New season. New rules. The age-old battle of Slayer vs. vampire is the focus of Buffy’s life once again—it’s downright nostalgic! But with all the toying with magic she’s done lately, this girl should know it’s time for another game change . . . Shouldn’t she?
* Executive produced by Joss Whedon
Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Cover Artist: Steve Morris
After saving the world from Slayer-turned-supervampire Simone, and restoring magic and the life of her magically created sister Dawn, Buffy is in the best place she’s ever been. There is a little weirdness going on, with the Slayer handbook’s pages suddenly being blank… But she’s back together with Willow, Xander and Spike, doing what she was meant to do as the chosen one: slay vampires.
So, new rules and new season starting. With a new artist and a new writer. Not actually new since we had them both last season in A&F, but new to Buffy’s book. I have to say that I was thinking a little bit whether I’d continue reading the comics or not, after the mess of season 9. But I’ve decided to give it a try, and I have to say I’m glad I have.
Christos’s writing is much better than the way that Chambliss wrote Buffy last season. I don’t know if he actually can write better than him, being a comic book writer himself, or if he understands the characters better. But the difference between them is obvious right from the beginning of the season. Buffy’s inner thoughts are right spot on, and right from the very first issue we find out what is the situation with all of the characters. Even with the zompires and the new breeds as well.
I don’t want to spoil things, so I’ll be as quick as possible. Besides the Anya appearance, since it has been already spoiled in twitter a couple of hours earlier, so yes, in a way Anya is back.
There are also some nice Spuffy moments that will make Spuffies happy and they’ll certainly decide to give Gage a second chance in writing Spike. I laughed at Andrew and Dawn, and I almost got tears in my eyes when Buffy hugged Giles.
Rebekah is as great as last season, I am so glad that Buffy FINALLY got an artist she deserves, I don’t even want to think again of last season and the art of it. Hope that’s gone for good.
Last but not least, I don’t know who Colleen Hillerup is, or whether Colleen reads my blog or not. But I have to say that I was laughing for 5 minutes with your letter, although it was only 3 lines. Nice one!
A must read for all of you, Buffy fans, great season opening!