Saturday, October 03, 2009

Buffy Omnibus volume 1

Writers and artists various.
Set pre season 1.

This provides a number of stories, all pretty well done.  The first is a comic adaption of Joss Whedon's original screenplay for the Buffy movie.  The studio made him change ithe screenplay, but then again I don't know how much the comic version has lost in it's adapation, especially as it isn't too dissimilar.  At any rate, it's a good introduction to Whedon's vision of the Buffyverse.  My only complaint is that, sadly, there is no disgusting yellow jacket.

Story number 2, Viva Las Buffy, features a more history.  There's some Dawn, which I think is a nice touch, a small bit of Giles on his way to becoming Buffy's official watcher, Angel (who is very creepy and stalker like in all his pre first meeting appearences) and Buffy taking a trip to Las Vegas with Pike.
The bad guy is actually 2 people - conjoined twins, 1 of whom is a vampire.  It's a great idea, both in theory and practice.

Next up is Dawn and Hoopy the Bear.  I won't spoil any of this, just trust me, it's wonderful.  And Dawn's not remotely annoying.

Last is Slayer, Interrupted.  This was good and a bit emotional - although how much of that is down to my personal history i'm not sure.  In this we see how Buffy gets to be hospitalised.  It comes about becasue Dawn has read her diary and tells their folks.  Within the asylum Buffy has to work out what's real and establish which world she wants to live in.  It's a nice prequel to the season 6 episode where she thinks she's back in there and needs to work out whats real.

Overall, this is a good omnibus.


Red said...

I think is the first overall positive review of a Buffy Omnibus. Maybe I'll pick this one up.

Saranga said...

Omnibus number 7 was also good.