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.

Story:

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: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #4

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #4

BOOM! Studios

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Artists: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo

It’s been a whole month since Buffy discovered she has an ally against the forces of evil, Camazotz. And with Willow and Xander taking more active roles in the hands-on slaying, I was excited to see what adventures #4 would bring.

Story:

This comic stays true to the hit show and dedicates episodes (or issues) to different characters. #4 is definitely a Xander issue. The story follows Xander’s perspective and thoughts throughout and we get his ideas on girls, self-worth, and his desires. After the action-packed #3, this issue takes an abrupt turn and in classic Buffy fashion, dives into real life issues. Sunnydale is experiencing a down-tick in vampires and demons, so Buffy gets the night off. In an attempt to relax the Scooby gang makes plants to see a movie and Willow invites her girlfriend, and a boy named Robin. Xander already has a crush on Buffy, though, so isn’t excited about Robin’s attendance. But then Xander gets a text. . . from Buffy. . . who lost her phone.

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Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #3

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #3

BOOM! Studios

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Artists: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

For anyone who came to young-adulthood in the mid and late 90s, a reimagining of Sunnydale is a welcome sight. That the story takes place in 2019, rather than the mid-90s changes such a character-driven story considerably. While Buffy, Willow, Xander, et al. are, by and large, the same as they were in the 90s, writer, Jordie Bellaire, goes to great lengths to consider how our society has changed in the years since Buffy first aired on the small screen.

Buffy kills monsters. That’s what she does. So when a giant bat creates terrorizes Sunnydale, the expectation from readers is clear.  However, Camazotz (yeah, the giant bat has a name) is introduced as Buffy’s “Pegasus.” I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited for Buffy to have a giant bat companion to fly around on.

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