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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW Vol 1 Review

Dave reviews BOOM! Studios collected edition of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW calling it “a visual masterpiece.”

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (BOOM! Studios)

Published by BOOM! Studios, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Willow is created by Joss Whedon, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Natacha Bustos. Vol 1 collects the complete Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1-5.

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Synopsis

NO MORE SUNNYDALE. NO MORE SCOOBY GANG. NO MORE… WILLOW?

After everything — and everyone — she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new world that promises “to help you prioritize your true self.” But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn’t what this place thinks it should be… well, don’t worry, they’ll help you get there. By any means necessary. 

Review

Being a fan of Buffy back in my younger years the stories based on the Buffy world have always interested me. None more so than this new collection of comics with an interesting story that I’ve never come across before. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow brings to the comic book page the story of Willow as we learn more about the nerdy one who so often was left in Buffy’s shadow.

Mariko Tamaki eases readers in slowly to the story of Willow by connecting her story to the crossover event, Hellmouth. With that story leaving Willow wanting to find her purpose and find out who she really is, so here begins an interesting journey of soul searching and mystery.

As the chapters unfold Tamaki takes you on a whirlwind journey as Willow finds her true witch self, with detailed flashbacks to enable you to understand the make up of Willow. With a failed trip to London under her belt and still with the lost feeling inside her Willow buys a one way coach trip to anywhere to start her next journey leading to mysterious happenings bringing her to Abhainn where all is not as it seems and a chance meeting with a stranger Aelara brings a more interesting turn to the story.

Tamaki brings the volume to it’s natural end in chapter 5 with all the events of the previous chapters coming to a head with Willow starting to mature as a witch and become comfortable with who she is.

Overall I found the story very well written with enough back story to explain certain events and create a good understanding of Willow, definitely a story arc I’d be interested to see develope further.

The artwork of the book is simply stunning Natacha Bustos and colourist Elenora Bruni have come together to create a comic masterpiece that grabs you and opens up your imagination bringing you deep into the story.

Verdict

A true must read for any Buffy fan, a visual masterpiece with stunning detail and eye popping visuals, please keep them coming.


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