Review, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14 (Relationship Status: Complicated, Part 01)

21 04 2015

While traveling into Spike’s mind and seeing his past and present, Buffy looks for clues about the newest threat in San Francisco: someone or something with a deep connection to Spike!

Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist: Dan Jackson

Buffy and the gang struggle with their newfound responsibility, rewriting the rules of magic. Between that and trying to understand the regular ol’rules of love, things are a little heated for our heroes. But this rock-solid group of friends are still enjoying adulthood in a thriving city (or, er…except Giles) until a seriously bad, bad guy comes to roost in a most unexpected place.

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So, Relationship Status: Complicated and a title obviously taken from the social network called Facebook. Used when you don’t want to share details about your personal life, when you don’t want to exactly lie to others about your personal life, or even when things are actually so complicated that sometimes you are not even sure yourself whether you’re in a relationship or not. Thinking about Buffy here, what is the one that applies better for her?

I will be honest, I haven’t been that excited about the comics, well, ever since Chosen. Which actually means that I’ve never been so excited about them. My Spuffy heart beats faster and faster every month, waiting to see where their story will go. But sometimes it feels like reading a Spuffy fanfic, not the canon comics. I have thought about it for quite some time now, and I actually came to the conclusion that the problem does not lie in Season 10, but it is actually a problem created in Seasons 8 and especially 9.

With Spike’s almost total absence in Season 8, no explanation at all about Buffy’s feelings and actions when she found out he was alive, followed by Season 9 which was a complete mess (Spike’s departure for more than half the season, no actual insight given for Buffy’s feelings and thoughts, 2 issues wasted on an unknown wannabe slayer male character whose name fortunately I’ve managed to delete from my mind, one big bad with superpowers out of nowhere with no given explanation, the other having the stupidest plan ever giving Buffy the reason to kill her etc), now we have a season which actually works and flows quite good, but at the same time it feels rushed. And like I said, seems like a fanfic.

Season 7 sometimes feels like it has never happened. And if they decided to include any characters from James Marsters written fanfic, then it will seem like they just ignore it. We have given insights and proofs of how Spike feels about it, now in this issue everything is confirmed, but isn’t that what we’ve always known, ever since Beneath You? And the rest of Season 7? It is actually the feelings and thoughts of Buffy that we are unaware of, which are not that clear to us, not Spike’s, am I wrong here? Well, Buffy in this issue actually says that she fell in love with Spike, but we’ve been expecting that to happen for so long and the way seems a little bit weird. But like I said, I mostly blame season 9 for that, and everyone involved in that, not season 10.

So, let’s get back to the issue. Feels weird for Buffy to go around Spike’s memories, once you read the preview pages. It actually wasn’t even Spike’s first choice, as he would have preferred Xander for that. But given the risk that the one astral projecting could actually be killed inside Spike’s mind by whoever powerful enough inside him, they decided to go with someone more supernatural and powerful. The Harmony disaster sex scene actually gives Buffy a better knowledge of Spike’s feelings for her and we all know by now about Archaeus. I won’t spoil the exact connection, although most of us have guessed it by now thanks to the solicits.

And again the team does something stupid as far as I am concerned, going straight away against him. Shouldn’t they actually first research to know better? Maybe it is the comic format, not enough pages so some things must be rushed, but again I don’t think this is something they would have done in the show. Not like that.

Rebekah is back with her known style. There is a flashback panel of Spike killing Nikki, which in my opinion is the best Spike she’s ever drawn. Actually all of the flashbacks are just great. I have missed her a lot.

Letter-column with blushes from Sierra that in the upcoming 15 more issues to go we may get a Spuffy sex scene, but no promises. Well, I’ll take everything they give as long as it is not as ridiculous as the Twilight sex fiasco in Season 8!

Overall, good issue, I liked it. Don’t forget to get it tomorrow!





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