Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #2 Freefall Part 2

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse Comics

Steve Morris Cover

A quick recap of Freefall Part 1, we find Buffy attempting to start a new life in San Fransisco as she tries to find and understand her place in the world.  Buffy is also battling some of her fiercest enemies yet, bill collectors!  Most importantly though, she is struggling with the destruction of the seed and the repercussions that it is having on the world and her friends. In issue #2 Georges Jeanty’s artwork is superb and captures the nuances of the characters in a remarkable way.  His work really helps to put the final touches on the emotions that Buffy and the Scoobies are feeling.

In Freefall Part 2 we find Buffy still struggling with her place in the world and what she wants to do with her life.  Still seeing the ramifications from the lack of magic in the world, she is still doing her best to not deal with it.  Buffy is at a crossroads wishing that she could just be normal and not have to be the defender of the world.  This time though she not only has to deal with demony types trying to get her, she now has regular old humans after her too.

We have appearances by the whole crew and have Spike doing what he does best, being sarcastic and, above all, having Buffy’s back.  We also see Xander and Dawn being kind of thoughtless and downright jerky to Buffy, especially considering that they would be dead many times over if not for her.  I really hope this entire Xander and Dawn dating storyline wraps up soon, I for one am not a fan of it!  Finally, we are left with a very interesting, can’t wait to see what happens, “twist”(hint, hint).  Depending on how this new storyline plays out it could be really different and awesome.  I would definitely recommend reading this comic, it is moving the storyline along nicely and is a must read, I already can’t wait for the next one.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Orchid #1

Written by: Tom Morello
Art: Scott Hepburn
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover: Massimo Carnevale
Variant Cover: Shepard Fairey
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Massimo Carnevale Cover

 

Orchid is a brand new comic from the mind of Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. What would one expect from him? A light tale with unicorns, flowers and sunshine?  Of course not, instead we get a gripping story of revolution, revolutionaries and the struggles of meeting the end goal.  Who doesn’t love a good story about fighting the power?  Each issue of Orchid will also be promoted with a new song by Tom Morello, a two for one if you will!

Orchid is a story about actions and consequences and most importantly who will emerge unscathed from said consequences.  Those with power and wealth (these two concepts are synonymous) rule, while the regular people, the majority, have to deal will the fallout of the actions of those in control. Sound familiar?  Orchid begins with some back story, a battle lost and a people trapped, I don’t want to give away too much here.  Fast forward and we meet a group of revolutionaries trying to take down the “man.”  Unfortunately, the regular folk are not only dealing with slavery, pollution and poverty, they also have to deal with scary genetically modified animals.  This world sounds none to pleasant.  As the story progresses we see that you can take away freedoms and rights but you can never take away the fight and the will to overcome the bad.  The women are tattooed and pimped out, the strong are enslaved and the weak are killed.  While this all sounds dismal, it is almost certain that this story will progress into a hopeful, inspiring one.  This issue seems to mostly set up the general story, we do meet Orchid, who is a young enslaved prostitute and who is clearly very strong and very determined.  I am guessing that in the next issue we will see much more of what she is made of and what exactly her role will be.

The art is good, as is the dialog, although I think that both could stand a little polishing, but it is the first issue and it was still a good read.  Orchid was definitely intriguing enough to continue on reading as they come out.  This issue would be recommended especially if you are a sucker for tales of revolution and the oppressed rising up like I am and with a $1 price tag you can’t beat it!

Release Date: October 12th

  
Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Bang For Your Buck:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★½☆