Grim_Noir Is Guardedly Optimistic About The
New Buffy The Vampire Slayer Comics Story Arc

Buffy The Bodyguard?

Title: Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Guarded – Part I

Writer: Andrew Chambliss

Covers: Phil Noto (or) Georges Jeanty

Penciller: Georges Jeanty

Inker: Nathan Massengill

Colorist: Michelle Madsen

Letterers: Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt (Comicraft)

Executive Producer: Joss Whedon

Published by Dark Horse Comics

Reviewed by Grim_Noir

Hi, my name is Grim_Noir…

— “Hi, Grim!”

…and, I’m a…a…

— “Go ahead, Grim, you’re in a safe place, here at Whedon Anon.”

My name is Grim_Noir and I’m a Buffyverse Addict!

— “That’s a good first step, Grim. Go on…”

I just needed to talk to someone: I think I’m getting HEAVILY back into BTVS.

In the beginning, I just went to a friend’s house and someone was showing the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie. It was mildly amusing with a killer Divinyls’ tune at the end, but nothing I couldn’t handle, right?

Then, I surfed into the first episode of the undiluted stuff – Joss Whedon’s TV show of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The scripts were smart and the cast was solid. By the John Ritter episode (“Ted”), I was heavily hooked. In no time at all, I was lacing Buffy with Angel and shooting up twice a week. I began reading Dark Horse’s first BTVS comics series on the bus, just to get through the weekends. Even when that comic moved to Topps Entertainment, I STILL couldn’t stop. I was doing “Scoobie-speak” at parties; you know, just to make things “more interesting.”

Inevitably, the crash came: The comics were cancelled and both TV series concluded. I dried out cold turkey. Sure, I did a little Firefly or Dollhouse to take the edge off, but the thrill wasn’t quite the same. I thought I had shaken my slavishness to the Buffster.

Until Joss Whedon became part of the movement by television show writing staffs to continue a series (in canon and continuity) as a comic book (along with other former tele-drugs, such as Jericho and Farscape). But I had gotten some bad Andrew Chambliss when I first relapsed: False pregnancies? Robo-Buffy? No, this wasn’t for me…except…Joss’ The Avengers had just given me SUCH A RUSH and I needed MORE. And BTVS Season 9 Episode 11 gave me that thrill again.

This was a crafty script: As Willow’s ex, Kennedy, takes the former Slayer army “corporate” with a bodyguard service, Buffy finds herself adrift (again) in a world that is OK with vampires and learning how to deal with the onslaught of “zompires.” Georges Jeanty’s artwork is on-point, in both in big action scenes and small character moments. And Chambliss’ scripting finally takes Buffy back to more street-level adventures with great twists along the way. I mean, by the time The Immortal and a certain infernal law firm showed up, I was already grinning from ear-to-ear: THIS was why I loved the Buffyverse!

Hey! Where’d my support group go…? Oh, I see, we must be moving the meeting to the local comics shop across the street…right? …And why are we running…?

Looks like there’s going to be a lot more relapses of former addicts, if this creative team keeps this quality up.

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  1. jaydee says:

    I want to read and comment on this review, but I’m behind on my Buffy comics!!

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