when Buffy and all Slayers will disappear forever! We’ll get into what that means for all of them and how they choose to confront it.

HMS: Georges, do you feel that your art style working in the Buffyverse has evolved over time? If so, what changes do you think have come about in your approach to characters and art methods?

Georges Jeanty: I have been involved with the Buffyverse since 2007 going back to Season 8, and given that much time I would think any artist worth his salt would grow and mature artistically. I look at a lot of season 8 and cringe thinking how much better I could do it today, 10 years later. But that is a sign of growth. I wish that extended to the character likeness. I still struggle to this day on some of those characters. Drawing Buffy herself has gotten a lot easier, I will say. My approach with these characters is the same. I always try and draw an issue as if it were an episode from the show. A lot of the ‘directing ‘. I try and have it infused with how the show was filmed, only with a bigger budget



HMS: When working with a number of characters at once, and really focusing in on action scenes, do you have any strategies for making sure readers can follow all the beats easily while keeping the pace up?

GJ: This is always a difficult thing for me because there are so many characters. I remember talking to George Perez one year because he’s always been well-known for drawing books with multiple characters in them. He said he would write down all the characters that were supposed to be on the page, or in that scene, and then check them off as he would draw them. Now, at any given time, I’m not drawing as many characters as George, but I have written the names of the characters in the page gutters if it starts getting to 8 or 10 characters on a page, and I want to make sure I’m not leaving anyone out. I try and have everyone wear something different, so the reader can follow, if not the character likeness, then what he or she is wearing. Some cases are no-brainers like Spike’s leather trench coat, but then that can get confusing when Angel is also wearing a leather jacket and it’s a scene from afar. Keeping the pace up is all about storytelling. That holds true regardless of the subject matter. As a storyteller, it is paramount that I focus on keeping the reader engaged and make the action easy to follow.



HMS: Can you tease what have been some of your favorite elements to draw in “The Reckoning” in a non-spoilery way? A particular character or moment?

GJ: Some of my favorite moments of Season 12, which I was totally unprepared for, were the scenes in the future with Fray. I’m a huge sci-fi fan and I seldom get to draw future-scapes, so it was a blast to make up elements I thought would survive the future. While I struggled with drawing all the characters, it was also sentimental to have all the characters that I’ve drawn at one time or another for the last 10 years come back for the final round. I’m always a sucker for the character moments and while they’re brief this time around, there are many.



HMS: What do you guys think reader reaction is going to be like for “The Reckoning”? How might the outcome of this series effect the Buffyverse as a whole?

Christos Gage: I have no idea, I just hope they like it. I know there will be things that make some people furious, and hopefully other things people will like. As for how the outcome will affect the Buffyverse, that’s why we make the books…you gotta read ‘em to find out!

Georges Jeanty: I’m not sure what reader reaction will be this time around. With previous seasons, it was always a given that something was going to happen and it might have been something you don’t like, but at least there was going to be another season, but this time things are coming to an end and we all know with Joss, when things are coming to an end, no one is safe.

Truth be told, I’m a little frightened…



HMS: What do you find continues to make this world and these characters so appealing to work with?

CG: The characters themselves. How memorable they are and how real they feel. Even the supporting characters…I could write Harmony and Clem all day. The world is awesome, but it’s the characters that make it live. Also, how much the readers care about it. I’ve been approached a lot at cons by parents who watched the show growing up and now share it with their teenage kids, and that’s really moving to see.

GJ: One word. Heart. There is so much heart with this series in general that I feel when people read an issue or watch an episode they are already being fueled with a huge helping of heart. Even if you’ve been away from this world for a while. As soon as you read something in the Buffyverse all that heart comes racing back and puts you in that mood you are when you first fell in love with this series. These characters are so distinctive and familiar that it’s impossible not to associate with them. And regardless, if you stick around long enough this world creeps under your skin and ends up touching your… heart.

Thanks to Christos Gage and Georges Jeanty for taking part in this epic interview that’s only fitting for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Reckoning, which arrives for #1 in shops on Wednesday, June 20th!


