20th Century Fox is taking the Buffy the Vampire Slayer license away from Dark Horse Comics according to creator/chief writer Joss Whedon. The writer revealed that decision was partially the impetus for new Dr. Horrible comics at the publisher - to mitigate that upcoming absence.
"...We want to do something more with Dark Horse right now - especially because Fox is taking the Buffy license and the Firefly license back," Whedon told CBR. "And Dark Horse has shepherded these licenses for decades now."
Whedon did not disclose how or when Dark Horse's various Buffy the Vampire Slayers would wrap up. The current Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning limited series is scheduled to end September 19, and no new Buffy comic books are solicited for October 2018 from Dark Horse.
Dark Horse has been publishing Buffy the Vampire Slayer-based comics for 20 years going back to their original acquisition of the license in 1998.
This all comes as Whedon and Fox are developing a new revamped Buffy the Vampier Slayer television series, and in a big picture sense the deal for the Walt Disney Company to acquire much of Fox's media assets - which would seemingly include Buffy - is approved.
Whedon's Firefly, also owned by Fox, moved from Dark Horse to BOOM! Studios earlier this year; Fox owns a minority stake in BOOM!.