Normally we’re used to seeing Buffy defend Sunnydale from the evil that arises from the Hellmouth, but this time Buffy is taking the fight directly to them, all in hopes of shutting it down for good.
Before she took the leap down she went over her plan with the Scooby gang. That is at least in this issue as they are very small in numbers as there’s only Giles, Xander, (who appears to be late to the party from all the missed messages Buffy has received from him) and Buffy’s girlfriend Cordelia. These two ladies, at least from the TV show were only friends by association, but the creators of this comic have decided to put them in a romantic relationship. Now you might be saying where’s Buffy’s BFF Willow? We find out that Willow has fallen victim to the demons which is why Buffy is insistent on getting the job done right this time.
Cordelia has also had a change in her character as she is all gung-ho about being part of the team and fighting off demons, but Buffy still has the final say in the matter and makes the decision to handle what lies beneath alone.
Along her journey, Buffy comes across a friendly demon named Agog who tells her that this is the furthest any slayer has ever got. Implying that others have tried but none had succeeded.
Buffy does throw down with the monster she was looking for, the Hellmother. But Buffy finds out it will take more than her trusted stake to make her disappear.
Now the Hellmother does say to Buffy “So you’re alone again” even though she has never come across Buffy. This will all make sense later.
After a battle back and forth Buffy says to the Hellmother that she won’t be her vessel. The Hellmother replies You? Darling No…You’re just the appetizer. The Hellmother leaves Buffy battered and bruised but not done for.
Agog once again comes across Buffy’s path. Buffy demands that Agog tell her where the Hellmother has gone, but Agog tries to reason with Buffy, that she should be happy that she’s still alive. Agog also informs her that the world she knew is now gone. This is what the Hellmother does, she consumes worlds. Agog goes onto to tell Buffy that she’s in the Hellmouth and that it is nowhere else for her to go. But of course, the Slayer won’t give up that easily.
Now, much to your surprise this was the end of the Buffy story in this comic but not the slayer stories, as there are two other stories where we learn about two there slates from different time periods.
Story 2 takes place in the Philippines in 1910.
Here we learn about a slayer who had to fight the Aswang, which they can best be described as a woman who looks like she became a demon and sprouted wings like a dragon. They prey on pregnant women and children and it’s up to this slayer to keep her Village safe.
The third story takes black in Dublin in 1947 and we meet a slayer named Una.
Una has a much smaller Scooby gang going on here, it’s just her and her Graham’s. But her grams is a badass as she’s a scientist that’s mixing up some concoctions in the lab. Una is less set on dealing with Vampires and Demons here and more about rescuing her friend Kerry, who she has found out is being kept in an Asylum. As Una goes to rescue her friend from the Asylum, she sees that the nuns that oversee this place also have fangs.
When I first came to the end of the Buffy story, to be honest, I was a bit shocked and perplexed as to what was going on. And even reading it through the first time I was being stubborn as I went into reading the other stories with my mind made up that I wasn’t going to like them.
So I decided to take 24 hours and come back and read the comic with an understanding of what it is, and I saw the story in another light. I understood that the creators of this comic were not only trying to tell a Buffy The Vampire story but also give some context that Buffy has not been the only one to fight Demons and Vampires. That there have been many slayers over the generations, and each had to rely on others in order to succeed and Buffy will have to as well, even though at the end of her story she’s taken off solo to track down the Hellmother once again.
For my rating, the first time I read through I was a bit upset about the way the comic was laid out, but after taking a day to think about it, not only did I really enjoy the stories but I also allowed my mind to open and take it all in, and at the end of my second read-through
I really did enjoy this and I’m going to give it an 8.5 out of 10 with my only real criticism was I wasn’t a huge fan of the way Buffy is drawn here.
Now I did hear there’s a new Willow comic series coming soon, so I have a feeling that Buffy and Willow’s paths are going to cross sooner than later. And my guess is that Willow is the vessel that the Hellmother spoke of, so it might not be all hugs and kisses when Buffy and Willow reunite!