Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tales of the Vampires

Another comic compilation from Dark Horse, Tales of the Vampires (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has stories going back to look at vampires in the Buffy/Angel universe, with a slim frame story that (sometimes) (occasionally) ties the stories together.  Some are creepy, some try to add some humanity to their vampire protagonists, some add some back story to Buffy characters. It's an interesting form of collaboration with both authors and illustrators adding their ideas to a shared world situation.  Some or maybe all of the writers are from the Buffy show itself (including Joss Whedon), but the stories are still allowed to contradict each other.

I'm still learning the rhythms of comic books; it's often not apparent how these originally appeared, whether the framing story was added later or if they were intended to go together all along. Wikipedia tells me it was a five issue series, with the bridging story added by Joss Whedon.  Interesting.  B

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