‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer #23:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy was feeling a bit outclassed by her fellow Slayers, and Willow’s astral jaunts brought her to some unexpected revelations.

Anya’s plan is in motion, and all of the different agendas are on the table. While it isn’t absolutely necessary reading, Faith #1 does offer some insight into the character’s general demeanor and the Watchers’ Council’s machinations. Morgan comes to a jarring realization, but not before Anya makes her biggest play for power yet.

Jeremy Lambert takes over sole writing duties in this issue, and the connective tissue between his Faith book and this series seems stronger for it. As a longtime fan of the series, I’ll say that I appreciate the nuanced differences between this series and its predecessor, but I think what I appreciate even more is how the modern story seems to occasionally reflect the original, without being entirely referential. There are moments in this current series that definitely have callbacks to the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, but the context is entirely different. This brings me to my #StoriesMatter moment, which I think is a good way to address a current harassment issue, namely the Joss Whedon matter. While I can’t in any less equivocal sense say that I stand with the victims of his behavior, I’ve also struggled with my relationship with his work; however, the universe he created is much larger than just one man, and I think that this iteration of the Buffyverse shows just how much larger that world is.

Ramon Bachs' artwork generally looks good here, and there are some great moments, especially for Willow. Raúl Angulo does his usual great work here, and the atmosphere of the last few pages is practically crackling! Ed Dukeshire’s lettering consistency is a key player in maintaining the quality of this book.

Overall, it appears we’re nearing the climax here, with an epic clash of agendas on the horizon.   


Creative Team: Jeremy Lambert (writer), Ramon Bachs (artist), Raúl Angulo (colorist), Ed Dukeshire (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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