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Willow #5 Ends the Mini Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #5 is a supernatural comic, which continues the adventures of Willow Rosenberg while she is 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. The evil forces behind the town of Abhainn believe they’re able to defeat Willow once and for all, but she’s survived leaving on the Hellmouth, dealing with demons and vampires, and more!
Willow is put out by Boom Studios and is currently available.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #5 Review
The cover art by Jen Bartel continues to be fantastic for this series. It seems to embody the natural yet strong power that Willow embodies in both the series and the comics. This story picks right up where issue #4 left off. Willow attempts to help another witch escape from Abhainn, but they are confronted by the town’s leadership, a witch named Aelara, and the other witches who live there.
Willow mentions that she never backs down from a fight. Though Willow is often seen as nerdy and somewhat anxious, this seems right for her character. When Willow Rosenberg is backed against a wall, and the lives and happiness of others around her are at stake, she does everything she can to keep them safe and get them out of that situation. I enjoyed seeing her do this in a standalone fashion, where she is the central character, and her emotional strength is the focus of the story.
Some panels in the story also use images that mirror each other, which fits the story’s overall narrative. Willow sees herself in these witches, and she has wanted to be a part of this town and community of witches. Her issue is that the power they wield has been perverted and she knows it’s not how witchcraft works in her experience.
This issue rounds out the series in a very satisfying way, though I won’t spoil it for you. I have looked forward to each of these issues over the last few months because the writing is fantastic and authentic to the character I loved as a teenage girl. The story is well written, and the art and colors make it easy to immerse yourself fully in it.
Engage with the Creators
Mariko Tamaki – Twitter
Natacha Bustos – Twitter
Eleonora Bruni – Website
Jodi Wynne – Website
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