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David Lopez
David Lopez
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Artist David López is joining BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer begining with June 5's #5. In this new arc with series writer Jordie Bellaire, the publisher says a major character will die and another will return.

"I’ve always felt very attached to Buffy the Vampire Slayer," said López."I remember watching the show while working on my art and comics for years. Now I’m going to be a part of that universe, and that’s magic."

López comes after finishing the creator-owned series BlackHand IronHead for Panel Syndicate. He previously illustrated Marvels' Captain Marvel, X-Men, and All-New Wolverine.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 variant
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 variant
Credit: Morgan Beem (BOOM! Studios)

"I am overwhelmed with delight that David López is joining the team. I'm a big fan of David's work," said Bellaire. "He's an incredibly unique, beautifully cartooned and grounded artist. He'll be a great fit for Buffy in high school and Buffy in hell - I can't wait to show readers what we do together!"

López takes over from original series artist Dan Mora, who is stepping over to draw Once And Future with writer Kieron Gillen in August.

"David and I go way back, from Batman to X-Men and a bunch in between, so I’m incredibly excited to have him join the Buffy the Vampire Slayer team," said BOOM! Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer. "His dynamism and detail bring something really special to every panel, whether it’s an everyday high school scene or an over-the-top action sequence. Just wait until you see what he brings to Buffy, starting with an explosive first issue of a new story arc that will split up the Scoobies and the fans. Team Slayer and Team Vamp are both in for some major upheaval, leading Buffy to come to grips with her worst fears."

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