Much of the love and nostalgia for Buffy the Vampire Slayer is based on the deep and endearing characters. To see that continue in the comic reboot has positioned it well, and this latest issue continues that with a character spotlight that blends the classic character with a new path.
Jordie Bellaire, David Lopez, Sas Milledge, Raul Angulo and Ed Dukeshire blend old and new with Willow in this issue.
Willow is just going through the motions, coping with the events of the last arc which left her with a hole in her soul. However, one night she has an incredibly disturbing vision… Was it just a dream or was it portents of events to come?
This Willow spotlight issue comes at a perfect time in the series, which is a smart move on Bellaire’s part. It allows us as readers to process her trauma alongside her as she copes, but it also gives us insight on this new version of a fan favorite. It’s a great character piece, and more interestingly, it’s full of foreshadowing- hinting that Dark Willow is not far away, as well as her witchy future.
Lopez and Milledge share line art duties. Lopez provides bookends, while Milledge does the bulk of the story. He really portrays what she’s going through, keeping the visuals centered on her. Milledge’s work shines bright though. She balances multiple emotions in Willow, through the use of body language and manipulating her face, often making it clear she’s experiencing several emotions at once. She also experiments a bit with how the pages are laid out, which adds to the dreamlike quality of the story.
If you’ve been hesitant to give this series a try, pick this issue up. It’s a great example of what the series is capable of, and full of hints of where it’s going.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7 is available now from Boom! Studios.