This week, Buffy Summers would have been 30. And to celebrate the occasion, Joss Whedon gave all the Scoobies something awesome: The final issue of the Season 8 comics which have broken some hearts — someone major dies — and made lesbian hearts race — hello, Satsu.
After seeing our favorite and beloved Slayer become a god, reunite with Angel only to have her heart broken yet again when he murders someone she loves (I wouldn’t dare spoil that!), Buffy‘s eighth season was a massive rollercoaster. And I’m not even talking about all things Dawn and Xander!
As Season 8 ended its run, and because Joss is Joss, the Buffy mastermind took time to reflect in the final issue with a glorious letter in Issue #40 that not only looks back but also forward — to Season 9 of the comics and what’s ahead for Buffy, Willow and the rest of the gang.
On Season 8’s setting in the future:
And after a mystical season, Whedon promises to return to the formula that made Buffy so beloved in Season 9:
And because a letter directly from The Josser isn’t enough, Entertainment Weekly also gave fans a spoiler-filled interview with Whedon about all things Season 8, including Buffy’s “controversial” venture into lesbian territory:
As for Season 9, Whedon again echoed a return to TV series form:
Beyond the story line changes, Season 9 also is likely to feature a new artist, according to BleedingCool.com: Rebekah Isaacs. Judging from her work on such titles as Hack/Slash and Drafted, she’s going to do just fine.
And because no birthday celebration would be complete without one, check out the great gallery (and spoiler-filled story) from CNN that pops in on the five best moments from Buffy‘s eighth season.
And if you haven’t already, check out the stop-motion Blu-ray/DVD of the Season 8 comics that’s available now. Warning: The DVD only includes issues 1-19. Hopefully a second disc will be out soon.
So happy (belated) 30th birthday, Buffy. We’re looking forward to Season 9. Are you? What are your favorite moments from the comics? What do you want to see in the next chapter?