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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, comic!

I will try to suspend my memory of anything Buffy, especially Buffy and Angel, themselves, because they are already promising Angel/Faith is a book to be exploited for those fans.

I think the way this world works will be like all the tv shows now, to avoid the problems of soul means 'good' and soulless means 'evil' il or even 'soul' means ability to have use of free will versus soulless means 'nothing changes.' Or something. Vamp Willow and Willow might mean "presto magic' and flushing portals, but could be very helpful to understand things. I have no idea what "The Mistress" could mean re: Dru. It depends on the power structure (including God, I suppose, as "mistress' is a title of a child, including a property owner is still a "child of God." Including the Master, if he shows up. "Origin stories" do set things for us to get our footing, I guess.

I imagine Darla and Angel will be "the couple" of interest in the Faith/Angel world or the set up to carve these two out of BTVS again. Wonder if Fred/Willow will be explored, or "killing Tara" will be re-examined versus "the mindless slaughter" motif of most video games and CGI media, for example?

Thanks, again. I am curious "what the 'prologue' that set up this world will be. If I like the world we are to explore, intrepidly or not, I'll let them "drag" me along (lawdy, lawdy) for a bit. Yes. I am pathetic. I am saying I will toss my few shekels away for a near GUARANTEE of no B/A just to have ANYTHING to count on. ha!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.cbr.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-reboot-hellmouth-revelation/

EXCLUSIVE: Buffy Comic Reboot Promises a 'Mind-Blowing' Hellmouth Revelation

Xander is in trouble on Matthew Taylor's cover, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 promises an even bigger revelation for the rebooted continuity.

CBR Exclusives
Jan 9, 2019

When BOOM! Studios' Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot releases its fourth issue in April, not only will the series debut an unnamed "major" character, it promises readers a revelation that will have a "mind-blowing" effect on the Buffy mythos.

According to the publisher, Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora and Joss Whedon will reveal something about the Hellmouth that will not only change the destiny of a major player, it will surprise even longtime fans of the franchise. And while Matthew Taylor's variant cover (which CBR is debuting below) puts Xander in the middle of some serious vampire trouble, the real revelation is bigger than that -- Hellmouth big.

"As you can see, Jordie and Dan have some huge plans for Buffy and the Gang – starting with some pretty major introductions of characters like Anya and…well, I won’t spoil that one quite yet," Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer said in an earlier statement about the upcoming fourth issue. "Let’s just say by issue #4, it’ll be clear that this is a love letter to the Buffy we all adore and will go in directions that no one ever expected."

The description BOOM! has released to CBR bolsters that claim. "The reimagining of Joss Whedon's groundbreaking series reaches the game-changing final chapter of the first arc," the description reads. "Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly—and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. There’s no turning back for anyone on Team Slayer in this absolutely mind-blowing issue that fans can’t afford to miss."

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4, by Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora and Joss Whedon, with a variant cover by Mondo artist Matthew Taylor, arrives in stores Wednesday, April 3, 2019.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ZOWZA! COMIC!1 YOU WERE RIGHT!!! Ok! I’ll tone it down, but DUDE!!!!
This picture includes them vamp ANGELUS. (and Darla, for example).

Don’t you think these covers are just gorgeous, even if not “typical comic book” display? I mean they are a smidge“kissable.” Hee hee.

So, my guess is that the hellmouth is a portal to “alternative” reality that makes the good/evil explanation for “the real world” to show how “good/evil” get into the world, or exists, possibly side by side, but also as good/evil within each character “ebbs and flows” via the portal INSTEAD of using the “soul’ as identity, or conscience, or ‘good” or “purity” and all other possible metaphors, let alone the weird problems of ‘the lack’ of a soul—Spike’s stain of humanity I freely admit I never saw as remotely real, but a ‘purple’ melodrama emphasizing he had no soul. (shrug).

Anywho! Congratuations

A BIG BUNCH (fill the rest of the page with explanation marks—hee).

