There’s a bunch of dead people, then this green guy is showing Buffy, Spike and Willow some paper. Buffy gets mad and almost kills the green guy. She calms down and they all make peace. Willow walks away all sad.
This red guy breaks into a house and finds a stick in somebody’s house and this other guy is there but nothing happens.
In the morge, there’s a bunch of bodies and it seems like they are old people? Like, young people from a long time ago?
Cut to Buffy saving some guy and killing a vampire. But the cops arrest her and show her a bunch of pictures while interrogating her.
Buffy escapes jail and goes to Xander and... Dawn’s?? and now she’s on TV.
Buffy and Spike have a rooftop chat, then she kills another vampire and saves the guy from before again. Then one of the vampires gets the drop on her with a lot of other guys.
The guy starts to glow green and all the vampires fall over and look human again. Buffy smiles.
What’s on the cover?
Buffy seems to be falling while fighting a rag covered vampire.
How’s the pictures?
While the art on the cover (as well as the scene) is different than what we get in the book, both are very well drawn. The art style is more linear but clean and the proportions are inline with human beings. Each character is distinct in both facial structure and body structure, which is a change from all the superhero comics I usually read. Not good, not bad, just a change.
What really happened?
It seems that a bunch of bodies are showing up all over town and each of them is “lost in time,” meaning they went missing years, even decades ago. Buffy is unsatisfied with her life, to state that quickly. After the police witness her staking a vampire and saving a guy’s life, they haul her in for questioning. Then we get the gist of the “body” problem.
After escaping, Buffy is wanted by the police and runs across the guy she saved before, who seems to have the power of stripping the vampire out of vampires leaving only the body.
Did I like it?
This book succeeds on all levels except one. The story tends to be less contained than I would like. In books today where the stories sprawl out over a dozen issues, it would be nice if this book kept to a single “episode” per issue, but that is only a tiny, whiny problem. All in all I love this book. The stories are interesting and cannon, carrying on my beloved show into places that it never could have gone on television.
If you have not read my other comic reviews, there is a stand out difference of this book and the other books I have read so far: my first take on the story where I analyze just the images actually follows the plot. Note: I have not read this book before and bought it almost a year ago. So far, comics have let me down in that the images give broad, strange strokes of the story but when left alone can not tell a story outside of small moments. This book is well told and paneled to the point that I could follow the story without reading a word. This should not be as rare as it seems to be.
That is not to knock the words, which are wonderful Buffy speak. And they should be. The writer seems very talented and knowledgeable about the Buffy world and the project is being overseen by Joss Whedon.