Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 3
Tying into Hellmouth, the first-ever Buffy & Angel comic book event, Buffy must confront Drusilla as the evil Mistress’ plans lay waste to Sunnydale.WELCOME TO HELLMOUTH - THE FIRST EVER BUFFY & ANGEL COMIC BOOK EVENT! Drusilla has opened the Hellmouth! With no time to waste, Buffy must do what any good Slayer would do - namely running directly into the heart of the problem.  But where does that leave the rest of Sunnydale? Xander, Willow, Cordelia, and the rest of the gang must find a way to battle demons both inside and out, without their Chosen One to help them. Is this the end of the Scooby Gang? Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and artist David López (Captain Marvel) present the next chapter of the fearless pop culture reimagining that generated headlines worldwide, directly tying into the landmark Hellmouth comic book event. Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9-12.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 3 Details

TitleBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 3
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherBOOM! Studios
ISBN-139781684155347
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Media Tie In, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Fiction, Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 3 Review

  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Oy... well that was a bit of a mess, wasn't it.I've been a fan of Jordie Bellaire's reimagining of Buffy up to this point, but it took Boom Comics all of 6 or so issues to dunk this series in a comicbook crossover event hell. I'm not even going to get into how this book will only collect the 4 Buffy tie-in issues without any of the main Hellmouth event (see, Marvel and DC are not the only ones in the biz who can do this sort of bullshit), but the whole event was just a complete clusterfuck. Not Oy... well that was a bit of a mess, wasn't it.I've been a fan of Jordie Bellaire's reimagining of Buffy up to this point, but it took Boom Comics all of 6 or so issues to dunk this series in a comicbook crossover event hell. I'm not even going to get into how this book will only collect the 4 Buffy tie-in issues without any of the main Hellmouth event (see, Marvel and DC are not the only ones in the biz who can do this sort of bullshit), but the whole event was just a complete clusterfuck. Not only wasn't it set up properly — how could it be, when the main Buffy book barely just got started? But the entire story of this crossover is so dull, so derivative, so... un-Buffy-like, it pretty much killed any goodwill I had for this relaunch. I just don't get why they would derail the series so hard, especially since it started so strong. Are these new Buffy comics such good sellers for Boom that it demanded a crossover event stretched over four months with a shitton of tie-ins? Sounds unlikely. Just release the fourth Giant Days hardcover, you cowards, and stop doing dumb things that pretty much everybody universally hates about the big two.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    I don't like Buffy without Buffy, especially while making me slog through the Hell Mouth event. Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12Current review score: 1.75 I don't like Buffy without Buffy, especially while making me slog through the Hell Mouth event. Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12Current review score: 1.75
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    Still feeling meh about this title. It could be really good, but it’s just average. I also really hate how they’re rewriting the mythology. This volume focuses on the side characters, but... it’s such a mess. And everything is just so rushed. 3/5 stars.
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  • Mick
    January 1, 1970
    Fragmented storytelling and bad artworkRead upon the release of each issue.This was... Not good. The story of these four issues simply doesn't add up to a coherent or gripping story, as each issue seems to represent a random fragment of the story and mostly concerns minor characters in bland stories.The big developments regarding major characters - namely the soul-sharing of Willow and Xander and the half-vampire status of Xander - are left unexplored for no reason until the unfinished climax of Fragmented storytelling and bad artworkRead upon the release of each issue.This was... Not good. The story of these four issues simply doesn't add up to a coherent or gripping story, as each issue seems to represent a random fragment of the story and mostly concerns minor characters in bland stories.The big developments regarding major characters - namely the soul-sharing of Willow and Xander and the half-vampire status of Xander - are left unexplored for no reason until the unfinished climax of issue 12. The storytelling is clumsy, unfocused and forced. And the worst part is that the artwork doesn't help the storytelling at all as the art is defined by the characters having weird face expressions that does not fit or support the storytelling. The face expressions are impossible to decode.
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  • Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)
    January 1, 1970
    3/5Not gonna lie, this was the first volume of the Buffy relaunch that really let me down. The plot seemed very flimsy and did not have a satisfying ending like the rest have. Also, the art was so, so bad. These are supposed to be teenagers and the artist made them look like they’re in their 40’s. Plus it was so sloppy, and the resemblance to the characters was so off, whereas the cover art and gallery at the end? AMAZING.Anyway, yeah, a pretty big let down for a graphic novel I have been antici 3/5Not gonna lie, this was the first volume of the Buffy relaunch that really let me down. The plot seemed very flimsy and did not have a satisfying ending like the rest have. Also, the art was so, so bad. These are supposed to be teenagers and the artist made them look like they’re in their 40’s. Plus it was so sloppy, and the resemblance to the characters was so off, whereas the cover art and gallery at the end? AMAZING.Anyway, yeah, a pretty big let down for a graphic novel I have been anticipating since February. Still, not giving up just yet. I’m going to pick up the Angel crossover that comes out in a few weeks and hope it gets better!
