Friday 13 December 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 by: Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora, Raul Angulo

Genre: Comic, Fantasy
Published: January 23, 2019 by: Boom! Studios
Pages: 30
Rating: 5/5 stars

Buffy Summers is no ordinary teen. She is the vampire slayer, chosen to defend the town of Sunnydale from the forces of darkness. When she befriends Willow Rosenberg and Xander Harris, the trio, along with Buffy's watcher Giles, band together to protect their high school and each other, from all of the weird creatures lurking in the town.

I love Buffy so much. I have re-watched the series a number of times, and I think it is one of the most culturally iconic shows of all time. I have read a few adaptations from the world of Buffy, but never have I gotten into the comics. Finally, I saw this in a comic book store and decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did!

First off, props to the artists for creating such fabulous drawings. This comic takes a modern spin on the word of Buffy, meaning it's set in modern day as opposed to the 90's. I thought the artists did an awesome job at bringing Buffy into the modern world, through vibrant colours and techniques.

I was weary on how I would receive Buffy through a modern day set-up. I think that Buffy being set in the 90's is such an iconic part of the story, and I didn't want them to mess with that. But, I didn't find that an issue at all. I was fully immersed into the story, and Bellaire kept in all of the important aspects to Buffy's story that would have been too important to change. This comic felt like it came from the Buffy world, which I can appreciate.

So overall, this comic was a big win for me! I hope to read more Buffy comics, as I seem to really enjoy them.

Have you read/watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. I've got a complicated relationship with Buffy - one that's actually nothing to do with Buffy itself/herself.

    I was in a toxic friendship (v. toxic!) as a teenager, and the girl involved was VERY into Buffy. Me *not* being into Buffy was a sore point... she seemed to take it as a personal insult, and an opportunity to criticise me and everything I liked: even though I didn't *dislike* of Buffy - I just hadn't watched it.

    So, I still have no problem with Buffy as a show/comic/character/whatever... but I can't help the slightly uncomfortable feeling that accompanies talking about it. Because if we tried to criticise a storyline, or a costume, or a character, or just asked a question she wasn't comfortable with... she would actually shout at us. It was... you should never be scared of your *friends* - and we were scared of her.

    Sorry, I don't mean to bring you down! I think it's great that you love Buffy, and in such a positive way - it's actually a nice contrast to that so-called 'friend' :) <3

    1. I totally get how you can have negative associations with a certain piece of media! That ex-friend sounds like a piece of work. I mean, I am passionate about Buffy, but I rarely mention it in front of other people because I don’t know if they’re into it. It seems like she was trying to shove Buffy down your throat and that’s awful.

    2. She... was something, definitely. I think 'abusive' is also an appropriate word, tbh.

      So yeah, I try not to hold it against Buffy as a whole, but in my head Buffy is closely associated with her and... she was one of the worse things in my life - as well as in the lives of several friends, there was a group of us, who all got out of this 'friendship' with her, one by one - for a very long time.

    3. *worst

      ...I need to practice typing, clearly!

    4. That sounds terrible! Glad you got out of it :)

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  3. I didn't know there were modern adaptations of the Buffyverse - I only knew there was a spin-off of sorts ("Slayer" by Kiersten White - have you read it?).

    I've only gotten round to watch Buffy (and Angel) recently. I must admit there were things that bugged me in it - mainly the whole relationship with the one-hundred-and-counting vampire(s) - but my main concern was how abusive the Spike-Buffy relationship became, especially since he actually tried to rape her. Having said this (sorry! you asked! LOL), I guess that, if some of those things had been addressed instead of kind of taken at face value, they would have bugged me less. I couldn't help but feeling like they were romanticising the whole Stalking Spike mode, especially since I couldn't seem to hate him myself, and here I'm a grown-up woman. BUT the show had a lot of great things going for it, first of them the kick-ass heroine in an era when there were, of them?

    1. I have read Slayer! I really enjoyed it, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book :)

      I know Buffy was not a perfect tv show. But, I did think that they made some positive strides. The kickass heroine that you mentioned, and the fact that Willow was openly gay. I enjoyed Spike as a villain and thought he had some great comedic elements, but when he tried to rape Buffy, it left me really uncomfortable with him.