Boom! Studios picks up the rights for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is coming back to the funny books! After ending its run at Dark Horse, the rights for the franchise’s comic book series has moved over to Boom!Studios.

The publisher is set to relaunch the title in 2019. Check out the preview art above.

Per The Hollywood Reporter:

The confirmation came via IGN, which also debuted promotional artwork for the new series that suggested the series would return to its high school roots. It also featured a statement from Boom! executive editor Jeanine Schaefer in which she said, “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.”

The news follows both the announcement that Boom! will be publishing comic books based on Whedon’s Firefly, as well as this week’s release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12 No. 4, the final chapter in Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of the canon of the original television show, which was overseen and occasionally written by Whedon himself. Dark Horse has confirmed that the issue is its final Buffy release.

Dark Horse had held the comic book license for Buffy since 1998 and had published a number of titles based on the show before — in 2007, the publisher started a line of canonical continuations of the show following its 2003 television finale.

The shift in comic book publisher for both Firefly and Buffy from Dark Horse Comics to Boom! Studios is likely due to many things, but an obvious one is that Fox, which owns both properties, also owns “a significant minority stake” in Boom! Studios.