As the second issue hits the stands, British newspaper The Guardian looks at the new Buffy series from Dark Horse:
You can see why people who wouldn’t normally buy a comic are going out to get this one – even if it’s a poor second best to a new TV series. Most shows finish when they are well past done. It seemed sad when Friends ended, but do you care what they’re doing now? Ditto The West Wing: could you really have borne it all over again, even with a new president? The Sopranos is another monumental TV show, but who wants the lumpish thug that Tony has become to go on for another season?
Buffy, though … she was only in her early 20s, and full of promise, when we left her. And although season seven may not have been the best of the run, it was still complicated, clever, delicious telly. For those who have never been there, the show didn’t just have the great feminist fantasy, the demons and the jokes. It was multi-stranded, superbly written television with characters you cared about. And it evolved in interesting ways, growing darker, more adult with the years.
…The first part of the comic has some familiar moments of Buffy humour and warmth, alongside the slayage of monsters. (At one point Xander and Buffy, supposed monster experts, struggle to decipher a mystical symbol carved into some dead guy’s chest. “I think it’s a frown turned upside down,” says Xander. “I think it’s a beautiful sunset,” says Buffy.) It’s short, this first episode – just a few scenes, really – but it’s well scripted and twisty. It’s nice to see the guys again. Ah, but it’s not the same! How could it be?