Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5

BOOM! Studios

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Artists: David López & Raúl Angulo

Issue 4 ended on something of a cliff-hanger. Xander looked as though he’d need some serious help from his crush, Buffy. However, #5 picks up the story of everybody’s favorite Scooby-gang, in a dire state, both thematically as well as (and I’m sorry to say) creatively.


Issue 5 picks up a few days after the last installment. It’s a strange choice to have gap-time between issues, as  #4 left Xander in such a tight fix. Then, suddenly, Giles is adamant that Buffy comes to his home. Since she lost her phone some issues ago, he sends Willow to wake Buffy up before sunrise. Some sequences of what happened to Xander and how he came to be at Giles’ house rush by in exposition. But it all feels perfunctory. The pacing, a strength of the first four issues, seems nonexistent, the voice of the characters seems to blend together, and the clever storytelling mechanic of character narrated issues was dropped for a much more straight forward approach.

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Comic Review: Shadow Roads #7

Shadow Roads #7

Oni Press

Writers: Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt

Artist: A.C. Zamudio

Arc two continues with its multi-thread narrative. In this way, it distances itself even farther from the first arc of late 2018, at the same time assuring readers they are in good hands. The story has all the elements and characters readers enjoyed from Volume 1, but it’s Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt have taken on a more complex structure.


With the support of the enlisted gunslinger, Izzy, and the ghost-seeing cowboy “Ghost Eyes,” Marshal Anton Karloff seeks out a sinister organization: The Cabal. At the same time,  Weathersby, now back in England, takes on a secret mission and leaves for Bombay. In the Utah Territory of America, Henry meditates with the powerfully magical knife. Inside the spirit world, in the land of the dead, he is called by someone. Bombay is the direction all our heroes make for. Something dark awaits them all.

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