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Review – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
Overall
7.8/10
7.8/10
  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 7.8/10
    7.8/10
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Summary

Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: January 23, 2019

BOOM! Studios re-launches the Buffy series for a new generation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1; hold on to your stakes!

“High School Undead” Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

BOOM! Studios have picked up the rights to the cult tv show hit from Joss Whedon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They have relaunched the series for a new generation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1. With a fantastic creative team of Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora, and Raúl Angulo, they promise to bring the high-school undead-slaying girl back for new and old fans alike!

Writing/Story

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Matthew Taylor
Main cover by Matthew Taylor

I will start this off by saying I have never watched the Buffy tv show before. I have written about this before, but I am a big fan of the original movie but for whatever reason never saw the show. It is something I am meaning to rectify in the future, but for now, it remains a gap in my nerdiness. That being said, it was kind of fun to jump into Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 as a new reader! I was also very interested in seeing Jordie Bellaire with the writing credits. Most comic book people know her as color artist extraordinaire, so this was also my first exposure to her writing. I never got to read her other series, Redlands.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 starts off pretty solid. We are dropped right into the world with Buffy doing what she does best: slaying vampires. Bellaire has a nice wit and charm to the dialogue, with a nice bit of sarcasm to boot. We are quickly introduced to her supporting cast, who may take the vampire slaying thing a little too casually. I do kind of like that we are just thrown into this world; it makes the story flow nicely, but I hope at some time we get a little more backstory with Buffy.

Obviously, I can’t comment on how this compares to the TV show. But, for the most part, I felt this was a fine introduction to the character. High school girl slays vampires, has social problems, bigger things start to happen. There was only one scene that was a little confusing; I won’t spoil it, but it felt like the transition could have been a little bit clearer.

Art

I was super excited to see the team from Go Go Power Rangers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1. Dan Mora is a fantastic artist and fits perfectly for this book. Again, much like in Go Go Power Rangers, Mora has the tough task of doing actors from a television show in comic book form. This can be a tricky situation that Mora does superbly well. He gets the likeness of the characters down but they still feel like his own creation. His style works extremely well for this. He has that style that is a little animated and a little realistic at the same time.

Mora’s characters look great. He does a good job of making high-school kids look like kids and adults look like adults. He also has some fantastic facial animations throughout the issue, which help tremendously in conveying what is going on.

Mora also lays out Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 delightfully well. He knows how to make the action intensify and build up the drama with different angles and structures of his layouts. I guess if you are coloring a book written by Jordie Bellaire you have quite a bit of pressure on you, and luckily, Raúl Angulo delivers the goods (not that there was any doubt). Ed Dukeshire also delivers some great lettering in the issue.

Conclusion

All in all, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 was a good start for BOOM! Studios’ updated relaunch of the series. As someone who has no feelings for the show good or bad, I had a pretty good time. Jordie Bellaire did a good job of bringing the reader into the story and not letting you feel lost or like you had missed something. The art team is excellent and, as always, does an incredible job. I would be very interested to hear from actual Buffy fans what they thought of the issue in the comments. For me, though, this has me on for at least a few more issues; and, hey, it might light that fire to start season 1 episode 1!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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