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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell

(Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol. 1)

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Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon!

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked w
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by BOOM! Studios (first published May 7th 2019)
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Chad
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I was not at all happy when I heard Boom was returning Buffy to high school. I thought it would be like the fluff Dark Horse comics before Joss Whedon took over and started extending the TV series which I greatly liked. But you could tell in seasons 11 and 12 Dark Horse had run out of ideas and had kind of given up on Buffy. Whedon along with the writers from the show had ended their involvement and the wheels had fallen off.

So Boom blew up the Buffyverse and started over, reimagining it for tod
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Artemy
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, everybody who's read my review of Buffy Season 12 knows how skeptical I felt about this Boom Studios reboot of Buffy comics. As a die-hard fan of Dark Horse continuation of the show I felt kind of betrayed by this move. Well, the truth is that Dark Horse Buffy comics were stagnating for a while now, and the final volume of Season 12 was nothing short of atrocious with how it handled the wrap-up of its many long-running storylines. So it comes as a huge relief and a surprise that this new and ...more
Sierra
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This new series is killing it!

Not a big Buffy fan to start off with but that is why I was interested in the series. To see if maybe someone who didn't really know Buffy, could get to know Buffy through this! So far so good! I wont lie, the first issue was a little gimmicky; Buffy calling herself feisty was a little hard to read over. But besides that, its good. The art does a great job of keeping everyone from the show looking the same. Its a little more modern with technology but its not someth
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Roy
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I had watched a bit of Buffy as a kid but wasnt a fanboy as such. I felt like this was directed at the massive fans more so your general fan.
Veronika
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was marvellous!

I am so happy that I could see my favourite characters in the nowadays setting. Buffy with her typical sarcasm, strong will and the need to belong somewhere, while using smartphone. The gang binge watching movies, Xander playing videogames, Cordelia caring about the environment. And there were also good old vampires, monsters, Giles being his old grumpy self, Buffy's mum and high school library.

I felt so much nostalgia, I was bursting with joy while reading this.
Chris Lemmerman
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's Buffy, but not as you know her - reimagined for the 2010s, everyone you know and love is here, but not quite as you expect to find them. And yet, somehow, they're still them.

Rebooting such a beloved franchise should have anyone running for the hills at the prospect, but Jordie Bellaire (colourist turned writer, apparently) handles this will easy flair. Buffy is still Buffy, even if she's a little more confident in herself. Willow is still Willow, even if she knows herself far more than the
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unknown
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Buffy reboot–which keeps the characters but mixes around their backstories and updates the timeframe–is better than it has any right to be.

Experienced Scoobies will enjoy picking out the differences in the timelines (Willow would obviously be more in touch with her sexual identity in 2019; Xander would totally be an incel) but it works well on its own merits too... I think? Hard to say as I have been watching and reading about these characters for 22 years.

This first volume chews through
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Emily
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I am a HUGE BTVS fan. I watched it as it aired, from the pilot through the finale, and I rewatch every few years. When I heard about this comic, I was really excited. After reading it, I am not sure how I feel about this. I was really excited to see how they were going to modernizing Buffy, but I didn't like some of the changes to the characters, and a lot of it was just...odd. However, I'm curious to see what will happen next, so I'll definitely continue the series. But I have concerns.
Drew
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delighted by this. A 2019 update of Buffy, written by a woman (thank the gods)? Yes and yes. Loving the way that the present is integrated seamlessly, and the ways in which it makes the characters all the more relatable. I'm excited to see where this goes, and how it continues to diverge from the original series -- I'm as hooked as I was the first time I watched the show.
Ksenia
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came to this reboot skeptical - but I had just finished a rewatch of the Buffy tv show and was having trouble sourcing the continuing comic book series and decided having some extra Buffy was better than nothing. This reboot is fantastic, really satisfying to see how our characters slot into an updated timeline and how to re-introduce them to each other without being too naff or relying too much on the original material. This series is fresh as heck and I can't wait for more.
Shelli
This new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series is a fresh take on the original show: set in the modern day with cell phones and social media and all that; with all new story arcs; and assorted variations on characters – some minor, some huge (wait until you meet Cordelia!). This volume collects the first four issues, which isn’t really enough to make a judgment on the series as a whole. There are some promising plot possibilities teased, but to be honest, in this short of time, I was still just noting ...more
Taschima
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am begrudgingly accepting that MAYBE this new set of Buffy comics are not as bad as I thought they might be.

TJ
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm really enjoying this so far! While this isn't what I would have personally wanted for the Buffyverse comics, I'm taking it for what it is. The art is fantastic, and it's neat seeing the characters in modern day and how that's changed them. There's a good twist at the end of issue 1, and issue 4 ends on a cliffhanger for better or worse. I'm very intrigued to see where this leads! 5/5 stars.
Shannon Appelcline
So Boom! has rebooted Buffy, and I mean fully. This not only ignores the Season 8-12 comics from Dark Horse, but it in fact ignores the original TV show too. So call this Buffy v3.

So how is it? I'd say the jury is still out. Bellaire spends a lot of time reintroducing classic characters and putting them into new configurations. Willow is gay from the jump. Cordelia is actually nice. Spike & Drusilla are the original Big Bads. Robin Wood is a hot student!!?? With the exception of Cordelia, th
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zoo wee mama
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is if Buffy the Vampire Slayer happened in 2018... I didn’t know that until I started reading and I kinda dig it. The characters themselves are a mix of who they were in high school and who they ended up being in the later seasons. There are a few bigger changes that keep things fresh. It feels familiar but not enough to feel like it’s the exact same story as the first few seasons.

