Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Writer: Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert
Artist: Andres Genolet
Colorist: Raul Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: Boom Studios
Published: September 2, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: Fan favorite character Wesley Wyndam-Pryce makes his first appearance in this stand-alone issue that will change everything you know about the Watchers! After the devastating effects of Hellmouth, the Watcher’s Council convenes to make sure it never happens again. But when recent Watcher initiate Wesley Wyndam-Pryce stumbles across a dark secret, he learns of a conspiracy decades in the making — one that binds Robin, Giles and the Slayer Before together, and shows just how far the Watchers will go to protect the earth.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. Do I need to say more? Alright, yes, I do, but the name says so much. Long time fans will remember Wesley as the foil to Giles’ rebellious Watcher style. Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert reimagine Wesley as a more fun-loving version than his predecessor.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17 opens with Wesley Wyndam-Pryce tucked away in the corner of the library, typing away feverishly as he creates his fantasy fiction. It’s as close to perfection as a character introduction can get. I can picture this version of Wesley going home at night to work on his Dungeons & Dragons campaign or his Renaissance Fair costume. Somehow, between the lines of his overly honest writing and his too trusting nature, Bellaire & Lambert have created a truly authentic, yet original, version of Wesley.
Then there is the Watcher’s Council this issue. There are few institutions I like less than the Watcher’s Council. Pompous, self-righteous, and elitist, the Watcher’s Council has always stood as a symbol of everything wrong with organized power. Bellaire & Lambert bring back all those familiar feelings of this not-so-friendly foe, and more.
And the issue doesn’t stop there. Packed in a mere 25 pages, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17 offers a complex plot against the Slayers and the Watcher’s Council, reveals a new enemy, and places Wesley right in the middle of everything. It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Wesley Wyndam-Pryce; maybe all his fantasy fiction writing will come in handy after all.
Andres Genolet & Raul Angulo capture the Watcher’s Council headquarters beautifully. While the Watcher’s Library is expansive (and impressive), the mundanity of it all is not lost. Genolet depicts the headquarters as your average office building, while Angulo’s colors keep it all very neutral. Everything appears very orderly and in place, precisely as it should at the Watcher’s Council. The irony is that nothing is right at the Watcher’s Council; it’s all just a cool facade.
The Bottom Line
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce is the new & nerdy heartthrob we didn’t know we needed. Bellaire & Lambert craft a tremendous introduction for this classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer character.