Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios continues to release new information about their upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic reboot, or "reimagining" as they call it, or "reVamp" as they're also more cutely calling it, at roughly the same rate that we've been listening to Christmas music over the past several weeks, which is to say nonstop, every single day.
Today saw not one but two Buffy press releases, the first announcing the addition of TV show Season 7 character Robin Wood, except, you know, reimagined.
BOOM! Studios today announced that iconic Buffy The Vampire Slayer character Robin Wood will join the publisher's hotly-anticipated reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, with the reveal of the character design by Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban's Go Go Power Rangers).
While fans first met Robin Wood in the seventh season of the television series as both the principal of Sunnydale High and a vampire hunter, he will join the cast of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER in 2019 as captain of the Sunnydale Field and Track team – a model student and high school heartthrob with a mysteriously broken wrist. But when Robin meets Buffy and the Scooby Gang, some fists (and sparks) might just fly before they discover the truth about each other…and how they need to work together to save Sunnydale.
BOOM! Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer has been working overtime on the holidays to deliver personalized quotes for every Buffy press release, so here's what she had to say about this one:
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is a love letter to everything we love about our favorite Slayer and her world – but as you've seen with Drusilla's introduction as The Mistress, there are no rules we won't break. Reinventing Robin Wood as a mysterious new teenage ally – and maybe more – for Buffy is a key part of that new direction. But just like his original introduction to TV audiences, our Robin Wood comes loaded with a mysterious past, a secret mission and a special connection to the inhabitants of Sunnydale. We can't tell you when he debuts in the series… only that it's going to be big. And we're not done breaking rules, yet.
Here's some art by Dan Mora:
And in their second press release, BOOM! unveiled two new variant covers by Kaiti Infante, both featuring Willow, and following in BOOM!'s Twilightian #TeamSlayer/#TeamVamp motif:
BOOM! Studios today revealed new #TeamSlayer and #TeamVamp variant covers by illustrator Kaiti Infante, featuring beloved character Willow Rosenberg, for the highly anticipated BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1. The series debuts in comic shops on January 23, 2019 in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.
Now every reader must choose a side and join the fight between Good and Evil – will you stand with the Chosen One (#TeamSlayer) or will you side with the Vampires (#TeamVamp)? You can show your true allegiance in two special variant covers from illustrator Kaiti Infante. One cover depicts fan favorite Willow Rosenberg as Buffy's best friend and stalwart Scooby. The other spotlights a terrifying possible version of her: the evil and remorseless Vampire Willow.
You can also track down two special interactive variant covers from acclaimed artist Miguel Mercado (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) that can be held up to your face to reveal your inner Slayer or inner Demon!
And if you thought Jeanine Schaefer would sit this one out because the press release was already struggling to come up with a minimum wordcount to support the two images, then you thought wrong. Schaefer said:
Willow is the heart of the Scooby gang but as devoted fans of Buffy know, she has a dark and deadly side to her as well. Kaiti had no problem at all handling both sides of Willow: both the gentle, fuzzy but brave Scooby and the deep, dark evil version lurking within the vampire. Now it's just up to fans to choose who they really are deep down inside and pick a side.
Check out the variants below.