Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Viva Las Buffy!

Authors: Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Cliff Richards
Titan Books
RRP: £8.99
ISBN 1 84023 643 4
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It's 1996, and Buffy Summers has just accepted her role as the Vampire Slayer. After the destruction of her high school, she flees to Las Vegas to sort out her life - but her faithful sidekick Pike, the first Scooby, quickly realises that he's more hindrance than help...

Writers Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza take a look back at a chapter of the Slayer's life which the show never revealed - its takes you where the TV show never did, back to the roots of everything, in the summer before Buffy arrived in Sunnydale. And there's a tall, dark, handsome stranger keeping an eye on her during those dangerous nights in Vegas.

Viva Las Buffy is a pretty good idea. It fills the gap of Buffy history between the film and the series. Buffy's family are fighting, she's just burnt down her old high school and she cant cope with it all, so she runs away with boyfriend Pike to Vegas, in the hopes that she can set things straight, one way or another. Of course, being the Slayer nothing goes simply, and so when they both get jobs in one of the Casino's, it's just their luck that they just had to pick the one with supernatural overtones.

So Buffy starts some research, but Pike's mind is elsewhere. He's worried that he's in the way of the Slayer, and that one day he'll get her killed. Of course, what they both don't know is there's someone else watching out for the Slayer. Good old Angel is on the scene, and without Buffy ever knowing he's there they both manage to bring down the evil in the gambling capital of the world. But there's still no happy ending for the Slayer, Pike does in fact nearly get her killed, and although he loves her, he knows what the right thing to do is, and so he leaves her to fulfil her destiny.

The Vegas theme does give a little tackiness to the story, however all Buffy-philes will love to see a story than fills a gap in the Buffy world.

Keri Allan

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