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.newsarama.com/43437-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-reboot-introduces-historic-slayer.html

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Reboot Introduces 'Historic' Slayer

By Newsarama Staff
January 11, 2019

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BOOM! Studios today unveiled a main cover for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #4 by award-winning illustrator FeiFei Ruan (Descendants of the Crane, Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Giants) featuring the first appearance of a Slayer from ancient eighth-century China.This game-changing issue of the hotly anticipated series will debut in stores April 3, 2019, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. Catch the first appearance of a major character in Buffy’s life in this issue, as well as the life-altering turn of events that changes one character’s destiny forever.

The reimagining of Joss Whedon's groundbreaking series reaches the game-changing final chapter of the first arc as Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly—and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. There’s no turning back for anyone on Team Slayer in this absolutely mind-blowing issue that fans can’t afford to miss.

Welcome back to the Hellmouth, as Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behind Firefly, Marvel’s The Avengers, and more), reimagine the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #4 features main covers by acclaimed Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor and fan favorite artist Kevin Wada (She-Hulk).

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s Firefly, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

Print copies of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #4 will be available for sale on April 3, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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https://comicbook.com/horror/2019/01/10/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-4-kevin-wada-variant-xanger-vlogger/

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer': Xander Vlogs on Kevin Wada Variant, Hellmouth Secret Teased

By Jamie Lovett - January 10, 2019

As it turns out, Xander is a vlogger in the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot from Boom Studios.

ComicBook.com can exclusively reveal Kevin Wada’s variant cover for Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4. The cover features Xander in full streaming mode.

Take a look below:



Boom teases that Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 will feature the first appearance of a major Buffy character and a life-altering event for another. The issue will conclude the first arc of Boom’s reboot and also is said reveal a shocking secret about the nature of the Hellmouth.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is written by Jordie Bellaire with art by Dan Mora. Buffy creator Joss Whedon serves as story consultant.

The new Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic reimagines the life of Buffy Summers from the beginning of her career as the Slayer. Buffy, Willow, Cordelia, and Xander are once again high school students, just like they were when the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series premiered. The new series will return to the “high school is hell” concept, with Buffy trying to balance her responsibilities as the Slayer with making new friends at a new school, passing the next pop quiz, and maybe having some fun along the way. The difference this time is that the world Buffy lives in looks like the world we live in today.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a love letter to everything we love about our favorite Slayer and her world - but as you've seen with Drusilla’s introduction as The Mistress, there are no rules we won't break. Reinventing Robin Wood as a mysterious new teenage ally - and maybe more - for Buffy is a key part of that new direction," said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios in a press release. "But just like his original introduction to TV audiences, our Robin Wood comes loaded with a mysterious past, a secret mission and a special connection to the inhabitants of Sunnydale. We can't tell you when he debuts in the series... only that it's going to be big. And we’re not done breaking rules, yet."

You can check out Mora's character designs for the new series and a preview of the first several pages of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1. Boom has previously revealed that at least one Buffy character, Robin Wood, is getting a major overhaul in this rebooted timeline.

What do you think of Kevin Wada's Buffy cover? Let us know in the comments!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 goes on sale April 3rd.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advance review for BOOM! Buffy # 1.

https://www.newsarama.com/43459-best-shots-advance-review-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-1.html

Best Shots Advance Review: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 'a Perfect New Start' (9/10)

By Robert Reed, Newsarama Contributor January 14, 2019

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Art by Dan Mora and Raúl Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Published by BOOM! Studios
Review by Robert Reed
‘Rama Rating: 9 out of 10

Buffy, Xander, Willow, and the denizens of Sunnydale are back - but not quite as we know them. While the previous series existed within the same continuity as the television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 presents a fresh start in the modern era. Written by Jordie Bellaire with art by Dan Mora and Raúl Angulo, the debut honors the legacy while carving out its own mark.

From the opening lines, it becomes clear that this isn’t quite the Buffy readers know. She types on a computer for one. Jordie Bellaire captures the voice of Buffy Summers through the use of an electronic journal (rendered beautifully by letterer Ed Dukeshire). It’s a change that new readers might not be able to appreciate, bringing forth a stark contrast to the television show that had to adapt to there being a computer in every home.

