Thursday, December 13, 2007

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #9

Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, Dave Stewart

Alright, I’m going to keep this relatively short and sweet, primarily because I don’t have too much more to say about this story arc, having already reviewed the previous three chapters. This final chapter of Vaughan’s run on the book was a solid if slightly disappointing conclusion to the Faith-centered “No Future For You” story arc. Solid because, as in the previous three issues, Vaughan’s grasp of the characters (both those who originally appeared on the T.V. series, and those new ones making their first appearance in the comic book) is very strong, the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the story remains compelling to the final page.

The slight disappointment comes from the fact that Buffy appears only briefly in this issue, making her more prominent appearance last issue feel as though it was shoehorned in so as to make this story-arc appear as a significant chapter in the larger season eight project, rather than its own, standalone miniseries, which is how it came across a lot of the time. Twilight (apparently the name of a person and not an organization…or maybe it refers to both?) makes his first full appearance at the end of this issue, but he is no one we know from the series, nor is the design of the character particularly interesting, making for a somewhat lackluster coda.

Despite these minor reservations, Vaughan’s four-issue arc was a very good one, and this is a pretty entertaining final chapter. The place where Faith ends up at the end is unexpected but makes perfect sense, and could yield some interesting developments in the coming issues. I’m going to miss Vaughan’s writing on this series, and hope that the writers who follow him will pick up on some of the elements he’s introduced.

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