Mini-Review: “Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Angels We Have Seen On High” by Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell, & Jeff Matsuda

Angels We Have Seen On HighTitle: Angels We Have Seen On High
Writers: Fabian Nicieza & Scott Lobdell
Artists: Jeff Matsuda (Characters), Hakjoon Kang & Nolan Obena (Backgrounds)
Series: Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Rating: ****
Publisher/Copyright: Dark Horse, 2002

So, once more I’m faced with a short Buffy comic that really doesn’t fit well into any other review. Angels We Have Seen On High is a short story published in the 2002 Dark Horse anthology one-shot Reveal. So far as I can find, it was only ever collected as part of Buffy Omnibus Volume II, which is a shame because it’s a fun little interlude.

This is set before season one of Buffy, so far as I can tell falling between Slayer, Interrupted and A Stake To The Heart. It’s Friday night and Buffy’s been tasked with keeping an eye on Dawn as they hang out on the Santa Monica Pier. Of course, her Slayer duties get in the way, placing Dawn in danger and requiring a save from the unseen Angel.

The writing for this was spot-on, down to the humor and character voices, and the art was interesting. As you can see from the cover, it was done in a very stylized…style…that usually isn’t my cup of tea, but I really enjoyed it here. It worked really well, and everyone was still recognizable as themselves despite the stylization–not something to be taken for granted, I can assure you! Even some of the early Buffy comics that aren’t shooting for an odd style don’t manage this level of character-recognition, though admittedly this one has it easy due to its small cast of characters. If you can find a way to get your hands on this story, I would highly recommend it….

CONTENT: Vampire violence, though significantly milder in this tale than in most episodes of the series. Mild language. Mild innuendo, but no real sexual content. Buffyverse vampires.

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