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Tying into Hellmouth, the first-ever Buffy & Angel comic book event, Buffy must confront Drusilla as the evil Mistress’ plans lay waste to Sunnydale. WELCOME TO HELLMOUTH - THE FIRST EVER BUFFY & ANGEL COMIC BOOK EVENT! Drusilla has opened the Hellmouth! With no time to waste, Buffy must do what any good Slayer would do - namely running directly into the heart of the proble Tying into Hellmouth, the first-ever Buffy & Angel comic book event, Buffy must confront Drusilla as the evil Mistress’ plans lay waste to Sunnydale. WELCOME TO HELLMOUTH - THE FIRST EVER BUFFY & ANGEL COMIC BOOK EVENT! Drusilla has opened the Hellmouth! With no time to waste, Buffy must do what any good Slayer would do - namely running directly into the heart of the problem.  But where does that leave the rest of Sunnydale? Xander, Willow, Cordelia, and the rest of the gang must find a way to battle demons both inside and out, without their Chosen One to help them. Is this the end of the Scooby Gang? Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and artist David López (Captain Marvel) present the next chapter of the fearless pop culture reimagining that generated headlines worldwide, directly tying into the landmark Hellmouth comic book event. Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9-12.


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Tying into Hellmouth, the first-ever Buffy & Angel comic book event, Buffy must confront Drusilla as the evil Mistress’ plans lay waste to Sunnydale. WELCOME TO HELLMOUTH - THE FIRST EVER BUFFY & ANGEL COMIC BOOK EVENT! Drusilla has opened the Hellmouth! With no time to waste, Buffy must do what any good Slayer would do - namely running directly into the heart of the proble Tying into Hellmouth, the first-ever Buffy & Angel comic book event, Buffy must confront Drusilla as the evil Mistress’ plans lay waste to Sunnydale. WELCOME TO HELLMOUTH - THE FIRST EVER BUFFY & ANGEL COMIC BOOK EVENT! Drusilla has opened the Hellmouth! With no time to waste, Buffy must do what any good Slayer would do - namely running directly into the heart of the problem.  But where does that leave the rest of Sunnydale? Xander, Willow, Cordelia, and the rest of the gang must find a way to battle demons both inside and out, without their Chosen One to help them. Is this the end of the Scooby Gang? Eisner Award-nominated writer Jordie Bellaire (Redlands) and artist David López (Captain Marvel) present the next chapter of the fearless pop culture reimagining that generated headlines worldwide, directly tying into the landmark Hellmouth comic book event. Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #9-12.

30 review for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 3: From Beneath You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Oy... well that was a bit of a mess, wasn't it. I've been a fan of Jordie Bellaire's reimagining of Buffy up to this point, but it took Boom Comics all of 6 or so issues to dunk this series in a comicbook crossover event hell. I'm not even going to get into how this book will only collect the 4 Buffy tie-in issues without any of the main Hellmouth event (see, Marvel and DC are not the only ones in the biz who can do this sort of bullshit), but the whole event was just a complete clusterfuck. Not Oy... well that was a bit of a mess, wasn't it. I've been a fan of Jordie Bellaire's reimagining of Buffy up to this point, but it took Boom Comics all of 6 or so issues to dunk this series in a comicbook crossover event hell. I'm not even going to get into how this book will only collect the 4 Buffy tie-in issues without any of the main Hellmouth event (see, Marvel and DC are not the only ones in the biz who can do this sort of bullshit), but the whole event was just a complete clusterfuck. Not only wasn't it set up properly — how could it be, when the main Buffy book barely just got started? But the entire story of this crossover is so dull, so derivative, so... un-Buffy-like, it pretty much killed any goodwill I had for this relaunch. I just don't get why they would derail the series so hard, especially since it started so strong. Are these new Buffy comics such good sellers for Boom that it demanded a crossover event stretched over four months with a shitton of tie-ins? Sounds unlikely. Just release the fourth Giant Days hardcover, you cowards, and stop doing dumb things that pretty much everybody universally hates about the big two.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I don't like Buffy without Buffy, especially while making me slog through the Hell Mouth event. Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 Current review score: 1.75 I don't like Buffy without Buffy, especially while making me slog through the Hell Mouth event. Individual issue reviews: #9 | #10 | #11 | #12 Current review score: 1.75

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mitticus

    What a mess. All the situation is disjointed and confused. The art is the worst problem thing here. You can't differentiate between characters, change how are drawn in the vignettes and you keep wondering who they are until named. If you think like me that Robin was a jerk, here acts worst. Cordelia face change all the time, sometime she even is short that the others. I don't like it. The body of Xander ditto. The Anya character is really confusing - motivations? In waht moment? is she allowed memori What a mess. All the situation is disjointed and confused. The art is the worst problem thing here. You can't differentiate between characters, change how are drawn in the vignettes and you keep wondering who they are until named. If you think like me that Robin was a jerk, here acts worst. Cordelia face change all the time, sometime she even is short that the others. I don't like it. The body of Xander ditto. The Anya character is really confusing - motivations? In waht moment? is she allowed memories from the other 'verse?

