Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Words: Jordie Bellaire
Art: Dan Mora
Colors: Raul Angulo
Published: April 17, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: This is the issue no BUFFY fan can miss! In the shocking conclusion of the first story arc of the most-anticipated reVAMP of 2019, someone from the Scooby gang must make the ultimate sacrifice. And don’t miss the massive first appearance that will have everyone talking!
High school is hell, literally. It’s hard to balance slaying, classwork, friends, and romance. Maybe a night off and a cheesy movie will do the Scooby Gang some good. Or maybe it will just lead to ultimate chaos. Hey, what’s high school without a little drama, right?
Thus far, Jordie Bellaire has created a unique, enjoyable, and intense introduction into the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 changes the tables on all that as we plunge into the truly dark side of Sunnydale. Bellaire masterfully brings the first arc to a close in this issue with gripping suspense and a heart-pounding cliffhanger. The final panels left me speechless, both intrigued for where the story is headed and fearful for the fate of the characters. I rarely so thoroughly enjoy a comic as I did Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4.
Dan Mora captures the tension in Bellaire script in the artwork. Mora’s art grows considerably darker as the issue continues, giving readers an impending sense of doom. There’s also a consistency in Mora’s art that I’ve enjoyed in this arc. Mora’s artistic style suits the series well, adding layers of emotional complexity to the storyline.
As the first arc ends, I’m full of anticipation, excitement, and even a few trepidations for what comes next. These first four issues have been a terrific introduction to the new take on the series, but I’m ready to jump into a larger story. Bellaire and Mora have done a terrific job developing characters and plot, and setting the overall tone of the series. This arc proved it is not your typical Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and I’m more than alright with that.
The Bottom Line
I’m ready to slay all day after this issue. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 has it all: drama, suspense, and the gut feeling that everything is about to change. With the first story arc officially over, I welcome Jordie Bellaire’s future plans for the Scooby Gang.