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There’s a Major First Appearance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4, Out in April

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4, the shocking conclusion to the first arc of the highly praised reimagining of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that is sure to divide readers and surprise fans both old and new. The issue comes to stands April 17, 2019.

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, continue to reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4.

Buffy Summers thinks she’s faced the worst Sunnydale has to offer – like the Mistress Dru and her mysterious ally Spike – but this is the moment that changes everything for her. One member of her newly formed Scooby Gang won’t survive Dru’s master plan – and the shocking first appearance of one of Joss Whedon’s most popular characters may not be enough to save the day. Not to mention Buffy’s got a date with Robin Wood that’s gonna be completely ruined now!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 features a main cover by acclaimed Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor, along with variant covers by fan favorite Kevin Wada and acclaimed illustrator Feifei Ruan.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4

Super-Articulate: Flashback Edition – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You may have noticed that a number of cast members of Buffy the Vampire Slayer have acknowledged the 22nd anniversary of the beginning of the show within the past week. Since I’ve been wanting to experiment with some more video content, I decided to combine those two things and put together a look back at the Moore/Moore Action Collectibles/M.A.C./Diamond Select Buffy and Angel lines. While I don’t own them all, a complete checklist can be found at FigureRealm.com (here and here).

Quick note: at one point I mention that there wasn’t a Kendra, but in fact there was; I do not have it. Hope you enjoy, and please join the conversation.

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Raύl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover A:
Matthew Taylor
    Main Cover B: Kevin Wada
    Main Cover C: Matt Smith
    Preorder Cover D: Scott Buoncristiano.
    Incentive Cover E: Michael Walsh
    Incentive Cover F: Michael Walsh
Unlocked Cordelia Variant: Kaiti Infante
Unlocked Vampire Cordelia Variant: Kaiti Infante
Price: $3.99

Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly—and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. Meanwhile, Drusilla – AKA THE MISTRESS – sets her sights on Cordelia, as Cordy and Spike find accidental common ground.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

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DC Primal 100-Page Comic Giant

The weekend is almost here! Who’s spending it watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on repeat? Sound off in the comments! While you wait for the work day to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – IDW CEO Steps Down After ‘Challenging’ 7 Months On the Job – So much drama for this company.

The Beat – Bob Wayne: Comics need diversity and retailers need to nurture change – Yes it does and yes they do.

The Beat – Retailer Brian Hibbs has a 10-point plan for the comics industry – Thoughts on this?

ComicBook – New ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Being Developed by AMC – Not too surprising.

Deadline – ‘Jesusfreak’ Preview: Graphic Novel Depicts Christ As A Stone-Cold Killer – This looks cool!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: November Garcia on Growing up Catholic in the Philippines in the 80’s – Free comics people!

Reviews

CBR – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2
Comics Bulletin –
DC Primal Age 100-Page Giant

Your First Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 From BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3, the highly anticipated next chapter of the all new Buffy the Vampire Slayer monthly comic book series.

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, continue to reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3.

This is Buffy Summers, who wants what every teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, a cute crush, and to escape a destiny as the lone Slayer, hunting vampires and fighting Evil. But things get complicated when several magical power players enter the field, each with their own hidden and perhaps nefarious agenda, leaving Buffy to dive deeper into the dark, supernatural underbelly of Sunnydale in search of answers. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 features a main cover by acclaimed Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor, along with variant covers by artists Kevin Wada, Matt Smith, and illustrator Scott Buoncristiano. It comes to shelves March 13, 2019.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Matthew Taylor
Main Cover B: Kevin Wada
Main Cover C: Celia Lowenthal (Virgin)
Preorder Cover D: Ryan Inzana
Incentive Cover E: Audrey Mok
Incentive Cover F: Audrey Mok
Unlocked Giles Cover: Miguel Mercado
Unlocked Vampire Giles Cover: Miguel Mercado
Price: $3.99

The reimagining of Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking series continues as Drusilla, the self-proclaimed Mistress and her pet, Spike, make their debut with their sights set on Buffy! Meanwhile, Giles is determined to teach Buffy about her destiny, responsibility, blah blah…can someone tell him to chill? How bad can it get?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 Gets a Third Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1, reimagining the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning, has sold out of the second printing at the distributor level before the second printings arrive in comic book shops on February 20th.

