ss_blog_claim=4f6b33f2adf29ff9f45d009135f29fc8 Fray | Your Face Is An Advert


ok, so we’ve all heard of Buffy - vampires, slaying, turning her hometown into a crater in the last episode whilst sealing the connection between the demon world and ours, yes?

As part of the Buffy tv series, we heard about the lineage of slayers from the beginning of time - a strong girl is chosen to be trained with superhuman strength and agility to poke vamps and keep the balance of demon:mortal balanced.

What the graphic novel miniseries ‘Fray’ documents is the trials and tribumalations of Melaka Fray, a future slayer who doesn’t realise her power because evidence of the patronage of slayers was lost after the sealing of the hellmouth.  Fray is a rather sexy thief, lifting ancient artefacts for a decidedly fishy character; her sister is a cop trying to bring Fray in, her twin brother got a little bit too close to a lurk (vampire), but watch this space…..; the scary (but buff) baddy is a lurk called Icarus; and Melaka’s watcher (who is insistent that he’s not her watcher) is a big red demon with goat-style horns and bare skull where his nose should be. strangely reminiscent of the demon that Giles turns into in the episode which i’m sure Mr Blackett or Miss Blakeborough will be able to elaborate on (cue comments from Blackett and Blakeborough please :))

As with the Buffy media, Fray is written by Joss Whedon - he of the tremendous ability to write wit (see Serenity, and Firefly).  Whedon brings his humour back to the table with Fray’s cynicism and Urkonn (goat guy) bumbling along behind her saying things like ‘I don’t think that was the best idea’ after Fray jumps straight into a crowd of bloodsuckers.

Various story arcs include Fray coming to the realisation that she is actually a slayer, ducking and diving out of her sister’s clutches, looking after her streetmouse friend, Loo, and Urkonn having intriguing conversations with his elder demons, which appear to link it all, but not in the right way, hummm. Oh, and we see the scary magic axe/stake weapon that Willow conjured so wonderfully for us on tv, wooples.

With absolutely astounding illustration and colouring from Karl Moline and Andy Owens this miniseries really pushes the boundaries of quality for this style of graphic novel, i would like to give it 8 lurk-bashings out of 10. go her.

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  • Blackett (Author) said:

    The episode title you are after is ‘A New Man’ from season 4 :)

    I loved this comic series, and its awesome to see Fray back in the current story arc of Buffy season 8. I remeber watching season 7 of Buffy and being a little annoyed that it didn’t really fit with the future timeline as Buffy was making people into slayers willy nilly but in the future Fray is the first slayer to be called in hundreds of years. So I am loving that they are tying it all up at the moment and you can expect a full overview of that story arc here when it is over an done with :)

  • Dylan said:

    Sounds pretty cool, I’ve not read a graphic novel since Asterix but I’ve been after an in for a while since seeing sin city and reading ‘the amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay’ by Michael Chabon which is about a brilliant artist/wunderkind escaping from the Nazi occupation of what was then Czechoslovakia who becomes one of the early leading lights of the new American comic book revolution - well worth a read and full of hand-wringing sections about his family back in the Prague ghetto and I shouldn’t say much more because I’ll give away some rather interesting twists: well worth a read.


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