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Next Wednesday, August 31st Buffy the Vampire Slayer “season 9” begins with Angel & Faith #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The once rouge slayer will be teaming up with the vampire with a soul for a new 25 issue series that will see them move to England and continue their own personal fights for redemption.  On to the official description for issues number one:

Left in a near-catatonic state following the events in Buffy Season 8, Angel will need a seriously rude awakening if he’s to make amends for his ill-conceived deeds. Enter rebel Slayer with a cause–Faith Lehane. Together they’ll have full access to the Watcher files and opportunities to make amends for all they’ve done . . . and will do.

The issue is written by Christos Gage with interior art by Rebekah Isaacs, and overseen by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. I can’t wait for the new issue and to see how it will tie in with the new season of Buffy comics.

Also from Dark Horse Comics next week is The Goon #35. The official description of the issue:

Goon and Franky stumble upon a bizarre freak show at Brigadoon’s Dreamland Carnival, where the evil barker pits the Goon against a horrendous, bacon-eating behemoth, the Ten-in-One!

The Goon creator/artist Eric Powell is joined by writer Evan Dorkin. While I’m not familar with Dorkin’s work, I absolutely love Powell’s Goon artwork. You can pick up both issues next Wednesday.

Thanks to Wonder Con we have a bit more information on the next “seasons” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel in comic book format along with some cool images. Lets start with the two teaser images:

Now, on to the actual info. Buffy will be titled “Season 9” while Angel will be “Angel and Faith”, and both will last for 25 issues. Angel will be kicking off first in late August with Buffy following in September. I’m assuming this is to allow the last issue of the new season to be in Buffy with the books crossing over. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of connections throughout the run.  Earlier in the year Dark Horse announced that Buffy would continue after Season 9 into a 10th season.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 will be co-written by Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss, one of Whedon’s Dollhouse writers. The season continues off the final issue of Season 8 (SPOILERS) which sees Buffy and the gang, including Willow, Xander, Dawn, and Spike residing in San Fransisco. Thankfully, Georges Jeanty will be returning to draw the series after handling the art in Season 8. His style is clean and works well for the Scooby Gang.

Angel and Faith will be written by Christos Gage while being overseen by Whedon with art by Rebekah Isaacs. I’m not familiar with Gage’s work, but I like what he says about the upcoming season. He describes it as a “supernatural noir” title, much like how Angel the series was in its earlier seasons. The new series sees the title characters living in Gile’s home in London. No other Angel characters have been confirmed for the series, but I have to imagine that we’ll see some surviving characters like Connor at some point. I have tried very hard to ignore the horrible Angel run over at IDW, so I hope the new season at Dark Horse can shed some light on the fate of other Angel characters like Gunn and Illyria.

I’m counting the days until the new seasons of both Buffy and Angel. I’m really excited that they are both under the same roof again and that Joss will be able to bring the characters together with no conflicts. I just hope the books are interconnected. We shall see.

What? Duke Nukem Forever finally coming out isn’t enough news for you today? Okay, okay… here are some more bites and pieces from Hollywood.

  • It looks like ABC’s superhero drama No Ordinary Family will not live to fight another season. In addition to the fact that its ratings keep getting worse, the show’s two leads Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz have signed up for new pilots with CBS (a sit com for Chiklis and a supernatural drama for Benz. Now, if ABC decides to renew the show for a second season, both are contracted for it, but it is highly unlikely that they’d shoot new pilots if there was any chance of No Ordinary Family surviving.
  • It looks like Men in Black III got another damaging blow as its constant delays have caused them to lose Alec Baldwin from the cast of the sci-fi sequel. The production has been struggling, having started without a finished script and got delayed to work out various story problems. Barry Sonnenfeld returned to helm the film with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rip Torn reprising their roles from the earlier movies. Joining them are Josh Brolin as a younger version of Jones’ Agent K, along with Emma Thompson, Alice Eve, and Jemaine Clement. I hope they get things back on track and give us a quality follow up to the original MIB, because the second one is best left forgotten.
  • Dark Horse will be releasing the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 in August, starting with Angel’s new ongoing, then following it in September with Buffy’s new ongoing. Both series will last for 25 issues that are being released over two years. To add to the awesomeness, Dark Horse also revealed that they will be doing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10. This comes after a long time where Joss had said that season 9 would be the last. Season 9 writers are expected to be revealed at Wonder Con and I can’t wait to see who will be apart of the new season.
  • Looking for a cool place to take a Holiday? Than you might want to learn more about Hengar Manor.

Nothing is better to get a true geek than a good old TV Box Set. Sure, you can buy them shows that are still on the air like The Office, House, or 30 Rock, but personally I prefer shows that have finished their run, including these classics…

The Twilight Zone

The Complete Definitive Collection is a 28 disc set that includes all 156 episodes of Rod Serling’s mindbending sci-fi anthology series. In addition to the episodes are a ton of extras including video interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner Jr, videos of Rod Serling appearances on TV shows, music scores featuring Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, and Fred Steiner, audio commentaries from stars including Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, and Mickey Rooney, along with a bunch of other stuff to bring you into the world of the Twilight Zone like never before. You can buy the set new for 146 bucks.

