Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5

Writer: Jordie Bellaire Artist: David Lopez Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: June 5, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 2
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After the stunning events of Issue #4, the Scooby Gang tries to recover and deal with a new threat that's arising within the very halls of Sunnydale High itself.

  • 9.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jun 5, 2019

    Talk about an emotional roller coaster. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 impressed me with how bold this creative team has been to only five issues in put a main character in this kind of danger. One does not simply turn into a vampire and turn back. To say that Buffy and Willow experienced a shockwave of grief from this tragedy almost feels like an understatement. As I've said before, new situations are what will continue to make this trip back to the early days worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 5, 2019

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5 is a grim, yet punchy issue. Jordie Bellaire flexes her storytelling abilities this issue, setting the characters and readers in a grave situation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 5, 2019

    This series has been an interesting read from the get go, with Bellaire and company adding new twists to an all ready popular series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 17, 2019

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to raise this franchise to new heights. It weaves through the main characters, pulling them together and tearing them apart. Every issue ends in a solid, jaw-dropping moment that will leave you begging for more. I hope this relaunch runs forever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 6, 2019

    Jordie Bellaire's script gets a little playful with time, opening with a more dynamic scene (and a strong welcome for arc artist David Lopez) and also expediting part of the group's efforts thanks to the story in BOOM!'s Free Comic Book Day offering. Couple this with Jenny's involvement in the story, and this issue really enforces how Bellaire has both the voices and the relationships of the characters down while also creating her own strikingly different narrative for them to occupy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Jun 5, 2019

    So who is this series for? If its an exploration of these characters made relevant by rebooting their situation entirely, then this issue takes a bit of a cowards way out, backing off on one of the series boldest moves. If its a clean slate meant to introduce the classic characters and concepts to new readers, then it assumes the audience knows more than they should. Either way, its lacking. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Darryll Robson Jun 5, 2019

    A New Arc and a new artist bring an emotional, hard hitting issue of Buffy to the readers. Top quality writing with expressive art continues the high quality everyone has come to expect from this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Jun 6, 2019

    "Buffy" #5 keeps the narrative interesting while the title gears up for an emotional climax. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Leigh Kade Jun 5, 2019

    All in all, the updates are perfect. I love Giles with Jenny Calendar from the jump, so cool- here it is. The dialogue is pretty classic Whedon-speak, too, so long-term Buffy fans will find themselves in familiar territory. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rogues Portal - Cameron Kieffer Jun 5, 2019

    One thing the previous arc had going for it consistently was the excellent art. Sadly, thats another area that has taken a hit in quality. Art duties are handled by David Lopez, and while his layouts are great (particularly in an early two-page spread), his character work leaves a lot to be desired. Certain players, especially Willow, just come off looking odd, with expressions ranging from bored to manic. Fortunately, previous colorist Raul Angulo has returned to work his magic and, along with letterer Ed Dukeshire, provides some much needed artistic continuity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 14, 2019

    While some of the early pages of the issue feature an oblivious Buffy and Willow discussing her date, the later pages take a much darker tone focus on Xander being sired (but somehow not “completely sired” – a distinction the comic doesn't go into detail about) and the reactions of both Buffy and Willow to the loss of their friend. The issue also foreshadows trouble at home for Buffy as Joyce learns her daughter is skipping school again (but is still oblivious to her Slayer duties). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jun 5, 2019

    Jordie Bellaire provides a strong script that both feels like a perfect replica of a traditional Buffy TV episode structure while being wildly different from any particular episode in interesting ways, and that's enough to make up for Lopez's mixed artwork. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 7, 2019

    A change in artists for this issue hurts worse than a vampire's kiss. The story is neat for having one of the Scoobies in trouble, but the villains are so different from the way they've been portrayed in the past they come off as poor substitutes. The new artist in this issue is not consistent with this characters, especially on Willow, and the blurred images for speed look horrible. The colors are also really dim, making the art lessen further. And I continue to find the dialogue font to be practically unreadable. I did not like this issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.3
    Sequential Planet - Alex Clark-McGlenn Jun 3, 2019

    While I'll probably return to Buffy for the next issue, my excitement has been replaced with skepticism.If you're a fan of Buffy, you should and probably will stick with this comic, but you should also be concerned in regards to the direction this reboot has taken. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Jun 6, 2019

    The writing here manages to fit the right tone, but the art does not. The art isn't abysmal, but it really takes away from what should be big moments. It's not as bad when there are close ups, but it feels like the artist is quick to forget what these characters actually look like from a slightly further distance. I also think maybe the pacing needs a little bit of work, but hey that fits with the show as well, what with its 22 episodes to fill each season. I also figured we'd see some Angel in this issue after the cliffhanger and the FCBD story, but he's nowhere to be found, which slightly disappoints me as an Angel fan. As for the story itself though, I'm completely on board with this direction. I usually like it when reboots and adaptati more

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  • 6.0
    SoosX Jun 5, 2019

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