Written by Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert with art by Ramon Bachs and Raúl Angulo (and based on the iconic series created by Joss Whedon), this issue raises serious questions about the nature of Xander and Willow’s friendship, but it also raises an even bigger questions of who the story’s “big bad” really is.
To call this a step down from what Dark Horse was doing with their long-running, engaging, and yes, flawed but always daring Buffy comics in an understatement. Increasingly, it’s not only the timeline that has been changed but the core of the characters, the values of the series, the universality of the themes, and, most of all, the quality of the storytelling. It’s not that this doesn’t work as a Buffy comic. It’s just not a good comic.
So much is lost in reimagining Buffy, and its not entirely clear what is gained, because while the series delivers occasional one-off, character-focused stories like last issue’s Wesley one-shot and the excellent Willow spinoff, it’s when the characters come together that the series feels further from the heart and soul of Buffy.
“It’s an invasion of my head, it’s like there are these strangers walking around in there,” Buffy says. And at the time that was just a guess from Joss Whedon and episode writer Jane Espenson about what hearing others’ thoughts would feel like, but now it;s what we deal with every day as we inject the rage and anxiety and bad takes of hundreds, if not thousands of people directly into our brains.
One might think issue four is the perfect time to jump into some climactic action immediately. But again, mirroring Willow’s experience, we’re lulled into a false sense of security. The creative team does this by providing more interiority through narration, using more dialogue, and emphasizing moments.
Everything that made the first three issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow great continues here, with this slice-of-life script from Mariko Tamaki. Even as it begins to ramp up with a bit of supernatural action, in the end, there is a quiet, purposeful, intellectual approach to it all that is befitting to Willow as a character.
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