ETA

Solicitation for Buffy S12 # 4.We got the covers last week.

https://www.cbr.com/dark-horse-septe...uffy-predator/

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4 (of 4)

Christos Gage (W), Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Karl Story (I), Dan Jackson (C), Stephanie Hans (Cover), and Steve Morris (Ultra variant cover)

On sale Sept 19
FC, 32 pages • $3.99 • Miniseries

Buffy, Fray, the Scoobies, and the Slayers are in an epic battle against Harth, and his army of baddies. His attempt to steal the power of the Slayers has brought Buffy and her crew to the turning point that they have been trying desperately to avoid. With all other options spent, it is only Buffy and her sacrifice that can save the world . . .
The entire Buffyverse is united here in the culmination of all Buffy seasons!
The return of Fray!

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https://www.cbr.com/buffy-the-vampir...n-12-1-review/

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 12 #1 Raises the Stakes

by Alex Spencer



So here we are, at the twelfth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the past five of which have been part of Dark Horse Comics’ comic book revival. At this point, Sunnydale’s scoobies have had about as many adventures on the comics page as they have a TV screen — but the original show remains the benchmark for judging every new story.

If the comics don’t feel like “proper” Buffy — like they could have been an episode of the show, with the familiar actors filling these roles — then your brain starts to question the line between canonical continuations and unofficial fanfic. And, friend, nothing gets in the way of enjoying a story quite like cognitive dissonance.

The names on the cover should go some way to putting those concerns to rest. This issue marks series creator Joss Whedon’s return to the Buffy comics, following a few years where he was apparently busy making movies about folks in costumes. He’s credited with co-writing the story, but the majority of the heavy lifting is being done by Christos Gage, who has written the past two “seasons.” They’re joined by penciller Georges Jeanty, who has drawn more issues of the revived Buffy than any other artist.

Unsurprisingly, Gage has an undeniably good grasp on the characters’ voices. In particular, he writes a great Giles — I was delighted to find Anthony Stewart Head’s voice reading out the speech balloons in my mind — but every character sounds like themselves.

Jeanty’s likenesses are a little more wonky. In individual close-ups, most familiar faces are recognizable, but in any panel which multiple characters share, you might have to do a bit of guesswork based on hair, clothing or — in the case of Xander — eyepatch. His Dawn in particular requires a process of elimination to identify.

This is perhaps inevitable, given Jeanty is drawing these characters half a decade after they left our TV screens. Dawn is no longer a bratty teenager, she’s old enough to be someone’s mother. Literally, as it turns out



So here we are, at the twelfth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the past five of which have been part of Dark Horse Comics’ comic book revival. At this point, Sunnydale’s scoobies have had about as many adventures on the comics page as they have a TV screen — but the original show remains the benchmark for judging every new story.

If the comics don’t feel like “proper” Buffy — like they could have been an episode of the show, with the familiar actors filling these roles — then your brain starts to question the line between canonical continuations and unofficial fanfic. And, friend, nothing gets in the way of enjoying a story quite like cognitive dissonance.

The names on the cover should go some way to putting those concerns to rest. This issue marks series creator Joss Whedon’s return to the Buffy comics, following a few years where he was apparently busy making movies about folks in costumes. He’s credited with co-writing the story, but the majority of the heavy lifting is being done by Christos Gage, who has written the past two “seasons.” They’re joined by penciller Georges Jeanty, who has drawn more issues of the revived Buffy than any other artist.

Unsurprisingly, Gage has an undeniably good grasp on the characters’ voices. In particular, he writes a great Giles — I was delighted to find Anthony Stewart Head’s voice reading out the speech balloons in my mind — but every character sounds like themselves.

Jeanty’s likenesses are a little more wonky. In individual close-ups, most familiar faces are recognizable, but in any panel which multiple characters share, you might have to do a bit of guesswork based on hair, clothing or — in the case of Xander — eyepatch. His Dawn in particular requires a process of elimination to identify.

This is perhaps inevitable, given Jeanty is drawing these characters half a decade after they left our TV screens. Dawn is no longer a bratty teenager, she’s old enough to be someone’s mother. Literally, as it turns out.

The meat of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1 picks up with the Scooby Gang a year after the last season, and we see how their lives have moved on — which also doubles as a handy catch-up for anyone who hasn’t kept up with the comics. (Skip the next paragraph if you’d prefer to be unspoiled.)

