Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #13 Guarded: Part 3

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Nathan Massengill
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Buffy’s in a standoff with the demon and one time ally Koh who, unbeknownst to Buffy, has turned on her and is in cahoots with Wolfram and Hart. Koh has agreed to kill Theo, creator of TinCan, the social networking site of demons everywhere as long as he is given the information on who imprisoned him a long, long time ago. Buffy, who is doing her best to reason with Koh is having no luck and finds herself in a very tense situation. Theo tells Buffy that she must leave him and destroy TinCan instead of saving him which she reluctantly does. On her new mission, Buffy finds Kennedy who has a big bump on her head courtesy of Koh’s over-exuberance. Some not too friendly words are exchanged between the two women (as well as some punches) before they devise a plan to save Theo. Will they save Theo’s life and will TinCan finally be destroyed stopping Wolfram and Hart’s evil plans (at least for now)? Most importantly, has Buffy found her new calling and will she leave saving the world in the past for the prospect of some fat paychecks?

This issue is good but unfortunately I don’t care for a lot of the main characters. Theo and Kennedy are not particularly likeable or entertaining and Koh has potential but never seems to get there. Buffy needs to find herself quick because this little girl lost act is going on too long (in all fairness she may have figured it out in this issue). Without Buffy’s supporting cast something just feels like it’s missing. There hasn’t even been a mention of Xander or Dawn. I know Spike’s off finding himself, Willow’s trying to restore magic with Angel and his crew but Buffy seems to have no one. She’s pretty much alone and it’s kind of sad. The writing and art are both very good but I think Buffy’s voice has gotten a little lost along the way. I’m not ready to give up yet but I think the comic needs a little tweaking here and there to get back on course.

Release Date: September 12th, 2012

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

Review – Uncanny X-Men #13 (AVX)

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks: Cam Smith & Craig Yeung
Colors: Guru eFX
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Adam Kubert & Morry Hollowell
Published by: Marvel Comics

AVX side stories are a bit of a mixed bag, Uncanny X-Men #13 is straight to the point though, taking place as the battle on the Moon goes down from the Earth perspective. It’s a change of pace and helps elaborate on what on earth is going on up there, we see Magneto, Psylocke, Storm and Nemesis seeking cover after the major throw down hit the team. Unfortunately they’re rattled and worn so any trips to space aren’t really in the cards no matter how much they want to go. We also see a branch with Hope’s team and their pursuit to find a way to help or possibly save her from ill-fate as they confront UNIT as we know that’s not exactly the best idea around.

The issue focuses primarily on the UNIT story, everyone is concerned with saving Hope from the Phoenix or being there to help her as the force merges with her body. Unfortunately as one might have gathered, UNIT has his own plans with the Phoenix Force and anyone getting in the way is looking at a world of hurt or at least memory erasing as he disposes them to make way for his plans. Unfortunately just because he wants peace it doesn’t mean he wont stop at utter decimation to get that accomplished either, with Danger as his carefully hidden pawn it makes matters worse for everyone as constant references bring up Danger as a close ally to the X-Men team.

There’s a lot of side activity throughout Uncanny X-Men #13, unfortunately as things escalate and gets worse in AVX for the main story, it’s getting equally as complex in the background to match up. Personally I wish Magneto would have become one of those boosted by the cosmic energy but you can’t win them all, instead we get a taste of things to come which are interesting but not completely essential.

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