The moment is here at last. We finally meet the one and only Buffy Anne Summers. The slayer. The girl who this universe is named after.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer The Origin is a comic book written by Christopher Golden and Daniel Brereton, based off the movie. When it gets right down to it, it really is a retelling of the movie but fitting into the TV universe.
Buffy is just your normal everyday Freshman girl, not wanting anything other than having fun with her friends and her boyfriend. She is popular and a cheerleader. A bit of a air-head really.
A couple of loud mouth drunks by the name of Pike and Benny cause her and her friends trouble but they aren't really bad people, just annoying. Well that is until Benny gets turned into a vampire.
Buffy meets her watcher Merrick, he explains all about her destiny. He takes her out to hunt, telling her that she won't need to do anything. Just watch. He is quickly proven wrong as the vampire gets the upper hand and Buffy has to save him.
She tries to run away from her duty but Merrick keeps pushing her and it causes tension among her friends. Pike finds out about Benny being a vampire and tries to flee. He doesn't get far before the vampires attack him. Buffy saves him and they meet an old vampire named Lothos, who kills Merrick. Pike gets Buffy away to safety.
She breaks down and throws in the towel. She goes to buy a dress, wanting to be a normal girl again. Pike is not happy about it. He feels like she is running away from who she is.
At the dance everything goes to hell. Buffy finds out that her boyfriend is dating her friend now and vampires pick this time to attack. The students freak out and the vampires start killing. Buffy and Pike fight and soon start to turn the tide. Pike kills Benny, a lot like Xander kills Jessie in the show. Buffy over comes Lothos control and slays him.
The vampire army bears down on Buffy and Pike and they are stuck, so she lights the gym on fire. The two of them escape and watches the gym burn down. Buffy is expelled and her friends all turn on her. Her parents end up getting divorced and she runs out to Vegas with Pike. When does she end up in the insane asylum?
This was a fun tale that retold the Movie but better. You can see Whedon's voice shine through even in this story, he may not have been the writer but you can still see that it is his story. Any fan of the show should give this book a read!