  4. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    Still feeling meh about this title. It could be really good, but it’s just average. I also really hate how they’re rewriting the mythology. This volume focuses on the side characters, but... it’s such a mess. And everything is just so rushed. 3/5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mick

    Fragmented storytelling and bad artwork Read upon the release of each issue. This was... Not good. The story of these four issues simply doesn't add up to a coherent or gripping story, as each issue seems to represent a random fragment of the story and mostly concerns minor characters in bland stories. The big developments regarding major characters - namely the soul-sharing of Willow and Xander and the half-vampire status of Xander - are left unexplored for no reason until the unfinished climax of Fragmented storytelling and bad artwork Read upon the release of each issue. This was... Not good. The story of these four issues simply doesn't add up to a coherent or gripping story, as each issue seems to represent a random fragment of the story and mostly concerns minor characters in bland stories. The big developments regarding major characters - namely the soul-sharing of Willow and Xander and the half-vampire status of Xander - are left unexplored for no reason until the unfinished climax of issue 12. The storytelling is clumsy, unfocused and forced. And the worst part is that the artwork doesn't help the storytelling at all as the art is defined by the characters having weird face expressions that does not fit or support the storytelling. The face expressions are impossible to decode.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)

    3/5 Not gonna lie, this was the first volume of the Buffy relaunch that really let me down. The plot seemed very flimsy and did not have a satisfying ending like the rest have. Also, the art was so, so bad. These are supposed to be teenagers and the artist made them look like they’re in their 40’s. Plus it was so sloppy, and the resemblance to the characters was so off, whereas the cover art and gallery at the end? AMAZING. Anyway, yeah, a pretty big let down for a graphic novel I have been antici 3/5 Not gonna lie, this was the first volume of the Buffy relaunch that really let me down. The plot seemed very flimsy and did not have a satisfying ending like the rest have. Also, the art was so, so bad. These are supposed to be teenagers and the artist made them look like they’re in their 40’s. Plus it was so sloppy, and the resemblance to the characters was so off, whereas the cover art and gallery at the end? AMAZING. Anyway, yeah, a pretty big let down for a graphic novel I have been anticipating since February. Still, not giving up just yet. I’m going to pick up the Angel crossover that comes out in a few weeks and hope it gets better!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Buffy without Buffy. This was all over the place and completely incoherent. Characters constantly unhinged and yelling at each other, but why? This is apparently the influence of the open Hellmouth, but this entire issue had way too much self-obsessed whinging. Giles hates everyone, Robin hates everyone, Kendra is here and pretty cool actually, but Robin is her watcher even though he's a baby child? Everyone is completely lost because Buffy is gone, as if they've known her for more than a few we Buffy without Buffy. This was all over the place and completely incoherent. Characters constantly unhinged and yelling at each other, but why? This is apparently the influence of the open Hellmouth, but this entire issue had way too much self-obsessed whinging. Giles hates everyone, Robin hates everyone, Kendra is here and pretty cool actually, but Robin is her watcher even though he's a baby child? Everyone is completely lost because Buffy is gone, as if they've known her for more than a few weeks. What is everyone on about, and where is this going? They tried some stuff with the Willow/Xander soul-sharing plot. It was supposed to be a cliffhanger like "WHAT HAPPENED TO XANDER IS HE ALIVE OR DEAD?" but mostly I'm praying for dead so we don't have to listen to him tell her to do what she needs to be happy again. The art hasn't improved either. Anya came on the scene, and I thought she was Buffy because everyone's faces look the same. Having two blondes in a comic where you rely on hair to differentiate the characters is a bad idea. Cordelia looked different in every frame. Everyone still looks like a stung out demon person in messy eyeliner. This is just falling apart on all levels. If the crossover volume later this month doesn't utterly slay, then I'm out.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    With Buffy and Angel trapped within the Hellmouth, it's up to the rest of the Scooby Gang to protect Sunnydale; but that's easier said than done, when the Scooby Gang's literally Xander and Willow, who aren't even speaking to each other. Enter Cordelia, Anya, and...Kendra?! A world without Buffy is an interesting one to explore; maybe not this early in the series perhaps, but I applaud Jordie Bellaire for trying something different. It's a clever way to get this series to work as tie-ins to Hellm With Buffy and Angel trapped within the Hellmouth, it's up to the rest of the Scooby Gang to protect Sunnydale; but that's easier said than done, when the Scooby Gang's literally Xander and Willow, who aren't even speaking to each other. Enter Cordelia, Anya, and...Kendra?! A world without Buffy is an interesting one to explore; maybe not this early in the series perhaps, but I applaud Jordie Bellaire for trying something different. It's a clever way to get this series to work as tie-ins to Hellmouth without having it try to fill in gaps (because Hellmouth itself doesn't have many that need filling). The strength of the characters helps though; while these new incarnations of everyone's favourites aren't exactly the same, they definitely share DNA, and that makes it easy to root for them. The developments here play nicely out of Hellmouth's larger revelations, and the addition of Kendra shakes things up nicely. The art's where it all falls apart though; David Lopez's enormous anime eyes for everyone don't do the series any favours. I'm familiar with Lopez's style, but it's definitely turned to to a hundred here. It's hard to take everyone seriously when it looks like their eyeballs are about to roll away from their faces. A bold experiment, mostly successful, but peculiar looking while it does it. If you've not read Hellmouth though, check that out first. I find it odd that this releases before Hellmouth itself, actually.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It breaks my freaking heart to give anything Buffy 1-star, but... The art by Kevin Wada in the cover gallery at the end was my favourite part of this volume and nothing else positive comes to mind. The story is just so disjointed and nothing feels cohesive or consistent, and the art went downhill after volume 1 and there is certainly no improvement here - if anything, it's even worse. It breaks my freaking heart to give anything Buffy 1-star, but... The art by Kevin Wada in the cover gallery at the end was my favourite part of this volume and nothing else positive comes to mind. The story is just so disjointed and nothing feels cohesive or consistent, and the art went downhill after volume 1 and there is certainly no improvement here - if anything, it's even worse.

