According to IGN, BOOM! Studios has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to pick up the Buffy comic book license beginning next year, giving the publisher the right to publish all new ongoing and limited comic book series about Buffy and her various friends and enemies.
“I remember watching the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer over 20 years ago, and the feeling of empowerment that came with seeing a girl get to kick ass and have flaws at the same time, and to not apologize for who she was. It’s an honor to oversee that world for a new generation and to bring them that same feeling of knowing your greatest power comes from being true to who you are,” BOOM! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer said in a statement provided to IGN. “Buffy is about love at its core, love for your friends and yourself. The characters are allowed to be equal parts human and monster, and seeing them struggle to balance those parts of themselves, the same parts we all struggle with, is why it still resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds today.”
Dark Horse published the final issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve this week, marking the end of two decades of tie-in comics that most famously included a continuation of the Buffy saga after the show went off the air in 2003. Buffy creator Joss Whedon returned to Dark Horse to help finish that incarnation of the Buffy story this year, but it's not clear if he'll now follow the franchise over to BOOM! Dark Horse's final Buffy publication will be the Season Twelve trade paperback collection in December, and BOOM! will take over the license for the property beginning in 2019.
That said, BOOM! has not yet announced any concrete plans for what it will do with Buffy once it has the franchise. The publisher will reportedly have the right to reprint any of the Dark Horse material it wants, so it could presumably consider all of that to be canonical, or it could strike out on its own. However it all shakes out, this a chance for BOOM! — a publisher already known for hits like Lumberjanes and an acclaimed line of comics based on the Adventure Time TV series — to make its mark on one of the most beloved genre franchises of the past three decades just as Buffy is heading into reboot territory.
We'll bring you more details on Buffy's new comic book home as we get them. For now, just know that the lull in new comics from the world of the Slayer will not be a very long one.