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Could it be? Is Buffy really back?
on 6 October 2012
I won't beat around the bush here, I was mortified by a lot of season 8, so was skeptical about season 9. However, people told me "try it, it feels more like Buffy again, honest!" So I thought 'What the heck, you stuck with season 8 against your better judgement, what's one more volume?'. So I bought this and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Buffy is now in San Francisco and I'm still getting used to that setting, but one thing I love about it is that the city setting gives Buffy plenty of dark alleys to be dusting vamps in. Yes, you heard me right, Buffy is slaying vamps in alleys again! Not jumping through time riding flying cars, not fighting giant robots in Tokyo, not huge multi-coloured Gods or weird vampy kitties or whatever the hell those stupid things were.... vampires! So all in all, it's easier to feel like what you're reading is an actual continuation.
Magic has gone from the world and because of that, vampires are becoming more rabbid when they are made. Willow goes away with the scythe to find a way to bring magic back. I've heard that she's going over to 'Angel and Faith' and all I can say is, it better be explained in the Buffy comics when she gets back, because I have no intention of getting 'Angel and Faith'.
There are still bits that make me cringe. I don't think I'll ever get used to Xander and Dawn. Spikes ship full of giant bugs had me screaming WTF? at the end of season 8 and unfortunately it keeps popping up. I also can't help but feel that Giles' death just didn't have enough effect, I know it changed certain things, but it's Giles!! Am I the only one who found myself not caring that he died too much, like it wasn't such a big deal?
Anyway, this first volume is very promising. Having said that, season 8 STARTED with promise... so we'll just have to see how it goes. But at the moment, I think the comics feel more like the series than they have in a while, which is good.