  10. 5 out of 5

    FrontalNerdaty

    Booms current ‘reimagining’ of the world of Buffy continues to degrade in quality. This volume sees the men of Sunnydale slowly turning ‘mad’ and lashing out. It’s handled with none of the subtlety the show would’ve done but instead is presented in such a ham fisted way it’s almost a parody of the shows message. David Lopez’s art leaves a lot to be desired here. Characters look less like the actors than ever before (I assume Bianca Lawson didn’t give likeness rights as Kendra is unrecognisable) Booms current ‘reimagining’ of the world of Buffy continues to degrade in quality. This volume sees the men of Sunnydale slowly turning ‘mad’ and lashing out. It’s handled with none of the subtlety the show would’ve done but instead is presented in such a ham fisted way it’s almost a parody of the shows message. David Lopez’s art leaves a lot to be desired here. Characters look less like the actors than ever before (I assume Bianca Lawson didn’t give likeness rights as Kendra is unrecognisable) and it’s a shame as his art on All New Wolverine was decent. Overall this is a poor and sad imagining of a current day Buffy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jason Carpenter

    I am absolutely loving this new Buffy series. I never read the old Dark Horse series, but I did watch and love the tv show. This is a wonderful new version that honors so much of that series yet still offers so many wonderful new things.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cat | Bookocraze

    Um, it was kinda weird reading a comic about Buffy the Vampire Slayer without actually having Buffy in it. I’m wondering, how this will unfold?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen Canary

    Really disappointed in the turn the series took, mostly that it was impossible to read it without also following the crossover issues which because I was subscribing on comiXology I got random issues of without asking for them but not all of them? That’s a side issue and doesn’t impact the rating here but also what the hell was that all about? Scammy. So anyway this collection ends with issue 12 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer which does not end of the story that this crossover is telling. No — you h Really disappointed in the turn the series took, mostly that it was impossible to read it without also following the crossover issues which because I was subscribing on comiXology I got random issues of without asking for them but not all of them? That’s a side issue and doesn’t impact the rating here but also what the hell was that all about? Scammy. So anyway this collection ends with issue 12 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer which does not end of the story that this crossover is telling. No — you have to buy the separate crossover issue #5 to actually find out how the story ends. Super Duper disappointing. On top of that, I didn’t love the story on its own merits though it was hard to tell if I might have because so much was happening in the crossover issues I didn’t get... I have no idea what they were thinking but I’m dropping this series. I was really enjoying the idea of the updated universe in the early issues, but so many of the choices they’ve made were just not even remotely in character. I can’t get why they’d fundamentally change the main characters personalities. Why even call it Buffy then?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Buchanan

