Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Words: Jordie Bellaire
Art: David Lopez
Colors: Raul Angulo
Published: June 5, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: After the stunning events of Issue #4, the Scooby Gang tries to recover and deal with a new threat that’s arising within the very halls of Sunnydale High itself.
Living atop the Hellmouth has its own unique set of challenges, but no one is prepared for the latest atrocity. As the Scooby Gang faces their worst fear, Druscilla plots her next big move. How will Buffy save her friends this time?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5, the first issue in this new arc, promises all kinds of anarchy for the small Southern California town. Dealing with the aftermath of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4 is front and center in Jordie Bellaire’s script, as everyone must deal with the consequences from last issue. Essentially, Bellaire has throttled both the characters and the readers into a worst case scenario, with a complex truth no one appears ready to face. However, while the issue is particularly grim, Bellaire develops several larger, intriguing plot points. How will this all play out? I’m not really sure, but in Buffy, and Bellaire, I trust.
David Lopez and Raul Angulo add atmosphere and tension to the issue through the artwork. Bellaire’s script has a kind of ‘waiting vigil’ vibe to it and the art sets that mood. As the Scooby Gang falls deeper into despair, Lopez’s art captures every emotion and Angulo’s deep tones keep the reader feeling somber.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 is a grim, yet punchy issue. Jordie Bellaire flexes her storytelling abilities this issue, setting the characters and readers in a grave situation.