Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Every Generation

Similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones, the new one-shot anthology Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Every Generation features a trio of stories on Slayers throughout history. "Where All Paths Lead" offers an alternative series of event to those of "Hellmouth, Part Five." In this version Buffy enters the Hellmouth alone to face the Hellmother. As a result, events turn out less well for Buffy and the world.

Both of the other two stories take place well-before Buffy's time. "The Hilot of 1910" offers a story featuring the Slayer Matay who searches out an Aswang her village believes is responsible for a series of gruesome murders. Despite being hunted by the Slayer, the monster professes her innocence and eventually leads Matay to the true villain.

The final story "The Sisters of Angelus" is the most interesting as it features a young Slayer named Una who searches for a missing friend sent to an asylum for troublesome girls which turns out to be cult of vampire nuns sired by Angelus (who it seems had a thing for nuns besides just Drusilla).

There's certainly a market for Buffyverse stories like this with centuries of Slayers to explore along with various stories involving Buffy and her contemporaries as well. While I found the subject matter of "The Sisters of Angelus" the most interesting, nothing in the comic "changed the way I look at Buffy and everything about her world" as the publisher promised. I don't know that there is much here other than for die-hard Buffy fans interested in side stories like these.

[BOOM! Studios, $7.99]

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