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Buffy Summers—the Slayer, the Chosen One meant to save the world from the literal evil forces of hell—must save her friend Xander before he dies… and returns as a vampire. As Giles and Willow each take drastic measures to find a cure, Buffy must face the hardest choice of her already not-so-easy life: save her friend or stop her new enemies, Drusilla (AKA The Mistress) and Buffy Summers—the Slayer, the Chosen One meant to save the world from the literal evil forces of hell—must save her friend Xander before he dies… and returns as a vampire. As Giles and Willow each take drastic measures to find a cure, Buffy must face the hardest choice of her already not-so-easy life: save her friend or stop her new enemies, Drusilla (AKA The Mistress) and Spike from opening the Hellmouth. But where does the mysterious vampire with a soul named Angel fit into this mess? And what secret is he hiding that will forever change the war between the Slayer and the Mistress? 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. Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5-8.


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Buffy Summers—the Slayer, the Chosen One meant to save the world from the literal evil forces of hell—must save her friend Xander before he dies… and returns as a vampire. As Giles and Willow each take drastic measures to find a cure, Buffy must face the hardest choice of her already not-so-easy life: save her friend or stop her new enemies, Drusilla (AKA The Mistress) and Buffy Summers—the Slayer, the Chosen One meant to save the world from the literal evil forces of hell—must save her friend Xander before he dies… and returns as a vampire. As Giles and Willow each take drastic measures to find a cure, Buffy must face the hardest choice of her already not-so-easy life: save her friend or stop her new enemies, Drusilla (AKA The Mistress) and Spike from opening the Hellmouth. But where does the mysterious vampire with a soul named Angel fit into this mess? And what secret is he hiding that will forever change the war between the Slayer and the Mistress? 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. Collects Buffy the Vampire Slayer #5-8.

30 review for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 2: Once Bitten

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    This was a bit weaker than the spectacular volume 1, but still a great read that keeps pushing the boundaries of the Buffy universe. David López takes over Dan Mora on art, and his style is definitely not as slick and polished, but I am a fan of his and didn't mind the change too much. This volume leads into the Hellmouth crossover, which feels a bit too comic-book-crossovery judging by the setup, but I am still looking forward to it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Not as focused as the first volume. And very little is explained. Xavier's deal is only hinted at. When you make that kind of change to a character that everyone reading this already knows, you can't just gloss it all over. That's just poor writing. Bellaire doesn't seem to want to give any explanations so she doesn't back herself into a corner later. I do wish they would have included the FCBD episode in this as well, especially because it's referenced as part of this story. Overall, it felt li Not as focused as the first volume. And very little is explained. Xavier's deal is only hinted at. When you make that kind of change to a character that everyone reading this already knows, you can't just gloss it all over. That's just poor writing. Bellaire doesn't seem to want to give any explanations so she doesn't back herself into a corner later. I do wish they would have included the FCBD episode in this as well, especially because it's referenced as part of this story. Overall, it felt like a lot of wheel spinning while we wait for the Hellmouth crossover to begin. I typically like David Lopez's art, but he's tilted his style a little too chiba this time. The book starts to look like a Goth anime with huge doe eyes and dark eyeliner around all the women.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was okay. Buffy having to find a cure for Xander with Willow. Sounds fun right? But it's kind of just a average episode of Buffy. The only truly interesting thing to happen is seeing Willow's past with Xander and also what someone is planning. The rest is by the numbers and not all that great. I also can't stand that everyone's eyes always look bugged out. A 2.5 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mick

    Going for the twitter-friendly headlines, not for a fully-developed story (Read as single issues) This story did not work for me at all - this was almost a 1 star rating for me. The big elephant in the room is (view spoiler)[Xander almost dying or almost becoming a vampire (hide spoiler)] which was a big part of the marketing for issue four and something that BOOM! were not shy of using to get media coverage with headlines like "anything can happen in this series". The sad truth is that nothing re Going for the twitter-friendly headlines, not for a fully-developed story (Read as single issues) This story did not work for me at all - this was almost a 1 star rating for me. The big elephant in the room is (view spoiler)[Xander almost dying or almost becoming a vampire (hide spoiler)] which was a big part of the marketing for issue four and something that BOOM! were not shy of using to get media coverage with headlines like "anything can happen in this series". The sad truth is that nothing really happened. (view spoiler)[Xander did not die. Did not become a vampire. He is still Xander, just with some magic abilities that BOOM! can pull out of their (hide spoiler)] asses sleeves as needed. Nothing is explained. Nothing is seen. Everything happens in the background. Bellaire seems to consider it unimportant, and well it is, because the characters are all still very underdeveloped at this point. It does not matter if one of them dies. And the art has taken a big dive in quality with the change of main artist from Vol. 1 to this, the characters often have weird facial expressions that are impossible to decode and look like something from a cheap cartoon. My main reason for not giving this a 1 star is the Willow-centric issue that puts the comic book format and possibility of changing artists into great use, while exploring the affect that a big sacrifice by Willow has on her. Issues like that are needed to explore the characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    TheYALibrarian

