Hi guys! In my last review I talked about the 1997 Buffy the Vampire TV show so today I am going to talk about the new Buffy reboot comic that is being published by Boom! Studios and being written by Jordie Bellaire. This review will contain spoilers for the first volume of the new series.
The book opens with Buffy working at a fast food restaurant and while taking out the trash she saves WIllow and Xander from a vampire, revealing herself as the Slayer and confides in the two about who she is. Willow recognizes Buffy from school and the three become friends fairly quick, which Buffy likes as she is new to the area.Things slowly begin to go south in Sunnydale however as Spike and his mistress, Drusilla, arrive with some dark purpose.
The biggest question when it comes to reboots is the question of whether or not it is needed. I feel like this one is as it brings Buffy into the modern age and does a very good job at capturing the love for the original show. Buffy is a bit more geeky in this version. When she should be doing her homework her mom catches her reading comic books instead. Willow is mostly the same but she is already gay in this version and the book doesn’t make a big deal of it. She just has a girlfriend when you first meet her. Xander struggles a lot in the comic with his anxiety and it causes him to be driven towards Spike and Drusilla, who bites him at the end of the comic. Honestly Xander I found to be more relatable to the modern age as he pretends to be ok when he clearly isn’t which is what a lot of people do and a lot of his problems could be solved if he just made himself heard to his friends and expressed his concerns.
My complaint with the comic is that if you have watched the original show, the first few issues are a little slow as Buffy explains what a slayer is and what Giles, her watcher, does for her and it’s a bit like “ok I know this already lets move it along here”. And I know if you haven’t seen the original show you need that information but as someone who has, it still is a little hampering to the pace.
I’m giving Buffy a B.
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