Friday, June 14, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

Xander Harris is a vampire. However, their may still be hope for one of the original Scoobies as Giles comes up with a possible way to save their friend's soul before the demon takes over completely. With Xander being turned within the first four issues of the new series we definitely see an even larger break with the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer continuity. At this point writer Jordie Bellaire and artist Dan Mora have me unsure just how this will turn out. While this last-second, available through Anya's magic shop, offers hope, I do wonder just what the creators of the new Buffy have in mind for Xander as the story unfolds.

While some of the early pages of the issue feature an oblivious Buffy and Willow discussing her date, the later pages take a much darker tone focus on Xander being sired (but somehow not "completely sired" - a distinction the comic doesn't go into detail about) and the reactions of both Buffy and Willow to the loss of their friend. The issue also foreshadows trouble at home for Buffy as Joyce learns her daughter is skipping school again (but is still oblivious to her Slayer duties). Worth a look.

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