    Rating 1 Star Ummm......what the fuck happened?? Why was the illustrator from the first volume replaced with this one? I hate to be mean but shit that was awful artwork. Didn't look like the characters at all and just did not work period. The plot and how the characters reacted was also bad. Guess I'll not be finishing the next one since it's the same illustrator.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Veronika

    Mmm this wasn't as good as I expected after reading and loving the first volume. The art style was quite different than in Vol. 1 and the characters didn't quite look like themselves. Also, the storyline was all over the place and left me mostly confused. This makes me sad because I hoped to collect all volumes, but now I am not sure.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    (Read as Single Issues) I agree with other reviewers that the art here seemed like a step back, with some characters being unrecognizable from amorphous blobs. But I still am so happy to read some new Buffy and love where the story is going, so that elevates my rating here.

  8. 4 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    Pretty interesting, though I missed the tone of the first trade. It did set up a pretty cool arc with Hellmouth business, so I'm curious to see how the event will go. :D

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Buffy and friends deal with the fallout of the revelation that she is the Slayer, while Xander struggles with his new vampiric side, and the march to Hellmouth continues as Drusilla makes her move! The character dynamics are the main draw to this series so far. The action is great, and the stakes feel suitably high, but the relationship between the core 3 is definitely outstripping all that. As Xander and Willow grow closer and then apart in the attempt to deal with Xander's new vampire-ness, Buf Buffy and friends deal with the fallout of the revelation that she is the Slayer, while Xander struggles with his new vampiric side, and the march to Hellmouth continues as Drusilla makes her move! The character dynamics are the main draw to this series so far. The action is great, and the stakes feel suitably high, but the relationship between the core 3 is definitely outstripping all that. As Xander and Willow grow closer and then apart in the attempt to deal with Xander's new vampire-ness, Buffy and Robin Wood get acquainted, and Giles begins to spin out of control. It's all very Buffy, and I love it. We lose Dan Mora on art in favour of David Lopez, who is as good as he always is, if a bit heavy on the GIANT EYES. This isn't an anime, David, calm it down a bit.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Not great! After a strong start, this was super disappointing. The elephant in the room is the art. The issues in this volume were done by a different artist, and they're just awful. I'm not one of those who thinks that comic renditions of actors need to look like the people they're portraying, but the need to NOT look like strung out Japanese demons in human suits. It was really distracting and took away any impact this story could have had. ...not that it had much of one. The weight of the situa Not great! After a strong start, this was super disappointing. The elephant in the room is the art. The issues in this volume were done by a different artist, and they're just awful. I'm not one of those who thinks that comic renditions of actors need to look like the people they're portraying, but the need to NOT look like strung out Japanese demons in human suits. It was really distracting and took away any impact this story could have had. ...not that it had much of one. The weight of the situation here wasn't handled well at all. They threw the characters into a life-or-death situation filled with magic and sacrifice and friendship, but none of came across as significant. This is a reboot with old characters in a new context, and their relationships haven't coalesced enough to warrant this sort of storyline yet. Plus parts of it made no kind of sense. I dunno.... I'll keep reading this because I have to.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Wish they didn’t change artists.. really ruined the vibe.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Penelope (Penelope’s Picks)

    4/5 AIEEEEEEEE!!!!! Only complaint is the art seemed not as good as in volume one. Oh, and no Cordy?!?!? SMH. So, definite bummer there. Having said that, the storyline is still amazing and Buffy’s bat costume was everything. 🦇

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Cowpar

    I like the new take on a familiar story, but the art in this is atrocious, they look nothing like the actors. The only way you can tell who a character is supposed to be is the hair colour. The bit with Willow and Dark Willow, the art was good there, but it seems super early to be hinting at Dark Willow and actually seeing her, even if it was a dream/vision Willow was having.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zuzana Vlčková

    The drawing was so strange, i didn't like it and I couldn't dive into the story as I wanted to. The story is still great and very Buffy-like. Some darkness is slowly creeping in. I'm looking forward to the next volume.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sam (she_who_reads_)

