Buffy. We know her. We love her. She has been around since 1997 and has been fighting monsters since she was 15, as she still is today. After a long hard day working with her vampire boyfriend, Spike, Buffy is relaxing with her friends at her apartment. But that relaxing, rooftop barbeque turns into something really different, really fast. In the distance, we see a “Shenlong,” or, a Chinese Storm Dragon. They were said to be a myth, but now one is headed straight for the city! Despite Buffy and her friends’ efforts, the dragon just isn’t letting up. Now, it’s time to get the president involved.
Writer Christos Gage does a great job of keeping us interested—mostly with his characters. The cast in this issue is so eclectic that we are entertained the entire way through. From detectives to vampires to slayers to Wiccans (with freaking awesome spellcasting powers), there is always someone on the page that keeps our attention.
The characters interact really well, so much so that we can sense where the tensions and friendships lie. Once the Shenlong comes to the city, though, all tension is cast aside. Every single character works together to fight off this thing. It’s absolutely beautiful, the length to which these people are willing to protect their city.
Rebekah Isaacs’ illustrations are both detailed and expressive. Of course, Buffy is based off of Sarah Michelle Gellar, as nearly every Buffy is these days. The resemblance is uncanny! From eyebrows to mouths, Issacs is able to convey so much emotion and reaction with her characters. Beyond this, each character is distinguishable from the others. With the same art style, that’s hard to do, so I have to give Issacs a lot of credit here. Dan Jackson’s colors do a lot for the issue, too. At the beginning, the colors are really dull and dark because one, they are underground and two, they are fighting a huge grey, disgusting worm of a monster. When everyone is at Buffy’s, though, the coloring is bright, bold, and lively. It definitely portrays the shifting tones throughout the issue.
Any Buffy fan is going to be stoked about this new series, Season 11, and a new story arc of awesomeness! To fans of the TV show, this series is going to help you get the Buffy fix you’ve been craving for years. New readers are going to understand this issue just as easily as veteran readers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m excited for you guys to check this series out. From writing to artwork and everything in between—shading, lettering, coloring, etc.—this issue is the perfect start to the series. Get pumped and head out to your local comic book shop (comicshoplocator.com) to pick it up!
Written by: Christos Gage
Illustrated by: Rebekah Isaacs