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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  3,179 ratings  ·  198 reviews
The definitive comics collection of all things "Buffy" starts here. This first massive volume begins at the beginning--"The Origin," a "faithful" adaptation of creator Joss Whedon's original screenplay for the film that started it all. The newly chosen Slayer's road to Sunnydale continues in "Viva Las Buffy" and "Slayer, Interrupted." Next, Sunnydale, the Scoobies, and an ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Dark Horse Comics
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Adam
Aug 10, 2007 Adam rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I have a soft spot for the Buffy comics for two reasons: 1) I like the show to an embarrassing degree and 2) I was an assistant editor on the comics (in fact, I'm credited with that in this volume though I don't think I actually worked on any of the issues in this collection -- they all came before or after my time on the title).

Anyway, I liked this collection. They are good comics. Not great, but good. They capture something of the spirit of the show even if they can't quite capture the show's
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Allison (Crazy Something Maybe Reviews)
I loved 75% of this, but I found one of the longer stories, Viva Las Buffy!, extremely hard to follow. That is why I am only giving this 3 stars. The story flipped back and forth between the perspectives of Buffy, Pike, and Angelus while trying to balance multiple story-lines and I was confused for most of it.

I'm also not sure why this started with a story about Spike and Dru. I could not care any less about them than I already do so I was mostly uninterested throughout.

Buffy: The Origin and Sl
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Isa Lot
Que maravilla. Como me ha gustado. El primero no tanto, pero los demás me han fascinado, me atrapaban. Recomendable.

Las historias de éste volumen rellenan los huecos que quedaron sin explicacion entre la pelicula de Buffy y la serie, por ejemplo hablan del novio que acabo teniendo Buffy en la peli y todo lo que hace desde que se entera de que es cazadora hasta que llega a Sunnydale.
David
The Buffy Omnibus collects the old Dark Horse Comics series that preceded Buffy: Season Eight. These stories were not written by Joss Whedon or with Whedon's input, which shows as there isn't the characteristic clever dialog or planting of plot seeds that emerge later.

Omnibus Volume 1 tells Buffy's "origin" story, which means the first part is a graphic adaptation of the original movie, and the rest is the events between the end of the movie (when Buffy burned down her old high school) and the b
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Brittany
Being a huge fan of the Buffyverse and Joss as a whole, there is nothing about this collection that I dislike. The artwork is gorgeous, even with the different artists styles changing up every comic or so. The stories fit in beautifully with the Buffy series, lending witty comments, quirky facial expressions, and story arcs that tie everything together.

I suppose you COULD read the comics in the order that they actually came out, if that's what strikes your fancy. However, if you're a fan of the
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Lucy
I bought this comic in a fit of Buffy withdrawal, but didn’t have very high hopes for it. After all, it’s not cannon, and most of it isn’t even written by Joss Whedon—though I believe he did approve most of it. But after watching the Buffy movie, I was really intrigued to see the original script adapted as a comic.

For some reason I don’t understand, the book opens not with Buffy, but with a one-shot story following Spike and Drusilla. Maybe if this story was setting up the baddies for the rest o
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Liz
I'm going to be upfront and mention that probably any and all Buffy and/or Angel graphic novels are going to be totally biased on my part. I kind of have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Buffy...so yeah. I'll still try to be critical, but they're pretty much all going to be five star ratings from me. ;)

As in my "Charmed" graphic novel reviews, I'll be breaking these down by issue. I don't discuss too much of storyline because I like to stay mostly spoiler free. ;)

1.) "All's Fair"
Loved star
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Lori
Bleh.

As I've mentioned before, comics really aren't my genre. If the story is compelling enough, then I'm able to see the appeal. If not, well, this is a decent example.

The Omnibus volumes are supposed to showcase the best of the Buffy comics, in chronological order. They're not written or even approved of by Joss (or, with a couple of exceptions, anyone affiliated with the show). And as much as I'm a tad obsessed with most things in Whedon's world, these just don't fit.

I'm all about back story,
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ClassicMaiden
Jan 10, 2015 ClassicMaiden rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the TV-series who can't get enough of BTVS!
August 2012: This was a re-read - once in a while I find myself in the mood to read the old Buffy comics... This first volume is filled with stories set before she arrived in Sunnydale.

