Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 On Your Own Part 1

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils:: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Phil Noto Cover

This review will largely have me fawning over Spike. I try to act impartial but when it comes to the awesomeness that is Spike, it becomes very hard to do. This issue has Buffy dealing with the aftermath of the news that she learned at the end of the last issue. She seeks advice from someone who has first hand knowledge of what it’s like to fall into an impossible situation where the answers aren’t so easy. As Buffy is getting advice and trying to figure out her future, Spike is on a ride-a-long with Officer Dowling. Spike is trying to teach him about the subtleties of zompires. As Spike is explaining the enigma that is Buffy, he receives a S.O.S call from her and without hesitation he’s on his way (swoon). Buffy spills life changing news to Spike, who does nothing but listen and be supportive. As Buffy asks Spike for help, Spike again, without missing a beat is there for her.

This issue is very good and very sad. Spike is amazing, from his very concise summary of his and Buffy’s “story” to his right into action chivalrous behavior. The art is fantastic, the somber tone is captured extremely well. I love the cover, it is irrefutable that Spike has Buffy’s back (without judgment) both literally and figuratively and this is what makes him the best. This issue is the first in a two issue story arc which hopefully will conclude in a not so easy wrap-up in the next issue. Hopefully, I didn’t fawn too much, but I think once everyone reads the issue my Spike love will be understood!

Georges Jeanty Cover

Release Date: February 8th, 2011

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

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5 – Slayer, Interrupted

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Karl Moline
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines & Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

A Zompire mob is in full effect and Buffy, with a little (very little) help from Xander and Dawn, is trying to lessen the mob as best she can.  She thinks she succeeds only to find out that she has failed miserably.  However, all was for naught, she’s just dreaming.  Buffy’s dreams, always vivid and a bit confusing are no different this time around.  As she attempts to figure out what they mean she enlists Willow’s help.  The dreams (references to the first Slayer, season 8 and Disney) finally become clear(ish) and it seems that the magic conundrum is on the verge of being resolved (no, they don’t learn complicated card tricks).  Willow must take her own path and as Buffy’s roommates are questioning whether they can all continue living together because of Buffy’s dangerous slaying, Buffy’s world is positively turned upside down!

This issue has the potential to set up some very interesting and very important verse changing storylines (if the big “whoa” moments are indeed real and not part of a dream or something along those lines).  The dialog and art are very good and the cover is one of my favorites so far!  I didn’t know how to feel about this issue when I finished reading it but as it ruminated for a while I realized I really liked it and I am super excited to see where it is going to take us.  Everything is very good, albeit a little “wha?” inducing, but ultimately a strong issue.

George Jeanty Alt Cover

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

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

Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #3 Freefall Part Three

Script: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Steve Morris Cover

Freefall part 3, where to begin? This issue really drives the story forward. We learn a lot in this issue, and along the way there are some very shocking twists and turns. In Freefall part three we meet a new type of Slayer who has a very hands on approach to slaying and undoubtedly will raise some questions about what it means to be a Slayer. We learn a great deal about his past, what got him to this point and what his intentions are. Unfortunately, with the exception of Spike (yet again), this new character is the only one helping Buffy as she is still on the lam from the police. With the seeds destruction still looming, we learn that there are even more consequences than previously imagined. Vampires seem “different” and not just in that, ve vant to suck your blood kind of way. The one good thing that does come out of this new revelation about vamp 2.0 is that it appears Buffy and Willow’s relationship is finally on the mend. The police are still searching for Buffy claiming that they “just want to talk to her” and we find that Xander and Dawn are still having domestic issues, to which I say good, end it already! Spike being the dashing, debonair hero, is on his own mission attempting to find out who and or what is after Buffy. What he finds out is far beyond what he initially imagined and is critical to Buffy’s survival. The only question becomes, will he be too late? I think we can safely say, probably not, he’s Spike, I mean really, as long as he isn’t on a platform trying to save Dawn, what can’t he do!

This issue was very good, easily the best so far of season 9. It feels like everyone is hitting their stride. The story is moving along nicely, the dialog is good, however missing some of the snark, and the art is amazing. The ending is fabulous and has a great cliffhanger that will definitely have everyone chomping at the bit for #4. I think it’s obvious that I would recommend this issue without hesitation…Go. Get. It.

Georges Jeanty Cover

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
Release Date: November 9th, 2011

Review – Buffy Season 9 #1

Season 9 #1 Freefall Part 1
Release Date: September 14th 2011

Script by: Joss Whedon
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Jo Chen
25th Anniversary Cover: Georges Jeanty

The time has arrived, the season 9 opener (season 2 of the comic series and continuation of the 7 season T.V. Show) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Written by the worship worthy Joss Whedon (I swear I am impartial) and pencils by the amazing Georges Jeanty. The first issue does not disappoint. At this year’s Comic-Con, Joss said that in season 9 we would see the return of the Buffy from yesteryear and that is exactly what we get.

Buffy is no longer running squads and managing the entire Slayer universe. Instead, she is just a lost girl (superhuman vampire slaying woman) who, again is trying to find out what she is supposed to do with her life. The comic opens with Buffy in her new San Francisco apartment, complete with roommates and a party where we get to see some of the Scoobies together again (what’s left of them anyway) Jump to Buffy who is drinking and struggling to deal with her lack of direction and the aftermath of what happened at the end of Season 8. I will not get into season 8 details here as I do not want spoil anything for those who may not be caught up. The aftermath of season 8 causes Buffy’s life plan to be called into question. Even though she is still patrolling and slaying, she seems to think she needs a different direction. There are a few chuckles as she rambles (in her own Buffy way) on about what her new career should be, with a couple of nods to the old show.

All the characters are in fine form, especially a particularly snarky Spike. Throughout the season opener we see some of the nice character interaction that really makes Buffy, in whatever form it is in, special. Finally, we are introduced to the potential big bad, albeit briefly, but enough to get excited at the prospect of where this will all go. For a season opener this is pretty great and definitely builds excitement about where season 9 is heading!