Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Season Eight

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Season Eight
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season Premiere March 7, 2007
Season Finale January 6, 2011
Episode Count 40 + 3 specials
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Season Eight (2007—2011) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a canon continuation of the series in the form of monthly comic books. The series is published by Dark Horse Comics under the supervision of Joss Whedon, who will also write many of the issues. Penciller Georges Jeanty, inker Andy Owens and colorist Dave Stewart provide art for the series, along with cover artist Jo Chen.

The series runs chronologically at the same time as the fifth season of Angel, with four-issue story arcs being roughly equivalent to one television episode. Whedon commented that there will be no reference to the series finale of Angel, partially due to the fact that the publishing rights to Angel comics is owned by IDW. Incidentally, the popularity of this series gave way to a canon comic continuation of Angel, entitled After The Fall.

Since the collapse of the Hellmouth and total destruction of Sunnydale, Buffy has established an international group of "slayer squads" which deal with supernatural creatures which threaten humanity. However, the United States military sees Buffy's group as a potential terrorist threat which is infringing upon American interests. While the two build up to an inevitable clash, a big bad known as "Twilight" is lurking.

Much of what Andrew told Angel about the status of the scoobies following the Hellmouth's collapse is correct. Many characters from the series are also being considered for appearance, including Amy, Angel, Spike and possibly resurrected characters like Anya.

Along with Whedon, several former series writers are expected to make a return to write story arcs and single issues. Also appearing will be several professional comic writers, including some who have become television writers like Brian K. Vaughan. The series was initially expected to run for around 22 issues, but it continued to expand and will now run 40 issues, plus 3 specials. Release dates are speculative based on announced solicitation dates and are subject to change.

Writers

The series broken down by writers of each issue:

Comics

# Title Airdate
1 The Long Way Home (1) March 14, 2007
2 The Long Way Home (2) April 4, 2007
3 The Long Way Home (3) May 2, 2007
4 The Long Way Home (4) June 6, 2007
5 The Chain August 1, 2007
6 No Future For You (1) September 6, 2007
7 No Future For You (2) October 3, 2007
8 No Future For You (3) November 7, 2007
9 No Future For You (4) December 5, 2007
10 Anywhere But Here January 2, 2008
11 A Beautiful Sunset February 6, 2008
12 Wolves at the Gate (1) March 5, 2008
13 Wolves at the Gate (2) April 2, 2008
14 Wolves at the Gate (3) May 7, 2008
15 Wolves at the Gate (4) June 4, 2008
16 Time of Your Life (1) July 2, 2008
17 Time of Your Life (2) August 6, 2008
18 Time of Your Life (3) September 4, 2008
19 Time of Your Life (4) November 26, 2008
20 After These Messages ... We'll Be Right Back! December 17, 2008
21 Harmonic Divergence January 7, 2009
22 Swell February 4, 2009
23 Predators and Prey March 4, 2009
24 Safe April 1, 2009
25 Living Doll May 6, 2009
SP1 Tales of the Vampires June 3, 2009
26 Retreat (1) July 1, 2009
27 Retreat (2) August 5, 2009
28 Retreat (3) September 2, 2009
29 Retreat (4) October 7, 2009
30 Retreat (5) November 4, 2009
SP2 Willow: Goddesses & Monsters December 23, 2009
31 Turbulence January 13, 2010
32 Twilight (1) February 3, 2010
33 Twilight (2) March 3, 2010
34 Twilight (3) April 7, 2010
35 Twilight (4) May 5, 2010
SP3 Riley August 18, 2010
36 Last Gleaming (1) September 1, 2010
37 Last Gleaming (2) October 6, 2010
38 Last Gleaming (3) November 3, 2010
39 Last Gleaming (4) December 1, 2010
40 Last Gleaming (5) January 6, 2011


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