Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Words: Jordie Bellaire
Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Raul Angulo
Published: March 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly—and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. Meanwhile, Drusilla – AKA THE MISTRESS – sets her sights on Cordelia, as Cordy and Spike find accidental common ground.
Sometimes even the Slayer needs a little help from her friends. With Spike and Drusilla in town, mayhem is definitely on the horizon.
Jordie Bellaire continues to find just the right blend between the original series and this reimagining. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 teases of a larger battle on the horizon but keeps the details loose. Instead, the issue explores the Slayer and her relationship to Willow and Xander and possible motives for Spike (William) and Drusilla showing up in town. Willow and Xander power-up in Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3, assuming their predestined Scooby gang roles. They’ll have to keep their wits about them with Drusilla and Spike in town. As for Cordelia, well, she remains surprisingly resourceful.
Dan Mora’s creates a consistent look for the series thus far. The characters continue to impress, as does the fit scenes. His depiction of Camazotz had an old school horror feel, which fit well considering the creature’s age.
The Bottom Line
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #3 continues to set the stage for a larger battle. Though this issue was packed with action, it only moved the plot marginally forward in terms of story development. Jordie Bellaire hints at impending doom but leaves the details fuzzy. Either way, I’m here for the long haul and already looking forward to the next issue.