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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by BOOM! Studios


Written by Jordie Bellaire
Illustrated by David Lopez
Colored by Raul Angulo
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 3rd, 2019


How far would you go for a friend? Xander sits at a crossroads as a demonic vampire begins to take over his body, pushing his soul away. Buffy and Willow have one chance to save him, by retrieving a soul tie, but that comes at a pretty steep cost. It's clear that there's more to the job of a slayer than just fighting vampires.

This quest takes Buffy and Willow down into a dark cave full of giant bugs and a large snake woman who speaks in riddles. There's definitely something more going on here, as this creature mistakenly counts the people in the room on multiple occasions. Who is hitching a ride here? Is it a ghost or some other entity?

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Artist David Lopez turns in a terrific design for this monster. It's frightening yet playful. It's also unmistakably filthy, making you shudder at the very thought of its gnarly claws or slick, greasy skin touching you. It does live in a cave after all. It has a number of spectral eyes floating around its face, giving the impression it sees more than others. This also reinforces the statements about more people in the area.

The floating eyes around the monster's face glow with a red, eerie energy. Colorist Raul Angulo makes these stand out from the dingy surroundings, drawing your focus to them and perhaps distracting you from the creature's true intentions. Letterer Ed Dukeshire further distinguishing the monster with green/grey word balloons, in a similar shade as its skin. This is unnatural in every sense of the word.

While I love the design for the monster, I'm not entirely sold on the look of the human characters. Their eyes are often too far apart and their noses are turned up, giving them a pig-like appearance. This happens repeatedly throughout Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 and becomes a bit of a distraction. Some deep, emotional scenes lose some of their impact with these strange looking faces.

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The inclusion of Robin in the mix as a fellow high school student is an interesting change. Writer Jordie Bellaire weaves in the teenage drama that is integral to Buffy with a new spin we never saw in the TV show. This serves as some nice comic relief in an otherwise tense and unsettling scene as Buffy and Willow juggle this classmate who seems to be keeping tabs on them with the goal of saving Xander.

Bellaire is building something special here and we're seeing the seeds of further elements planted in this issue. I am eager to see how this will play out and lead up to the first crossover between this series and Angel later this year with Hellmouth. This comic has reinvigorated my love for this franchise.


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Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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