“In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer.” – Rupert Giles

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds 

Written by Christopher Golden

Published June 11, 2003

and

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 1: High School is Hell

Written by Jordie Bellaire

Published May 28, 2019

Okay… Question… Do you all get the picture? Old vs New.

As I stated a few posts ago, up until recently I never really invested in graphic novels or comic books. However, the few that I did own were classic Buffy Dark Horse comics. One of those comics was Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds. If memory serves me correct, the comic was written along with a book to capitalize and promote the 2003 released video game of the same name. Again. I also didn’t play video games; however, because I love books I did decide to purchase this comic along with the book of the same name. Chaos Bleeds takes place during Season 5 and centers around the Scooby Gang dealing with alternate reality versions of the deceased Gorch family members from Season 3. 

While I enjoyed reading and taking in the artwork of the comic I do wish there was more to the story. It feels too quick and only gives us a taste of the story but it doesn’t feel well rounded and complete; however, it does capture the voice of the series, which is something I truly love and miss.

In 2019, while recovering from leukemia, I heard of the reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer from BOOM Studios and I was immediately excited. I absolutely love Buffy and to know that it was getting a reboot for new audiences made my heart happy. Initially I didn’t plan to actually read it as a graphic novel; however, with discovering and finding a new found respect for the genre of books I decided to give it a read. And to be perfectly honest… I’m torn. While I only read the first four issues in volume one I wasn’t left with the feeling of wishing to continue. In many ways the story doesn’t feel authentic. Yes I do understand they are rebooting it and making it their own but in many ways it didn’t feel like the creators understood the characters, their dynamics, or the Buffyverse at all. It was like they took some of the best aspects of the entire series and smashed them together right at the beginning. They even stripped several characters, Xander and Cordelia primarily, of what made them so special. Not to mention they gave Willow a girlfriend immediately and it wasn’t Tara?!?!?!?! HELLO! If Willow is going to be gay right away and we’re nixing the Oz storyline bring Tara back! 

Needless to say I’m not exactly sure if I’m going to continue reading the series. However, I am glad that I gave it a try. 

To explain the photo for those scratching their heads… While this isn’t Buffy’s house it was Helen Shivers house from I Know What You Did Last Summer which was another character brought to life by the great Sarah Michelle Gellar. The first photo was taken in 2011-ish when I first went to Southport. In 2018, I believe, the house had a facelift and a make over.