Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Play With Fire

Author: Christopher Golden
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP: £5.99
ISBN 1 84023 780 5
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Xander's school fight gets broken up by a giant scorpion. A new range of dolls are actually thieving demons. And Willow's werewolf boyfriend turns from doe-eyed puppy to devil dog. Just some of the strange (well, not so strange, pretty normal really) going's on Buffy has to deal with when your town is the gateway to Hell...

Play with Fire is a very odd graphic novel - if you can call it that. It's more of a comic with a shiny cover and a few extra pages, were talking very thin here guys.

At least they were kind enough to lower the price for it, only suckers would have bought it for the normal 8.99 or so these things cost! Anyway, as they say, size isn't everything, and Play with Fire isn't that bad.

It has two very short and average stories to start with, but the final story; The Latest Craze, is quite a funny one. It tells the story of a new craze hitting Sunnydale, where everyone feels the need to own these ugly little toys... or that's what they seem. In the night however, they are stealing their owners most prized possessions - Willow's Pez Witch for example. Only Buffy seems immune to the need to follow the crowd and when one of the little guys sneaks into her room and steals the ring Angel gave her, well then she's gonna kick some ass! A funny little story, if you haven read it, it might be worth picking this up.

A quick read I must say, but Buffy fans everywhere will still pick it up to add to their collection.

Keri Allan

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