Sort of a continuation from the Shoujo post from a few days ago. The thing of it is, I don’t actually read real comics all that much. I do have a few graphic novels, including The Crow, Sandman and a few odd Elfquests kicking around (but honestly the more recent ones really kind of blow from an artistic standpoint and totally turned me off so I stopped buying them).
But I have to say I’m rather happy with the Buffy ones. As a general continuation of the Buffy story, I find it awesome that Whedon is doing them – and his writing really shows through. They managed to capture a lot of the same sort of snark from the show and best of all? It’s *canon*. That means it counts.
Instead of having the characters waste away in the land of crap fanfiction, the creator moved forward. No actors, no set – just paper, artists and writers. He’s basically free to do whatever he wants in his universe, and suspending disbelief is easy for anyone familiar with the Buffy universe. He’s done the same thing with the Angel series as well, and although I do buy and read them, I don’t find them quite as fun as Buffy. But then, Angel was a lot darker to begin with. (And I had a harder time buying the storyline towards the end. Got a little funky, even for me).
Greg Wiseman has done the same thing with Gargoyles. I used to spend a lot of time over at Station 8 (many, many moons ago), reading the “Ask Greg” forums, and it’s really nice to see so many of the things he talked about there starting to come to life in the comics. Really looking forward to TimeDancer, if it ever gets off the ground.