Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4
Written by Jordie Bellaire
Art by Dan Mora
Colors by Raul Angulo
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
As the Slayer’s circle of friends continues to widen, the risks to them get exponentially bigger.
Buffy and crew have been working hard since the last time they faced Drusilla and even Giles is forced to admit that the kids have earned a break. In a rare display of understanding, the Watcher lets Buffy off from her Slaying duties for a night and Buffy and crew don’t give him time to change his mind.
As they try toi decide what they are going to do with their night off, Xander continues to be the odd man out as Willow calls Rose to come alone and arranges for a guy to meet Buffy at the movie their going to. At home, Buffy comes to a small understanding with her mother’s boyfriend after he notices that she is coming home bruised. He doesn’t press the issue in an attempt to be understanding and available is she needs him.
Xander’s fifth wheel status firmly in place, he receives a text from Buffy that might just change everything. He goes to meet her alone only to find Drusilla and Spike waiting with the Slayer’s missing phone. Rather than attack him outright, Dru decides to tell the lovesick young man about how she can take away all his pain.
Jordie Bellaire ends this issue at the perfect point. Everything that has been building up with Xander over the last couple of issues seems to be leading the character to this moment and having Buffy not actively on patrol gives an effective level of suspense to this issue. I enjoyed the nuance in a lot of the scenes in this comic and I can’t wait to see what happens next because the ending was so tense.
Dan Mora’s art is perfect in this issue. All of the characters look amazing and there are some great details in their expressions and facial features.