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The start of a new story arc, Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5 (BOOM! Studios) delivers nail-biting suspense after a major tragedy. Based on Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the pop culture phenomenon continues with a daring and surprising twist.
The Scooby Gang tries to recover and deal with a new threat that’s arising within the very halls of Sunnydale High itself.
Here are 5 reasons why you should get Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5:
5) What Happened Before!
Woking at a fast food joint, Buffy is even more tired as she’s trying to get good grades at school and stick to her nightly patrol. After making new friends, Willow and Xander, Buffy’s vampire slaying keeps getting in the way. With the help of Willow and Xander, Buffy was able to defeat Drusilla and Spike. In retaliation, Drusilla took advantage of Xander and drank his blood.
4) The Writing!
A clever take on the episode, “The Pack,” writer Jordie Bellaire examines what happens when Xander loses his sense of morality and unleashes his ego. Bellaire also gives a bit of a tease, hinting at Spike and Drusilla’s master plan. Letterer Ed Dukeshire does a great job capturing Willow’s emotional roller-coaster, as she’s just lost her childhood friend.
3) The Art!
The horror action is very lively and loose from artist David López, especially in the opening pages. I really loved the big splash page of Buffy holding and pointing a chopped-off arm at a group of frightened vamps. The real kicker happens mid-way when López illustrates Xander’s dark side.
2) The Colors!
A great use of primary colors, Raul Angulo uses a lot of reds and greens to highlight Buffy’s nightmare. The nightmare sequence draws parallels to the imagery from Dario Argento’s Suspiria. During the flashback, the black and white tones add to the comedy as Buffy narrates her bad date.
1) A Great Read!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5 starts off as a teen comedy before unleashing its heartbreaking twist! I’m very excited to see what happens to Xander now that he’s on Team Vamp.
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer #5 arrives in stores June 6th, 2019.