The remnants of magic left on earth
are in danger . . .
The Siphon is back,
and he’s more charged than ever before
as he takes out
one magical being after another,
absorbing their power.
Pulled into this battle to save the world -again—
Buffy is partnered with Koh and Illyria
to put a stop Severin.
Back in Brussels and in my life, after visiting my family for 3 weeks. And guess what, insomnia knocked on my door. So I’ve decided to read the issue earlier and post about it. Now what’s to say about it?
Plot wise, it’s a promising issue. It keeps your interest to find out more about where they are heading with this season. But I am still not satisfied with the way the story is written. Yes, it was a good thing to have the all mighty Billy the king slayer admit what? That he is NOT a slayer. What’s the bad thing? Well, he IS more clever than the police to check on the surveillance tapes. But on the other hand he is stupid enough to forget that other zompires may come back again. At least this time he was the one saved by the slayer, not the other way around. What’s the worse thing? That slayer wasn’t Buffy. And I was totally surprised with her, I really didn’t see her coming, one way or another. And no, I don’t mean Simone.
And we finally learn why Severin wants to gather so much power. I didn’t see that coming either. Do you want a clue? Actually, come to think about it, Severin’s reason is the same as the most important theme of Once Upon a Time. Surprised again, but not impressed of it. I am sorry.
And it was a good thing to actually see Buffy starting using her brain again, in order to think about and get what’s happening. But I really don’t need Buffy to explain to me again Severin’s story that Severin himself had already told me more than 10 issues back. I see that as a waste of panels. As for the council, why are those creatures actually members of that council? Just to make it more beautiful or to add variety to it? Nice council, finding others to fight to keep them safe. I wonder how Billy is not the head of it.
Again, the most interesting part in this issue was what is wrong with Dawn. If you were waiting for answers or even for clues, you’ll be disappointed, just like I was. She is in a coma. And nothing about what was/is going on with Xander, either. And the best part of it? One of the characters I detest, especially after his last appearance, is back again, offering his help by doing again what he did last time. Only this time, with Xander’s blessings and help. But seriously now, even if his plan works, what will they do later with a rotten corpse? Huh?
About the art? Same as usual. Have Buffy look angry and she’s OK. Have her with another expression/feeling and she’s a mess. Illyria looks worse than last issue, when I thought that wouldn’t have been possible, Billy comme ci comme ça, Dawn terrible, Xander awful, Koh and the council are OK even great in some panels, in other words, less than average for sure.
But I really want to talk about the letter column. We are told that there will be a separate Billy story coming up, probably (my guess here) to explain what happened and Buffy accepted Billy in her team. I am sorry, Mr Allie, but I won’t check it out. I have already wasted more than 7 dollars since I purchased them from iTunes for 2 issues dedicated to Billy. I don’t plan to waste more about him. I will read reviews of fans I trust their judgement, and if you actually manage to surprise me and write a good story, I will purchase it later. Probably it will be written by Jane Espenson again, now that I remember some of her tweets a few weeks ago. But what got me wondering, is why, Mr Allie, do you like the idea of going back to Season 0 again? I know Buffy’s story, every fan out there knows Buffy’s story and what she did before Sunnydale. There was the movie, there were hints in the show, there was a comic published by you. Do we really need to revisit that for a 4th time? And why should I find interesting how Whistler managed to make a rat-eating dirty Angel, take a bath and start drinking animal blood or stealing from hospital supplies, according to the show, and start stalking on Buffy? I really don’t see any reason going back to season 0 for either Buffy or Angel. Do you want me to give you an interesting idea? Go back to after Chosen/before S8. Explain how Buffy built her army. Explain Xander’s story with Dracula and dealing with Anya’s loss. Explain better Willow’s quests. Explain how Buffy found out about Spike’s resurrection. Explain what was that portal that Angel came from. What was that he saw, or lived, that made him vulnerable to say yes to Twilight’s plan. Who were those wankers that Spike was running from. Aren’t there any stories left to tell anymore, that you liked so much the idea or recycling old ones? Really?