(Imagine Anthony Stewart Head’s voice) “Previously on Buffy Season 9″- Buffy’s consciousness has been reunited with her body and hired by slayer Kennedy for bodyguard service. Oh, and magic is still missing from the world.
In the latest issue, Buffy and Kennedy are guarding the Buffyverse equivalent of Mark Zuckerberg named Theo. Theo has created Tincan – an online social media site with code embedded in it that allows it to work in hell dimensions. If there is something that big and bad, you know it’s gotta be Wolfram and Hart behind it.
I remain slightly ambivalent to the Buffy Season 8 and Season 9 story arcs, but I still feel a loyalty the character and the desire to keep up with her. So I continue with my torn allegiance to the comic book.
First, I’ll share the good. It is always nice to visit old friends ala the Scooby gang. It’s a treat to have a Buffy story feature Wolfram and Hart. And there is positively no Dawn in the story. The ending was surprising enough that I am eagerly waiting for next month’s issue. The art in Buffy has never been under par, but neither has it been really noteworthy. However, I must say there are few panels in this issue that really pop when Buffy and her cohorts are under a starry sky doing some surveillance.
So, there are good reasons to get issue #12, but there is still some not so good. There’s no Dawn, but there is Kennedy, although I will confess the character is not as annoying in print. And saddest, there is no Scooby gang in this issue and Buffy is at her best with her friends around her.
Are you a die-hard Buffy fan following every issue and do you like where the story is going? Are a fan who pops in or reads the wikis to keep up or did Buffy end with the show for you?
Dark Horse Buffy Season 9 #12, “Guarded Part 2”Andrew Chambliss, George Jeanty, Nathan Massengill and executive producer Joss Whedon
With a variant cover selection, you have your choice of Buffys. My personal fave is Phil Noto’s illustration of Buffy double-fisting some stakes. But George Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen’s depiction of Buffy doing battle with numerous demon tentacles may be up your alley.
$2.99 out August 8, 2012.