A prelude to the upcoming “Hellmouth” crossover event, Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8 (BOOM! Studios) examines the dating game during a Halloween party. Based on Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the pop culture phenomenon continues to explore new heights.
Buffy’s on patrol at her school’s Halloween dance, but instead of demons and monsters, she finds a stranger in a mask who seems to be watching her every move. Meanwhile, across town, someone close to the Scooby Gang makes a fateful decision that has dire consequences for Sunnydale, and leads directly to the event that will change Buffy and Angel’s lives forever in…the HELLMOUTH.
Here are 5 reasons why you should get Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8:
5) What Happened Before!
More Buffy progress pieces! First is my "watercolor flats," next is the finished cover, and finally my sketches – one was of her doing a snap/story with cute emojis and such.— Kevin Wada (@kevinwada) August 5, 2019
The process: simple watercolor painting that I then flesh out and render in #procreate. pic.twitter.com/8KMyeyRD97
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. Willow had to face her dark self before she could rescue Xander’s soul.
4) The Writing!
Writer Jordie Bellaire brings Angel in for a surprise visit in an unexpected way. Bellaire jumps back at forth between Buffy at a Halloween party and Giles’ first date at a museum. Changing show continuity, notice how letterer Ed Dukeshire eases in on the dialogue between Giles and Joyce, who have just met for the first time.
3) The Artwork!
Artists David López captures an isolated Buffy, who stinks at having a good time at a Halloween party. It’s her opportunity to be a normal teenager but Buffy is filled with responsibilities as a slayer. Notice how López captures Buffy’s longing to be part of the inside crowd.
2) The Colors!
A great use of vibrant tones, Raul Angulo has a more festive look for the Halloween party. In the opening pages, notice how the party mixes the lighting with green and purple colors. A different setting, there’s a more broad brown shade during Giles’ date with Jenny.
1) A Fun Read!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8 wonderfully sets up the collision course between Angel and the Scooby Gang! I’m very excited to see what happens to next!
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8 arrives in stores September 4th, 2019.