Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 Review

by Nathan Koffler on August 07, 2019

Writer: Jordie Bellaire
Artists: David López and Sas Milledge
Colorists: Raúl Angula and Sas Milledge
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Publisher: Boom! Studios

One of the most exciting things about this new Buffy the Vampire Slayer series is how much depth the story and characters are given. This entire series so far has been so much fun because it captures the humorous and action-packed style of the original TV show series. The TV show definitely dove pretty deep into characters and stories at times, but this seventh issue of the comic book series is a huge announcement that this may have all of the good things that the show had, but it plans on taking them to new heights. 

This issue revolves around Willow’s struggles with adjusting to her new life after losing some of her soul to save Xander. This issue is much different than the previous six in a couple of ways. Firstly, I love the Scooby-Doo formula of the TV show and the previous issues so I have no issue if writer Jordie Bellaire stuck to that for the entirety of the series. Despite that safe option, Bellaire has decided to mix things up and take us on a crazy ride inside of Willow’s mind. 

Secondly, this issue features artwork from two different artists. It has already been said before by many others, but I have also been disappointed with David López’s artwork in these last couple of issues. Dan Mora’s style in the first four issues seemed to fit Bellaire’s storytelling perfectly and seeing another artist take over made me worried. Sure enough, that disappointment was justified as the new style just didn’t do the story justice, especially in the unpleasant way the characters were illustrated. We get a little bit of López’s artwork in this seventh issue, but we get many more pages from Sas Milledge. 

Milledge’s work in this issue almost makes me sad, because she would be a fantastic fit as the artist for this entire series. I’m grateful we got her artwork in this issue, but I’m greedy and I want more of her portrayal of this story and these characters as soon as possible. This issue is creative and kind of bizarre and Milledge perfectly creates the visuals needed to have the desired impact. 

Bellaire’s excellent writing mixes with Milledge’s wonderful guest artwork to create another great issue of a series that has remained entertaining from the start. The storytelling is definitely exciting, but Milledge is the hero of the week as her illustrations contributed to the day being saved. 

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