3 Comic Books Joss Whedon Wrote Before His ‘Avengers’ Movie Success

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Some comics written by acclaimed writer/director Joss Whedon. (Images: Dark Horse Comics)

Before all this Avengers movie business, writer Joss Whedon was just another ordinary…good writer. He’s created, written, and directed the iconic TV vampire bash Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The current ‘Avengers’ writer has a diverse comic book past.

When he wasn’t writing for TV, he was helping to fix up sorry excuses for movie scripts, and make them into box office successes even when his name wasn’t in the credits.

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Joss Whedon at Comic-Con

But Whedon writes across fields. In the lead up to his Marvel movie success, he had already written for comic books in the midst of other TV and movie projects.

1. Fray


Fray is Joss Whedon’s futuristic vampire slayer. (Image: Dark Horse Comics)

Fray was about a vampire slayer like Buffy. She existed in a futuristic New York City. The series only ran for 8 issues, but became a cult classic, perhaps due to the fearless female lead character Whedon usually creates. This was one of Whedon’s first comic writing projects. It lasted for 8 issues, from 2001 to 2003. Fray led to tie-ins with later seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on TV and in comic books.

2. Astonishing X-Men

Astonishing X-Men

Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men were perhaps the best X-Men title of the 2000s. (Image: “Astonishing X-Men- Second Stage” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia)

Whedon took on writing duties for this Marvel series until Issue #24 of the 2004 run. The team he established consisted mainly of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, Beast, Lockheed, and Wolverine, along with Colossus, who came back to to the team after dying in 2001. The series would win an award during Whedon’s time, and one Whedon story arc from the series became the basis for the X-Men: The Last Stand film.

3. Sugarshock!


Sugarshock! protagonist ready for intergalactic band battle. (Image: Dark Horse Comics)

Whedon wrote this series when Dark Horse Comics was releasing webcomics on Myspace. It is a lighthearted tale of a rock band involved in an intergalactic battle of the bands. Of course, the band was led by an energetic young woman. The series won an award for best webcomic.

There are a quite a number of other comics written by Whedon that relate to the TV series and movies he’s worked on. Titles like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Serenity have usually done well in comic form.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to writing comics somewhere in between huge Marvel movie directing duties. A future Marvel series on based on the Avengers seems fitting.


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