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Buffy Season 9 Library Edition Volume 1 (Buffy: Season Nine) (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Hardcover – 5 Feb 2015
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Andrew Chambliss is an American television writer and producer.He is well known for working on series such as Dollhouse, The Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA.. Georges Jeanty is an Eisner Award winning, NY Times Bestselling comic book artist known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity comics.
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The story running through Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 issues #1-5 is collected as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)). This is a well-illustrated and scripted story, which brings Buffy back to her roots: running around town dusting Vampires while trying to serve coffee for a living, enjoying wild parties with her friends and total strangers, and being blamed by all sorts of creatures and psychos for destroying magic.
The destruction of magic has led to new Vampires not being possessed by Demons, as the gates to the demon Dimensions are now closed, so they become mindless rampaging monsters (as opposed to being bloody-minded rampaging monsters). Just to complicate maters, dead bodies are turning up all over San Francisco (where the cast have now relocated), and it turns out that they are former Vampires… therefore the Police see Buffy as a ‘person of interest’ in their deaths. Needless to say, she didn’t do it, and racking down the new baddie gradually becomes the main story as the volume progresses. Sub-plots are established for future stories, as Willow sets off to find something, and Spike steps in to lend a hand.
This is a very entertaining story with good artwork, scripting and characterisation. We get to see the pros and cons of a world without magic – demons forced to take jobs to make a living, long-imprisoned characters released due to the fading of the magical bonds that bound them, that sort of thing. Everything the TV show used to offer, but with San Francisco as the backdrop.
ON YOUR OWN
Return of the Buffybot (the robot Buffy, that is)
The stories running through Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 issues #6-10 are collected as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 2: On Your Own (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)). This continues the ‘back to the roots’ feel of this season’s stories, and there are two included in this volume (along with a short story), though they all flow into one-another with sub-plots and ongoing themes, they are separate adventures. The scripting and artwork is excellent, and the characters look like their actors, and the dialogue is character-perfect.
THE SPOILER ZONE
Issues #6 & #7: ‘On Your Own’ sees Buffy coming to terms with her pregnancy, taking to Robin, son of the 1970s Slayer Nikki – with flashbacks to 1973, while Spike bonds with Detective Dowling on a stake-out. Dowling detects that Spike is still smitten by Buffy, who calls him for help with her little problem. She moves onboard the bugship, they are called out to help Dowling and his partner who are overrun by Zompires, and Buffy makes yet another life-changing discovery about her condition…
Issues #8-10: ‘Apart (Of Me)’ sees Buffy and Spike confront Andrew (who is in mad scientist mode) and discover just how, when and why he pulled the switch – for Buffy is not pregnant, but a robot, whose malfunctions are giving the impression that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, Dowling discovers that his partner is now an ex-partner and a Zompire. Xander and Dawn are called in to help him track her down, while Buffy, Spike and Andrew set out to recover Buffy’s real body, stashed away in the suburbs for safety, where she is living the ideal life that Buffy has only dreamed of…until she (the body) is kidnapped by a certain ex-Slayer with red stripes in her hair – Simone…
This is an excellent set of stories, which deal with several plot-threads while opening up several more for future resolution.
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