Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #11 Guarded Part 1

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Nathan Massengill
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Now that Buffy’s mind and body are back together in human form, it’s time for her to get back to reality and figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life. Enter Kennedy, she’s got a job for Buffy, which Buffy accepts immediately in her never-ending quest to be a “grown-up.” As quickly as Buffy begins her new job, her inability to be led rears its ugly head. Buffy is used to being in charge but now she’s supposed to follow, which, surprise surprise she is not too keen on! Buffy soon learns that maybe she should listen to others, even if it means no longer listening to her Slayer instincts. Since she is the Chosen One we can expect that this new lesson she learned won’t change her mind for too long and her new career may be short-lived. A demon approaches her for help and off she goes. Unfortunately, Buffy finds that her one true calling, the thing that really sets her apart from everyone else, slaying, is not as needed by society as she thought. After a little bit of soul-searching and career consideration, she decides to get her job back with Kennedy which may soon have her facing a past SUPER big bad!

This issue was solid. The ending alludes to an exciting big bad that could really potentially cause some big trouble. As per usual the art and writing were great. I’m not a huge Kennedy fan so seeing her wasn’t anything great for me but I’m sure some people will be happy with this. The only complaint I have in this issue (and Season 9 in general) is that Buffy sometimes comes off as kind of a twit. Buffy is a strong woman who has survived countless apocalypses, pure evil, she’s died…a lot and yet sometimes it seems as if she is written like she’s 15 and new to this whole situation. In these instances, she lacks confidence, maturity and experience. I love Buffy and I love these characters and I think the stories that are being written are for the most part excellent but I do wish Buffy’s mentality and overall essence was portrayed in more of a linear fashion (as linear as a Slayer in her 20’s can!). My tangent is over and I feel fully confident in saying that while there have been issues in this series it is still a must read and it’s definitely worthwhile to pick up.

Release Date: July 11th, 2012

Links: Pre-Order (Jeanty) | Pre-Order (Noto) | Preview

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Kidrobot SDCC 2012 Artist Signing Schedule!

Grab your toys and get in line, Kidrobot’s signing schedule is as follows:

(#4529)

Thursday:

  • Chuckboy and Frank Kozik-12p.m.-2p.m.

Friday:

  • Andrew Bell-12p.m.-2p.m.

Saturday:

Huck Gee-12p.m.-2p.m.

Sunday:

Live screen printing with Ryan the wheelbarrow-12p.m.-2p.m.

DKE Toys SDCC 2012 Artist Signing Schedule!

Buy your exclusives and get em’ signed by your favorite artists at DKE Toys (#4728)!

 

Thursday, July 12
11:00am The Sucklord
5:00pm Ferg & Scott Wilkowski

Friday, July 13
1:00pm Healeymade
2:00pm David Flores
3:00pm Frank Kozik
5:00pm Ron English & Scott Wilkowski

Saturday, July 14
10:00am Alex Pardee
11:00am Andrew Bell
12:00pm VanBeater
1:00pm Buff Monster
2:00pm The Sucklord
3:00pm Brendan Monroe
4:00pm Ferg & Luke Rook
5:00pm Frank Kozik & Scott Wilkowski

Sunday, July 15
11:00am David Horvath
12:00pm Sample Sale

Dragatomi SDCC 2012 Signing Schedule!

Go see your favorite artists and have them sign all your cool new stuff!

Dragatomi Signing Schedule (#4935)

(* Dates and times subject to change without notice – Schedule will be updated as we get closer to the date) 


 

THURSDAY July 12th
11 am – 12:30 pm Steve Talkowski debuting the new MonoChrome Sketchbot
2 pm – 4 pm DrilOne and Jason Limon with the release of their collaborative custom figure
5 pm – 6 pm Max Toy Co. with Jay222
FRIDAY July 13th
11 am – 1 pm Monster Worship
2 pm – 4 pm Bigfoot
4:30 pm Rsin
SATURDAY July 14th
11 am – 1 pm DrilOne and Leecifer
2 pm – 3 pm Jeremiah Ketner
4 pm – 5 pm Philip Lumbang