Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #3 – Review

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #3

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #3 – Review

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About Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #3

Willow is put out by Boom Studios and issue three releases on September 9th. Willow finds herself in a town filled with witches and magic. Even though it initially feels like the exact sort of place she would want to be, something still feels off.

Set while Willow is still in high school, if you want some of those old school scooby vibes, this is a great title. The cover art is also by Jen Bartel, who has an incredible ability to make colors look vibrant and alive, which is further complemented by the interior art and colors by Natacha Bustos and Eleonora Bruni.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #3 – Review

This series goes back to Buffy basics for the most part with a focus on Willow’s solo adventures. The first thing I noticed while reading the comic was how lovely the art and colors were, and how they magnified the sort of surreal feeling of the story. Willow is investigating the town of Abhainn, which was empty when she walked through it just yesterday. Today, it’s filled with other friendly witches, who are eager to greet her and interact with her.

Willow seeks out Aelara and asks a blunt question about whether or not the town is a cult. Aelara guides Willow deeper and introduces her to the magic that seems to flow through the town. The writing here is powerful, and this scene shines for me. Willow describes what touching and feeling that magic is like for her, and both the narration and the visual work together to display it perfectly. The scene feels weighty and full.

For a moment, Willow gets to hold on to that sensation, but then other issues arise that very clearly show her that all may not be what it seems.

The writing on this series is strong, and it still feels very much like a Buffy comic. There are clever sarcastic moments and fun quips, the sort that made Buffy and the characters in it very relatable. As I mentioned above, the art is well done, and it stands out from previous runs of Buffy comics, which came out shortly after the first series ended.

The combination of witty dialogue and colorful art made this comic enjoyable for me. The cast is also predominantly female, with only a brief cameo from Xander Harris. I liked that because Buffy the Vampire Slayer stories are often about feminine nuance and empowerment. If you are a Buffy fan, I think you will enjoy this comic and the series as a whole.

Engage with the Creators

Mariko Tamaki – Twitter

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Eleonora Bruni – Website

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