Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1
Written By: Jordie Bellaire
Art By: Dan Mora
Cover Art: Taylor, Matt
Months ago, I learned that BOOM was taking over Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now, just to give you some history. I am obsessed with BTVS. I have seen every season about a dozen times (probably more…I may have a problem.) I know the story backward and forwards, and I will be honest with you. The fact that it was being changed scared the living daylights out of me. I did not want my favorite thing to be ruined. Now, with that being said let me tell you my opinions of Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 from BOOM.
When looking at the cover of the comic itself, it is absolutely stunning. The artwork throughout the entire piece is beautiful. I thought they did a great job portraying the characters and making them look like themselves (for the most part.) My one complaint before truly reading the comic was Willow. In the original, she is such an awkward adorable character, and in this well. She looks like a goth. Now, I get that they were kind of playing off on her character in the later part of the Original TV show and comics, but I have to say I miss my awkward Willow. Now, the artwork for Drusilla. I love it. I really like the fact that they got rid of her crazy woe is me vibe (although, they could bring it back.) Based on her artwork though, she looks like a BadA**, which will make for a fantastic villain character.
Now, for the story. It was really awkward I’ll be honest. I didn’t get the puns from Buffy that I wanted, and they honestly made Giles out to be a jerk. Now, I fully realize that they may have just done this because Buffy and he have just been introduced to one another. I really feel like they rushed into everything with this first comic. They were trying to introduce all of the characters really quickly, and they added in Tuna Verse that she works at, and I think they really could have gone a different direction with it because it was just a waste of space on the pages to be quite honest. After getting into the story for a bit I didn’t hate it…was not the biggest fan, but I didn’t hate it. I really had to change my mindset while reading it because I love the original Buffy, and quite honestly anything that isn’t the original was going to frustrate me. I am going to continue reading the books, and I hope that I can grow to love them just as much as I love the original.
Lastly, In the beginning of the comic, they have the prophecy stated. “Into each generation, a Slayer is born…” We all know the line. We also all know that this is a crucial part of the storyline and of the story and the theme of Buffy (woman empowerment). BOOM made the decision to change the prophecy ever so slightly. Just one word, but it changed everything. I will be honest, I am not happy about it. At all. To be quite honest, I am pretty pissed. I don’t want to tell you what was changed because I really want you to go read the comic for yourself and see how you feel about it. Let me know, comment on Facebook, Twitter or wherever.
Please know that I am going to continue reading these comics and building opinions on BOOM’s version of Buffy. Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on it.