Because I’m lazy. And way busy with the Ghastly Awards reading I’ve been doing for this month’s picks. Did I mention the awesome folks at DC/Vertigo gave me a HAY-UUUUGE package of trade paperbacks last week? Yipee! Er, I mean thank goodness I can be a professional and read all these. 😉
Anyway, in light of my comic-book-ness this week, here’s a re-post of my very first graphic novel review. It’s from Green Man Review, and as always you can clicky on the title to read the full review. Bon Buffy-tit!
Joss Whedon, et al., Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Omnibus: Volume 1 (Dark Horse Books, 2007)
Most Buffy fans who have gotten their hands on the slew of post-BtVS Season Seven graphic novels already know that it’s a Long Way Home for Ms. Summers, but just how did this wild and crazy ride of hers start off, anyway? Hints and open-ended sentences provided teasing glimpses of what had come before Sunnydale. And that movie from back in ’92? You know, the one with no Sara Michelle Gellar? Best not to dwell on that too much (even though it ain’t half bad . . . but that’s a story for another time.) Well, the folks at Dark Horse Books have collected a series of tales that shed light on that time, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus: Volume 1. And it’s just what the slayer ordered. Okay, maybe not; Buffy would probably think that people looking in on her life would be way creepy. But I’ve read my copy already, so . . . shall we?
Scott Allie calls this a collection of Year One stories in his Introduction to Volume 1, and I think that description fits perfectly. The remainder of these pre-series stories conclude in Volume 2, he says, and if that book matches this one in terms of artwork, story progression and character development of this first volume, I eagerly anticipate Volume 2. But there’s a ton of information in this current volume to quench many a fan’s lust for backstory. Hey, they even start out with a little Spike & Dru action, something that’s always welcome to my tired eyes. Those two crazy kids, in the story “All’s Fair,” get up to their usual hijinks at the Chicago World’s Fair, and meet up with what could be a bad karmic payback. Will the lovebirds triumph? Please. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have been in Sunnydale. The story still manages to entertain, and the artwork is full of different shades of red, just the way Spike and Drusilla would want it.