It’s the smallness of the changes that allow Jordie Bellaire to ease readers into this new world. As Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 progresses, the world becomes simultaneously more familiar and more alien. Characters are introduced slowly and with distinct voices. Dan Mora’s artwork helps in this process, capturing the likenesses of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, and Nicholas Brendon (and maybe a few more familiar faces). There’s always a concern with licensed comic books that the memorable live-action characters won’t quite blend with the other characters, but Mora has found a nice middle ground in the detail that makes them both recognizable and fully integrated in their world on the page.

The visual balance between the dialogue and artwork is really exceptional. A page in which Buffy receives a note in class is rendered completely without dialogue, which allows the reader full immersion in the moment. Mora also does well with the action sequences. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that vampires are slain in this book, and Mora crafts some entertaining combat that helps establish the Slayer concept. Raúl Angulo’s saturated colors provide a lot to the story, keeping the tone adventurous rather than dour, while also allowing for rich shadows in the artwork.

Bellaire, Mora, Angulo, and Dukeshire build this world beautifully, and neither die-hard Buffy fans nor curious new readers should feel alienated. In part because of the familiarity, the issue is able to avoid a lot of the expository woes that plague debut issues. Buffy fans may feel the issue starts too small – that sense of newness that exists in the periphery of the pages may create some anxiety that this wasn’t quite new enough to justify the jettisoning of prior continuities.

Ultimately, Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora have found the right pace for this new adventure. Rather than rush through a Wikipedia section of “Differences from the Source Material,” Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 makes its mark by putting the characters first. Strong character moments make the book stand out, and that makes it the perfect new start.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Preview pages for Buffy # 1 now with dialog.

http://www.buffyforums.net/forums/showthread.php?21162-New-Buffy-series-from-BOOM!-officially-announced!&p=741597#post741597







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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another Buffy # 1 variant cover as the issue goes to a second printing before release.

http://www.comicsbeat.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-1-sells-out-before-going-on-sale/

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 Sells Out Before Going on Sale

The forthcoming comic from writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora has sold out at the distributor level nearly a full week before its on-sale date.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1, which is due out this coming Wednesday, has already sold out and been sent for a second printing.

The comic’s publisher, BOOM! Studios, made the announcement Thursday, nearly a full week before its new series was scheduled to launch. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 is from writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora. It reimagines the bygone pop culture phenomenon that hit hardest in the late ‘90s for our current times, taking the familiar characters—Buffy, Giles, Willow, Xander, etc.—and basically putting them in 2018. Original Buffy TV series creator Joss Whedon (also the director behind the TV show Firefly and the mega hit movie The Avengers) is on board as a story consultant.

That second printing will hit on Feb. 20 with a new cover by Amelia Vidal, a new cover (pictured above) starring the young witch Willow Rosenberg.

The series selling out isn’t really a surprise. Both Bellaire and Mora are massive talents on the rise. It is, however, maybe a little interesting that it sold out before even going on sale. Somebody maybe underestimated just how interested comics fans still are in all things Buffy, or in the rising creative team.

Also, if you haven’t pre-ordered a copy and are interested in that sort of thing, you may have to do some slaying yourself this Wednesday. Not of vampires, heavens no, but rather of the hopes of fellow collectors and readers, as you snap up a copy that would-be theirs.

Anyway, enough of all that. The full release from BOOM! Studios can be found below:



BOOM! Studios announced today that Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1, reimagining the groundbreaking pop culture phenomenon from the very beginning in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, has sold out at the distributor level before arriving in comic book shops on January 23rd.

To meet this overwhelming demand from fans, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT will arrive in stores on February 20th with a stunning all-new cover by Amelia Vidal, featuring everyone’s favorite young witch – Willow Rosenberg!

Eisner Award nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning award-winning artist Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon (the visionary writer/director behind Firefly, Marvel’s The Avengers, and more) welcome you back to the Hellmouth for the very first time!

