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Buffy Fans Rejoice – Season 8 Getting a Hardcover Release & Season 9 Getting Its First Collection!

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Anyone who doesn’t think Dark Horse Comics is a horror fan’s best friend, especially a horror fan who collects the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, should think again. Case in point: Dark Horse’s twin announcements today of (a) the deluxe, oversized, dust-jacketed hardcover collection of Buffy Season 8 and (b) the first collection of the season with Buffy Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall.

First up is the Buffy Season 8 news:

From the Press Release:
Series creator Joss Whedon brought Buffy the Vampire Slayer back to life with this comics-only follow-up to Season 7 of the television show. Now the wait is finally over for Buffy fanatics everywhere as Dark Horse announces a hardcover collection of Buffy Season 8!

This hardcover edition contains the first two arcs of the series (Buffy Season 8 #1–#10), written by Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways), with art by the acclaimed Georges Jeanty. It includes two one-shots, a cover gallery, and exclusive, never-before-seen sketch material!

After the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers — newly legion — have gotten organized, but it’s not long before new and old enemies begin popping up. Buffy, Xander, Willow, and a very different Dawn are introduced to the season’s big bad, Twilight, and are only beginning to understand the incredible reach of this mysterious threat. Meanwhile, rebel Slayer Faith teams up with Giles to handle a menace on the other side of the Atlantic. It’s a dirty job, and Faith is just the girl to do it!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 1 is on sale May 30, 2012!

Buffy Fans Rejoice - Season 8 Getting a Hardcover Release & Season 9 Getting Its First Collection!

Next is the Buffy Season 9 collection news:

From the Press Release:
Series creator Joss Whedon has teamed up with Andrew Chambliss (“Dollhouse”, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time”) and Season 8 artist Georges Jeanty for the life-affirming, world-changing Season 9 of the smash hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall!

Season 8 ended with a bang that cut the world off from magic — culminating in another set of world-ending problems. Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless and brought an end to a millennia-long tradition of superpowered girls. By day Buffy is a twenty-something waitress with no real direction, and even though magic is gone, she’s still a vampire Slayer by night. Bigger problem? Vampires are becoming an epidemic … of zompires!

Written by series creator Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss of the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, Freefall collects Buffy Season 9 #1–#5! Look for it on sale August 1, 2012.

Buffy Fans Rejoice - Season 8 Getting a Hardcover Release & Season 9 Getting Its First Collection!

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