The mark of any good entertainment property is how quickly they can bounce back from a subpar installment. Boom! Studios’ run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer proved themselves worthy this week with their third issue follow-up from a disappointing second.
Buffy and Giles
Buffy and Giles have had a rough go of it in these rebooted comics. Giles has been shown to be more stringent with her, rather than exhibiting the tenderness and understanding that bonded them into a relationship deeper than the average Watcher and Slayer. I love the way this issue took a step towards developing them into the pseudo proud father/playfully embarrassed daughter they were always meant to be.
As exhibited by Buffy being more distracted by the discovery that Giles plays guitar than by his head injury. Something tells me it won’t be his last during his tenure in the Scooby Gang.
Buffy the Disney Princess
Not only does Disney’s new acquisition of 20th Century Fox usher Buffy in as a modern Disney princess-She already has an “I want” song from “Once More with Feeling!”- but this issue also presents her with an animal sidekick. Camazotz is an adorable overgrown pet bat. Please cherish and protect him the way you would Mushu, Chip, or Flounder. He is Buffy’s Pegasus, after all.
Spuffy (and Spike, Specifically)
Is this the real reason I’m so excited about this issue? Maaaaaybe.
First, let me just say that I hope Spike remains Spike. I loved the fleeting moments in which characters called him William in the original series because those instances usually conveyed some kind of emotion. Its irregularity added significance every time it was used. For Spike to simply be William all the time, as Drusilla proposes because “the name Spike hardly played in the 90s,” would be to take away a pivotal component of his character and potential interactions going forward.
Plus, if Spike wasn’t Spike, we wouldn’t have Spuffy. They meet for the first time in this issue, with Spike unaware of who Buffy is. It’s a bit jarring that Spike and Drusilla have come to Sunnydale for a reason other than to hunt the Slayer, but it’s a twist I found myself enjoying. I liked that Spike was taken aback by the discovery of Buffy’s identity and that he was once again foiled by Buffy having friends to fight by her side. He appears to be much more rational and strategic in this iteration, rather than impulsively throwing himself into whatever glory fight he can. We’ll see how that pays off for him going forward.
In the meantime, here’s to soulmates and their misplaced priorities:
You can purchase Buffy the Vampire Slayer Issue 3 now.