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil. But the Slayer’s world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as this new series brings her into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang – Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia and more – faces brand new Big Bads, and a threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High, confirming what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Buffy Summers.” Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

“Everyone working on this series is incredibly thrilled by and grateful for the response from retailers and fans to this new beginning for the story of Buffy Summers,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The faith and support in us is the thing that motivates us to go big or go home on every issue. Believe me when I say you haven’t seen anything yet: the events of issue four alone will have every Scooby talking.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT is available exclusively in comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) on February 20, 2019.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Marguerite Bennett and Simone Di Meo.

For continuing news on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER comic books, graphic novels and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another BOOM! Buffy # 1 review

https://sequentialplanet.com/comic-review-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-1/

Comic Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1

By Marcus Orchard on January 19, 2019

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1

BOOM! Studios

Writer: Jordie Bellaire

Artists: Dan Mora & Raúl Angulo

Buffy is back in print, but this time with BOOM! Studios. While the last Buffy comic book series fit into the original television show’s canon and continuity, this new series brings the vampire slayer to the modern age. The debut gives Buffy Summers the opportunity to shine in a new era and appeal to a new generation.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer is written by Jordie Bellaire, known for her fine coloring and strong writing in Redlands. From the beginning, Jordie Bellaire proves that she has a good understanding of the characters, ensuring that longtime fans will read the characters in their original voices. Everyone fits right in the modern era, making everything feel fresh but familiar. Xander and Giles are especially in character here.

Bellaire’s pacing is solid throughout the issue, avoiding the usual pitfalls that most debut issues make. There is little exposition, and instead, the characters meet organically, and little dialogue is needed to establish the basic personalities of the characters. Those who are unfamiliar with the characters should still be able to get the basic gist of everything, especially during a sequence in the iconic (Now modern) school library. While Bellaire doesn’t get bogged down on establishing the characters, she also doesn’t rush everything. A large amount of the cast isn’t introduced in this issue. This decision is for the better and allows the reader to get to know the core characters.

There is clearly a lot of love put into this issue. Many scenes feel like they come straight from the show. There are also plenty of Easter Eggs and references to both the show and other Joss Whedon projects. Bellaire’s script is cheesy, and keeps the campy atmosphere of the original series.

Dan Mora’s pencils capture the charm of the original series. The characters appear animated, with expressive faces. Bold lines ensure that the action pops out at the reader. The action flows well throughout the panels, and everything feels like it has a sense of motion. A heartfelt scene involving the bonding of the Scooby Gang perfectly displays the marriage of words and art that only comic books are capable of producing. Raúl Angulo’s colors are bright and cheery and make the book feel cozy.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1 is the fresh start the franchise needed. It’s a perfect opportunity for the uninitiated to be a part of the fandom. It’s also exactly what long-term fans needed. Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora, and Raúl Angulo have something good going on here, and it is wonderful to see these iconic characters comfortably enter a new generation.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer #1

8.2

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The Scooby Gang is back and adjusting to the modern era well. This is a great read for both fans and newcomers.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NY Times article this weeks Buffy # 1.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/20/arts/design/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-new-comic-book.html

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Returns to High School in New Comic Books



By George Gene Gustines
Jan. 20, 2019

High school can be hell and no one knows that better than Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who returns to her teenage roots in a new comic book series from Boom! Studios that arrives in stores on Wednesday.

“Buffy,” written by Jordie Bellaire, illustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Raúl Angulo and lettered by Ed Dukeshire, reboots the character and her friends and resets them to their high school days — in contemporary times, not 1997, when her television series debuted. (The show ran for seven seasons and later explored her college years.)



There was also a take by Dark Horse, which published comics from 2007 to 2018 that envisioned what Seasons 8 through 12 would have been like if the show had continued. Joss Whedon, who wrote the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” film that was released in 1992 and created the TV series, serves as a story consultant for the comics.

Jeanine Schaefer edits the new series. She recruited Bellaire for the book thanks in part to her work on Redlands, about a coven of witches in a small Florida town. “It felt like the exact right mix of talking about identity issues, gender issues and still having that thread of horror and so moments of levity,” Schaefer said during a conference call with Bellaire.

