At this year's C2E2, Dark Horse announced plans of creating two new Buffy spin-offs, a Spike and a Willow miniseries. With Dark Horse's success of Buffy and Angel comics, does this announcement really come as any surprise?
Here are the details on Spike: written by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth) and drawn by Paul Lee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Devil's Footprints), Spike promises to be the series all Joss Whedon fans will be talking about. Spike ventures off world in his bug ship in order to get away from some personal frustration on terra firma, and winds up sucked into a demonic plot to take advantage of the absence of magic on earth. Gischler said, "What I love about working with Dark Horse on Buffy-related material is that they take great care to capture the feel of the characters and stories from the television show, of which I was a huge fan. Getting my hands on the characters I've loved so much over the years is a dream come true." Spike #1 expected release is August 22, 2012.
Now the specifics on Willow: written by Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas) and drawn by Brian Ching (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Witchblade), Willow tells of the story of the witch's obsessive journey to recover her magic. Willow is on a quest to bring magic back to the world, and she'll do anything to make it happen, including forming some unhealthy alliances after cracking the code to travel to other dimensions--something thought impossible since the destruction of the Seed. Willow #1 is slated on sale for November 21, 2012.