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The last Buffy comic I will ever read.
on 3 September 2013
Well here we are. If people read my review of volume 1, you will know that I had high hopes for season 9. I said that I had been mortified by many of the ridiculous happenings in season 8, but thought that season 9 had started in a way that might actually rekindle my Buffy love. I was naive. This volume started with promise; Buffy thinking she's pregnant; having to deal with a very normal issue while putting it in her anything but normal perspective as the slayer. Stories like that have heaps of promise, so I was hooked. But it didn't take long before Joss turned what could have been a truly powerful storyline into something that's stupidy and silliness rivaled that of season 8! It turns out Buffy is actually the Buffy-bot and Andrew has transferred her brain into the machine in order to protect her. The pregnancy symptoms were just technical faults. Yes, I'm serious, this is what ACTUALLY happens! As if that wasn't painful enough, we have more of Spike's space ship than I can possibly tolerate (those of you new to the Buffy comics: yes you heard right, Spike has a friggin space ship!!!) Which is driven by giant talking bugs... oh the hilarity.
I honestly just can't be bothered anymore. Season 8 had its truly awful and ridiculous moments, but at least it had the mystery of Twilight's identity and a promising start to keep me buying against my better judgement... but this is just too much. I would have stopped reading at the end of season 8 if it hadn't been for people telling me how much promise s9 vol 1 showed; one volume in which Buffy actually resembles a vampire slayer before we're right back to the robot/alien/mind swap sci-fi comedy crap that Joss seems determined to cram down our throats.
I can hardly even convince myself that I'm reading Buffy anymore, let alone a canon continuation. Therefore, I will not be buying Volume 3. Instead I will put on a Buffy DVD, because I'm in dire need of reminding myself why I loved this series after reading this.