Generally, fans greet the cancellation of their beloved shows with shock, anger and disbelief. No television mogul may be more familiar with these feelings than Joss Whedon.
Whedon is the brain behind popular cult television shows “Angel,” “Firefly” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” All of the shows, according to him and his fans, were cancelled before they had a chance to fully flush out their stories. “Buffy” was forced off the air when its star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, refused to come back for an eighth season. With little warning, the show’s spin off, “Angel,” was quickly replaced with a reality TV show before it could produce its sixth season. “Firefly,” though critically acclaimed and with an extremely loyal fan base; was cancelled half-way through its first season.
Seeing the success that the X-Men spinoff comic has had, Whedon decided to move his most famous series, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” into the world of comic books.
Teaming up with Dark Horse Comics editor Scott Allie and artist Georges Jeanty, Whedon produced the first issue of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on March 14, 2007. It was a direct continuation of the series, picking up a year and half after where it left off. Twenty-five issues were planned, one a month for just over two years.
The move became a phenomenal success. Fans instantly responded with joy to see their favorite characters once again, even if it was not on television. Critics applauded the use of the medium’s strengths. Stories could be told with no concern of budget restrictions, the only limit became Whedon’s imagination. Entertainment Weekly called it “One of the top 20 events of 2007.” The demand jumped from 25 issues to 40.
I agree that too many of Joss Whedon’s shows have been forced out before their time – the best was yet to come. I have always been a fan of his work.
I’m glad that through comics, Buffy lives on. Have you read the Buffy comics?