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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 comic reviewXander Harris is a vampire. However, their may still be hope for one of the original Scoobies as Giles comes up with a possible way to save their friend’s soul before the demon takes over completely. With Xander being turned within the first four issues of the new series we definitely see an even larger break with the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer continuity. At this point writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora have me unsure just how this will turn out. While this last-second, available through Anya‘s magic shop, offers hope, I do wonder just what the creators of the new Buffy have in mind for Xander as the story unfolds.

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Angel #1

by Alan Rapp on June 5, 2019

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Angel #1 comic reviewThe first issue of Angel (discounting the zero issue, which was more of a tease about Angel‘s time before heading to Sunnydale) feels a bit disconnected with the new Buffyverse, making it hard to judge where exactly it fits in the greater scheme of things. Despite the character’s first appearance being in the current BOOM! Studios Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, the storyline here follows a completely different path.

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Angel #0

by Alan Rapp on May 7, 2019

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Angel #0 comic reviewAngel #0 offers a tease of the companion book to BOOM! Studios new re-imagined Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. With all but the opening scene (showing nothing more than we saw in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4) taking place well before Angel arrived in Sunnydale, Angel #0 offers a look at the cursed vampire with a soul’s early attempts at redemption.

Following the quick introduction of the character’s history, the issue focuses primarily on Angel’s attempts to make a difference just prior to showing up in Sunnydale. The basics are covered here including Angel’s distrust of magic, yet his need to rely on it to help fight evil, and an important difference in that this version of the character understands what happens if he experiences a moment of true happiness.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 comic reviewBuffy the Vampire Slayer #4 teases a major deviation to the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer continuity. One of the themes in the comic so far is Xander‘s loneliness. With Willow having a girlfriend in this version, and still burdened with his unrequited crush on a certain blonde vampire slayer, Xander is more on the outside looking in than ever. And that just happens to play into Drusilla‘s plans.

Given the stress over recent events, Giles gives Buffy the night off allowing for Buffy to spend time with her friends (and a potential new love interest in Robin). The surprise of Buffy’s night off is only matched by her terror of a date and concern for the missing Xander (who unwittingly has walked straight into Drusilla’s trap). Still, things see to be looking up for Buffy who even finds common ground with her mother’s boyfriend.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

by Alan Rapp on March 25, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 comic reviewThere are some moments in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3, where despite the alternate version of events and characters, writer Jordie Bellaire manages to capture some of the feel and magic of the show so very well. Two such moments occur based on discoveries Buffy makes in this issue. The first involves the creature released by Drusilla from Anya‘s magic shop, which despite its fearsome visage is actually a friend to the Slayer and her mission. The second is Buffy’s shock at discovering that Giles plays the guitar… in public.

Although Camazotz goes back into the bottle, I’ll be curious to see just what role it may have in the future. The Scoobies continue to show a bit more resilency out of the box than in the original series and Willow and Xander show up to help Buffy, and Cordelia Chase steps in to help fight the big monster (although after the adrenaline wears off she’s less than happy with the trouble Buffy “brought” to town).

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