In a pivotal year for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise, the Slayerverse of the comic book series has helped advance and reinvent the series. Here’s how.
2022 was a major step forward for Buffy the Vampire Slayer in terms of not only progression but also reinvention for the franchise. The original TV series began in 1997 and disappeared from the airwaves in 2004. The franchise’s run on TV officially ended a year later, but once its spin-off series, Angel, also aired its final season . Rather than letting the back-to-back finales of the two series mark the official closing of the Buffyverse, the story continued in comic book form through Dark Horse Comics. The comic book sequel ran from 2007 until 2018, when season twelve finally gave all of its characters a happy and fitting ending, one where Buffy embarks on a surprising new career path.
The following year, BOOM! Studios picked up where Dark Horse left off with a reboot bringing the popular series into modern times. However, 2021 proved to be a major turning point for the series, starting with Jeremy Lambert and Ramon Bachs’ 24th issue. When Faith kills a vampiric Alex, an enraged Dark Willow literally tears the universe in two in a desperate search for what’s left of her former best friend. This sucks the gang into another universe, which happens to be in the original show’s main canon during the Season 3 episode “Band Candy.” This moment officially marks the beginning of the Slayerverse.
Within just a few issues, the Multiverse became a staple for the rest of the series, thanks in large part to the introduction of the Big Bad, Silas the Multiverse Man. Buffy recruiting alternate versions of herself from different universes would prove enough to stop Silas once and for all. The series would end there in 2022, but that wouldn’t conclude BOOM! Interest from studios to expand the Buffy lore. BOOM! would take full advantage of their new Slayerverse as future titles would focus on alternate versions of the Scooby Gang. Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer takes a look at a much older Buffy watching over Willow’s daughter in a post-apocalyptic vision, while The Vampire Slayer is currently examining a world where Willow herself is The Slayer. Even Angel got his own self-titled rebooted series where he’s a TV star and his friend, Fred, is the Slayer taking on a multiverse Angelus.
BOOM! Studios’ Buffy Comics has revitalized the Slayerverse.
All three Buffy titles have been met with immense acclaim and success in 2022. BOOM! Studios firmly establishing the Slayerverse in Buffy’s lore are doing a lot to reinvent and advance it. The franchise feels like it’s moving forward as these reboots no longer feel like mere remakes of old material, but rather part of the canon, without sacrificing the main continuity that preceded it. It seems especially timely as Disney attempts to reboot the Buffy franchise in television form, assuming the Slayerverse plays a part in it.
Speaking of reinvention, what was once old feels new again. The Slayerverse has effectively taken old material and modernized it to appeal to new audiences, especially as the multiverse is quickly becoming a pop culture craze. With each new acclaimed comic book series that follows the Slayerverse, BOOM! Studios shows how Buffy the Vampire Slayer is malleable enough to update today, but houses timeless themes and archetypes that remain recognizable and lovable in new situations.