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In 2007, the cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer was resurrected in comic form by Dark Horse Comics, continuing in season form and serving as official canon to the series. After ten years and four seasons, the Buffy comics came to an end, and Boom! Studios bought the license.

Rather than continue the story as Dark Horse did, Boom! is doing what it did to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; rebooting Buffy and updating it for The New '10s. The series follows Buffy in her early days as Sunnydale High, fighting evil alongside the Scooby Gang.

The first issue was released on January 23, 2019.

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  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Inverted. In the original show, Angel seeing Buffy's struggles as the Slayer was the catalyst that convinced him to make something of himself and become a hero. Here, Angel has yet to meet Buffy at all, and has already been active as a hero in Los Angeles for some time before his first appearance.
  • Adaptational Badass: Drusilla in the series was a Cloud Cuckoolander often played for laughs, and not even considered dangerous enough to put down permanently. Here she's seemingly fully intelligent and the Big Bad.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Drusilla and Spike weren't introduced until the second season of the show. Here they are two of Buffy's earliest foes.
    • Anya, who first appeared in the third season of the series, is in the first installment of the comic.
    • Wolfram & Hart is also mentioned in the first issue, whereas it made no appearances or received no mention in the franchise until Season 1 of Angel.
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    • Robin Wood, who didn't appear until the show's final season as Principal of Sunnydale High, here makes his debut in the second issue as a student in Buffy's class.
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: In the original show, Angel was introduced in the very first episode. Here, he doesn't make an appearance until the fourth issue.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: A lot of this going around. While characters are usually recognizable, they often have different sides of their personalities emphasized, or take on different traits altogether.
    • Willow is more outgoing and confident, plus already fully comfortable with being into girls from the start.
    • Xander, by contrast, is much more reserved and less upbeat, and seems to be suffering from some kind of depression.
    • This version of Cordelia is much kinder from the get-go, seeing her relationship with Willow as more of a friendly rivalry and going out of her way to befriend Buffy and even Spike.
    • Drusilla's Cloudcuckoolander nature is gone, replaced with a ruthless and ambitious vampire... though with a number of Not So Above It All moments.
    • Spike is notably less violent and amoral, being more Affably Evil than his classic counterpart (though he retains his Pragmatic Villainy and Deadpan Snarker nature).
    • Anya is an amoral Friend in the Black Market who sells dangerous magical devices to good and evil alike. She's somewhat more mature and less prone to childishness, though she's not above a little petty revenge and evildoing. Also, she does not have her classic counterpart's fear of rabbits.
  • Age Lift: Robin Wood is one of the students at Sunnydale High, rather than a principal.
  • Canon Foreigner: Willow's high school girlfriend Rose.
    • The Slayer seems to have some connection with a magical creature known as the Camazotz, which Buffy likens to having her own pegasus.
  • Composite Character: In issue 3, Drusilla is called "the Mistress" by Spike, taking the place of the Big Bad of the show's first season.
  • Continuity Reboot: The comics are a reimagining of Buffy's high school days, updated for the 2010s.
  • Everyone Owns A Mac: Xander's computer really appears to be a Macintosh without the Apple logo.
  • It Will Never Catch On: As Spike uses Buffy's phone to text Xander, Drusilla admits that she never thought cell phones would last as long as they have.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the first issue, when imitating a vampire slain by Buffy, Xander says "Grr, argh!" in a clear reference to the monster of the Mutant Enemy logo in the original TV show.
    • Xander's secret blog is called The Xeppo.
    • Spike's usual Casual Danger Dialogue/flirting with Buffy is commented on by Drusilla as "that hardly played well in the 90s".
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Xander and Willow are prone to these. Their first lines of dialogue in the series are a discussion on whether or not Xander would win a fight with a kangaroo.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Reveal: Xander secretly runs a blog called "The Xeppo" that is the source of the narration in the first issue, which originally appeared to be Buffy's interior monologue.
  • Wham Episode: Issue #4: Drusilla turns Xander into a vampire, while Angel watches it happen from the shadows.
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