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

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,668 ratings  ·  172 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, high school, the Scoobies and an English...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
Sebina~☆~ClassicMaiden~☆
Aug 18, 2012 Sebina~☆~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...more
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.
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!
Amanda Rutherford
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...more
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...more
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-...more
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...more
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
Amber
Since I decided I couldn't get enough Buffy, I went on ahead and grabbed a Buffy Omnibus. These cover stories that happened before or during the show's life. The first volume combines a Spike and Drusilla story as well as the original script that Whedon wrote for the Buffy movie, Buffy in Vegas, a Dawn story and covers Buffy stint in a mental hospital. This is definitely for you if you are interested in Buffy's past before she got to Sunnydale but be warned that this series lacks the Whedon char...more
Corrielle
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Bridget Petrella
The smash TV hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer led to nearly a decade of amazing comics at Dark Horse-including cool multiple specials, one-shots, and guest miniseries. This omnibus series is truly the ultimate compilation of the Buffy comics Dark Horse has published, and runs along the TV series' timeline. This first 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 Sunnyd...more
Meg
Sep 01, 2007 Meg rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: S8 comic fans looking for more
Volume 1 of the the Omnibus covers entirely pre-series events, about 95% from movie to just before Season 1.

The Spike/Dru comic at the beginning threw me off. The art and storyline were so uninteresting and stale that I thought the rest of the book was doomed. The Origin chunk, however, was pretty good. It's nice to see how the movie could have gone, had the budget and actors been better. Especially Merrick. The writers' use of perspective is also handy on not only getting a better understanding...more
Rachel
This collection of stories from before Buffy Summers ever heard of the hellmouth was a lot of fun to read (and look at), sometimes funny, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes both, and answered more than a few questions about the Slayer's past. (Didn't we all wonder what happened to Pike? I know I did.) It surprised and, ridiculous as it sounds, delighted me, and after I finished it I felt...satisfied. Very satisfied. Gratified, even. And also happy.

The first story starts long before Buffy is...more
Erin
This was an interesting collection of stories that are mainly set in the year prior to Buffy's arrival in Sunnydale, when she first found out about her calling. An anomaly, the first story presented follows a family's vengeance against Spike and Dru after the death of the Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion; it adds a bit of color to their characters, but also cements Spike's point of view that while he wants the scales to tilt to the side of chaos and evil, he really wants to keep the world inta...more
Punk
Graphic Novel. This collects five stories that are set pre-season one. It conforms nicely to the show's canon and fills in some holes about Buffy's life pre-Sunnydale, but, well, it's not great. The art is ugly and so simplistic that the characters are almost unrecognizable. And the writing. Oy. I never should have complained about the voices in the Serenity comic, because at least those characters sound like they belong on Firefly; these guys don't even sound like they belong to Joss Whedon.

Vo...more
Alannah
Jan 15, 2008 Alannah rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Buffy fans
I have a love/hate thing going with Buffy comics. On one hand, I enjoy the additional stories that have a chance to be told outside of the tv series. I find that in general, the comic writers do a great job of keeping everything consistent character- and plot-wise. I do find some of the stories a tad boring, and the art is kind of hit-or-miss as far as my personal taste goes. Sometimes the drawing style doesn't quite seem to match the story, or I really find that I just don't care for the way a...more
Sarah Maddaford
It has almost everything that I remember loving about the first seasons of the show. The only real problem is that Buffy's character design isn't always distinctive enough to spot her in the panels immediately. Also, the vampires look less human than they did in the series which is a bit weird. I enjoyed reading about what happened in between the end of the original movie and the beginning of the TV series. I always did wonder what happened to Pike. It also has Angel in it, but not nearly as muc...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 05, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans de la serie
Recommended to Federiken by: Autores
Rozó las cuatro estrellas durante gran parte del tomo, y creo que si promedio para abajo es en enorme medida por culpa del dibujo, que no le hace la más mínima justicia a ninguno de los ingeniosos guiones que componen este libro, y a los que no tanto tampoco.
Sí me gustó cómo se pueden encajar prácticamente todas las historias dentro de la canonicidad oficial de la serie. Sí me gustaron los diálogos y los chistes. Sí me gustaron la intro y la idea de recopilar cronológicamente las historietas se...more
Angela
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Cat  Holmes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of those TV shows that defined my childhood, and as such, I pretty much read everything pertaining the series. I picked up this omnibus at a used book store and it was well worth the four dollars. The following stories contained in this one are all about Buffy's origins as the Slayer, even retelling the story from the original film.

All of them are pretty decent and it was nice to find out what happened to Pike from the original film. We also see Dawn as a little...more
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