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Graphic Novel Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon & Jordie Bellaire


Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon & Jordie Bellaire, Illustrated by Dan Mora 
Series: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, #1-4
Genre: Paranormal | Graphic Novels
Age Range: Young Adult
Paperback, 128 pages
My Copy
Published on May 28th 2019 by BOOM! Studios
Joss Whedon: 
Website Twitter Goodreads

Jordie Bellaire: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Dan Mora: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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…only this time around, her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window.

Eisner Award winner Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Go Go Power Rangers, Hexed), along with series creator Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers), 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.

I was so exited for these comics since I first time heard about them. Buffy has been one of my favorite shows since I was twelve and I was exited to see how different it would be set in this era instead of the 90s. I also hope we’re finally  getting out Spuffy endgame but my hopes aren’t that high with the last one. I’ve been disappointed too many times already. The writing was very good but I was confused at time who was narrating it.

“Is that an Englishman? Butchering English classics? The horrors of this town.”

I love all the little details they put from the show, like Buffy’s room and the training room. Tunaverse, where Buffy works reminds me of that burger place Buffy worked in season six. I also like the differences, like Joyce having a boyfriend. I actually feel bad for Eric because he’s trying too hard to make Buffy like him but Buffy’s  teenager so of course she had an attitude towards him.

I knew I was going to like Willow and Xander more in these comics than in the show and I was right. Jordie Bellaire actually succeeded making me feel bad for Xander. Xander feels left out but is too nice to say it to either Willow or Buffy. Just like in the show he has feelings for Buffy but he doesn’t try to control her or make her feel bad.

I’d recommend this comic to all the Buffy fans and even those who have never watched the show. Some characters are different, like Cordelia is actually nice and Anya isn’t just this naive girl who loves money. Willow isn’t scared to lie and I love her fashion sense in this reboot.

Could I get volume two already, please? I just hope it will have more Spike and him actually interacting with Buffy. I’d would be happy with him being his badass self with or without Drusilla but actually doing something besides texting and watching Dru bite someone. I’d rather he stayed with Drusilla than formed  relationship with Cordelia. I wasn’t a big fan of her in either show and I don’t really care for her in the comic so far either.


4.5 stars

9 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon & Jordie Bellaire”

    1. It’s almost impossible not to like it since most of the characters are more likeable and even just reading about Spike should be reason enough 😀 But it is very different, so don’t blame me if you don’t like it 😂

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  1. So my best college friend and I call each other Willow and Xander and whenever he finds the Buffy graphic novels in used bookstores he gets them for me. I’m so glad someone else has found them and liked them too!


    1. This graphic novel isn’t the same as I’m guessing you’re meaning. This is the first volume of the graphic novels released this year. I do enjoy some comics of s8-11. Season ten and eleven gave me so much Spuffy content, so how can I not like them?

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    1. I haven’t read many but I do enjoy them. It was so nice to see how different the writers imagined the characters in our time than how they were in the 90s


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