A first look at Buffy, Angel, and Spike kicking it old schoolS

Dark Horse Comics has provided us with an exclusive first glimpse at the cover of the upcoming Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales anthology. The cover feature the series' bizarre love triangle illustrated by Buffy cover artist Jo Chen.

Here's the scoop on the collection, which hits stores January 19, 2011:

Before Season Eight, Joss Whedon brought generations of Slayers and vampires to comics with the help of his acclaimed TV writing team and some of the best artists to ever grace the comics page. Now all those stories, plus selected stories from Season Eight, are collected in one deluxe hardcover with a new cover by Jo Chen.

Joss writes multiple tales: a somber vamp tale, drawn by Cameron Stewart; the story of the first Slayer, drawn by Leinil Yu; and more.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales also reprints for the first time new Season Eight stories written by novelist Jackie Kessler (Hell's Belles) and award-winning cartoonist Becky Cloonan (Demo), featuring vampires living in the public eye, killing Slayers and killing each other.

This hardcover collects stories from MySpace Dark Horse Presents #31 and #32; Tales of the Vampires: Carpe Noctem parts 1 and 2; Buffy: Tales of the Vampires one-shot; Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires #1#5; Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayers #1—"Broken Bottle of Djinn"; Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayers TPB.

You can also check out the leaked cover for Buffy The Vampire Slayer #39 — the penultimate issue of Season 8 — which hits stores December 19.