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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus, Vol. 1

(Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,734 ratings  ·  335 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 Englis
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by Dark Horse
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Ana Filipa Yes, you can. The Omnibus 1 collects stories from before Buffy went to Sunnydale, so it doesn't interfere with the other books. Volumes 2-7 collect st…moreYes, you can. The Omnibus 1 collects stories from before Buffy went to Sunnydale, so it doesn't interfere with the other books. Volumes 2-7 collect stories from Season 1 to Season 6. (less)

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Wren (fablesandwren)
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 04-stars, not-shelved

I read this as a collection, so I wanted to rate the first Volume all together.

To see my reviews as Issues, you can click on the links below
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: All's Fair (Buffy Classics, #1)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Origin (Buffy Classics, #2)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Viva Las Buffy (Buffy Classics, #3)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Dawn and Hoopy the Bear (Buffy Classics, #4)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Slayer, Interrupted (Buffy Classics, #5)

Main thoughts:
I love anything involving Buffy t
Aug 08, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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


Now, I have to tell everyone who reads this review something…I am a HUGE FAN OF “BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!!!” I have always loved that show and when I heard that they were making comic books out of this series, of course I had to check them out! So, when I picked up the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Volume One,” I was wondering what this volume was going to be all about and to my excitement and delight, this volume detailed the early years of Buffy Summers when she first
Gary Sundell
4.5 stars. I didn't care much for the artwork in the first story, which features Drusilla and Spike. All of the stories are set before season 1. I enjoyed the rest, although seeing Dawn is a bit weird. I know when she was introduced on the show it was stated reality was altered and she was always there as Buffy's kid sister. ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Challenge #49 A book based on or turned into a tv show (POPsugar reading challenge 2015)

elizabeth • paper ghosts
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 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
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Not the best comic ever but also not the worse. Out of all four short comics I liked 3 of them which wasn’t bad. I feel like I’m just gonna leave the comics for now and go watch the show. I’m curious 🤔
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Buffy fans
This was a really fun read! All the issues collected in this comics felt in line with the tv show and Buffy, of course, doesn't fail to deliver her one-liners while slaying. I have to say I enjoyed all the comics, but my favourite definitely was Slayer, Interrupted. Buffy faces new challenges as a new slayer and slowly learns more about her destiny. What really surprised me was that Dawn was included in the comics so early. I expected it to be more in line with the show, but I have to say I'm gl ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All’s Fair - 3 stars
Buffy: The Origin - 4 stars
Viva Las Buffy - 4 stars
Dawn & Hoopy the Bear - 4.5 stars
Slayer, Interrupted, Chapter 1,2,3 & 4 - 4.5 stars
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Alice Rachel
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's Buffy... Enough said! ; ) ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection, because it starts out with comics written later in the title's run, but set before the show started. Have you ever wondered how Buffy's origin would go if Dawn was there? Then this is the book for you. Along with a well done retelling of the original motion picture, this book has a few really good short stories, and the answer to the immortal question of what happened to Pike after Buffy left LA.

I highly recommend this book to fans of the television show or readers o
Deanna Downs
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is cool. I like the art. It’s by no means just “Buffy, the comic version,” it’s all different stories. A lot of background about Buffy and Giles so far. The first story in the volume is about Spike and Drusilla and is the weakest story in my opinion so it’s unfortunate that they led with it. I almost stopped reading.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man, I love this series. The art is fantastic! It follows the story of how Buffy and Giles came to Sunnydale, starting with the plot of the movie. It brings in familiar characters, and sets up events for the first season of the show. All of the characters are well represented, and you can really feel their voices in the dialogue.
Sarah Baker
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a very good book but I think the show is better.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the collection of stories in this omnibus. It captured the same darkness the show had as well as its lighter, more humorous moments. Liked the art too!
Katherine Petrova
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love it just like I loved the show. I wish I found this series and the comic earlier. Oh god, 'I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer' sooo much. ...more
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Disclaimer: I've never seen a single episode of the series or read any of the comics before, but I got this in a Humble Bundle, which I finally got around to reading.

I don't know. I think it would have been much more fun if I had grown up with the series, so there would have been nostalgia involved. Because as it was, I thought both the comic and Buffy felt rather dated and the stories predictable. The artwork also was nothing special,
Ashley Mustard
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: helloloony
I have been a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since I was a kid and reading this graphic novel brought back the memories 😊 I can’t wait to read the next volume
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Really enjoyed these stories it gave me alot of backstory to better understand slayer by Kiersten white.
Jan 03, 2012 added it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I bought this comic in a fit of Buffy withdrawal, but didn’t have very high hopes for it. After all, it’s not canon, 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 of
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
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
For me, and I'm sure this is the case for a lot of cats, Buffy the Vampire Slayer exists within a sort nostalgic tesseract-something that doesn't exist as we first knew it, when we were first introduced back in the 90's. No, those days only exist on re-runs found within whatever streaming service one employs for their viewing pleasure. Like Seinfeld on Hulu. Only, thanks to Dark Horse Comics, this pop culture phenomenon is still out there and keeps building upon Joss Whedon's brainchild. This fi ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Home library

This graphic novel starts before Buffy goes to Sunnydale and contains her life in L.A. after Merrick, her Watcher, tells her that’s she’s the new Slayer. There are some Sunnydale scenes interspersed here and there and it flips back and forth between the stories and, after Origin, Giles being tested to see if he’s worthy of being the Slayer’s new Watcher.

All’s Fair ~ A Spike and Dru story set at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Man, I love these two crazy vamps.

The Ori
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 Buffy.
Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008january

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,
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This collection of Buffy-comics started out quite...meh, but got much better after the first half. Aside from the messy storytelling the art was quite ugly in the beginning, Buffy didn't look like Buffy and there was a lot of "anatomy don't work that way".

Weird anatomy doesn't put me off if someone is doing it consistently (I read manga, weird anatomy is my middle name). But this illustrator mostly went weird in the action-sequences, so it was really bothering me. Unless you do spaghetti-monste
Some of these stories I really liked, while some dragged it down as a whole. I love that the movie story line was included, as I am a fan of both the movie and the TV series (and always thought the two weren't connected as well as they think they were.) Since I stopped liking the show during the college years and quit watching all together when that whole thing with Dawn showing up and Glory (I think that's her name) was introduced, I was a bit sad to see they threw Dawn in like she was there al ...more
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 actors ...more
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