Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1

Writer: Mariko Tamaki Artist: Natacha Bustos Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: July 8, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

* After everything - and everyone - she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new school that promises "to help you prioritize your true self."  
* But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn't what the school thinks it should be...well, don't worry, they'll help you get there. By any means necessary.  
* Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts - and her magic - to save herself from a different kind of threat than Buffy ever prepared her to face!
* Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Jul 8, 2020

    Willow #1is well-worth the read for the die-hard Scoobies and the people who just love witches. Between the art and the story, this is an amazing addition to the Buffyverse and honestly, a needed one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jul 10, 2020

    I really enjoyed the book. I'm not really familiar with the comic book universe but I remember Alyson Hannigan's portrayal of the character well and enjoyed the coming-of-age story. I enjoy the subtlety in the art, the writing, and the intellectual approach to the story. I'm kind of on board to read the entire first arc and will be returning to the series for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Kate Kowalski Jul 8, 2020

    Willow is not only a love letter to an influential character, but a powerful reimagining of an icon to women and girls across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Representation through characters is important, but representation in the realm of creatorship and art is vital. Willow Rosenberg has been placed in more than capable hands. (I like to think Willow herself would be pretty psyched about the team telling her story.) The ownership and future of everything Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn't fixed"it's fluid and dynamic. This is definitely a magical moment for fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Jul 7, 2020

    A great first issue in a miniseries where character is put first and foremost, and events unfold naturally as Willow travels the world in an effort to find her place and recover from the events of Hellmouth, amongst other things. Tamaki makes sure that readers understand this miniseries is going to be important within the larger Buffyverse, and teases events our heroes will be facing shortly. Like everything in Booms! Buffyverse, highly recommened. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Jul 8, 2020

    Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 gives a well-deserved starring role to the beloved nerdy witch as she deals with the emptiness she feels surrounding her devastating personal losses. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jul 8, 2020

    Hellmouth was the starting point for a lot of characters, but none more than Willow. When you know already what the future holds for her, it makes you wonder how this franchise will get her to that point. It all starts with what Willow experiences in this limited-time series. Everything about this story is already a breath of fresh air. A new setting, new characters, and more unique situations to explore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jul 8, 2020

    As an exercise in setting the stage, advancing the important themes with subtle foreshadowing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 is an absolute masterclass. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Cole Jul 8, 2020

    This is a pretty good book. The story may be simple but it's entertaining enough. Willow is the only character for most of the book but she's written well and I found her to be quite enjoyable. The artwork is nice and vibrant but can also get more complex when the need arises and the use of lettering to separate the different types of thoughts Willow is having as well as to separate those thoughts from the dialogue is pretty impressive. I'd definitely recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Jul 8, 2020

    The art and story come together to capture an essence of loneliness and feeling lost in this great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 15, 2020

    Willow's road trip eventually leads her to a sleepy town off the beaten path where the comic's story looks to begin in earnest. Featuring an attractive older woman and new trouble where things still go bump in the night (despite how rosy things look on the surface) means Willow may get more excitement than she bargained for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 9, 2020

    For Willow fans, this book finally puts their heroine firmly in the limelight. It's a credit to how BOOM! have gone about putting out a new range of Buffy stories that do not need to hang on the TV show. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Elizabeth Buck Aug 2, 2020

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow #1 appeals to new readers and seasoned fans. But will it deliver on old expectations while exploring new opportunities? Read Full Review

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