Matthew Taylor’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” #3 variant is sure to cheer you up

Matthew Taylor’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” #3 variant is sure to cheer you up

Dark vs. light.

Joy vs. brooding.

Cheerleaders vs. vampires. 

That’s what you’ll find in Matthew Taylor’s delightful variant cover for March’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3.  Peppy cheerleader Cordelia takes the focus from the sullen sourpuss Spike who looms in the background, which is pretty much what happened on the show.  I don’t know, it’s been a while, but this cover is pretty great, so check it out below.

Per BOOM!: 

Matthew Taylor Brings School Spirit to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3

All-New Cover Reveal for The Most-Anticipated Pop Culture ReVAMP of 2019

 LOS ANGELES, CA (December 6, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today unveiled the main cover to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3 by acclaimed Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor featuring Cordelia Chase and the terror known as Spike! The next chapter of the hotly-anticipated series will debut in-stores March 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 Kevin Wada (She-Hulk) and Matt Smith (Barbarian Lord), along with a variant cover by horror illustrator Scott Buoncristiano (Dead Rabbit).

“If you think you know the story of Buffy Summers, think again – not only will her relationship to Spike and Drusilla be fundamentally different than we’ve ever seen before, but it’ll affect all her closest friends (and, if the kids still say this, her frenemies) in different ways,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Matthew Taylor’s cover hints at the danger that’s literally lurking around every corner, and sets the stage for an explosive final chapter of this first arc that no one – seriously, no one – could ever guess.”

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

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