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    With Buffy and Angel trapped within the Hellmouth, it's up to the rest of the Scooby Gang to protect Sunnydale; but that's easier said than done, when the Scooby Gang's literally Xander and Willow, who aren't even speaking to each other. Enter Cordelia, Anya, and...Kendra?!A world without Buffy is an interesting one to explore; maybe not this early in the series perhaps, but I applaud Jordie Bellaire for trying something different. It's a clever way to get this series to work as tie-ins to Hellm With Buffy and Angel trapped within the Hellmouth, it's up to the rest of the Scooby Gang to protect Sunnydale; but that's easier said than done, when the Scooby Gang's literally Xander and Willow, who aren't even speaking to each other. Enter Cordelia, Anya, and...Kendra?!A world without Buffy is an interesting one to explore; maybe not this early in the series perhaps, but I applaud Jordie Bellaire for trying something different. It's a clever way to get this series to work as tie-ins to Hellmouth without having it try to fill in gaps (because Hellmouth itself doesn't have many that need filling). The strength of the characters helps though; while these new incarnations of everyone's favourites aren't exactly the same, they definitely share DNA, and that makes it easy to root for them. The developments here play nicely out of Hellmouth's larger revelations, and the addition of Kendra shakes things up nicely.The art's where it all falls apart though; David Lopez's enormous anime eyes for everyone don't do the series any favours. I'm familiar with Lopez's style, but it's definitely turned to to a hundred here. It's hard to take everyone seriously when it looks like their eyeballs are about to roll away from their faces.A bold experiment, mostly successful, but peculiar looking while it does it. If you've not read Hellmouth though, check that out first. I find it odd that this releases before Hellmouth itself, actually.
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  • Jason Carpenter
    January 1, 1970
    I am absolutely loving this new Buffy series. I never read the old Dark Horse series, but I did watch and love the tv show. This is a wonderful new version that honors so much of that series yet still offers so many wonderful new things.
  • Cat | Bookocraze
    January 1, 1970
    Um, it was kinda weird reading a comic about Buffy the Vampire Slayer without actually having Buffy in it. I’m wondering, how this will unfold?
  • Jen Canary
    January 1, 1970
    Really disappointed in the turn the series took, mostly that it was impossible to read it without also following the crossover issues which because I was subscribing on comiXology I got random issues of without asking for them but not all of them? That’s a side issue and doesn’t impact the rating here but also what the hell was that all about? Scammy.So anyway this collection ends with issue 12 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer which does not end of the story that this crossover is telling. No — you h Really disappointed in the turn the series took, mostly that it was impossible to read it without also following the crossover issues which because I was subscribing on comiXology I got random issues of without asking for them but not all of them? That’s a side issue and doesn’t impact the rating here but also what the hell was that all about? Scammy.So anyway this collection ends with issue 12 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer which does not end of the story that this crossover is telling. No — you have to buy the separate crossover issue #5 to actually find out how the story ends. Super Duper disappointing. On top of that, I didn’t love the story on its own merits though it was hard to tell if I might have because so much was happening in the crossover issues I didn’t get... I have no idea what they were thinking but I’m dropping this series. I was really enjoying the idea of the updated universe in the early issues, but so many of the choices they’ve made were just not even remotely in character. I can’t get why they’d fundamentally change the main characters personalities. Why even call it Buffy then?
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Buffy without Buffy. This was all over the place and completely incoherent. Characters constantly unhinged and yelling at each other, but why? This is apparently the influence of the open Hellmouth, but this entire issue had way too much self-obsessed whinging. Giles hates everyone, Robin hates everyone, Kendra is here and pretty cool actually, but Robin is her watcher even though he's a baby child? Everyone is completely lost because Buffy is gone, as if they've known her for more than a few we Buffy without Buffy. This was all over the place and completely incoherent. Characters constantly unhinged and yelling at each other, but why? This is apparently the influence of the open Hellmouth, but this entire issue had way too much self-obsessed whinging. Giles hates everyone, Robin hates everyone, Kendra is here and pretty cool actually, but Robin is her watcher even though he's a baby child? Everyone is completely lost because Buffy is gone, as if they've known her for more than a few weeks. What is everyone on about, and where is this going?They tried some stuff with the Willow/Xander soul-sharing plot. It was supposed to be a cliffhanger like "WHAT HAPPENED TO XANDER IS HE ALIVE OR DEAD?" but mostly I'm praying for dead so we don't have to listen to him tell her to do what she needs to be happy again.The art hasn't improved either. Anya came on the scene, and I thought she was Buffy because everyone's faces look the same. Having two blondes in a comic where you rely on hair to differentiate the characters is a bad idea. Cordelia looked different in every frame. Everyone still looks like a stung out demon person in messy eyeliner.This is just falling apart on all levels. If the crossover volume later this month doesn't utterly slay, then I'm out.
