I suppose this book is more of a reboot of sorts for the series taking place in the modern day instead of being directly 90s as the original show, but that’s more than fine honestly. After Anya Jenkins tricks Drusilla into breaking a talking, flying, vampire killing bat named Camazotz free, it’s up to Spike, Buffy and her friends to stop the rampaging monster before Sunnydale gets destroyed.
This book was a lot of fun and the writing was much better than the last issues. Spike had a little bit of the dry wit that made him so lovable, Buffy had a lot of the humor she had in the show, even befriending Camazotz by referring to him as her Pegasus after he informs her that he too kills vampires and Camazotz himself made me laugh with his over-aggressive desire to kill vampires.
Mora’s art really shines in the issue as everything is fast and dynamic. Camazotz looks amazing in every shot he appears in, looming over everyone. The fight between him and Buffy is short, but makes great use of backgrounds and shows of Buffy’s fighting ability. Definitely the best fight scene in the series so far. There’s also a coolshot of Willow and Xander showing up to save Buffy heroically after Spike and Drusilla corner her.
Things are very different in this series as Willow and Xander help out Buffy in Slaying VERY early, which is a relief I suppose without a ton of waiting for the team to be assembled. Cordelia is nicer, as noted in my last review, but I suppose that’s to make way for more Drusilla and Anya as villains. What’s most notable, however, is the story being set in the modern day, something I definitely overlooked while reading the earlier issues.
Overall, I really enjoyed this issue. Improved writing and cool art definitely help, so I’m eagerly anticipating the next issue. Buffy #3 is out now through BOOM! Studios.
How do we rate this issue? 4 Sodas
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