Terror and humor resonate for many as an apt description of high school, including for Bellaire. “Me and Jeanine talked about how teenagers now are growing up a bit different than they did in the ’90s,” she said. “It is a trying time for teenagers. I think people are feeling a lot of pressure and negativity.”

Previous adventures will not be rehashed in the reboot, which will tell all new stories. The setting allows some of the characters to begin at a new point. While Willow, for example, eventually came out as a lesbian on the TV series, she is already open about her orientation in Issue No. 1 of the new comic. “The ’90s was a different time on TV and for the L.G.B.T. community,” Bellaire said. “I’d like to think it is a little more open now,” allowing Willow to be much more confident.
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So, with all the work that comic has done here, is anyone willing to say anything about their own sense of these characters? I mean, comic posted even a good intro to these people/setting.

I actually don’t care for the “fishy” in this tale. Fish are too outside the setting of human life. It is saying these creatures are the beach outsider-monsters and just slimy but “bloodless.” (Vegan here) I fear too many panels of contiguous panels of “tentacles” or “land sharks” returning to the sea at dawn is too comic book or even lazy to “explain” things that “disappear.”

I honestly felt that “sea monsters” were the weakest offering on both tv shows, including IWRY, simply because the sea is not a world humans can easily “inhabit.”

Mostly, I think that Xander as a vlogger is very good and he might actually be the “shy” one in the “real world” who will come into his own.

Willow just seems too comic book “hot,” especially to be set against “Vamp Willow.”

The vamp as “protective male/possesser/killer” and “out of date” in the world of “girl power” is a whole lot of assumption to swallow—in the US, we are not used to ‘queens’—and the center of power in a woman is still to be seen.

Worse, the physical prowess of ‘males’ in the fighty is the purest cliché of “equality” that “stretches reality” as well. Why, the current superheroes don’t tell me anything about actual women.

It makes Buffy’s specialness for her EMOTIONAL qualities seem to be “outsider” in “the fighty” and the slayer the means to give herself meaning, rather than actually find means to cure her loneliness in finding she is both special and holds place in her own life as a human being. I don’t want the fight of evil to lose her self awareness of her real powers.

The staked vamp was good looking, but fooled neither Willow nor Buffy, actually, and thus, Buffy isn’t fooled by external appearances of hotness—already.

I thought it was interesting that the vamp tells us so much:
“Rumors of the slayer” but no sense there is an excitement sort of vibe in ‘power’ for the place of Sunnydale itself as an important character. After all, Place is both in finding it and understanding where to stand inwardly and outwardly in the world. It shows “the rules” or ‘values’ of people who made the place. This vamp didn’t have any time to show why he is even here. I feel no reason for interest/attraction to power or ‘other’ aka any “supernatural” evil to be here, in general, let alone any “atmospherics” due to the hell mouth.

I already addressed this: “a man that can protect you”—does Willow feel that “scaredy” to you to invite that sort of approach? A complete miss. As I said, she already appears that she doesn’t question her place in the world, and she slides into “judgment” about Buffy with zero surprise for her ‘shenanigans’

This Willow’s emotional world is tied up to the intellectual pursuit of the arcane? So, presto magic is already a part of her?

I guess I am concerned because ‘grown-ish’ is out there and getting a sense of the impact of adults (and their cluelessness or even neglect) was the “see” what is not seen in understanding these people straddling more than the pressures of “place” in “clique”—but also the struggle for their own independence, alone or even “the” group, , on what is dangerous, what is good/evil within and without, what requires strength of character, what requires sacrifice for longer term goals or wisdom.

The settings of school, work, reveal the landscapes on which we have to stand, did seem to be off to the races with Buffy’s job at a fish stand on the beach. It suggests she is an ‘outsider.’ But we can’t know why. She is not in school activities, she is already comfortable with slaying—the first trope that a woman needs a protective man is first to go. Willow isn’t all that ‘unsettled’ and slides right on in to accepting Buffy.

I guess the hellmouth with (funny?) “sex as inner pathway” and absolutely “source of all evil” for a female protagonist was once a funny way to “expose” all such strangling cultural notions.

