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New 'Firefly' Comic Penned by Patton Oswalt

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 10th 2010 10:00PM
The DVD cover for Fox's The sci-fi series that never said die is rising from the Earth once more.

Comedian Patton Oswalt will write 'Serenity: Float Out,' a comic book that picks up where the film 'Serenity' left off, with the death of the ship's pilot, Wash.

Oswalt said the new chapter of the 'Firefly' saga features the remaining crew christening a new ship, hence the "float out," and recalling stories of Wash in action.

"We're basically seeing what could be the start of a new adventure," Oswalt told MTV.

MTV has also released an image of the comic's new cover art featuring Wash. The comic from Dark Horse Comics will hit stands on June 2.

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Buffy season nine, by Joss Whedon

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 25th 2009 3:09PM
Buffy"But wait," you say. "There was a season eight?" Yes, there was. It was in comic book form. And season eight will be in the same format. This is according to Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon.

If you haven't been reading the comics, shame on you. Without the restrictions of a television budget, some crazy cool things have been happening. Like Dawn growing to enormous size and Buffy teaming up with Dracula to take out a band of rogue Asian vampires. Also, Buffy travels to the future to meet Slayer-from-the-future Malaka Fray (who was in a previous comic series of her own).

Whedon is obviously a fan of comics. The good news is, in comic books, the series never has to end. We could all be enjoying Buffy season 337 in a few centuries. Well, our descendants would be anyway. It's something to look forward to.

[Watch clips and free episodes of Buffy at SlashControl.]

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The Dethklok empire expanding into a Metalocalypse comic series

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 23rd 2009 5:19PM
MetalocalypseConsidering that Dethklok is the biggest and most important band in the universe, my question is why it's taken so long for a Metalocalypse comic book series to get off the ground. Originally, it was just the Dethklok vs. The Goon one-shot from Dark Horse Comics. That came about because The Goon creator Eric Powell is a huge fan of the show.

From there, though, Dark Horse got with series co-creator Brendon Small and have developed a full publishing program around the Metalocalypse brand. They even got artists and writers from the show to collaborate with the Dark Horse team on whatever's going to come down the pipe.

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Hellboy asks: "Will the TV camera add ten pounds to my Right Hand of Doom?"

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 5th 2008 9:20AM
HellboyGuillermo del Toro is a busy guy. Aside from helming the much anticipated The Hobbit prequel films to the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy, he's got so many films on his schedule that he's practically booked through 2017. But what does that have to do with television, you say? Well, Variety wrote this big old long article about the esteemed del Toro, and one of the last topics discussed was the possibility of a third Hellboy movie. The second didn't achieve the success domestically as the first film but has performed well.

What's kind of cool to consider is that buried in all that text is the gem that the studio is possibly considering a TV series for Hellboy to keep him in front of his fanbase until such a film could be made. Creator Mike Mignola has developed tons of stories for Hellboy in the world of comics, and possibly even more for B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development).

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TV in comics: Buffy, Angel and Firefly

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 24th 2008 11:20AM
buffy season 8In honor of our Buffy/Angel week of Retro Squad, it's only fitting that I finally give some updates on what's going on with each series with respect to their continuation in comic-book form. I'll throw in a little 'Serenity: Better Days' for good measure.

Let me warn you right now that I'll be revealing quite a bit about each series below. So, if you haven't read them yet or want to wait to read the books for any plot points, stop reading now. I'll be writing about the entire series of each, not just the most recent.

First up, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season Eight.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate, Part 1

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 7th 2008 4:23PM
wolves at the gate cover(S08I12) I never really cared for the Dracula episode of Buffy. It definitely had its funny moments, but having Dracula thrown into the Buffyverse lore was hard to stomach. Not to mention this ass had an easy time of wooing Buffy. Oh, and Xander too.

That said, this was a great issue. It marks the first of a series of issues written by TV Buffy writer Drew Goddard, and the feeling from the show is captured perfectly. For some reason I wasn't able to say that as much before, but here I feel right at home.

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TV in comics update: Buffy, Angel, The Stranded and Serenity

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 14th 2008 3:21PM
buffy comicIt's been a while since my last review of a Buffy season eight comic, and since then there's been other developments in the TV-on-comics front (we should have a category for that). Rather than dedicate separate posts to this news, I'll round everything up here, at least this time around.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season eight - Issues #10 & #11
These were stand-alone "episodes," unlike 'The Long Way Home' and 'No Future for You'. A few things are revealed here that help keep the Big Bad of this season in play. Willow has even more power than we could have realized in past seasons, and an unexpected person has a crush on Buffy. I really liked 'A Beautiful Sunset' (#11) more than any other issue, with a great moment where one of the main, masked antagonists is almost revealed. Classic Joss writing.

