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Preview: Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #4 (of 4)

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #4 (of 4)

(W) Casey Gilly (A) Joe Jaro (CA) Ario Anindito
In Shops: Mar 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

  • The Slayer and her allies make one last desperate attempt to bring sunlight back to Earth and send the reigning Evil forces back into the shadows . . .
  • But the loss of Buffy’s powers is proving too much to bear, and even with the help of Spike, the witches, and newly discovered Potential Slayer Thess, she might not make it.
  • Will Buffy be able to hold on long enough to save the world and see her Slayer legacy continue in Thess? Find out in the conclusion to the epic post-apocalyptic series!
Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #4 (of 4)

Preview: My Little Pony: Generations #5

My Little Pony: Generations #5

(W) Casey Gilly (A/CA) Michela Cacciatore
In Shops: Feb 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The epic finale is here! As Twilight, Starlight Glimmer, the rest of the Mane Six, and their new friends try to put an end to the evil Smooze tearing friendships apart, Grackle and Dyre take their fight to Ponyville! The witches invade in the final issue of My Little Pony: Generations!

My Little Pony: Generations #5

Preview: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 (of 4)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 (of 4)

(W) Casey Gilly (A) Joe Jaro (CA) Ario Anindito
In Shops: Feb 09, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Spike’s unorthodox coven is revealed, along with their plans to continue Willow’s work and save humanity, but they’re struggling with spells, and the brutality of the vampires against witches had deep ramifications.
But Buffy is having visions of the past that brings up conflict with Spike, as well as guilt. Can they find a way to make the spells work, find out what part Thessaly plays in all of this, as well as deal with a threat more deadly than perpetual darkness?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 (of 4)

Preview: My Little Pony: Generations #4

My Little Pony: Generations #4

(W) Casey Gilly (A/CA) Michela Cacciatore
In Shops: Jan 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The original ponies are here! North Star, Lickety-Split, Minty, Rosedust, Lofty, and more team up with Starlight Glimmer, Twilight Sparkle, and the rest of the gang to get to the bottom of the strange, havoc-wreaking Smooze.

The plan of witches Grackle and Dyre is heating up! Can the combined forces of our favorite ponies stop them?!

My Little Pony: Generations #4

Preview: Buffy the last Vampire Slayer #2 (of 4)

Buffy the last Vampire Slayer #2 (of 4)

(W) Casey Gilly (A) Joe Jaro (CA) Ario Anindito
In Shops: Jan 12, 2022
SRP: $4.99

  • After a coven rally meant to heal the atmosphere ends in tragedy, Thessally seeks out Buffy guided only by instructions from an old friend.
  • Despite their shared past, Buffy refuses to train her. Instead, she delivers Thess to The Watcher’s Council, certain they’ll be more suitable guardians.
  • But the Council isn’t what they seem, putting Buffy and Thessally in peril, until the intervention of three hooded figures…
Buffy the last Vampire Slayer #2 (of 4)

All Star Creators Celebrate Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s 25th Anniversary in a Supersized Special

BOOM! Studios has announced the Buffy the Vampire Slayer 25th Anniversary Special #1, a special oversized one-shot issue celebrating the 25th anniversary of the beloved global icon in March 2022.  Discover brand new original stories about your Buffyverse favorites from an all star team of creators, including writers Jeremy Lambert, Lilah Sturges, Danny Lore, Casey Gilly, and Sarah Gailey with artists Claudia Balboni, Claire Roe, Bayleigh Underwood, Marianna Ignazzi, and Carlos Olivares

25 years later, dive into a whole new universe of stories celebrating the phenomenal icon of a generation, Buffy Summers. Where in the Multiverse is Buffy? And what’s happened to the Scooby Gang? Find out in several new original stories as well as the surprising epilogue to BOOM! Studios’ acclaimed first three years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fans will also discover a shocking prologue to a brand new comic book series in the Buffyverse from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey and artist Carlos Olivares!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 25th Anniversary Special #1 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Frany and variant cover art by superstar artists Jenny Frison, Jorge Corona, and Mirka Andolfo.

Preview: My Little Pony: Generations #3

My Little Pony: Generations #3

(W) Casey Gilly (A/CA) Michela Cacciatore
In Shops: Dec 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

There’s something wrong in Ponyville! As Grackle and Dyre’s nefarious scheme heats up, the ponies find themselves at odds with-each other?! Can Twilight Sparkle, Zecora, and Pinkie Pie get to the bottom of things before it’s too late? And where’d this rainbow bridge come from?!

