Buffy is back in a trade book telling her origin. After all these years, though, what’s left to add to a series that is over? Do we still care about her origin?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, High School Is Hell TPB #1
Created by Joss Whedon
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Illustrated by Dan Mora
Colored by Raúl Angulo
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Published by BOOM! Studios
Synopsis: (from BOOM!) Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon. 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 her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award-Winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) bring Buffy into a new era with new challenges, new friends…and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell.
Think X-men in high school. Oh, yeah… But better.
The origin is refreshed to this generation of readers.
Characters are visually very good. The cute girls are cute, perhaps more than the show. The monsters are consistent with the shows designers’ and make-up artists’ work. Cell phones are more a part of the book but not distractingly so.
The script is funny, smart, and reminds me of Joss Whedon’s shows. He clearly remains involved in the writing as shown in Bellaire’s sarcasm and sharp wit round out dialogue. It is engaging for adults and teens. Avoids any semblance of utter camp.
The core of the Scoobies are here: Buffy, Willow, Xander and of course a fair bit of slaying. Watch Xander close. From the beginning of this arc, he sets on a shifting path.
As for the art, Mora owns it. After two pages you’ll be deep in the panels with him re-discovering old friends like Giles. So few books bother with atmosphere and Mora’s rich backgrounds are amazingly so.
Letters don’t distract and the colors are a compliment. This is a fun revisiting of the show.
Would I buy it? Yes, and you should, too. This is a fun summer read.
Look for it in your local comic shop as it is not available online from boom-studios.com, yet.
I give this 4 cursed amulets of 5
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.