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Buffy The Vampire Slayer #3 (Boom! Studios)
If you had told me earlier this year that Boom Studios’ Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic would be a comic that I’d look forward to every month, I never would have believed you. But surprisingly, the publisher’s “reimagining” of the cult classic show has gotten its hooks into me, and that’s due largely in part to the creative team of Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora, who absolutely nail the feel of the show.
While a lot of fans of the series may bristle at the term “reimagining”, Jordie Bellaire’s script is so great that you’ll swear you’re reading an adaptation of the original series. Bellaire’s love of the show and characters bleeds through the script, and you can tell that she’s really enjoying the chance to put her own spin on the story of the Slayer. As welcoming and on point as her script is, at no point does it feel like something you’ve already experienced. Instead, it reads more like an “Untold Story” series, though you need to do a few mental tweaks to the continuity to make it all make sense.
Bellaire’s script is awesome, for sure, but she’s also paired with the fantastic Dan Mora on art. In an ideal world, Mora would be the artist for every single licensed property comic book. His characters have the perfect balance of looking like the actors that portray them, but also have a distinct look that is definitely Mora’s own. He’s easily one of the best artists in comics today, and I have high hopes that Buffy will raise his status in the industry in a lot of fantastic ways.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a surprisingly great comic. It works well for people who’ve devoured the adventures of the Slayer, and those that wouldn’t know Xander from Spike. It’s a comic made by a creative team that clearly loves the source material and want to do it justice, but in their own way. With only three issues available, it’s easy to get caught up, depending on if you can find the issues before they sell out, of course.