If you've been putting off reading Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 because you didn't want it in monthly pamphlet form and didn't feel like buying the many slim trade paperbacks because you just knew that a decent hardcover was coming, well, how very prescient of you! The Horse has just announced a four-volume series of deluxe hardcovers is coming. Check out the release date and full cover art after the jump.
The release date for volume 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 is May 30, 2012. Here's the official announcement from Dark Horse:
"Series creator Joss Whedon brought Buffy the Vampire Slayer back to life with this comics-only follow-up to Season 7 of the television show. Now the wait is finally over for Buffy fanatics everywhere as Dark Horse announces the deluxe, oversized, dust-jacketed hardcover collection of Buffy Season 8!
"This hardcover edition contains the first two arcs of the series (Buffy Season 8 #1–#10), written by Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways), with art by the acclaimed Georges Jeanty. It includes two one-shots, a cover gallery, and exclusive, never-before-seen sketch material!
"After the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers—newly legion—have gotten organized, but it's not long before new and old enemies begin popping up. Buffy, Xander, Willow, and a very different Dawn are introduced to the season's big bad, Twilight, and are only beginning to understand the incredible reach of this mysterious threat. Meanwhile, rebel Slayer Faith teams up with Giles to handle a menace on the other side of the Atlantic. It's a dirty job, and Faith is just the girl to do it!"
In related news, the ongoing Buffy: Season 9 will see its first trade paperback collection in August. Here's the official word...
"Series creator Joss Whedon has teamed up with Andrew Chambliss (Dollhouse, ABC's Once Upon a Time) and Season 8 artist Georges Jeanty for the life-affirming, world-changing Season 9 of the smash hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the first collection of the season with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall!
"Season 8 ended with a bang that cut the world off from magic—culminating in another set of world-ending problems. Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless, and brought an end to a millennia-long tradition of superpowered girls. By day, Buffy is a twenty-something waitress with no real direction, and even though magic is gone, she's still a vampire Slayer by night. Bigger problem? Vampires are becoming an epidemic . . . of zompires!
"Written by series creator Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss of the CW's The Vampire Diaries, Freefall collects Buffy Season 9 #1–#5! On sale August 1, 2012."