In this review of Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer #5, we reach the final battle of the story. The enemy is revealed and we get an unusual ending.
Buffy: The Final Vampire Slayer #5
Writer: Casey Gilly
Artist: Oriol Roig; Nicola Izzo
Color Artist: Gloria Martinelli
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Aril Manindito
Variant Covers: Suspiria Vilchez; Ario Anindito; Ming Doyle
Released: December 6, 2023
Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer #5 – The Story
This issue closes this story of the new slayer Thessaly. The issue opens with the vengeance demon finally getting her vengeance on the town of Santa Carmen. Anya recounts the tale to Thessa. The vengeance demon had her vengeance on the town until the town resurrected in the early 80’s.
Anya gives Thessa some inside knowledge of Vengeance Demons, she was one after all. Thessa hears this and goes to take a bath to heal herself from her previous encounter. While Thessaly heals, Anya contacts Wren and the Council for support. They deny the support leaving Anya and Thessa alone to deal with this situation alone.
The two decide to invade the layer of the Vengeance Demon and a magical battle erupts. Anya is knocked out leaving Thessa alone, Buffy arrives and tosses her crossbow to the slayer. She fires and the other demons attack. Their fight is interrupted by Anya in her true form of Queen Hellbeast. She talks the Vengeance Demon down and she releases her victims returning them to humanity. The Demon tells the Queen that she does not want to be the servant of suffering again and she is granted.
Cora is free of the demon now and all the humans approach Spike. End of story.
This ending feels rushed to me. It seems like all the angst in the previous issues are magically healed here and that is very unrealistic. Not much happens here except for the fight. The resolution of the battle feels very rushed and simple. It is just a matter of the demon being heard and her bad situation being affirmed that she stands down. Granted I do not have a lot of familiarity with this world and the rules here, it just feels rushed to me.
The art is stylized as would be expected from a teenage centered story. I do like the different body types shown here. Thessa a drawn as a larger girl and that is refreshing to see in a very visual medium.
As an outsider reading Buffy: The Last Vampire #5 feels very meh to me. The fight was enjoyable to watch but it was very busy and fast at the same time. The ending feels rushed and more care is taken about Thessa introducing Cora to her stepdad, a vampire, than the fight itself.
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