I’m still not finished working my way through the Buffy and Angel TV series on DVD, so I have yet to read the Buffy and Angel comics, though I bought them for my sister for her birthday. So I was surprised to hear that James Marsters (Spike from the show, for the uninitiated) had guest-written an issue of the Dark Horse Buffy comics.
Splash Page had a story earlier today with Marsters’s comments on writing the comic, which included:
“I thought that if I wrote a comic, I’d have ultimate power over everything,” said Marsters. “It was a rude awakening to find out how little power writers have.”
Dark Horse gave Splash Page a statement in response to Marsters’s comments, which included criticisms of artist Ryan Sook.
“The artist James was referring to was Ryan Sook, and he was someone Joss really liked,” explained Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie… “When James expressed his concerns about Ryan, Joss talked to James for me, and told him this was how he wanted the book handled. I talked to Juliet about this recently, and she had no problem with any of it — she’d seen the book and thought it was fine.”
This all may have been blown out of proportion just a bit, though. After all, the original article ended with Marsters joking that all of the portrayals of his character in the subsequent comics have been “overly handsome.”