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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Warren Peace

For some reason I haven’t talked about Dark Horse’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book series, which have all been written (so far) by series mastermind/dark lord Joss Whedon. I’m not sure, why, exactly, because they are really amazing.

The last issue of the initial “Long Way Home” arc was pretty good, although my main complaint is with the art. Considering we’re supposed to recognize characters, some of whom have been gone from the show for years and years (the series finale aired more than four years ago), it’s imperative that there’s at least a passing resemblance between the actor and what’s portrayed on the page. Often time this falls flat, which leads to much confusion on the part of the reader (me) and a less thrilling, immersing experience.

Where the comic soars is in the writing (duh). There was a point in issue 2 when Andrew's giving a speech about Billy Dee Williams' bell-bottoms in Empire Strikes Back when I almost teared up with joy. It was just so good to see these characters again and hear them talk in such a familiar, unique way. Just outstanding.

The shows-topping moment in issue 4 is in its final pages, which mix the feminist themes of the show with an entirely new take on the mythology (including the origin of the Slayers). Quite shocking. In a way, this cliffhanger moment (which I'm not going to discuss - it hit the comic shops yesterday, for crying out loud!) was as paradigm-shifting (for the entire Buffy-verse) and important as the breathtaking, heartbreaking Lost finale, which is really saying something.

Also, bringing back a skinless Warren as a big bad/boyfriend for Amy was absolute genius.

After this there’ll be a one-off written by Joss in August followed by the “Faith in London” arc by Runaways and Y: The Last Man mastermind Brian K. Vaughn, followed by the undisclosed Tokyo-based arc by series writer “Ultimate” Drew Goddard.

Is there a more exciting title in comic book-dom right now? Didn’t think so.


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