To meet this overwhelming demand from fans, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 Third Printing Variant will arrive in stores on March 13th with a special variant cover version of Amelia Vidal’s instantly iconic cover, featuring Dark Willow Rosenberg! The series is written by Jordie Bellaire and features art by Dan Mora.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 Third Printing Variant

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Heroes in Crisis #1

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBLDF – Fun Home Removed Without Review in NJ High School Library – Grrrrr.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
Comics Bulletin –
Heroes in Crisis #5
The Outhousers –
Heroes in Crisis #5
The Beat –
High Level #1
The Beat –
Submerged Vol. 1
The Outhousers –
Transformers: Unicron #6

BOOM! Releases a First Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2, the highly anticipated next chapter of the all new monthly comic book series.

Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, continue to reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon.

The Slayer traditionally walks a lonely road as the Chosen One, forsaking family, friends, and anything remotely resembling a social life in order to fight the forces of evil and keep darkness at bay night after night. But this is Buffy Summers, who wants what every teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, a cute crush, and to escape a destiny she neither chose nor asked for as a lone warrior imbued with supernatural strength and a terrible calling. When her classmates Willow and Xander find out about her secret identity as a vampire-hunting Slayer, they dive right in but there’s a reason why the Slayer is usually alone, and Buffy must face her fears about what happens when you let people into your life and put them in harm’s way.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2  features a main cover by acclaimed Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor, along with variant covers by artists Kevin Wada, Celia Lowenthal,  Ryan Inzana, and Audrey Mok. It comes to shelves February 27, 2019.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

This past year, BOOM! Studios took over the Whedonverse licenses from Dark Horse Comics, and this comic is their first take on Joss Whedon’s most iconic creation (and my favorite TV show of all time), Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With seven seasons of a TV show plus tie-in comics and five seasons of sequel comics, it seems like almost every narrative stone has been unturned. And, for the most part, this is sadly true.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 comes across as a remake of the first season of the television show and treads many similar beats: Buffy’s combative relationship with Giles, her growing awkward friendship with Willow and Xander, her keeping secrets from her mom, and fighting inconsequential small fry bad guys with a side dish of ancient jewelry. Writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora do throw in some new wrinkles like their take on Anya, who appears way before she played a role in the television show, adding modern technology/clothing style, and giving Buffy a part time job at a place that makes the Doublemeat Palace have Michelin stars. However, these things plus a fun Easter Egg about another Whedon property and the “surprise” appearance of another character don’t detract from the fact that this comes off as a Xerox copy of copy of the television show.

Some of this is immediately evident in Bellaire’s dialogue, which is all Whedonesque cuteness and reveals none of the traits that made Buffy, Willow, and Xander unique and enduring characters. It’s more entertaining than the platitudes that are Buffy’s narration captions though. At the end of Buffy #1, they are immediately friends, in on her secret, and having slumber parties. It makes you miss Buffy Season 1’s pilot, which managed to have life or death stakes, bring the Scooby gang together organically, set up the Big Bad and mysterious love interest, and was paced naturally thanks to its almost feature film length. There are too many moving parts in Bellaire and Mora’s Buffy “pilot” comic as they set up Buffy’s personal struggle with identity, try to make her best friends with Xander and Willow, and at the end, remember they have to have a “Big Bad”.

Where Buffy #1 falters in story, characterization, and dialogue, it actually succeeds in visuals thanks to the storytelling skills of Klaus’ Dan Mora  and the steady colors of Raul Angulo. Mora cares more about dynamic panels and cartooning than making his characters look like Sarah Michelle Gellar et al. His work especially shines during the action sequences with angular leg kicks and power poses mixed with some teenage awkwardness. I also cracked up a lot at the reactions Mora draws for Willow as she watches Xander repeatedly put his foot in his mouth. Honestly, she comes off pretty well in this first issue even though the reference to her future career as a witch is super-shoehorned and comes across as fanservice and not part of her arc. And to top things off visually, Angulo adds a shadowy palette to the night sequences to make it more classic horror than suburban SoCal.

When I first read about BOOM! Studios’ plans for their Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, it reminded me a lot of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man or Stjepan Sejic’s sadly shortlived Switch. These comics were contemporary takes on the classic characters, Spider-Man and Witchblade respectively, and introduced their mythos to new fans. However, cheesy effects and bad fashion choices aside, “Welcome to the Hellmouth” does a better job of introducing Buffy, Willow, and Xander than this comic so it fails at being a gateway to these pop culture icons for a new generation of fans. Dan Mora is one hell of an artist though.

Story: Jordie Bellaire Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Raul Angulo Letters: Ed Dukeshire 
Story: 5.5 Art 8.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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