Boom! Studios has released the third issue of its Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot. The 32-page full-color comic is written by Jordie Bellaire & illustrated by Dan Mora, with letters by Ed Dukeshire, colors by Raul Angulo, and series creator Joss Whedon acting as story consultant.
Boom! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer stated: “Buffy packs a mean right hook and flying kick but not every threat goes down when you punch it in the face; it’s going to take the fledgling Scooby Gang working together to figure out just what’s going on and who’s pulling the strings. Fans will get to see if Team Slayer is ready to face a Big Bad in this issue, or if leveling up and coming to the attention of Team Vamp will end in dire consequences.”
The comic has three main covers, by Mondo illustrator Matthew Taylor, Kevin Wada, and Matt Smith, plus a variant cover by horror artist Scott Buoncristiano. Taylor’s design features Cordelia Chase & Spike, the Wada cover features Giles, and Matt Smith’s cover features a vampire slayer from Viking times, while the Buoncristiano design has “The Gentlemen”:
Regarding the Taylor cover, Schaefer said: “If you think you know the story of Buffy Summers, think again – not only will her relationship to Spike and Drusilla be fundamentally different than we’ve ever seen before, but it’ll affect all her closest friends (and, if the kids still say this, her frenemies) in different ways. Matthew Taylor’s cover hints at the danger that’s literally lurking around every corner, and sets the stage for an explosive final chapter of this first arc that no one – seriously, no one – could ever guess.”
Regarding the Wada cover, Schaefer added: “There’s a lot of important lessons in Buffy, but one of the most resonant and truest ones is this: librarians are total badasses. And, as Kevin Wada dreamily illustrates, they’re pretty easy on the eyes, too. Rupert Giles has a huge role to play in this series and we’ll learn that he’s much more than he appears – and we don’t just mean the fact that, if you haven’t heard, he’s quite good at playing an acoustic version of Stairway to Heaven.”
Schaefer said of the Smith cover: “Some folks have guessed it, but I’m excited to officially reveal that every issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will have a variant cover featuring the first appearance of a previous Chosen One. Matt Smith beautifully introduces a new Viking Slayer that, like the new Slayers on covers to previous issues, may have a larger role in Buffy’s life much sooner than anyone expects.”
On the Buoncristiano cover, Schaefer added: “Some episodes of Buffy make you sad or happy or excited or maybe even terrified. But ‘Hush’ made you feel all of them at the same time and it’s one of the reasons it remains a high watermark for storytelling. Scott Buoncristiano’s cover conjures up that emotional stake to the heart perfectly on this cover, as we continue our tribute the best episodes of Buffy.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer issue #3 is now available in both print & digital for just $3.99:
Buffy and the Scooby Gang (the name was Xander’s idea, he’s workshopping it, it probably won’t stick) delve deeper into the heart of Sunnydale’s underbelly – and make a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Hellmouth. Meanwhile, Drusilla – AKA The Mistress – sets her sights on Cordelia, as Cordy and Spike find accidental common ground.
- Editor’s Note: This article was originally posted on 12/6/2018 when the first two covers were revealed, updated on 12/17/2018 to include the next two covers, updated again on 2/25/2019 to include a preview of interior art, and updated once more on 3/13/2019 to reflect the issue’s release.