Between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Faith, Spike, and Willow we’ve had a new Buffy universe title every week and that will be continuing a little bit longer. Today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #16 hit stands from Dark Horse Comics, writer Andrew Chambliss, artist Georges Jeanty and as always “executive produced” by Joss Whedon.

After a two-parter, “Billy the Vampire Slayer” that introduced a new supporting character, we are moving on to “Welcome to the Team” which looks to be bringing Xander and Dawn back to the forefront. The two characters have taken a back seat for much of the current season. The new storyline also looks to be joining the Scooby Gang with the SFPD for some Zompire hunting. For those coming into Season 9 late, (spoilers!) ever since Buffy broke the seed at the end of season 8 and ended magic in our realm, newly sired vampires aren’t quite right. They are just as much a zombie as they are a vampire and their numbers are growing by the day.

To make this issue even more excited, it is promising an appearance by an “ancient demon from her former lover’s past”. There is one particular “ancient demon” that was hanging out with two of Buffy’s former lovers who I’d love to see return to the fold. I’m not going to name names, but I’ll be making a trip to the comic store tonight to see if I’m right or not.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #16
Official Description: Buffy takes on the zompire epidemic in San Francisco with new allies, the SFPD and Billy the Vampire Slayer! Just as Buffy finds contentment in her life, she’s torn from routine battle and forced to confront an ancient demon from her former lover’s past!

The issue is already out… go get it already. Also hitting stands today from Dark Horse Comics is Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness #3, Conan the Barbarian #11, The Creep #4, and To Hell You Ride #1, among others.

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