If you haven’t been keeping up with our Buffy The Vampire Slayerexclusive preview article that has been updated since last year, then this may be new to you. A few months ago, BOOM! Studios announced their collaboration with Joss Whedon’s original series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which was released in the 90s. Everyone was excited, Buffy, being one of the better shows to come out of the 90s, was a hit. To have the comic follow suit was something no one asked for but weren’t mad that it happened. Here we land with Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 is written by Jordie Bellaire, colored by Raúl Angulo, illustrated by Dan Mora, and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. The original series, of course, was created by Joss Whedon. The first issue is titled, “Welcome Back to the Hellmouth.” Before the series’ release, there were plenty of variant covers, you can find all of them in our exclusive preview for the series. We will note the variants we use in the caption of the cover.
A Well Deserving Hype For Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1?
BOOM! Studios created quite the hype for this series and this particular issue within the past few months. To say the comic was all over social media and comic pull lists was a minor acquisition. The comic, alone, sold out before its initial release and is having a second cover print release in February. It is rare when a comic sells out before it is even released – Buffy was anticipated, to say the least. However, as with everything, you can have too much anticipation. You can overhype something to the point where when you read it, it’s just ‘meh.’ That didn’t happen with Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1. This comic and series deserve to be hyped because it is good.
If you don’t know much about Buffy and her adventures, she is a Slayer. There’s one born every generation and Buffy is this generation’s Slayer. She was the chosen one, the chosen one to fight vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness. Buffy is the Slayer. The series will follow Buffy, Willow, and Xander on an adventure of a lifetime. While the series explains small details that you would need to know to follow the plot, it doesn’t explain everything. Like the weird librarian in the actual series, Rupert Giles, is an important character. This is still the first issue, so that is not a setback. Still, Willow and Xander have a longstanding relationship with Buffy in the TV series.
Slayed Writing, Slayed Characters, & Slayed Buffy
Having watched the original television series and now I have read the comic, everything seems to be following suit. Writing is the most important aspect when it comes to television made comic series. You want to be able to get the tone of Buffy and her friends correct. Jordie Bellaire did a fantastic job with the voice of each character. Buffy is Buffy, Willow has her own personality, and Xander is just the same. They resemble the television characters just enough while having their own fresh (modern) personality as well, that is what I love about this so far.
I, for one, cannot wait to be on this ride with Buffy and her newfound friends. She kicks demons, vampires, and anything dark’s butt and does it effortlessly. What an inspiration! While this is still the first issue and so much can happen from here, the writing is outstanding. It creates a unique voice for each character and that is what comics are intended to do, even if they are derived from any source material. You also want to make it modern for the modern audience (see, CLUELESS).
Slayed Art, Slayed, Coloring, & Slayed Lettering
Following suit after the writing is the art, coloring, and lettering. They make up the other half of the issue, and with such grace, they do an effortlessly outstanding job. With the coloring by Raúl Angulo, illustration by Dan Mora, and lettering by Ed Dukeshire, the issue was a delight to look at. Between each one of these aspects that make the issue, we didn’t stand a chance (in a good way).
The series is dark, I mean Buffy kills vampires and ghouls for a living, so most of what she does is at night. The illustration, coloring, and lettering have to align perfectly to adapt to the change in setting. When she is at school, it is usually bright outside, and every other setting is dark and mysterious. The team behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 works this perfectly together.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 Is A Must-Buy!
Again, this is just the first issue so there’s much to be explored in future issues. There is much to be desired after this one as well, yearn for more after reading this one — we have to wait until February, but until then we can bask in the glory of this one. If you were hesitant on going out to either buy this issue, buy it digitally, or go to the BOOM! shop and retrieve it — don’t hesitate anymore. This issue is the perfect introductory issue to keep readers on their toes. I am excited to see what else this team does with the story. The cliffhanger has me in anticipation for #2.
BUFFY IS BACK!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 is finally here under BOOM! Studios. We have Buffy, Willow, and Xander back in comic book form. Let's talk about it!