My Little Pony: Generations #3

Review: Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1

In the tradition of Old Man Logan, the last couple of Halloween films, and Terminator: Dark Fate, Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 is set in an alternate universe about thirty years or so since the conclusion of the Buffy TV show. Casey Gilly, Joe Jaro, and Joana Lafuente craft a world where dark magic and other forces have weakened the sun, and vampires are free to walk the Earth and turn and feed on humans with their consent in kind of a metaphor for legalized sex work. However, one human that isn’t welcome in this new regime where humans, vampires, and other supernatural beings co-exist is the Slayer, Buffy Summers. She’s the last of her kind and quite grumpy with many of her friends dying in an accident that is alluded to in flashbacks. This first issue shows her running from vampires instead of fighting them, aimless and purpose free, just ready to die even though it’s looking she might be immortal just like the monsters she used to hunt.

The strongest thing about Gilly’s script is how she understands that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel were about their protagonists finding purpose and calling in life. Because she’s a Chosen One-type figure, Buffy used to have a life with regimented trainings and patrols before her Watcher, Giles, finally let her have more freedom and go off to college and basically raise her younger sister, Dawn, after the death of their mother. However, that’s all gone out of the window, and the early bits of Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer show her aimlessly drinking coffee at a pub, evading instead of fighting vampires, and reluctantly sparring with Anya, one of her few surviving friends. Jaro draws Buffy with a kind of listlessness even though Casey Gilly’s dialogue for her is just as quippy as the TV show, but it’s almost like she’s playing a part rather than being her full authentic self. The question of purpose comes up as Anya and Buffy eat burritos and guacamole at a Mexican restaurant that is classic vampire movie themed, and the juxtaposition of broad comedy and poignant moments show the potential of the series.

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer‘s art is really hit or miss from me. Joe Jaro has a nice bag of tricks adding small panels between sequences to show that even though Buffy has lost a step or two over the years, she’s still nimble, badass, and could probably take that whole bar of vampires. He also adds lots of background details that fill in this post-apocalyptic world while Buffy is busy self-flagellating. However, Jaro and Lafuente have some missteps, including a pivotal sequence that is just covered in pure red, including reaction shots. It’s a scene of total violence, but it doesn’t land like it should because it’s hard to make out what’s going on. There are also several instances of the character’s expressions not matching Gilly’s writing that are awkward, but Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer isn’t an unreadable book by any means.

Along with continuing Buffy and Angel‘s themes of making one’s own way in a world instead of being governed by prophecies and fate (“Seize the moment” pops up as dialogue in the first episode of the show.), Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 features a multi-faceted, middle-aged female hero, who is a total badass and has great one-liners, but is also allowed to sit with her trauma, guilt, and grief and be messy sometimes. Like in the show, Buffy and Anya aren’t total besties, and they really only hang out together because of the human/vampire treaty, Buffy isn’t allowed to attack many supernatural creatures other than her and needs to blow off steam. She grapples with loneliness and uncertainty throughout the issue with only the last few pages offering a chance at a fresh start and an amazing hook for fans of the original series.

Although it’s set in an alternate universe and features middling art, Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer is a story that has some of themes and stylistic dialogue of the original TV show while featuring a complex lead character that is perfect for the literal Hellmouth we currently live in.

Story: Casey Gilly Art: Joe Jaro 
Colors: Joana Lafuente Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 (of 4)

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 (of 4)

(W) Casey Gilly (A) Joe Jaro (CA) Ario Anindito
In Shops: Dec 08, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Can a lone Slayer save what’s left of humanity?

Buffy Summers is the last Slayer. Now in her 50s, she wages a one woman fight against the forces of darkness, who prey on humanity in the daylight unimpeded thanks to a magical catastrophe that has nearly blotted out the sun.
The same disaster robbed Buffy of her friends and ended the Slayer-line, forcing her into an endless guerilla war. That is, until she stumbles across something she hasn’t seen in a long time – hope, in the form of a prophecy and the young girl who carries it.

The Multiverse explodes as writer Casey Gilly (Femme Magnifique, You Died) and artist Joe Jaro (Firefly) bring you a dystopian tale of Buffy Summers as you’ve never seen her before for fans of Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, Batman: Last Knight On Earth, and Future State: Wonder Woman.

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 (of 4)

Get a Look at Fifty Year Old Buffy in Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1, the first issue in a brand new four-issue comic book series out on December 8, 2021. From acclaimed writer Casey Gilly and artist Joe Jaro comes a dystopian tale of the iconic Slayer, Buffy Summers, like you’ve never seen her before.

Can a lone Slayer save what’s left of humanity? Buffy Summers is the last Slayer. Now in her 50s, she wages a one woman fight against the forces of darkness, who prey on humanity in the daylight unimpeded thanks to a magical catastrophe that has nearly blotted out the sun. The same disaster robbed Buffy of her friends and ended the Slayer-line, forcing her into an endless guerilla war. That is, until she stumbles across something she hasn’t seen in a long time – hope, in the form of a prophecy and the young girl who carries it…

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Ario Anindito and variant cover art by fan favorite artists Rod Reis, Dani Pendergast, Jakub Rebelka, Claire Roe, and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #1
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