Review – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 #9 Apart (of me) Part Two

Script: Andrew Chambliss and Scott Allie
Pencils: Cliff Richards
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Cover: Phil Noto
Alternate Cover: Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen
Created By: Joss Whedon
Published By: Dark Horse

Phil Noto Cover

This issue begins with RoboBuffy, Spike and Andrew arriving at the real Buffy’s house. They find signs of a struggle and Buffy is nowhere to be found. RoboBuffy is having trouble dealing with all of the things she has just learned about herself and that everything she believed to be true, isn’t. As Andrew bumbles along, it becomes clear that he actually did think this through and has put some safeties in place for situations such as these. They get a lead on Buffy’s whereabouts and off they go to rescue her. Meanwhile, Simone is beating and berating Buffy and is having trouble figuring out that Buffy has no idea what is happening. Buffy has no memory of Simone let alone that she is the Slayer. Spike, RoboBuffy and Andrew arrive in the vicinity of where they believe Buffy to be and they separate in an effort to find her. One of them however runs into a surprise along the way that none of them expected. While all of this search and rescue business is going down, Xander, Dawn and Detective Dowling are on their own mission. They are searching for Dowling’s on a rampage, recently zompire turned (ex) partner. Dowling is taking the loss hard and soon appears to be in over his head!

I liked this issue, I really liked the way the interactions between Spike and RoboBuffy have subtlety changed. Andrew’s explanations of why he did what he did seem genuine and it really appears that he thought he was doing the right, good thing. I really enjoyed the dialog in this issue a lot, it felt very real and believable. The art was great and both of the Buffy’s emotions were captured well. All in all it was a solid read and truthfully I was initially unhappy with the direction the story line was going. I decided to suspend snap judgments and gave it a chance and I’m happy I did. It will be very interesting to see how everything progresses from here.

Georges Jeanty Cover

Release Date: May 9th, 2012

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Rating:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Tim Seeley is back with Ex Sanguine this fall on Dark Horse

Tim Seeley is in a bit of everything, from our recent experience with The Occultist it’s a good thing though, moving from Hack/Slash to The Occultist and The Guild to something new, a new horror and thriller story called Ex Sanguine. When talking with Dark Horse he had this to say about it.

“Ex Sanguine is my take on the vampire-romance genre, but instead of being full of longing and anguished staring, it’s full of brutal flirtations between two savage predators, one a vampire, one a serial killer,” said Tim Seeley.

We don’t know everything though, Seeley was only willing to reveal the name of Saul Adams as the vampire in the story, he’s a bit lost from this current world, lost in the history he’s tumbled through at day’s end, well until the feds motivate him for some more pressing issues. The serial killer Seeley created is a natural-born killer that hunts and thrives on the pursuit of victims in an endless battle, as one might imagine it might be easy to confuse a vampire with someone who also hunts his victims in a blood lust state.

Saul finds himself right in the middle of “The Sanguine Killings” he ignores the accusations flowing his way until he picks up on a trademark of this killer, a form of art or craft in the process of this bloodshed, as a result of it, those hours and weeks of remembering are put aside, a new shift in his life is here that intrigues him.

While this sounds great and tempting, it’s also something we’ll see at the end of this year, Ex Sanguine #1 is currently slated to arrive on November 28, 2012. One can only hope we get some teasers to make that wait a little easier to take.

Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #4 Freefall Part Four

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

Georges Jeanty Cover

We begin this issue with a short flashback that gives us even more insight into Severin and his motivations.  Is he genuinely bad or does he think what he’s doing is just?  Who’s “leading” him? Most importantly, will he succeed in his mission to kill Buffy?  Chances are, probably not, but it is a safe bet that he will keep trying until someone or something stops him permanently.  This issue really highlights the huge mess that is Buffy’s life.  Her friends are keeping their distance (except Spike of course), her roommates may stumble upon some very questionable things that Buffy keeps in her room, and finally Buffy is placed on the police’s most wanted list.  For any of us this may seem like a hole that no one could climb out of; but, this is Buffy.  Very little phases her, she has learned to take life’s little (little for her anyway) obstacles as they come and eventually she will get everything sorted out. As she begins to get everything back on track we learn that Severin is not working alone and really seems to be  manipulated and used as a pawn by someone we have met before!

Steve Morris Cover

There is some good action in this issue along with some very good banter/dialog.  As I said in a previous review, Buffy and Willow’s relationship is definitely on the mend and it was nice seeing them interact with what appeared to be only a slight feeling of animosity.  The issue was very good and really seems to be keeping a nice pace with adding a few surprises here and there!

Release Date: December 14th, 2011

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

 

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 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:★★★★☆ 

Fright Night Gets a Remake

It seems  2011 will be know as the year of remakes and squeals, Starting with a remake of the comedy-horror classic Fright Night.  Story is about a boy who finds out that his neighbor is a vampire and goes to great lengths to expose him,  Around this is time Horror movies  like Nightmare on Elm street 2, The Return of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, Part V, Sliver Bullet and Once Bitten Staring Jim Carry were popular hits.

Since its a remake the story will be the same as it’s senior counter part. The Cast will be rounded by Actor Anton Yelchin as Charlie with Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick Ass)  as Evil Ed, Toni Collette (United States of Tera) as Charlies mother with David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Collin Farrell as Jerry the Vampire, Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is directing the remake.

Look for Fright Night to hit theaters in August of 2011

 

 

Buffy turns 14!

Well she actually turned 30 this year but March 10th marks the 14th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s television debut!

I remember it was my freshmen year of high school and I couldn’t believe there was a show about vampires! In 97′, prime time tv seemed to be made up of twenty somethings in New York or thirty somethings in New York.

I saw “Welcome to the Hellmouth” and “The Harvest” and was hooked instantly. The show wasn’t just horror, comedy or a drama. It was all of those things, yet at the same time not. It wasn’t just that it was action, it was also relatable in some way.

It was a cast of teens in a small California town dealing with the same problems as any normal teen would. The only difference is that some of their problems could eat you. They dealt with amplified versions of problems normal people faced.

I of course did not recognize this immediately, being only 13 at the time. The metaphor and underlying themes weren’t apparent . I couldn’t explain it but I could sense that it was something unique.

I just recently re watched the series and I can say that it gets better with each screening. In fact, if you have ever been to my house, chances are, I will make you watch an episode if you have never seen it. I have converted many who missed out or were too young at the time to really enjoy the show.

There are people who will flat out not watch. Usually it is for one of two reasons they give.

1 – That is a stupid name, I’m not watching that!

2- That is so fake!

To the first, it’s just a name, get over it.

To the second, duh! Its a show with vampires and demons. There is nothing real on tv unless you are watching national geographic.

If you have never seen BtVS, I highly recommend it. If you have netflix, you can stream it right now.