Now, however, with “sex as sacrament” rather dismissed, other than “* human *, inward journey myths” or even “fringe” extremes of religious nature, I have no idea if “The Master” aka some dictator or “original—misunderstood” creation will generate the “villains’ actions.

Since, the art is pretty good, I don’t think we have seen Angel/Angelus yet. Maybe Luke is more important re the plotty of bringing forth the Master, who just might not be the old ‘master’ anymore. Rather Crazy Dru, the Mistress? That changes the dynamic regarding Darla, for sure beans.

I do think we are flipping over the “dynamics” of gender when “gender” itself seems to not be a big deal to kids nowadays, but is set within a whole field of reasons to accept/reject a person via “the like button” vs ‘bullying’ that isn’t only physical but in one’s own self confidence?

I thought the UNI was actually the reason for the town’s existence and the academic reality of Willow’s parents made their daughter have to value “academic” pursuits, but also made them “clueless” to the pressures on Willow, re her clothes and the superfluous “show” of power (tthat actually are themselves a pressure on different “cliques.”) This is not the new Willow.

I have zero idea that parents mean in anything for anyone in this comic so far. (Other than Buffy herself; she seems isolated from ‘regular people’ at both school and work, yet it is suggested her parents either are economically stressed or “make it real” in requiring Buffy work or prescriptive, as a ‘chill pill’ on her very hours and opportunities for getting into trouble with “the crazy.”

I don’t know if Willow/Vamp Willow embraces Willow’s inner struggle, since she has it altogether otherwise? Even computers are not the domain of STEM students. But electromagnetisim/time are a fertile arena, not to mention ‘dark matter/energy’ itself as most of space itself.

Where will the “outer world” take place now? There aren’t even “decent” malls for “all in one place” hanging out, food, toys, music, game, movie, night life, as if some “down town” can be more than “main street” (in a small place?) The university probably is why the town even exists at all, still?

Xander now is active, intellectually. His poverty is not obvious. He is in “can’t be bothered comfort” yet, as vlogger, his quipping is cool. Also the Cheezio verses all the drug references that were rampant in “old Buffy” including tea is not “bannered” on his T shirt. But cheese is. ( After all, marijuana is legal in many states that enjoy the tax revenue. Maybe that will define the corruption/greed of the new mayor someday? Many small towns being left behind survive in the drug trade and prostitution, of course.

I do like that because Xander of old wasn’t really stupid; he could be clumsy, as are all of us dealing with growth spurts, and maybe he just lives in a “different reality’ that suggests he may not be on the “swim team,” but his “strength” is ‘knowing’ and yet also “still believes in heroes,” or even is “softer.” I am not sure he will be gay. Maybe the power of anonymity on the ‘net is not borne out in the “real world” and this time Xander is the more shy one?

So, if Xander is the hacker, then Willow arrives all powerful and does “presto” all day long?

These people are too “shiny”—and the “growth” or journey is just to make them weak/miserable along side the powerful alter-ego of “self as evil” is the plotty?

And, the hell mouth itself is not any sort of centering mechanism. I do think ‘new” is in the creatures of the “net”—even one “consuming data” as if the reason to “disappear” people’s identity, etc. I think an ancient myth re: Molloch, was pure fun for me, but the ram horns et all were lost on most people.

I think the sea, the source of life itself, is just a little foreign. Even for Xander’s mythology of old. (Orpheus/Eurydice). Maybe the drain of the sink goes to the hell mouth? We may still have the sewers as much a map as in “Stranger Things.” (Consider the “smokers’ where anaerobic life formed before Oxygenated atmosphere?) There are a host of other “explanations” for life, for source of…e.g. comets, alternative dimensions that is bigger than mustache twirling lab-coated scientists in “IT” (snerk) ’ or ‘escaped from the lab’ stuff, for sources of evil. The idea of vampires as a psychological reference always shrieks “alternative” reality of “the subconscious” but the generation of ‘symbols’ for MOW is not compelling to me. I want to know WHY a vampire versus “possession” or other “evil” to be fought.

