Review of Dark Horse Comics’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Oz’
Fun fact about me: I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fangirl. I love Buffy! On that note… While scanning the magical interwebs I discovered a Buffy comic I never knew existed, a 3-issue miniseries about Oz! Yay! Released in 2001, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Oz takes place after the Season 4 episode “Wild at Heart” (the one where Oz leaves Sunnydale after the werewolf trouble with him and Veruca). I managed to get my hands on Issue #1 and you can find my review below!
“When Oz left Sunnydale to search for a way to control his werewolf nature, he found what he needed in the Far East. Now that untold story is revealed in comics, as it could never be told on the small screen! Christopher Golden, fan-fave writer of Buffy novels and comics, takes Oz across the world to a secret monastery to find inner peace. But when he gets there, he finds that many of the monks have been kidnapped by a race of demons. Now, if Oz is ever going to master the beast within, he has to rescue the monks and defeat a terrible demon. Featuring the work of cover artist John Totleben and series artist Logan Lubera.”
Writen by Christopher Golden
Pencils by Logan Lubera, Valentine De Landro, Herb Apon
Colors by HALO, Percy Melbye, Helen Bach
Art: 2 out of 5
Hated it. First off, Oz didn’t look anything like Oz. In every other Buffy comic out there, the characters drawn look like the characters in the show. Not this time. It twas lame. Second, the style was awful, it looked amateur. I expect better from my comics.
Story: 5 out of 5
The artwork may have been a total fail, but the story wasn’t. I loved seeing Oz as he makes his journey to control his beast. It was excellent. I also like the flashbacks of him and his little cousin (the one who infected him). I can’t wait to see what happens next. There was adventure, fights scenes, and demons – everything a Buffy fangirl wants.
I am hoping I can get my hands on Issues #2 and #3, I’d love to see more of Oz.
Have any of you read this comic, if so, what did you think?
About the Author
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to werewolves and other supernatural beasties. She writes for top genre sites like Vampires.com and Werewolves.com. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of folklore with coffee in hand. You can stalk her via her Twitter.
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