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LOOK: ‘Buffy’ comics cover imagines Filipino vampire slayer in baro’t saya

The strength of the Filipino woman has endured through time, but could she have slayed vampires—or perhaps tikbalangs?

A woman decked in a classic Filipiniana dress is one of the covers released this June of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” comics published by Boom! Studios.

American artist Morgan Beem shared on Twitter Thursday, June 6, her rendition of a Filipino slayer who would have battled the undead back in 1910.

The sepia-colored artwork features a woman standing tall in a baro’t saya with her hand on a vampire skull and a dagger on her other hand. Behind her on a shelf are mementos such as strange creatures in jars and cases. Curled around her feet is a giant worm-like creature with tusks.

After one artist asked if she had imitated an artwork, she explained in other tweets, “The variant cover series is about chosen slayers all throughout time. So there are many in that series from all over the world from different time periods. When thinking about when and where I’d like to set one, I picked 1910 Philippines.”

The “Buffy” comics are a spin-off of the TV show of the same name about Buffy Summers, a high school girl who turns out to be a slayer endowed with powers to battle evil supernatural forces.  /ra



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