I am so not interested in ‘avatar Buffy’ and still hope for good stuff from surrounding characters in a flip flop rework for greater clarity of the landscapes of the inner AND outer worlds of Buffy herself.

And no, I am not in another rehab story for addict Spike.

I guess we have to wait and “see” what will be ” or “run to ground.” Not to mention, with the electromagnetism, the dimension of time.

I hope I get some sense of “place” why the villains need some “reason” to hang around this place, not to mention, explain how Buffy is already holding a job, comfortable with slaying, going to school with xome “reason” for knowing absolutely no one—either in school or on the job and no one knows her, at least by sight? Really? A bit of a vacuum here?

Every one seems very shiny, EXCEPT Buffy herself.

Does anyone know if the Angel story is relegated to :Angel/Faith? Sigh.


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Another Buffy # 1 review.

http://comicsbulletin.com/review-bellaire-and-moras-buffy-is-a-revamp-that-slays/

Review: Bellaire and Mora’s “Buffy” is a Revamp that Slays

Daniel Gehen
January 19, 2019

BOOM! Studios

(w) Jordie Bellaire (a) Dan Mora (c) Raul Angulo

Welcome to the Hellmouth! And for longtime Buffy fans, welcome back. After much buildup, the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series from BOOM! Studios is here. Good news: it doesn’t suck. Better news: it’s really good. Similar in the vein of the publisher’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers books, this new series effectively relaunches the franchise in a modern setting. But unlike the other series, Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora are taking things all the way back to the beginning.

Like the celebrated television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 more or less occurs after the events of the less-celebrated 1992 movie. But make no mistake, this is not the world of Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, and Paul Reubens. This is literally as if the show started today, as evidenced by the likenesses of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anthony Stewart Head, and the rest of the show’s cast. In fact, almost everything about this book looks good, thanks to the artwork by Dan Mora and Raul Angulo. Though his renderings of Buffy and Anya (more on her in a minute) are too similar, it is perhaps the only notable blip on the radar in terms of visual errors.

If anything, readers should be spending time scouring each page for the many fun, little details Mora has planted throughout. Three of the more notable references are “Spider-Man: No More,” Firefly, and Joss Whedon’s production company, Mutant Enemy. As fun as the Easter egg hunt may be, it means nothing if the artist is incapable of being a visual storyteller. Mora, however, has proven time and again to be capable. Look no further than his work on the badass Santa comic, Klaus. But as impressive as his work has been in those stories, it is arguably even better here. In terms of sequential storytelling, Mora’s work is phenomenal. Should readers to choose to simply look at the artwork and ignore all Jordie Bellaire’s words, they would still be able to follow the issue from start to finish.

With that said, Buffy is a Joss Whedon creation, and as such it requires a healthy dose of wordplay. Jordie Bellaire proves up to the challenge. Bellaire is adept in finding each character’s voice early and giving them authenticity that will hold up under the scrutiny of the most hardcore of Buffy fans, which she herself admits to being. Whether it’s Xander and Willow talking about that weird-looking guy that tried attacking them, or Buffy lamenting her responsibilities to Giles, the script reads like something these characters would actually say. This was probably the biggest problem facing the series under Dark Horse, so for BOOM! Studios to get that right in the first issue is one hell of a win. But for the most part, these characters are written in a welcoming and inviting manner for the uninitiated, while longtime fans will find comfort similar to slipping on their favorite sweatshirt. In fact, the only character that seems to be taken in a completely different direction is the wish-giving demon Anya, who now runs a shop full of all manner of mystical objects. How she factors into the creative team’s long-term plans remains to be seen, but it’s a welcome change which I personally cannot wait to see unfold.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 successfully revamps the franchise in a manner which should please almost everyone. It isn’t flawless, but it’s as close as you can get from a first issue. Bellaire and Mora have built a great foundation for this series to thrive well beyond the foreseeable future. While certainly containing a fair share of action, the duo understands that Buffy has thrived and resonated on the strength of its characters, and that’s what is presented here. This is a strong, character-driven issue that exceeds the loftiest expectations.


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