Buffy Omnibus Volume 2, Paperback
3 out of 5 (10 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
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  • Category: Horror & ghost stories
  • ISBN: 9781593078263



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Since <em>Omnibus, volume 2</em> (O2) presents back stories in chronological order, it is hard to say when these particular stories were written. The writing isn’t as good as in O1, but reading it is still a good way to spend a couple of hours.

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More collections of stories, pre-series and early series. Nothing to write home about, though the inclusion of Dawn pre-series is an interesting choice.

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The second <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i> Dark Horse omnibus is less even in terms of quality than volume 1, but a few stories really do stand out. <i>A Stake Through the Heart</i> by Fabian Nicieza is exceptional storytelling, and paired with the gorgeous artwork by Cliff Richards and paintings by Brian Horton, it is definitely worth four or five stars on its own. Set before the beginning of Season 1, <i>Stake</i> shows Buffy dealing with her parents' divorce in the form of four highly symbolic 'malignancy demons' which espouse the nature of feelings like guilt and deceit. Coleridge's <i>The Rime of the Ancient Mariner</i> also runs throughout, casting Buffy in the role of the guilty mariner cursed to bear the weight of the albatross around his neck. The writing is emotionally charged, and the monsters are genuinely disturbing. This story also includes the question of Dawn: it doesn't merely place her in the past, it continually questions her nature. Throw in numerous cameos of Giles, the Scoobies and even Wolfram &amp; Hart, and this is a really great comic. Highly recommended. <i>Ring of Fire</i> by Christopher Golden, with art by Ryan Sook is set during Season Two of the show. Giles is still trying to come to terms with Jenny Calendar's death, and meanwhile Buffy and the gang are being pitted against Spike, Drusilla and an evil Angel. Angel plans on resurrecting a powerful demon Samurai, which parallels Giles planning to resurrect Jenny. Giles is too distracted by his grief to help the Scoobies, and to further complicate matters mysterious government agents (men in black?) are also interfering. The writing is very good - by turns touching and action-packed, and Golden also managed to write a suitably crazy Drusilla who, much to the chagrin of Angel and Spike, falls for the evil Samurai demon. Sook's artwork was what I really loved, though. It is a very, very different style than that of Cliff Richards, and it jars a little having just read several stories illustrated by Richards, but on its own Sook's artwork is simply amazing! The characters' faces are incredibly recognizable as the actors who played them on the show, yet extremely expressive and fluid. The dramatic use of light and dark contrast was used to great effect, making a visually stunning story. He may be my favourite artist to illustrate a <i>Buffy</i> comic.Sook also illustrates two short stories starring Spike and Drusilla in this volume, <i>Queen of Hearts</i> and <i>Paint the Town Red</i> (which was partially written by James Marsters, the actor who played Spike on the show). These stories are much more entertaining then the World's Fair short from the first volume, and Sook's artwork does wonders to enhance the suitably creepy horror atmosphere.Unfortunately the other three stories are kind of embarrassing and largely forgettable. <i>Angels We Have Seen on High</i> is cute, mercifully short since I couldn't stand looking at the ultra cartoony, jagged artwork for much longer. At least the story itself was sweet, unlike <i>MacGuffins</i>, the first-ever Buffy comic book, which is cringe-worthy as an unrecognizable, particularly vacuous-looking Buffy spends ten pages swatting green goblins with a broom. <i>Dust Waltz</i> by Dan Brereton is nothing special. The 'mother-of-all-vampires' (complete with huge boobs and skimpy clothes) is not the greatest of ideas. However, the dialogue sparkled, and Brereton seemed to have a good grasp on the characters. Unfortunately his artist, Hector Gomez, did not. Visually, all of the characters were unrecognizable, making me wonder if Gomez had ever seen one episode of the show before he started drawing. Everyone looked like standard comic-book archetypes - I'm sorry but there is no way Season Three Xander had body-builder muscles - and <i>who</i> is that girl speaking Willow's dialogue? So, it was an uneven collection, with <i>A Stake Through the Heart</i> and <i>Ring of Fire</i> as excellent, the Spike and Drusilla side stories as good, entertaining shorts, and the rest as pretty bad, and ultimately forgettable. Four stars for the strength of the good stories.

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Although there is quite a range in the artwork of these collected issues/ series, the stories themselves are still in the right mood/ setting for early Buffy. A good, steady influx of entertainment, marred occasionally by some wacky and/or inconsistent art.

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This is the second Buffy the Vampire Slayer volume of comics and I definitely liked the first one much better. For the most part the stories were fine, the general sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer stories. And the Spike and Dru stories were mayhem and lotsa killing just like on the show.On the other hand I really didn't like the art in the first or second issues. In the first one everything was way too cartoony and in the second the art was just a bit too arty.And then there was the characterization of Willow. It was totally wrong. Not to mention how bad the drawing of Willow was as well.In the end it was an okay collected volume of the Buffy issues, but I think that these issues weren't the best that the creators did in the run.

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