Book Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol 1: High School is Hell by Jordie Bellaire, Russ Manning and Joss Whedon

This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil…only this time around, her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window.

Continuing my new adventures in to graphic novels with another Buffy, this time in a universe that re-imagines a Buffy set in todays world. With mobile phones, the internet and all the changes that have happened between the original run and now.

Starting right back at the beginning with Buffy arriving in Sunnydale the stories are at once familiar and yet very different to the ones we know and love from the show. Cordelia seems a little nicer, Xander is more anxious, Willow has already come out (and has an awesome girlfriend) but the feel is the same. The jokes, the quipping the big bads.

I love that the author and artist are clearly huge Buffy fans themselves. There are so many little nods to the series that it was fun to find and made it feel like this really was Buffy. A particular favourite of mine was Xander’s username being The Zeppo (which is also a great episode of the show).

Really enjoyed this one and have Volume 2 on order at my local bookshop. I may have found a new reading obsession!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: High School is Hell is available now.

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