A trio of terrifying Gentlemen grace Scott Buoncristiano’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” #3 variant cover

A trio of terrifying Gentlemen grace Scott Buoncristiano’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” #3 variant cover

Even if you’ve never watched a single episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there’s a good chance you’re still familiar with the Gentlemen.  Besides having an iconic, unsettling look, the creatures played a large role in “Hush,” one of the most popular episodes of the series.  All told, it’s probably second behind only the musical episode “Once More, With Feeling.”

For the third issue of the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer relaunch from BOOM! Studios, artist Scott Buoncristiano has submitted a variant cover with the Gentlemen front and center, their chilling rigor grins on terrifying display.  Check it out below.

Per BOOM!: 

Scott Buoncristiano Honors “HUSH” in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3

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 LOS ANGELES, CA (December 5, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today unveiled a variant cover to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3 by horror illustrator Scott Buoncristiano (Harry Potter: Magical Film Projections, Dead Rabbit) featuring a tribute to the iconic television episode “Hush.” The next chapter of the hotly-anticipated series will debut in-stores March 13th, 2019, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon's groundbreaking series reaches the penultimate chapter of the first arc as Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly—and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. Meanwhile, Drusilla – AKA THE MISTRESS – sets her sights on Cordelia, as Cordy and Spike find accidental common ground.

Welcome back to the Hellmouth as Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behind Firefly, Marvel’s The Avengers, and more), reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3 features main covers by Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor and fan favorite artist Kevin Wada (She-Hulk), along with a variant cover by Matt Smith (Barbarian Lord).

“Some episodes of Buffy make you sad or happy or excited or maybe even terrified. But ‘Hush’ made you feel all of them at the same time and it’s one of the reasons it remains a high watermark for storytelling,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Scott Buoncristiano’s cover conjures up that emotional stake to the heart perfectly on this cover, as we continue our tribute the best episodes of Buffy.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on March 13, 2019.

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