The biggest changes are:
Dru is queen of the bad. She’s the dominant in her and Spikes relationship.
Wil
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Christian
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Boom studios recently acquired the rights to all Whedon tv shows, and they made the somewhat odd decision to reboot them, making this Ultimate Buffy. The good news is that it resembles Ultimate Spider-man the most of all the Ultimate titles. Unfortunately though, this is Ultimate Buffy in both the good and bad ways that suggests.

This version of Buffy arrives in Sunnydale with her mother and mother's boyfriend and quickly meets the tv characters, but with some modern twists. Willow is out of the
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Katie Florida
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very fun! True enough to the show to be nostalgic, but new storylines keep even super fans hooked!
Aubrey
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know, once a story is told and told well, I tend to err on the side of...why tell it again? Not another reboot, please. Even the Buffy addict that I am, I wanted it just left alone, as the classic I feel it is.

Yet here I find myself, having finished this first volume and ... I fucking loved it! The idea is a more 'modern' take on Buffy, which leads to new directions in storytelling and character development. It's still the same characters but the scene is set a bit differently, and it just
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
RATING: 4.5 STARS

I am a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the television series, since it first aired. I have watched the complete season when it first aired, and then when it was released on DVD. I have watched the complete series a few times now, and the first season a few more than that. I watched Angel because I had Buffy withdrawals, and I collect any books and collectables that I can find and afford. However, I don't attend any events, buy expensive collectables or know Buffy trivia of
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Isabelle (the Book Dutchesses)
This new Buffy comic was only just released and I'm happy I preordered it! I didn't grow up with Buffy but watched the first season last year, and I do really plan on watching the rest. The new comic has the feeling of the show and most of the characters you know and love, but it's also fresh and more up to date. There are some minor detail changes, Willow has a girlfriend now. But in my opinion it's still the Buffy you know and love.

If you're new to the world of Buffy I think this first volume
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Mike Jozic
I really like the idea behind this relaunch and I am genuinely curious to see where it goes, hoever, the pacing leaves something to be desired which is unusual for me to say since I am not a fan of the deconstructionist style of storytelling that drags stories on for several issues beyond their best before date.

Here, though, things do feel a little rushed. Characters just sort of fall into a place and rhythm that doesn't quite feel as earned as I would like. The plot also moves and shifts pretty
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Margaret Robbins
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in individual issues as they came out, as I'm trying to do more of that rather than buy the books. I think it better supports the comics industry. Overall, I am enjoying the series so far. I was skeptical at first, as I loved the original movie, TV series, and comics so much and was hesitant to have the story changed for me. Plus, as a late 90s teen myself, part of why the series was meaningful to me was the portrayal of 90s music and culture. But I decided to go into the series ...more
Samantha
ok, so this is the updated comic reboot of buffy, not to be confused with the upcoming updated tv reboot of buffy.

basically 20th century fox (?) obtained the license and boom studios is a comic book franchise under them, so now boom has the license. joss whedon was apparently an advisor.

so there are three main chunks of the comics - I mean, you can divide them different ways. if you divide by who has the license, it's IDW, dark horse, and now boom! studios. I divide them by - adjunct comics pr
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Lindsey
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 Stars

First, that art! Most of the characters look exactly like the original actors, especially Buffy, Giles, and Spike.

But the story has a hard time deciding if this reiteration of Buffy is for long-term fans of the show or for new fans. It doesn’t explain much about what the slayer is, what the Watchers Council is, etc. Also, the lead in to Buffy, Willow, and Xander’s friendship was glossed over entirely. They are all magically friends and scoobies. It needs to slow down.

I feel like certa
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Kelsie
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, read-in-2019
MARVELOUS. I was little worried, since I’m so attached to the show, but this blew my expectations out of the water. Everyone was fabulous and fun, hip and updated. Most importantly though, the humor — what makes these characters so beloved — is still there, as if pulled right out of the show. Do I still prefer the show overall? Yes. But this was wonderful.
Kayleigh (Hedwigsbooks)
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was dreading this series to be honest. I was scared a reimagined Buffy would kill all my nostalgia and love of the series.
Nope. This is fantastic. The art first of all, the integration of all the characters, the world itself and especially Buffy, are all wonderful. Can't wait to continue this.
Ophelia
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
cute!!!!!! very happy to relive my favorite show with a modern twist. I’ve read plenty of Buffy comics in my day but going back to where it all began in a 2019 setting feels comforting in a way
Hara
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Weird...just weird.
For the most part, I enjoyed the new take on the characters and I like that all of our characters are in it right from the get-go. Drusilla is very different, and I'm not sure where they're gonna take Spike in terms of character growth, maybe he gets a better rap sooner?? Xander isn't funny and lovable, just sad, which really sucks. Buffy is kinda bland, but I'm hoping more development will come with time. Like other reviewers, the strongest part of this story was Willow, loo
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F.R. Southerland
While I like the idea of Buffy and friends being brought into the modern era with smart phones and new tech and all that greatness, I dislike the changes to the characters. The artwork is great, with the character resembling the actors on the television series almost perfectly. As a fan of the television series and the other comics, and other media, I dislike the idea of a reboot in general--but curious me, I had to give it a try to see for myself.

Oh. My.

No.

I wanted to like it more, but the chan
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