Buffy and Spike have broken up, Angel and Illyria are a couple. Giles was dead, then he was a teenager, but now he’s back to his normal role as the group’s elder stakesman. Everyone lives in San Francisco now. And Dawn and Xander, who have been together for a few seasons now, have a baby girl. However long it’s been, I still can’t quite get the “ew” of that last relationship out of my hair. Xander was Dawn’s first crush, before she was even in high school. Seeing him as a 30-year-old man ogling her pregnancy boobs doesn’t feel too far out of character, but it does kind of make me want to shower afterwards.

Whatever I personally make of these pairings, however, putting them front and center does feel appropriately Buffy. The issue manages to summon that lovely televisual feeling of catching up with old friends, with its scenes of old friends catching up at a housewarming party. But, with just four issues in this season, that can’t last too long.

Which brings us to what promises to be the overarching plot of Season 12 — the end of the Slayer line. The Reckoning, which gives this season its title, is something that was first teased in Fray, a 2001 comic where Whedon fast-forwarded to the future of the Buffyverse, and now we’ll finally see how it came to pass.

It’s not the first time these two worlds have crossed over, but by making it the focus, Whedon and Gage are making it clear that Season 12 is as rooted in the Fray comics as much as it is the Buffy TV series. It also feels like an attempt to ratchet up the stakes — pun, unfortunately, intended — to apocalyptic levels.

That was never Buffy’s strong suit. Finding the right Big Bad has always been a problem for the series’ comics incarnation, and even the TV show struggled when it focused too much on a single central threat. With only four issues, there’s no room for standalone stories, which were always such a huge part of Buffy’s charm.

The decision to dismiss serialized storytelling in favor of a single climactic blockbuster doesn’t take advantage of comics’ similarities to television. More importantly, it doesn’t feel like Buffy. Even if you can accept these characters as the same ones you remember from — oh god, seriously? — 20 years ago, it feels like they’ve been dumped into an alternate reality. On the plus side, that does allow me to erase those bits that gross me out from my own mental canon..


Editor's Note Comics asked Christos Gage about the return of The Mayor.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Christosg...4530076672?p=v

Editor's Note Comics
@EdsNoteComics

@Christosgage I love that my personal favorite Buffy villain is back. How does it work with Season 7 if The First can only take the form of the dead? I'll go with he died for a second, but is there a different explanation?

1:25 PM - 21 Jun 2018

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2h

Replying to @EdsNoteComics

His human form died
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A spuffy fan tweeted and Gage replied

https://mobile.twitter.com/Christosg...8755622914?p=v.

Michael
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@Christosgage as much as I absolutely love the story and your (and Joss obviously) writing and voices for the characters on Buffy S12 so far, I have to admit after all the years of build up & the wonderful S11 ending I feel devastated. This moment feels so invain & pointless now pic.twitter.com/bZvmQzjGvH

2:47 PM - 21 Jun 2018

[color=red]Christos Gage
@Christosgage Replying to @Voldemorgoth

Totally understand. When the series is over, I'll talk more about the decision making.

2:58 PM - 21 Jun 2018

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Christos Gage is finished season 12.

https://mobile.twitter.com/DMN1984/s...7928369153?p=v

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@Christosgage Have you finished writing issues #2-4 of BTVS? Or are you still in the process of writing/editing etc?

2:23 PM - 22 Jun 2018

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Finished! Except for lettering correx on 3 and 4.

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Preview Pages for Buffy S12 # 2.

https://www.newsarama.com/40578-buff...2-preview.html

BUFFY Travels in Time in VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12: THE RECKONING #2 Preview

Time is on the line in this preview of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #2, on shelves July 18.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #2 (of 4)

Christos Gage (W), Joss Whedon (W), Georges Jeanty (P/Variant cover), Karl Story (I), Dan Jackson (C), Stephanie Hans (Cover), and Phil Noto (Ultra variant cover)
On sale July

FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

With his ownership of Slayer memories, Harth has come from the future to destroy Buffy and all the Slayers, stealing their power for his own. At his side are demons and evil-kind, a massive army that Buffy and the Scoobies weren’t expecting. To even the playing field, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fate—should they fail in this battle against Harth .
. .
• The return of Fray!
• The Reckoning will be the culmination of all the Buffy seasons!














Also Georges Jeanty will be doing a Slayalive Q/A for issues 2 and 4.Christos Gage ofcourse has already been confirmed to do a Q/A for issue 4.

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Dexter Vines posted some artwork for a upcoming issue of season 12.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlLCdDxH...=1gygp9zco76uw

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Thanks for the news.
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