The subtitle for this issue is new rules and on this count the opening to Buffy Season 10 does not disappoint. Due to its rather weighty 30 or so issue runs Buffy is a hard series to catch up with, thankfully rather than you having to go (even though it is fun too) this episode can bring you back to the status quo very quickly. Mostly because it rams a stake through the heart of what we think we know.
The Issue starts with Buffy taking on a host of zompires, these hybrid beings have taken hold of Santa Rosita and are literally making the place a living hell. With the Slayer back in the game taking a host of these monsters down is somewhat easy task but unfortunately Buffy really faces a horde. Enter the Scooby Gang.
For those of you who have not been keeping up with recent events the team has been split either through location or in some cases death (I’’ll not spoil who). The main thrust of this issue is who will be at Buffy’s back and who at her throat.
Christos Gage although not new to the Buffyverse after working on the Angel and Faith series as well as a few One shots, does a great job getting the tone of the book down to a tee. The mix of humour and surprise is top rate and the moments of joy feel like they should. The story feels well-paced especially for a first episode but if this is to be a 30 issue series then he probably knew he did not need to rush to get the story across. Jos Whedon is the executive producer of the book and without knowing his level of input I’m sure he would not allow his most well-known creation go to the (Hell) Hounds
The art is handled in this issue by Rebekah Issacs, the main players are all pretty recognisable even though during the action sequences sometimes Buffy’s face does change. The feeling of motion though during the fight scenes is brilliant and for a action comic this is of huge importance. The colour work by Dan Jackson supports this especially Willows Aura which looks electric.
Overall it looks like the Slayer and the Scooby Gang are in safe hands as they enter their 10th season. This book is a great jumping on point for new readers and even a great catch up for those already invested in the Buffyverse. The main problem with this issue is that issue 2 is a month away.
Issue Rating 4.5/5
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