Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow #4 – Review

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About Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #4

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow is a supernatural comic that continues the adventures of Willow Rosenberg while she is still in high school. The story is written by Mariko Tamaki, with interior art and colors by Natacha Bustos and Eleonora Bruni. Jodi Wynne provides the lettering, which is really artful and well placed. Cover art by Jen Bartel. 

Synopsis: Willow finds herself in a town filled with witches and magic. As she settles in, she begins to feel very at peace among other witches, but she still has the nagging sensation that something is not quite right about this town.

Willow is put out by Boom Studios and is Available Now. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #4 Review

The story begins with a well-placed metaphor. Willow is wearing a woven sweater, which has a thread loose thread dangling from it. She compares herself to that loose thread. It sticks out and doesn’t quite fit in, and Willow has always felt like that sort of thread. I was the sort of kid who always had her shoes untied, even after a double knot, so this metaphor really resonated with me. It was a great way to explain the feeling of being an off-kilter outsider without getting too heavy-handed with it. This theme continues throughout the comic, because here in Abhainn, Willow does not feel like that dangling thread, she feels like this is a space she could belong in.

Willow has a clear desire not to be a dangling thread, yet she still looks uncomfortable as Aelara, one of the community leaders, offers to mend her sweater and fix that thread. The art in this scene is really strong, Willow’s body language clearly communicates a sense of exposure and vulnerability. 

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Things take a turn when another witch shows up and asks Willow for her help. She wants to leave Abhainn. Willow even considers calling Buffy for some assistance, but she discovers her phone has gone missing.

The colors of the comic continue to be on target, they’re bright and whimsical without feeling overly intrusive or too fantastical. In a lot of ways, this comic doesn’t date itself, which is nice. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a great show for its time, but not everything on the television has aged well. 

The team on Willow #4 does a good job making the comic feel current but still centered on the high school version of Willow as a character. The writing is also very compelling and heartfelt, which is complemented by the art, colors, and lettering. Overall, it’s a very seamless story.

The story ends on an excellent cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to read issue #5 and learn more about this intriguing setting that Willow has found herself in.

Engage with the Creators

Mariko Tamaki – Twitter

Natacha Bustos – Twitter

Eleonora Bruni – Website

Jodi Wynne – Website


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