Buffy

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

by Alan Rapp on March 9, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 comic reviewThe BOOM! Studios re-imagining of Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues in issue #2 as we’re re-introduced to more core characters from the series (and a couple of new ones). One of the biggest changes here is the new version of Cordelia Chase who has gone from bitchy clique queen to a character so sugary sweet even Willow is jealous. That’s certainly a change, but I’ll be curious to see what her discovery of vampires might do to her happy-go-lucky mood.

We get far less from Spike, who still looks fairly Spike-like, as he makes a new friend. And there are a few pages of Drusilla attempting to torture Anya for information that turns out badly for the vampire.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 comic reviewBuffy Rebooted starts here. The popular franchise move from Dark Horse Comics to BOOM! Studios means a new start for the plucky heroine. And where better to start than the beginning? Writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora take Buffy Summers back to Sunnydale High School in a re-imagining of the show’s first season.

Buffy’s mission and Watcher remain unchanged, and she still befriends both Willow and Xander (although the circumstances are slightly different). Some of my favorite moments here revolve around the trio together (both vegging out in front of the TV and their reaction to Buffy’s calling).

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve #1

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2018

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve #1 comic reviewThe end begins. Joss Whedon returns to write the final season arc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Christos Gage that kicks off with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve #1. There’s fun, there’s fightin’, and there are feels.

The gang has grown a little older and (maybe) a little wiser in the year since we saw them last. Xander and Dawn are living together in the suburbs with a baby girl whose name with give longtime Buffy fans all the feels. Spike and Buffy have split but are still on good terms, Willow is leading a women’s power movement which includes Wiccans and Slayers, Giles has been restored to his proper age, and all seems relatively quiet… except for the legendary final battle just around the corner and a vampire from the future that plans on making sure he comes out on top.

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