A new multi-part series kicks off March 5, written by veteran Drew Goddard.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You, Parts III & IV

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 14th 2007 3:41PM
buffy comic(S08I08 & S08I09) I'm a bit late for both of these issues, but better late than never, right? Thankfully, for me, I was still able to get the first printing of both issues. For most people that doesn't mean squat, but I'm anal that way about the very few comics I buy these days.

Anyway, let's start with the first issue of this two-part review, which is actually the third part of the third story, and is the eighth issue.

OK, that sure was confusing ...

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You, Part II

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 11th 2007 11:01AM
buffy season 8 issue 7(S08I07) This issue starts out with the longest - and perhaps first - foray into flashback territory for this "season." I guess I could have gone through my well overplayed DVDs and checked the referred-to episode for accuracy, but it seemed pretty dead-on to me.

Y'know, I love Giles and all, and I especially appreciate that he's a presence in this series, but I'm not really digging how cookie-cutter he seems, particularly in these last two issues. Is it just me or does he drink tea and clean his spectacles way too (stereotypically) often?

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You, Part I

by Keith McDuffee, posted Sep 19th 2007 11:01AM
buffy season 8 comic cover faith(S08I06) Even though this isse wasn't written by Joss, the capable hands of Brian K. Vaughan pulled off what I think feels very true to the Buffyverse. Faith was always one of my favorite characters from Buffy and Angel, and it's great to see her back again. And scenes with Giles? Even better.

It's been so long since I'd watched the last couple of seasons of Buffy that I completely forgot that Principal Wood had a thing with Faith. Here we see that Wood is fully involved in the big baddiness of the world, and he and Faith are still quite a thing.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Chain

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 2nd 2007 10:47AM
buffy season 8(S08I05) It seems the readers have spoken ... written ... voted, and I will continue to review the "episodes" of Buffy season 8. I agree with some of the sentiments left in the comments, though. While this is meant to be a canonical continuation of the TV series, it's not a TV series. This is a comic, and it feels like one. It can't replace the direction and the acting we saw on the small screen, and I don't believe it was ever meant to.

When one of your friends heads off to a faraway land and sends you a letter every week, it's not the same as them being there with you, but it sure is comforting to have them around, so-to-speak. It's like that, only not as desperate sounding.

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Should I keep reviewing Buffy season 8?

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 31st 2007 9:53AM
Buffy season 8Some of you may not know this already, but the latest issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8 comic hit stores last week, when originally it was slated to come out, I believe, this week. As I was picking up my copy, I got to wondering if the TV Squad readers even cared to have me continue to review them, especially with the news that there will be a season 9 comic.

So, once again I'm going to take advantage of the use of polls and leave it up to you. While I'm definitely going to keep buying and reading these books, do you want me to continue to review them here for you? I'll check the results of the poll (after the jump) later this week and decide.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 4

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 7th 2007 9:22AM
buffy season 8 issue 4(S08I04) And thus ends the first arc of the new season of Buffy. This issue was a bit all over the place. Some sections seemed to jump a bit too much, particularly in the first half of the book, though you could almost get the feeling that it wouldn't be done much differently had this been actually on television.

I will say this much for the series, though -- the "big bad" of the season is something of brilliance. Well played, Mr. Whedon.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 3

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 3rd 2007 4:15PM
buffy season 8 cover 3(S08I03) It's pretty clear, when you're reading through these comics, that the budget that would be involved to make this a season of television would be through the roof. A gianormous Dawn, an army of thousands of undead and Willow's intense spells, all set in a castle in Scotland which is outfitted with a bunch of technology. Thank God for a medium that lets creativity go completely wild without budget worries.

If I've got one criticism for these books I'd have to say it's how the characters are drawn on the pages. The cover images (as you can see here to the right) are amazingly detailed and truly capture what we remember of the characters, but the inside pages have a bit to be desired.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Part 1 (season premiere)

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 16th 2007 9:29AM
buffy season 8(S08I01) Fans of Buffy have waited a long time for something like this. It's not a new television season and it's not a movie, but when you think about it this could be the best way for it to return. You don't have ugly casting problems and the special effects budget isn't a concern at all. In fact, you can just kill off a major character in spectacular fashion and not worry that you just ruined an actor's livelihood.

If you haven't gone out and picked up this first issue of what's been blessed bu Joss Whedon as Buffy the Vampire Slayer season eight, you might not want to read on, as there will be spoilers. Or if you're just cheap or too lazy to pick it up, you can come too.

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