Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Raul Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
The first issue of this new Buffy series has the slayer trying to keep her nocturnal activities a secret as she works her job at the Tuna Verse.
When her fellow students Willow and Xander leave the restaurant and run into a vampire, Buffy springs into action to stop the creature. In the aftermath, Xander and Willow find out Buffy’s secret and offer her something she never thought she would find, friendship.
At the same time, a new threat with a familiar face finds a new weapon to use against the slayer.
This first issue of Buffy succeeds because it embraces everything that was beloved about the character and her world. From the setting to the tone, everything about this first issue felt like the world of Buffy Summers and company. Even the beginning moments of the Scooby gang are handled with a reverence to the source material as well. What also helps is that Jordie Bellaire infuses the dialogue with wit and a sense of realism that keeps the characters relatable and charming. There are some really fun, small character moments that ground the story and make it more entertaining.
Dan Mora has some beautiful art in this first issue. All of the characters look great and there is an amazing sequence in the cemetery that allows the art to standout.