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Bye Bye, Buffy – Dark Horse Loses Another Franchise

Disney Takes Over—Again!

There has been a lot of media consolidation recently. Dark Horse Comics has not been doing so well. Dark Horse owns a lot of licensed publications, and they are coming to an end. Disney took over Lucasfilm back in 2012, which pulled the Star Wars franchise away from Dark Horse. Star Wars now belongs to Marvel. Marvel was also given Conan the Barbarian, another Dark Horse franchise. Then earlier this year, Disney also took over Fox—which means more licenses will be moving.

Disney decided to form a partnership with BOOM!, another comic publishing company. BOOM! was given a lot of money by Fox to make movies, so this partnership makes sense. BOOM! has announced new Serenity comics, the first of which will be released in November of this year. Dark Horse originally published the Serenity series from 2005-2017.

Buffy Gets the Boot

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse Comics)
Cover of a Dark Horse Buffy comic

After all of this, Joss Whedon dropped a bomb on us in an interview. After nearly two decades, Dark Horse will no longer be publishing Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. The current four-issue miniseries of Buffy ends in September. That is the last we will see of Buffy—at least from Dark Horse.

There is no news at this point as to whether or not the comics will continue. However, it is a strong possibility that BOOM! will likely get Buffy as well. Currently, there is a Buffy TV reboot in the works. Perhaps a relaunch of the comic series will happen in conjunction with this.

Despite all these losses for Dark Horse, it appears as though Whedon will remain faithful to the company. He mentioned in his interview that he would like to do a comic book adaptation of his Dr. Horrible musical. Whedon wishes to do more comics with Dark Horse “because Fox is taking the Buffy license and the Firefly license back.” Dark Horse has since confirmed this news and expressed their gratitude toward Whedon.


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