I saw my first BTVS TV-series episode back in 1999 and it's been a part of my life ever since; the comics and the tv-series.
I've never grown tired of the series and when I'm in the mood, I love going back re-reading the comics and re-watching the show. If you're one of the fans who can't get enough of the world
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Pamster
I read many but not all of these Buffy comics when they came out, and it's really exciting to go back & read these. The Omnibus editions repackage the comics in chronological order according to the timeline of the show. At this volume's end, the stories are still pre-Sunnydale. I finished and immediately wished I'd bought both available volumes. Also, I'd like to mention, for all the comics writers reading this, I hate in-jokes in comics, like references within the story to Joss or to the ac ...more
Ellen
3.5 stars

This isn't going to change the world or anything, but as a fan of the show I enjoyed these stories. "Dawn & Hoopy the Bear" was a little much, but whatever. It does make me want to watch the show again. Anyone who is a fan will enjoy this. You get a little more background on what happened between the film and the show.
Nicole
I remember seeing the cult classic movie ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ with Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry in the theatre while I was summering with my Grandparents in 1992. Yes, I realize this makes me *ancient* but I loved the story of a cheerleading-loving California girl who learns the world is bigger than she expected—and there’s VAMPIRES. It was pretty much my life (except for the vampires part). I later heard that there was a show that featured Buffy and while it wasn’t until college that I m ...more
Emily
Volume One of the Graphic Novel Omnibus of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a real treat. It contains five story arcs which all take place prior to Season One of the Buffy television show. This volume contains The Origin, which is a re-worked version of the Buffy Movie. Or, maybe I should say, it's the original treatment by Joss that the cheesy movie was adapted from?
Also included are an adventure with Spike and Dru at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, "Viva Las Buffy" which takes place after The Origin
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Greg
I never really intended to read these older Buffy comics but Dark Horse Digital had a crazy sale a while back and I decided to bite the (silver) bullet and buy them. They are a nice distraction from life but so far nothing really spectacular. I do appreciate that they are connected and try to create a continuity, canonical or otherwise, with the show and, in the case of this first collection, the movie. The most successful was "Slayer, Interrupted" and of course reminded me of the excellent epis ...more
Jim
Several good stories that take place prior to Season One. In all of the Buffy stories, she is still living in LA, and will not move to Sunnydale until right before Season One begins.

All's Fair.
An enjoyable Spike & Dru story that takes place in 1933 at the World's Fair. This story was also found in the TPB Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike & Dru .

The Origin.
This is considered to be a more faithful adaptation of Joss Whedon's Buffy screenplay than the movie was. Pretty cool.

Viva Las Buf
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Jackie "the Librarian"
A collection of stories by various authors filling in Buffy's history before she arrives at Sunnydale, and before the start of the tv series. Includes a new version of the movie, without the camp feel that undermined it.
Like any anthology, it's uneven, but anything Buffy is good Buffy in my opinion. And I loved the story about Dawn and Hoopy Bear!
Ashley
The "volume" contains 13 issues of Buffy so I'm not going to break it down issue by issue due to the large number of writers and artists. This will be a broader overall review.

I found this graphic at a used book store and it was well within my price range for once, especially considering that I trade in a few books for store credit and would have out of pocket expense. I have been a Buffy fan for quite a few years and I enjoy books and comics that take me back to Sunnydale for a visit after all
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Kate
This particular volume makes a nice companion to the series. It fleshes out some things that happen before the series, explaining what happened to Buffy's first Watcher and how the school was burnt down (although it fails to explain why she was expelled). Additionally, the Spike and Drusilla stories were very amusing. I didn't like the inclusion of Dawn, though. And I personally wouldn't consider the series of comics (especially these early ones) as canon, as the authors appeared to have no inte ...more
Jesus Flores
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus, Vol. 1
So a group of stories of Buffy before she arrives to Sunnydale
First story is Spike and Dru causing chaos on the Chicago fair, not really interesting story and the summoning part kind of lame. (1 star)
Next is the movie adapted to comic with some differences, we see buffy finding she’s the slayer and killing the big Vampire Lothos, that one was good 4 stars
Then is Viva las Buffy, where Buffy goes to Vegas with boyfriend Pike to find and destroy a vampire la
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Amanda
As a Buffy Geek I absolutely loved this!

