Review: “Fray” by Joss Whedon, Karl Moline, and Andy Owens

Fray by Joss Whedon, Karl Moline, and Andy Owens

A review by Courtney.

I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy was the first Joss Whedon show that had me falling down the rabbit hole that is the Joss Whedon fandom. So when I found out that he had written another comic book about a slayer that wasn’t Buffy, I was little hesitant. I had previously started Buffy Season 8, which is in comic book form and is fantastic, but I was still just a little worried that maybe this would be too much slayer or not different enough or just not something enough. But it was written by Joss and one of my missions in life is to consume everything he’s been a part of because it’s amazing; so I finally picked Fray up and gave it a chance.

Fray starts 200 years in the future after the last slayer has disappeared with the rest of the demons, after an epic battle upon which they also disappeared into another dimension never to be seen again. We meet Melaka Fray, known as “Mel” or “Fray” throughout most of the book. Mel believes that she is just very strong and that she knows how to take falls and position her body to take the least amount of pain and that that is how she survives everything that happens to her. She works as a thief for a fish monster, who is as creepy as you would imagine. The thing that haunts Mel the most is losing her twin brother to a vampire while on a job from her boss. The vampire threw Mel off of a roof and proceeded to kill her brother. Her sister holds her responsible for their brother’s death and that may be why Mel goes out of her way to protect and stand up for her tiny neighbor girl. A demon comes into Mel’s life and forces her to face the facts that she is a slayer and she needs to embrace her destiny in the coming war.

This comic book definitely has a Joss Whedon feel; there are surprising deaths and twists that I didn’t expect and had me gasping for breath at times. I appreciated that Joss went out of his way to make his leading female character look like an actual human girl. Fray’s curves are not exaggerated and neither are anyone else’s; it was refreshing to see actual people in a comic book. As a Whedon fan, I was not disappointed in this comic.

 I would recommend this comic book to people who like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and those who like strong female leads in their literature. I rate it five out of five stars, but I do add the following disclaimer that after you finish reading this, you will want more and at the moment Whedon has not written anything that follows this.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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