    I read this collection as single issues along with the tie-in ANGEL and HELLMOUTH issues. For all the emphasis they put on the sequencing of the cross-over event (with the code of dots on one set of the covers), I find it odd that they're publishing them as series-specific TPB collections. The whole thing fell really flat for me. I think it's because this really large-scale event came too early in a new series. Sure, we know these characters on some level, but there are differences from the TV v I read this collection as single issues along with the tie-in ANGEL and HELLMOUTH issues. For all the emphasis they put on the sequencing of the cross-over event (with the code of dots on one set of the covers), I find it odd that they're publishing them as series-specific TPB collections. The whole thing fell really flat for me. I think it's because this really large-scale event came too early in a new series. Sure, we know these characters on some level, but there are differences from the TV versions and the development of these new versions was lacking as events unfolded. This had the odd effect of making things feel like they were moving too quickly even though I would finish an issue feeling like not much action had taken place. The tone and dialogue have become less recognizable as BUFFY, which is surprising given how successfully Bellaire had captured the tone and voice of the show in the first set of issues. The artwork in this and the previous collection is off-putting — again, a downturn following the first collection of issues (more understandable in this case because it's a different illustrator). I thought I might adjust to it, but after eight issues, I haven't. The human faces are oddly proportioned and often don't have lips, and the facial expressions sometimes don't match the tone of the dialogue.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Mero

    I really enjoyed this volume, even though Buffy and Angel make no appearances since they're in the Hellmouth. I loved that they found a way to work Kendra into the story, though I do feel like they did little to give her any personality or make her in any way memorable, not that the show did a great job of handling her either. I loved that Anya had a slightly bigger role in this volume. I'm interested to see what happens with Xander in the next volume.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Viola

    Read as single issues. Liked the exploration of what happens in Sunnydale when Buffy is on a mission & seeing how the characters cope (or don't). Cordelia is still a highlight and her bonding with Rose was great. She's also a cool character. I love Anya too. Kendra showing up was a nice surprise, hopefully she'll be treated better here than on the show. The art style is still a big no for me. I could get behind the more simplistic style but the faces look scary at times and way too similar. And Read as single issues. Liked the exploration of what happens in Sunnydale when Buffy is on a mission & seeing how the characters cope (or don't). Cordelia is still a highlight and her bonding with Rose was great. She's also a cool character. I love Anya too. Kendra showing up was a nice surprise, hopefully she'll be treated better here than on the show. The art style is still a big no for me. I could get behind the more simplistic style but the faces look scary at times and way too similar. And what's up with the bulging eyes, it's off-putting. The artwork of the Hellmouth crossover and the relevant issues of Angel I read were truly refreshing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lane Maddox

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️! Volume 3 was Buffy-less, completely MIA the entire volume. How? In her absence we got conflicted half human half vamp Xander, moody half souled Willow, anger management Giles, the introduction of badass understudy slayer Kendra and not much else. Just read unfinished and like filler until the OG slayer returns. #NoMisterPointy #WatchersShouldAllBeBritishAndOld

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Why have a massive crossover event before the main series has even hit its stride? Frustrating storytelling and bad art (Anya and Buffy look exactly the same, everyone's so SWEATY??) I might pick up a few more volumes but honestly the only thing I liked was Willow's awesome black streak in her red hair.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Devin King {ShadowKissedReader}

    So another enjoyable read. It was a bit lackluster due to the crossover event which shines over every issues entangled. I really enjoyed some of the twists but a fan of the continued illustrator but I am a total fangirl for a new huge character that works with the slayer. Cant wait for the next volume in Oct.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    The story in the New Buffy comics is actually really interesting and I love how they have redefined the characters. What I hate is the art in volume 2 and 3. It’s truly ugly, willow looks like she’s 60 and Xander looks like he has no teeth half the time. I really hope they get a new artist sometime soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Véronique Laplante Grenier

    So far on the 3 comics that rewrite the story this was my least favorite. A Buffy story without Buffy... Wonder where she is since Kendra have been activate as a slayer and since the only way for a slayer to be called is that the previous one have die. And they didn't really had anything to Xander new condition as half-vampire with him sharing soul with Willow.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diana Nechita

    I wish there was a reading order guide in the books as the order of this, Angel volume 2 and the Hellmouth volume is a bit unclear. After reading them all I think it's Angel 2, Buffy 3 (this book) and then Hellmouth. Nothing particularly exciting happening but it fills some gaps for Hellmouth. I wish Anya and Cordelia were easier to distinguish from Buffy, it gets frustrating sometimes

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    this one was kind of tough to get through. a lot of things happened, it seemed pretty long. it is a little challenging to remember what's going on since it is the same timeline as buffy, somewhat the same characters, but different twists and events.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I only read the last one in March, so I'm confused about why I was so confused when reading this. Still interesting to see how they're deviating from the previous iterations. This is essentially what will keep me reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Cowpar

    So Kendra already. Xander died. I actually don't care. This series is a mess.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Volume 3 of this alternate history Buffy is still interesting for sure but lacks heart and a bit of that ol Buffy humor.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zuzana Vlčková

    This finally felt like a Buffy comic. It was a bit darker and the story was powerful and it has a few twist that I didn’t expect. Now I have to catch up on Angel I guess.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    not sure if I'm liking this storyline all that well. I also feel the art was a lot better when the comics were published by dark horse

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Bartlett

    I wish the art were better.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I liked it a lot, but if Buffy is in the title, Buffy should be in the book.

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