Ripped from the middle of a zompire battle, Buffy finds herself face to face with Illyria and a mystical council in LA. She’s been unwillingly recruited to take down a former enemy while her friends in San Francisco are left in a Buffy-less lurch with dire consequences . . .
* TV’s Illyria joins the cast of Season 9!
* Executive produced by Joss Whedon!
Now, what’s to say about this issue. First of all, I am sick. Not Dawn kind of sick, but still. And in the middle of exams. So my mood might be influenced by that. I don’t know. If you have read my last review about Willow’s #3, maybe you’ll remember me saying that I started loving the issue after reading it a couple of times. Well, the problem is that exactly the opposite has happened now. The more I read BtVS #17, the more I don’t like it. Maybe I should have stayed with reading it only once this morning.
I will start with the art. More detailed review about it when I’m feeling better. Georges Jeanty NEEDS to be relieved as soon as possible, for the next 10 years from the Buffyverse. No, make those 15, just in case. It is just not acceptable to purchase a comic with a gorgeous cover of Illyria and Buffy on it, and flip through the pages and see that mess. I just can’t take it seriously. Even if the story had been great, I would still find myself unable to take it seriously. Illyria age 5, seriously? Change the colours, and instead of Illyria you get Buffy age 5. I won’t say anymore for the moment, detailed review of the art will be coming up.
Let’s go to the story. Sorry, but that was not Illyria talking. Where are her poetic, shakespearian lines? Chambliss is no master of her voice, I can’t hear her talking. Combined with Jeanty’s “art”, I have no idea who that demon is.
And what about Buffy? She was betrayed again? How many times this season? Lets count them…by Severin, by Andrew, by Koh, now by an unknown demon again, let me guess, Buffy will be betrayed again at least one more time this season. Who’s left to betray her? There is a SWAT team out there ready to dust zompires and deal with the threat, but she goes to fight a nest of them, with an uberzompire between them, all alone together with the company of a child and a teen boy. Sorry, Jeanty’s art confused me, Billy is supposed to be a teen not a child, and Dowling a man, not a teen. And then she again, without any questions, trusts a group of demons, some of them unknown to her, others past threats, and goes to fight Severin. Remember who that was? Yes, the one that almost killed her in the first arc. The one that was stopped by a mere human with a gun, not with superpowers. And she goes against him again, counting on her superpowers and the superpowers of Illyria and Koh, but Severin feeds on superpowers. Who is this person pretending to be Buffy and what have they done to my Buffy??
And now lets come to the most interesting part of this comic. Which in other circumstances wouldn’t have been interesting at all. Because it is all clear what is coming up. The fandom has guessed, ever since S08#39 that Dawn’s previous key essence might be influenced now that the seed is broken. And Xander’s case is screaming of post-traumatic from miles. How many dead girlfriends can that man handle before going crazy, really? I hope that Dawn will not die, that they will find a way to deal with whatever problem she has. But the problem is that in half of those panels that Xander appears, they have him acting like a jerk. That is not the Xander I know. Post traumatic or not, he wouldn’t lay a hand on Dawn. And the way he treated her in their bedroom, instead of the medicine, that could have been Dawn’s face, he was totally blind. Probably he also phoned Spike, I don’t know why they didn’t show that.
Come to that, I will return to Buffy. When did actually Buffy talk with Angel about Illyria? When Fred was dying, Angel tried to call for help, only to be told that Buffy didn’t want anything to do with him because he was running W&H. Then Hell-A happened. Then Angel followed Twilight and started terrorizing Buffy Summers and her slayers. Then he got possessed and became catatonic and was left to Faith. So when? Maybe he filled her in during the spacefrak? It’s a long trip to space, they had to find other ways to pass the time I guess. OK, maybe I can accept that at some point, off screen, Spike filled her in about his time away from her during S9, or before that, but I just can’t seem able to guess when would Angel be able to fill her in about Illyria.
Last, but not least, Billy. How much of a Mary-Sue can this new character be? He gets out of a zompire nest without not even a scratch! Dowling’s partner was easily killed, Spike had a hard time and needed help, Dowling almost died, Angel and Faith and real slayers have had problems killing zompires, Buffy herself too, but this guy, no, he can take the worst you might put him through. Let me guess, will he save the day and Buffy from Severin? Or will he find out what was or who was that uberzompire and who or what is behind it? Predictable. Too bad the SWAT team arrived and stole Billy’s moment of glory, when he would have killed the whole nest by himself, saved Dowling from the uberzomp, and carried him on his shoulders all the way to the hospital himself! And what is with all those letters praising Billy? There are people out there that read issues 14-15 and liked them? I would never have guessed, this world never seems to surprise me!
I am sorry, I know that is is a negative review, probably the worst one I have ever written in all of my time as a Buffy fan, but I am really disappointed by the title. And the art of it. And the story of it. The plot holes. Not even reading through the lines to find out secret meanings, intentions. Nothing. I really can’t wait for BtVS’s S9 to be over. It is by far the worst season so far, and I don’t think anymore that it can be saved.