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  • Lisa Buchanan
    January 1, 1970
    I read this collection as single issues along with the tie-in ANGEL and HELLMOUTH issues. For all the emphasis they put on the sequencing of the cross-over event (with the code of dots on one set of the covers), I find it odd that they're publishing them as series-specific TPB collections. The whole thing fell really flat for me. I think it's because this really large-scale event came too early in a new series. Sure, we know these characters on some level, but there are differences from the TV v I read this collection as single issues along with the tie-in ANGEL and HELLMOUTH issues. For all the emphasis they put on the sequencing of the cross-over event (with the code of dots on one set of the covers), I find it odd that they're publishing them as series-specific TPB collections. The whole thing fell really flat for me. I think it's because this really large-scale event came too early in a new series. Sure, we know these characters on some level, but there are differences from the TV versions and the development of these new versions was lacking as events unfolded. This had the odd effect of making things feel like they were moving too quickly even though I would finish an issue feeling like not much action had taken place.The tone and dialogue have become less recognizable as BUFFY, which is surprising given how successfully Bellaire had captured the tone and voice of the show in the first set of issues.The artwork in this and the previous collection is off-putting — again, a downturn following the first collection of issues (more understandable in this case because it's a different illustrator). I thought I might adjust to it, but after eight issues, I haven't. The human faces are oddly proportioned and often don't have lips, and the facial expressions sometimes don't match the tone of the dialogue.
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  • Gabriel Mero
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this volume, even though Buffy and Angel make no appearances since they're in the Hellmouth. I loved that they found a way to work Kendra into the story, though I do feel like they did little to give her any personality or make her in any way memorable, not that the show did a great job of handling her either. I loved that Anya had a slightly bigger role in this volume. I'm interested to see what happens with Xander in the next volume.
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  • Natira
    January 1, 1970
    2,5 ... Die Zeichnungen fand ich weiterhin eher ablenkend, aber davon unabhängig hatte ich das Gefühl, dass mir ein Teil der Story fehlt. Ach ja, es gibt ein Crossover-Event, wie ich danach festgestellt habe. Ggf. wäre mir das früher aufgefallen, hätte ich die Einzelhefte im Abo - habe ich aber nicht und die Event-Hefte habe ich auch noch nicht gelesen. So ... hm, unbefriedigend in dieser Situation und an dieser Stelle.
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  • Viola
    January 1, 1970
    Read as single issues. Liked the exploration of what happens in Sunnydale when Buffy is on a mission & seeing how the characters cope (or don't). Cordelia is still a highlight and her bonding with Rose was great. She's also a cool character. I love Anya too. Kendra showing up was a nice surprise, hopefully she'll be treated better here than on the show. The art style is still a big no for me. I could get behind the more simplistic style but the faces look scary at times and way too similar. And Read as single issues. Liked the exploration of what happens in Sunnydale when Buffy is on a mission & seeing how the characters cope (or don't). Cordelia is still a highlight and her bonding with Rose was great. She's also a cool character. I love Anya too. Kendra showing up was a nice surprise, hopefully she'll be treated better here than on the show. The art style is still a big no for me. I could get behind the more simplistic style but the faces look scary at times and way too similar. And what's up with the bulging eyes, it's off-putting. The artwork of the Hellmouth crossover and the relevant issues of Angel I read were truly refreshing.
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  • Zuzana Vlčková
    January 1, 1970
    This finally felt like a Buffy comic. It was a bit darker and the story was powerful and it has a few twist that I didn’t expect. Now I have to catch up on Angel I guess.
  • David Cowpar
    January 1, 1970
    So Kendra already.Xander died.I actually don't care. This series is a mess.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    not sure if I'm liking this storyline all that well. I also feel the art was a lot better when the comics were published by dark horse
  • Kizzy
    January 1, 1970
    Dit blijft nostalgie ! Gekende personages maar toch een beetje (veel) anders... :-)
  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    Volume 3 of this alternate history Buffy is still interesting for sure but lacks heart and a bit of that ol Buffy humor.
  • ★☆★Glowingz★☆★
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    i just cant get over the art.. the characters look so ugly
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