    I miss the artist from volume 1 😭

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin Grant

    I love the old familiar characters but truly enjoy the slight twists on their character roles and back stories in this new series!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I was disappointed in this volume, especially after the first one was such a promising start. The big, headline event (view spoiler)[Xander potentially becoming a vampire (hide spoiler)] fizzles out into nothing. There's no real explanation of what happened, or what it means, and we don't even get to see the actual event happening. There was also an artist change, and it was not for the better. All of the characters look perpetually startled, with wide, bulging eyes that make their expressions r I was disappointed in this volume, especially after the first one was such a promising start. The big, headline event (view spoiler)[Xander potentially becoming a vampire (hide spoiler)] fizzles out into nothing. There's no real explanation of what happened, or what it means, and we don't even get to see the actual event happening. There was also an artist change, and it was not for the better. All of the characters look perpetually startled, with wide, bulging eyes that make their expressions read as manic when they really shouldn't. Just doesn't deliver on the promise of the first volume, unfortunately.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    really really dont like the art in this volume. the style is so much simpler than in the first volume, and quite inconsistent panel to panel. the characters faces in particular look.. quite hideous most of the time tbh. disappointing since i loved the art in the first volume. the story in this also just didnt do it for me

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katherina | Bookocraze

    Okay, I think this gets 3.5 stars because half of the time I’m not sure what’s happening anymore, who’s good, who’s bad, who I root for, who I now dislike! Sheesh, getting complicated, but definitely keeping on reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just picked up the new Buffy comic - volume 2 of the new BOOM series and I gotta say I am really disappointed. When I read volume 1 I didn’t have too high of hopes and was very surprised and delighted with how good the reimagining of the original Buffy story was told. I also really enjoyed the illustrations and depictions of the new and old character alike. I liked volume 1 so much I read it again just before I started the v 2 and enjoyed it just as much as the first time around. Then I cracke I just picked up the new Buffy comic - volume 2 of the new BOOM series and I gotta say I am really disappointed. When I read volume 1 I didn’t have too high of hopes and was very surprised and delighted with how good the reimagining of the original Buffy story was told. I also really enjoyed the illustrations and depictions of the new and old character alike. I liked volume 1 so much I read it again just before I started the v 2 and enjoyed it just as much as the first time around. Then I cracked open the new one and omg the art work is awful- the characters all look like globs and their facial expression are ghoulish. I haven’t finished it but I’m hoping the story makes up for the art work at least a bit but if V3 is illustrated the same I might have to take a pass on the rest of the series - hard bummer!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    when I read the plot summary on this, I think I missed some nuances. I reread volume 1 before I read this anyway so I'll just reread this when volume 3 comes out. and maybe volume 1 again, why not? I'm not as skilled at reading comics as I am at reading straight text - sometimes I miss what is happening in a panel, or I'm not sure on the order on a spread. also, I have to use reading glasses for most comics now, which is GALLING. but yeah, in general, still really enjoying this reboot. I think I when I read the plot summary on this, I think I missed some nuances. I reread volume 1 before I read this anyway so I'll just reread this when volume 3 comes out. and maybe volume 1 again, why not? I'm not as skilled at reading comics as I am at reading straight text - sometimes I miss what is happening in a panel, or I'm not sure on the order on a spread. also, I have to use reading glasses for most comics now, which is GALLING. but yeah, in general, still really enjoying this reboot. I think I look forward to these more than I did seasons 8-12. with those, things could get a little wild. I think they were all like, the sky is the limit! no problem with budgets! let's do flying! let's do ancient tibetan goddesses erupting out of the earth (ok, that was pretty cool). I found them kind of uneven. the whole twilight thing was ugh and I just don't buy it. the deeper well stuff was amazing. but with this boom studios reboot, they're not focusing on woohoo, we can do ANYTHING! they have a tighter rein, because they're like, what happens if we make these tweaks to these characters?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Macklin R

    Read as single issues. The art in this series has gotten really rough. The first few issues (the whole first volume really) had a really fantastic art style that was different from both the TV show and the Dark Horse comics, while still being recognizably Buffy. However, a lot of the character designs are suffering, and Willow in particular looks like a hot mess. It's not that the character is ugly; it's that the design is super inconsistent and she looks different from one panel to the next. Tha Read as single issues. The art in this series has gotten really rough. The first few issues (the whole first volume really) had a really fantastic art style that was different from both the TV show and the Dark Horse comics, while still being recognizably Buffy. However, a lot of the character designs are suffering, and Willow in particular looks like a hot mess. It's not that the character is ugly; it's that the design is super inconsistent and she looks different from one panel to the next. That being said, this is still a rounded up 2.5 stars from me because I am really feeling the story arc, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    (Read as single issues.) Yikes. The art took a giant step backward. It was a bit off putting (i.e. Willow’s face in just about every panel). I think the story is going in an interesting direction, but I’ve had to leave the show behind because the characters are not the same as their tv counterparts. But I also find myself relying heavily on what I know from the show in order to keep up with everything. It’s a bit frustrating to be caught between trying to buy into the comic book world, but needi (Read as single issues.) Yikes. The art took a giant step backward. It was a bit off putting (i.e. Willow’s face in just about every panel). I think the story is going in an interesting direction, but I’ve had to leave the show behind because the characters are not the same as their tv counterparts. But I also find myself relying heavily on what I know from the show in order to keep up with everything. It’s a bit frustrating to be caught between trying to buy into the comic book world, but needing knowledge from other sources. I think a lot of these problems tie into my larger gripes with the failings of comic books as a storytelling medium. Everything is rushed and pieces get left out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Xiomy's Book Tales

    While I greatly enjoyed volume one this one was a bit of a weak storyline. While events have reshaped the beloved tv series this one felt a bit off. Am intrigued to see what happens with the Hellmouth since this one did end on a cliffhanger. Overall I will continue since interesting twist are being revealed and I'm curious to see what else is done.