Lost

Earlier this year one of my favorite shows on television ended. The mystery of the Lost island was party solved and while it did not satisfy everyone, I was content. And I’m ready to watch the whole series again from the beginning with Lost: The Complete Collection. It has all six seasons on 38 discs along with 3 hours of never-before-seen bonus material along with a short film set in the post-final Lost universe that acts as a coda to the series and answers some questions that they never got to in the series. Well worth of the price tag of 149 bucks.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Easily my favorite show ever on television, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is also one of the best crafted series. If you like drama, comedy, horror, romance, vampires, werewolves, and monsters, than you’ll love this series.The show lasted for seven seasons and you can get them all with the The Complete Series DVD for 181 dollars or you can get the first season on EBay for as cheap as 8 bucks. A must have box set for any real geek.

Angel

If I have Buffy on this list, than I really need to include its spinoff about the vampire with a soul also. The show lasted for 5 seasons and was heavily inspired by film noir and crime movies. It was a much more adult themed series than Buffy, which dealt with the pains of growing up and finding one’s self. And of course it has all of the monsters and action that you’d expect from a series that focuses on a vampire. You can get the complete series collectors set for as cheap as 116 dollars or over on EBay you can get season 1 for 6.25, season 2 for 6 bucks, or season 4 for 5.50.

There are a ton of other classic television shows you can pick up complete sets for including Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls, The A-Team, and The Sopranos to name a few.

Posted on November 28th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Geektastic Wishlist: TV Box Sets
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Angel TV Show

One of my favorite shows ever, Joss Whedon’s Angel, is currently on sale from Amazon with a killer price. All 110 episodes of the series for only 50 bucks, a value worth over 80 dollars of savings.

Spinning off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel (portrayed by David Boreanaz), the vampire with a soul leaves the love of his life and heads to Los Angeles where he does his best to help the helpless. He is join with a few familiar faces from his days on Buffy, including Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) and Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (Alexis Denisof), and gets visited by Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Oz (Seth Green), and Spike (James Marsters), among others.

I doubt this deal will last more than 24 hours, so pick it up while you can!

Posted on October 7th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer 26 Oz is back!

The moment most Buffy fans have waited for since the middle of season 4 is here, Daniel “Oz” Osbourne is back! (as seen in the awesome cover on the left)  As I did with the television series, I have blocked myself away from spoilers and the only thing that I know is that the gang goes to Oz for help.  While I have enjoyed the Buffy comic series, it has been a little disjointed and hit or miss. The pacing and flow of the “season’s” story has been off.  With Buffy writer Jane Espenson penning the next few issues I have a lot of hope for this arc.  In fact, I’m keeping this preview short so I can run to the store right now to pick up the issue…

What else is worth your time?

  • Marvel: Cable #16 – Continuing directly from the “Messiah War” crossover with X-Force, Cable is in a bad place and might not be long for this world.
  • DC: Nothing is worth your time this week.
  • Image: Chew #2 – A twisted concept that is both engaging and… well, pretty twisted.
  • IDW: Angel #23 – This book still stinks, but maybe it will get a little better with the return of “After the Fall” writer Brian Lynch. I want to root for this book so badly, except every week that gets harder (and it is not worth the high $3.99 cover price!).
  • Boom! Studios: Irredeemable #4 – My comic book guy recommended this to me. Mark Waid at the top of his game? I’m in.

captainamerica600covers

This Wednesday (June 17th, 2009) Captain America #600 hits stores from Ed Brubaker along with Roger Stern and Mark Waid, and art from Alex Ross, Dale Eaglesham, Butch Guice and Luke Ross.  The cover on the left is by Steve Epting and the variant on the right is from Alex Ross.

In the new issue, it is the anniversary of the death of Steve Rogers and the book looks at the life of the former Captain America and includes what Marvel is calling “the most wicked plot twist since” Steve Roger’s death. Also in the milestone issue is an essy from Joe Simon, a story from Captain America’s Golden Age, and a gallery of covers from all 600 issues.

Other interesting comics coming out on Wednesday…

  • Marvel: Cable #15 – Part 6 of the “Messiah War”. Cable is one of only a handful of ongoing series that I anticipate every month.
  • DC: Batman: Streets of Gotham #1 – There is a new Batman, how will Gotham react to him?
  • Image: Invincible #63 – Will Invincible be able to save the planet?
  • IDW: Angel #22 – Will this series finally be good? I keep giving it a chance in hopes that it’d begin to feel like the show. It hasn’t yet.


Check out these Captain America related trade paperbacks for sale…

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