March 21, 2023


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Review: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer 8 – Rainbow on Her Head”

We’re looking at the eighth volume of the Buffy reboot.

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The killers continue to struggle to navigate their new reality. Meanwhile, Anya and a villain newly arrived in Sunnydale are trying to take control of the Guardian Council! A plan has been exposed and the Scoobies and Slayers alike must work together to stop it, but not everyone is willing to do so. And what sacrifices must be made to save Buffy from a shocking discovery and a new big bad? Writer Jeremy Lambert and animators Carmelo Zagaria and Valentina Penti continue to expand Buffy’s world in incredible ways and must-reads. This collection also includes a very special story by author Mirka Andolfo and illustrator Siya Oum, in which everyone’s favorite guardian appears in a very different way: as Giles the Vampire.


Volume 8 and thus penultimate of the new Buffy series is now available. Technically, the sketch is still far from the first Buffy series. In other words, it all looks a bit more curvy and elongated and the similarities to their acting counterparts are long gone. But we’ve talked about that the last few times. However, the mostly monochrome backgrounds support the somber atmosphere of the story.

In terms of story, you’ve made it to the end of the last volume. Xander is dead (yes, he definitely will stay that way) and new dangers are brewing. And not only that, the Guardian Council wants to make some changes, also in the command structure around Buffy.

In fact, the volume is well summed up, because not many things happen or are action-packed this time around. A rather quiet voice over with menace in the background might not be bad, of course, but the characters’ scenes don’t really want to fire up.

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It’s true that the heroes are believed to be unhappy and yes, there is something to the idea of ​​Buffys bringing other people from different universes (which is kind of typical Buffy), but even their nightmares fail to spark an emotional reaction. Maybe because you already know that? Or because the series has strayed too far from the original Buffy movie?

Jill’s mother’s appearance is at least funny, but there isn’t much to see about her. And then, yeah, about halfway through, the tape makes a complete swerve and walks away from the main story entirely.

Instead, we get a glimpse of a parallel universe where the heroes tell a story. A story about how to deal with the vampire Giles. This is certainly a good starting point, and some of the scenarios described here are good mind games, but unfortunately that’s it.

scenarios? Yes, because Xander, Giles, Willow, and Buffy are all allowed to tell their stories. Sometimes a few times when other people get upset that they don’t act that way. And so we’re having one fight against Vampire Giles after another, with Buffy definitely ending up again.

In the end, that’s all that’s left: the stories. Alternate stories that didn’t happen that way, so just fill half a volume with something that has nothing to do with the main story at all. Of course, one can rightly ask oneself what should interest him.