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Review – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 (BOOM! Studios)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2
Overall
7.8/10
7.8/10
  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 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: February 27, 2019

Buffy is not your regular high school girl; sometimes she does wish her life was normal, though.

 

Vampires Beware – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

The second issue is here in the re-imagining of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from BOOM! Studios. Buffy has made some friends in high school, finally. Xander and Willow seem pretty cool and they are totally understanding of her vampire-slaying gig. Buffy is still having a little trouble with it. Giles keeps her on her toes and up to date on her duties as a slayer, and there seems to be a new player in town that has given some vampires the upper hand (see issue #1). In Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2, Buffy learns more about the talisman she found the last issue, but a witch unleashes a deadly spell!

Writing

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Matthew Taylor
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 (BOOM! Studios) main cover by Matthew Taylor

Jordie Bellaire continues to weave this updated tale of everyone’s favorite high school vampire slayer in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2. Again, as I stated in my review of issue #1, I have never seen the actual Buffy show so I can’t really comment on how it differs from it. I have no clue what changes have been made or kept. Any inside jokes for fans are lost on me. It does leave me to comment on how this new series is to a brand new reader in the Buffy world.

In that aspect, as a new person coming into this, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 is a little hit and miss. I feel like Buffy became friends with Xander and Willow really fast. I also feel like this issue portrays them as really good friends but I haven’t seen much in two issues that would really confirm that. It just seems like, as a new person coming into this franchise, I am missing some details that should be there for a re-launching of a series.

All that being said, I am enjoying the portrayal of Buffy. Bellaire does an excellent job of catching that teenager attitude and the high school “drama” of her life. I also like the slow burn of this witch character Anya and the trouble she brought last issue, and the surprising things that happen with her in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2. The dialogue between Buffy and her parents in this issue is great. I also continue to love the relationship between Buffy and her “mentor,” Giles.

Art

No surprise that I love the Dan Mora art. He continues to do incredible work and I am happy BOOM! Studios is giving him great projects to work on. He has some nice perspective shots in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2. There is a great page with Buffy in the library with Giles, with her feet up on the desk. The front-facing angle with the soles of her shoes in front and her leaning back looks great. The close-up roll of her eyes to Giles’ commentary works perfectly and Mora fills the entire scene with wonderful background details. It is just one of the many nifty different angles and takes Mora does to make things more interesting visually in the issue.

Raúl Angulo again works perfectly with Mora, with his coloring work. This issue feels a little “darker” than the first issue. With the subject matter toward the end of the issue, it feels adequate for it. I love his use of reds and pinks in a few pages. It makes for a very cool visual and looks fantastic on the pages.

Conclusion

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 is a solid entry to the series, but I can’t help but feel, storywise, as a newcomer to the Buffy franchise, that I am missing a little something. The art is my main staying point for right now. Dan Mora always impresses me with his visuals. I am sticking with Buffy the Vampire Slayer for now. It does have some interesting plot points that have me hanging on. Hopefully, once the series gets going everything clears up a little bit more.


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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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