Written by Christos Gage
Art by Karl Moline
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: August 20, 2014

Buffy and crew seek housing and get a little more than they bargained for as the new arc of Season 10 kicks off in Buffy The Vampire Slayer #6.

Christos Gage gives readers an interesting plot in this one, recapping some of the major goings-on for new folks, and driving the story forward with familiar characters for long term readers. Gage does a great job of capturing the voices of these characters, with each character shining through and staying consistent and true to the show throughout the issue. Kid Giles radiates “Giles”, which is a victory, and the tone of the series is obvious throughout the issue from start to finish. This comic is Whedonverse through and through, and Gage maintains these characters well.

As is typical of the series as a whole, he infuses the adventure with a solid dose of humour, and the early events of this issue are quite entertaining. When the issue goes “supernatural” things take a more serious tone, but the opportunity for one liners is ever present and Gage utilizes them well. There are some points of awkward dialogue that is blatant to the point of sounding odd, but the flow of the issue isn’t interrupted fully by it. The “campy” feeling of show is ever present, so some heavy handed dialogue does not feel completely out of place and while the story is somewhat predictable, it fits as an opener for the arc. Gage writes Buffy as Buffy should be written, and he’s set up a strong setting for this story going forward.

Karl Moline delivers solid art throughout the issue, capturing the likenesses of the characters well and showcasing their personalities seemingly with ease. Kid Giles is the best example of this, as his mannerisms and stuffy nature are well represented even though he is now a kid. Moline and colourist Dan Jackson have created a world that is easy to dive into and they handle this cast and setting well. There is a tension that is brimming in this artwork that captures the eerie sense of never knowing when some dark force of the occult will strike in this comic, and it leads to a comic that is a fun read.

Gage and Moline deliver a solid start to the newest arc of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10, continuing to capture the tone of the Whedonverse well. Buffy fans should find a lot to enjoy in this issue, and I’ll be back for the next installment to see where they are headed with this one.

The Verdict: 7.0/10



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