Between the Cracks (BTVS: Omnibus Vol. 2 – A Book Review)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Omnibus Vol. 2

Author: Joss Whedon

Published: 2007

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Rated S for style, sarcasm, and Spike’s always interesting adventures.

Responsibility sucks. And sometimes, there’s no avoiding it

The slayer has finally come too Sunnydale. While settling in, she struggles with so regular demons as well as some real ones. From a slayer trial to one of Angelus’s apocalypse attempts, Buffy has her friends have their hands full in this next installation of Omnibus.

BTVS: Omnibus is 1 of 4 graphic novel series that I’m doing for my New Year’s Resolution.

BTVS Omnibus Reviews

BTVS: Omnibus Vol. 1

Taking place during the first and second season, there were intriguing stories, some of which had been mentioned during the show but never showcased. Still as adventurous and punny as ever, the serious points of dealing with loss and heartache are well-touched upon in a way that only BTVS can do it. Through demons and apocalypses. Sounds about right. LOL.

However, I will say that I was extra surprised about Angelus. Yet another end of the world plot but it really got me thinking. Does the vampire just love an end of the world or was he always just seeking a way to end himself in a loud and destructive way that would take as many people down with him as possible? In each plan he’s had he held no regard of survival for himself or his allies. So, I couldn’t help but wonder about the strong determination about always looking for the next big plan to end the world.

The style of this volume changed up big time. From the caricature style to the differences in character such as Willow briefly sporting brunette hair rather than her traditional fiery red. I’m always surprised and rarely disappointed when it comes to experiencing the visions of other artists and writers when they take on a project like this. They get to showcase how they see the show/story/universe of Buffy.


Running true to the Scooby Gang, I loved seeing everyone. Each character ran pretty close to their counterpart on the TV screen. I was pretty glued to the pages. I’m a huge, massive, fan of BTVS but I’m not the kind of person to judge the changes an artist makes. The only exception for me is when it’s so outrageous it’s not even tethered to its base. That kind of thing, like an attempted reboot gone shitty-wrong is just disrespectful. Not the case here at all. True to characters even Oz, and definitely embraced the traditional episodic design of the series.


This one was in tune with the TV series. I had so much delving into this collection and now that Buffy is officially in Sunnydale at this point, I’m more thrilled. Discovering how she ended up in Sunnydale did give me some giggles. This really does help fill my need for so BTVS. A look between the cracks of its universe.


“Emptiness is just a void waiting to be filled by hope for the future.” (p. 83)

“How come every time someone says “Don’t worry.” it triggers a panic attack?” (Willow, p. 183)

More to come soon…                                                                                                


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