As a long-time fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, I was ecstatic beyond belief when it was announced
that the "girls only" legacy would get its first male Slayer and that he would be gay. (All right, I was also a little grumpy because I was working on a fanfic called "Slayerboy" that never came to for wishing, but that's another post entirely.) In last week's whirlwind of casting my next big theatrical project
and covering New York Comic Con
for GoPride, I wasn't able to stop into my shop
for New Book Wednesday
and missed the drop of BtVS Season 9 #14
. I finally caught up and I have to say it's pretty fitting that I now have time to write about it on Spirit Day
, a day in support of LGBT Youth.
has always made monsters and demons a metaphor for life's trials and tribulations. So it is fitting that the constant bullying normal gay teen Billy endures happens amidst an epidemic of zompires (zombie-vampire hybrids) plaguing his small town. When one of his main tormentors becomes a zompire, Billy teams up with ally and crush "Cute Devon" to begin training as a Slayer and make a difference in his town.
The beauty in this story is its simplicity. It has its ties to the epic mythos of the Buffyverse
sure, but Season 9 leaves us in a world of no magic, a world where the Slayer legacy of super-strength is no longer passed on. In the series, it wasn't the powers that made Buffy a hero, it was how she used them. With Billy, it's not anything that makes him a hero other than that he chooses to be. I hope that every LGBT youth and ally reads this book. It is a huge inspiration of empowerment when the world tells you that you can't. Kudos to writer Jane Espenson
on the start of an amazing story. I hope we see more Billy in BtVS Season 9
or (fingers crossed) his own series.