  25. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    The art is definitely weaker here, and it’s a little all over the place, but still a good time. And I’m still intrigued to see where this modern version is headed. 4/5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Xanthe

    Wow, the art is in this volume is TERRIBLE. I praised the faces in vol. 1 as the best thing about that volume and so immediately this one lost the one thing going for it when it became clear that they had switched artists to someone who made everyone look like triple-chinned corpses. Wow. So bad. And the storyline is non-sensical, Buffy and Willow have to save Xander from his half-vampire limbo and after his depression and angst framing so much of the first volume, his point of view is entirely Wow, the art is in this volume is TERRIBLE. I praised the faces in vol. 1 as the best thing about that volume and so immediately this one lost the one thing going for it when it became clear that they had switched artists to someone who made everyone look like triple-chinned corpses. Wow. So bad. And the storyline is non-sensical, Buffy and Willow have to save Xander from his half-vampire limbo and after his depression and angst framing so much of the first volume, his point of view is entirely absent from this one, which is frankly bizarre after all the set-up we got from his narration. I was hardly a fan of centering Xander’s manpain around Buffy’s story but suddenly dropping it as soon as he gets a truly dramatic and supernatural change? Way to waste an opportunity and fail to pay anything off. I gave volume one a second chance because of my deep love for the source material but this was a slog. I was rooting for the reboot to be amazing, to be better, to be something I could really love but this has just been so disappointing.

  27. 4 out of 5

    FrontalNerdaty

    Volume 2 of the new Buffy comics was a decent read. The story is progressing interestingly enough and Bellaire is adding their own twist to the Buffyverse, which initially is quilts jarring but overall works. However if I’m picking faults in a mere 6 issues we’re expecting to accept that Giles truly admires Buffy (they’ve known each other for 2 months max at this point) and that Buffy/ Willow/ Xander are incredibly tight. Its like being told ‘forget what you think you know about Buffy because th Volume 2 of the new Buffy comics was a decent read. The story is progressing interestingly enough and Bellaire is adding their own twist to the Buffyverse, which initially is quilts jarring but overall works. However if I’m picking faults in a mere 6 issues we’re expecting to accept that Giles truly admires Buffy (they’ve known each other for 2 months max at this point) and that Buffy/ Willow/ Xander are incredibly tight. Its like being told ‘forget what you think you know about Buffy because this is all new!’ But then adding ‘but please bring with you an understanding of what you do know about these characters as the story will heavily rely on that’. It’s hard to accept this new world when it lives heavily in the old one. David Lopez replaces Dan Mora on art and whilst it’s a downgrade Lopez is mostly consistent with his art that it becomes the new norm quickly.

  28. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Ironside

    This really sucked. I don't know why they changed artists but this volume gave us shoddy, rushed looking work with out of proportion faces that looked nothing like the characters. The story didn't help either - very thin without the developed friendships we get later and at points, it felt as if characters actually stopped to address the reader in order to explain away some piece of criticism that's been levelled at the show over the last twenty years. The icing on the cake was Xander becoming s This really sucked. I don't know why they changed artists but this volume gave us shoddy, rushed looking work with out of proportion faces that looked nothing like the characters. The story didn't help either - very thin without the developed friendships we get later and at points, it felt as if characters actually stopped to address the reader in order to explain away some piece of criticism that's been levelled at the show over the last twenty years. The icing on the cake was Xander becoming something different. As if we needed Xander to do anything except be human and drop the toxic 'nice guy schtick'. Urgh. Did not enjoy. If you're a big fan of the Buffy-verse, honestly don't bother with this one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I'm quite disappointed, actually. Some bits were quite disjointed and why on earth did they change illustrators? I don't want to be mean, but it was seriously such a downgrade from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell. *sigh* I'm quite disappointed, actually. Some bits were quite disjointed and why on earth did they change illustrators? I don't want to be mean, but it was seriously such a downgrade from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vol. 1: High School Is Hell. *sigh*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luly Ceballos

    This series is getting better with each episode. It's nice to see some characters from the TV series who died very soon well alive and well. Basically they are taking the basics of old Buffy to build something anew . It's a good approach but it could backfire in the future. I think this Buffy story is re-inventing itself with great success and I can't get enough of it. Just love it. Thanks Joss and Co.

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