There’s no other way to describe this issue than “it’s a filler.”
The first few pages are very interesting as Buffy has nightmares of her friends rotting bodies. Dan Mora’s line work, shading and use of body horror really help to sell you on the fear Buffy has of losing her friends and this is helped by the deep reds Raúl Angulo uses to set the tone of the dream.
Nothing of substance happens in the issue, however, other than the introductions of Cordelia Chase and Spike, one of the more popular characters from the Buffy/Angel universe.
Cordelia is written very differently than her live action counterpart, appearing fare more friendly and welcoming than she did when she was first introduced. It could be a ruse, but the Cordelia I remember was stereotypical high school cheerleading snob BEFORE becoming a friend to Buffy, Willow and Xander. Here, she welcome Buffy to the school and hugs Willow as she’s running against Cordelia for school body president.
Spike gets a page or two, but he just trades barbs with Cordelia before slinking back into the shadows.
This issue can definitely be skipped unless you really like Dan Mora’s art or Spike. Nothing of note happens and a lot of it focuses on Xander’s introspection as he feels left out by his friends having lives outside of him. It’s solid, but I can’t find reason to care about it.
How do we rate this issue? 3 Sodas
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