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Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #4 (of 5)

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Cora comes clean after a night spent together with Thess; her past is tied to the enemy in ways filled with the demonic and arcane, and it’s too much for Thess to bear.
Thess’s destructive power is dangerously out of control, with not much left of the boardwalk as Soren’s gang approaches…
And with Thess keeping the mantle of the Slayer, what steps will Buffy take to heal her trauma and start a new chapter?

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24 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    This issue reminds me of watching the dark Willow chapter of the Buffy series, which with Thess being her daughter, is s fantastic node to original Buffyverse. With this issue being the second to last in the five-part series, Gilly and her team did not hold back the punches. The unveiling of the big bad, the betrayal by a loved one, Buffy finally ready to let go of her Slayer identity to become the watcher Thess needs, it is clear that we are being prepared for dramatic conclusion coming up in issue 5. I can’t wait to see what is in store for our Scooby gang. Looks like the slayer got beeped and it’s time to save the world…again!

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    In conclusion, there is a lot of potentials here, and I want to see it be fully tapped into.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Another incredible issue from Gilly and Roig. Issue #4 is a huge emotional release and turning point for both of our heroines and with such a capable creative team it’s a moment no Buffy fan should miss.

  • 30

    Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #4 is a disjointed mess of a comic book. The artwork is cluttered and busy, overfilling each page with objects competing for the reader’s attention and no clear visual cues as to where the eye should focus. There’s no flow in the storytelling, and lettering placement adds to this failure. In one example, Thessaly screams “SILENCE!” at a group of panicked bystanders, but the dialogue comes in a separate panel and after another packed word balloon, making it seem as if she’s scolding herself for talking too much. Buffy’s grand realization and symbolic letting go of being the Slayer seems at odds with everything that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has previously insisted on concerning the Chosen One’s role being a calling and not a job, something inherent who Buffy (and those who preceded and follow her) is, and it hardly seems to matter. Slayer? Watcher? These are job titles and it’s silly for Buffy’s character arc to hinge on these semantics. There’s even precedent for multiple Slayers (Buffy and Kendra or Faith, both of whom are even mentioned in the issue), and it’s unclear why Buffy and Thess’s age difference should necessitate that Buffy be cast in the role of Watcher beyond the storyteller’s desire for narrative symmetry. Buffy can throw every mace and crossbow in her collection into the sea but that’s not going to free her from the mystical lineage she’s a part of her, nor dampen what remains of her super strength and Slayer sense beyond what age already has done. At one point, Buffy murmurs something about how much she hates symbolism. That’s fine because the symbolism here is weak at best.

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