BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #6 review

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BOOM! Studios)

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Synopsis

Nothing will ever be the same after the attack on Xander. But with the Mistress Drusilla and Spike closer to opening the Hellmouth, Buffy is out of time to save her friend—and everyone else in Sunnydale!

Review

Hitting a creative stride is probably the best way to explain how Buffy the Vampire Slayer is doing right now. The series broke ground by “killing” off Xander a couple of issues back and we are still dealing with the ramifications of that decision.

This issue finds Buffy and Willow on the hunt for a way to bring his soul back to him and help save their friend. But interestingly that adventure is not as action-packed as you might expect.

I applaud the choice to make the pairs misadventure as something more emotional than violent. Yes there’s some slaying which goes on but actually the focus of these scenes is more on the dialogue between the pair and stowaway Robin.

In the TV series Buffy and Willow weren’t prone to an argument save for when Buffy disappeared off to L.A. following the death of Angel. One could argue the TV series strayed away from these moments in fact. But Jordie Bellaire is diving in headfirst to the perils of teenage relationships without hesitation.

It’s very compelling to see the pair arguing over who is best placed to save Xander. We learn a lot about how these characters see each other and the world in some of what they say in these moments and it definitely portrays are more grown up side of both.

Ultimately this arc will continue for a couple more issues as the fallout continues so there isn’t a lot of closure here. Buffy has become an excellent series for building you up and keeping you hanging on for the next issue. This issue does just that with a cliffhanger ending which might leave you frustrated… in a good way though!

Once again David Lopez’s artwork is excellent and well complemented by Raul Angulo’s colour scheme. The book continues to look great and incredibly vibrant.

Verdict

Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues its gut wrenching first arc with an issue focussing on its leads emotional motivations. A reduction in the action is made up for by a series of compelling scenes as Buffy and Willow attempt to rescue Xander’s soul.

8/10

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6, is written by Jordie Bellaire with art by David Lopez, colours by Raul Angulo and a cover by Marc Aspinall. The series is executive produced by original series creator Joss Whedon.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 cover art by Marc Aspinall

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About Neil Vagg 3278 Articles
Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG