With the recent crossover of Fray and Buffy in the eighth season of Buffy – the Vampire Slayer, I thought it might be nice to reread the eight issue Fray mini-series published by Dark Horse Comics from 2001 to 2003. At the time Joss Whedon’s vampire sagas were still running strong on the WB network, but the comic medium would allow him to realize big budget scenarios on a small scale. As the story in Fray takes place more than 200 years after the events of Buffy and Angel, the comic book is the perfect medium for such a futuristic setting.
The heroine of this piece is called Melaka Fray the first slayer to be called since all of the demons and magic were banished from the world. She works as a thief and has no idea of the role she will soon play in an almost apocalyptic battle. When a demon turns up at her doorstep and explains to her that she is the Slayer, she at first doesn’t believe him. Only when she discovers that the Lurks, who she thought were crazed junkies, are in fact descendents of the vampire race, she accepts her calling and prepares to fight in the coming battle. However Mel is quickly more involved in the new vampire uprising than she could have ever imagined, when somebody from her past suddenly reappears.
Karl Moline, who is currently working on Buffy Season 8 was the artistic choice of Whedon and even though his style is a bit too cartoony at times, his depiction of the future is still stunning and incredibly detailed. Fray is very much worth a read, especially if you want to understand Melaka’s world better, while reading the new Buffy season.
Story 7, Art 8, Reread 7, Overall Score 8