By Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs & Dan Jackson
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is still alive and kicking, with both ongoing series, the titular and Angel & Faith, now entering their tenth seasons. Written by Christos Gage and with art handled by the amazing Rebekah Isaacs, Buffy is taken to all new heights in what is already shaping up to be one of the better storylines of the comics so far, and this proves that Gage is most certainly the person to take over the role of scribe from Joss Whedon.
We continue where #1 left off, with the gang fighting zompirs, and back together as the original core group, Willow, Xander, Spike and Giles. Only, there’s a problem – Giles, whilst still delivering some “vintage exposition” as Xander quips in the opening panels, is now de-aged and looks like a kid, having gone from being the oldest member of the Scooby Gang to the youngest, and it’s interesting to watch how this new dynamic affects the team, especially with Giles not being able to go back to his old Watcher duties anymore.
The artwork from Rebekah Isaacs continues to impress. It’s great, and she really gets the characters, managing to pull it off very well with a distinctive feel, especially when supported by the colours of Dan Jackson, this book is among the best visually that Buffy has ever looked in the comics.
The script is fast, action packed and fun, and continues the New Rules arc very well. The bulk of this issue deals with the continued fight against the zompires, with the traditional Whedon-esque dialogue pulled off very well.
Giles’ reunion is handled very well, as is the character himself. We get to see him struggling to fit back into his former role and it should be interesting to see where Gage takes the character in future issues, with personal development amongst the respective Scoobies being one of the highlights of this issue. Gage manages to juggle the multiple characters giving them the right amount of page time needed, and it’s great to see them in character and fun here proving that this is another very strong issue.
The transition from the first issue is handled well and the ongoing pace is pretty strong. This series continues to prove that it’s worth reading for fans of Buffy, and it’s great to see the character going back to her roots. Where we go from here will be very interesting indeed.