Heroes and Villains: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Arrives With a Boom!

Full disclosure…I probably over use the term “full disclosure.” But in the interest of transparency I feel I must disclose that I’ve never seen a full episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I know, I know it’s consistently voted one of the best genre shows EVER but I just never had time to watch it in the last (checks IMDb) TWENTY-TWO YEARS? Sweet WB, where does the time go?

buffy-the-vampire-slayer-vol-1-9781684153572_lgBuffy The Vampire Slayer #1
Jordie Bellaire (W)
Dan Mora (A)
Boom! Studios

Out today from Boom! Studios is the reimagining of the now classic TV show by Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora, and it’s the perfect jumping on point if you’re someone like me! When a show has been around for as long as BTVS there’s a certain weight attached to the property that, for the uninitiated, can seem somewhat insurmountable. It’s kept me away from more shows than I care to admit in the past. Which is why I appreciate this franchise’s approach to the comic book as a reimagining.

Going in cold, I found the book easy to pick up and get into. The setting of the book has been contemporized and familiar characters abound. I was a bit puzzled as many of the the characters in this first issue appear to slightly resemble the actors that originally portrayed them. It’s more of a remix, perhaps. The notes in the back of the book seem to tease some twists and turns to the shows mythology so there may be a more radical departure from the lore down the road.

As far as first issues go, the book does a wonderful job of setting up the world and laying groundwork for where the story may go. I do believe there were some references in there that fans of the original show will definitely pick up on. The dialog zips along which is all but essential for a Whedon adaptation and the artwork is clean and fun.

So, if you were a fan of the show or are curious about getting into the Buffy-verse you have to check out this book.

Advance Alert!

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Chuck Palahniuk (W)
Cameron Stewart (A)
Dark Horse Comics

Out next week from Dark Horse is “the sequel to the sequel to Fight Club.” The extremely hack-y thing to do here would be joke about how “I’m no supposed to write about Fight Club.” So instead I’ll merely hang a hat on a joke that’s already twenty years old so I can get away with it.

I am admittedly curious about this book having previously read Fight Club 2 from Dark Horse. It was fascinating to see how Palahniuk adapted his style to the comics page and it’s always cool to see Stewart doing more stuff. It kind of makes me want to see Marvel and DC let them loose on a superhero book dot dot dot.

Next week I’ll be taking a look at the first issue so watch this space to see what I thought of it.

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