Tying in the Movie with the show was a great plot. & including Dawn, cool points for that :)

The art was pretty epic too. I could so see the actors from the show in them. Just some imagination in my head and with the quirky dialogue it felt like watching some new episodes I'd never seen!! Which for a fan that has seen EVERY episode like 3 times a piece, it felt awesome!!

My favorite story was The Viva Las Vegas one with Pike! & The One with Buffy lo
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Matty
This was a fun collection of Buffy stories, pre-Sunnydale. It fills in the gaps between the movie and the series, and even has a graphic novel of Joss Whedon's original movie script (which, obviously, is so much better than the silly movie!). It also shows what happened when Buffy was in the institution the first time (before season 6 episode Normal Again) and what happened with Pike between the movie and the series. I think my favourite story was the one about Dawn and the bear. I had put off b ...more
Brianna C
I've recently started getting into graphic novels and wanted to read some from the Buffy/Angel world since it's one of my favorite shows. With this volume, you can definitely tell it's not the most current. It tells stories from the Buffy world that I hadn't heard/seen before. It's interesting to see the characters you know and love so differently and in different situations.

The artwork wasn't bad. It did seem like some of it was done by different artists (which I think it was). It was still ver
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Kelly
From one Buffy fan to another

Having discovered Joss Whedon through Firefly (and then only after the show had been off the air for a year!), I recently watched – devoured – Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix. (I’m halfway through Angel now. No spoilers!) Missing the Scooby Gang something fierce, I decided to give the comics a try.

Much to my dismay, I’ve never really been able to get into comics or graphic novels. Though I love many of the stories and characters, the format just isn’t for me. Eve
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Ellen Shull
Despite being in supposedly the exact demographic, I've never been much of a fan of comics--a picture may be worth a thousand words, but a word is worth a thousand pictures, and a video is worth 30 pictures a second (25/24 if you're European or a moviegoer; I leave the obvious jokes as an exercise for the reader.)

Whatever I think of comics, I am a huge fan of BtVS. So, with some reluctance and trepidation, I picked up this first omnibus of Buffy comics.

To some degree, my misgivings were correct-
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Desiree
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Justin
So, it appears my sudden, random fascination with graphic novels and my rediscovery of Buffy have collided. I originally meant to buy and read the Season 8 books that Joss Whedon actually worked on, but since I'm in the middle of rewatching the entire series, I decided to wait until I was done with that and go through this hefty volume of early Dark Horse comics instead. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

This volume covers two seminal moments in the Buffy canon: her showdown with Lothos in Los An
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Andrea Blythe
A collection of graphic short stories, which were written by a variety of comic authors, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on television. My favorite was "Dawn and Hoopy the Bear," which was quite funny and had some of the best art in the collection. I also really liked "Viva las Buffy" (which fills in the gap from when the movie ended and the TV show began and letting us know what happened to Pike) and "Slayer, Interrupted" (which shows Buffy's stay in a mental institution as an attempt to avo ...more
Joey Hines
So this is really Buffy Season 0. It opens with a Spike and Dru story that's fun, if not particularly memorable. Then it's Buffy's ORIGIN, based on Joss Whedon's original script for the 1992 movie. This was the main reason I was interested in the book, and it wasn't quite as awesome as I was expecting, though from what I hear it's much better than the movie ended up being. The tail end of the book is where it gets really good: Buffy takes a trip to Vegas with Pike, her pre-Angel boyfriend, and t ...more
Stephanie Krause
May 18, 2011 Stephanie Krause rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Joss Whedon Fans, Buffy Fans
Was actually a pretty great collection. I was kind of hoping to dislike it so I didn't have yet another series to collect. However, I like it. So I'll be trying to corral the others in the set. I didn't like the Spike/Dru story they opened with when it was in their TPB collection, and I didn't like it again, but it was the only weak point. The prequel story was done very well (should have left the 1990 off of the tombstone from the vampire who was killed "three days ago" while Buffy was a Freshm ...more
Marcel
Between the cult hit/commercial flop film, and the metaseries in which Buffy Summers is, if not wholly central, then at least prominent and prevalent-- one would think Buffy has had ample backstory supplied. But this first omnibus, which culls from the vast collection of Dark Horse Buffy Comics series from the late nineties to date, provides a satisfying origin story that neither changes the canonical television series, but does enrich it for fans who can accept the comic format as an extension ...more
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