Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer #7
"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" #7Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artists: David López and Sas Milledge
Color Artists: Raúl Angulo and Sas Milledge
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Review by James Stone
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #7 was a very quick read. There was a ton of art and very little dialogue, which made flicking through the comic very easy. It was a fast paced, dream sequence issue which focused almost entirely on Willow. Whilst it contained some dark and gruesome images and the narrative was emotional and dealt with her facing her inner demons, it did, unfortunately, lack substance.
In my reviews for this series I've often made comparisons to the TV show. With the new story being a reboot, it's very difficult not to make those comparisons. Issue #7 doesn't feature the title character at all. When I think back to the show it reminds me of the episodes that also didn't feature Buffy. Willow, Xander and Cordelia are important supporting characters, but I lose a little interest in the stories that focus too heavily on them.
Like many readers, I mainly came to this book for the main character, Buffy. This was the first issue of the series not to feature her and I was disappointed at not being treated to a little bit of slaying action.
ConclusionI must praise the writing and artwork in Buffy #7, as it continued to be of a very high standard. I feel this issue could have slotted in at maybe #10 or #11, after having spent more time with Buffy discovering her role as a slayer. An issue this emotionally charged for a support character to come so early in the series' run really dragged the previously set high momentum right down.
Let's hope issue #8 comes back with a bang.
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