WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1, on sale now.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is no stranger to reboots; after all, the hit television series's 1996 launch was itself a quick reboot of the 1992 film of the same name. Now, BOOM! Studios is releasing another take on the slayer's story, set in the modern day and written by Jordie Bellaire with art and colors by Dan Mora and Matt Taylor, respectively.
Their story changes more than just the franchise's setting, however. While the first issue introduces us to many of the mainstays of the Buffyverse, a number of important changes to the previous saga have already been made. Here are all the major canon changes from the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In the television series, Buffy (and the audience) were introduced to her future best friends Willow and Xander on the first day of their sophomore year of high school, just after Buffy arrived in Sunnydale. In the new version of the story, however, Buffy ends up saving them from a vampire attack outside of the fast food restaurant she's working at. While it might be a reference to a plotline from the sixth season where Buffy had to work at a burger joint, it also shows that Buffy has been in Sunnydale long enough to actually get a job, later confirmed to be three weeks, but she also seems already disconnected from the regular teenage world around her. She's embraced vampire hunting, a decision that the television Buffy had to reluctantly be forced into during the first season of the show. Here, Buffy is more resigned than the television incarnation of the character, but inherently more quick on the magical uptake.
Willow and Xander are still similar to their original counterparts, but not completely identical. Xander is much more overtly goofy and has papers to have no massive immediate crush on Buffy. Meanwhile, Willow is more laid back than her original form, dressing in more relaxed clothing and not exhibiting the initial shyness of her TV counterpart. She even seems to be casually open about her sexuality, with Buffy at one point referencing Willow being a witch lover and having a girlfriend.
Also missing is Jessie, the often forgotten fourth member of the group, who was killed in the two-part pilot and turned into a vampire. Jessie was the first vampire Xander killed, albeit accidentally, and it helped fuel much of his hatred and mistrust for characters like Angel and Spike. With Jessie not hanging over Xander, he might be more willing to help those two if/when they join the heroes.
Buffy and Giles also see a huge shift in their relationship. When Buffy first comes to the Sunnydale High library in the television series, librarian Rupert Giles surprised her by revealing that he knows she's the Slayer and that he is her Watcher. But in the comic reboot, Giles is established as already being her Watcher and mentor.