BOOM! Studios Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #14

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #14

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #14

 

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Creator: Joss Whedon

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Art: Julian Lopez and Moises Hidalgo

Colors: Raul Angulo and Francesco Segala

Letters: Ed Dukeshire

 

Reviewer: Tony Farina

 

Summary

Kendra The Vampire Slayer – and the all-new Scooby gang – must defend Sunnydale from the aftershocks of the Hellmouth and a new threat that feels very familiar! But can they fill the void left behind by Buffy? And will this issue answer the question of what, exactly, happened to Buffy?

Positives

OK, so there is a new artist in Sunnydale. In addition to making one of the most amazing covers recent memory, Julian Lopez just shows off with page one. Check out this 9 panel Buffy facial expression page. Sure. Later in the book Lopez shines along with co-artist Moises Hidalgo, but this page, where we see the OG Buffy, looking like Sarah Michelle is simply stunning. Plus, even without the words, this page is aces. Wow.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #14

The genius of Jordie Bellaire is that she is a dialogue queen. There is no slaying in this issue. In fact, this is like a very special episode of Buffy and yet, I was totally engrossed the whole time because Bellaire makes it feel like I am watching the show or hanging out in Sunnydale with the gang. This 16-year-old, fit throwing, angry, confused, albeit still tardy version of Buffy feels 100 percent of this time. The pages just fly by and when I got to the end (the tease for the upcoming Willow series!), was ready to go back and read it all over again. She has given readers a masterclass in storytelling through dialogue. Bravo!

Negatives

There is zero slaying in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #14, which is a turn off for many. I am just thrilled to have her back, above ground, where she belongs, but the lack of action could be a problem, but it wasn’t for me.

Verdict

I have to say that I LOVE Buffy and so if this issue was 24 pages of oh, I don’t know, Buffy acting like a pain in the ass teenager then I would still love it. Oh. Wait, that is just what this is. Seriously, fans of the original series will love this and new fans, who are teenagers themselves should as well. The new art team is spectacular. I am excited to return to Sunnydale in one month’s time. Won’t you join me?

 

 

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Tony Farina

I am a writing professor at Siena Heights University. I have been reading comics for over 30 years. The first comic I bought was in 1984. Green Lantern 176. First appearance of the Demolition Team. Favorite Robin: Tim Drake Favorite Green Lantern: Jessica Cruz Favorite Flash: Barry Allen Favorite Batgirl: Barbara Gordon Favorite Nightwing outfit: Disco Favorite Batman: Duh, There can be only one