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The Geek Strikes Back

March 26, 2009

     As I’ve said already, the revelation of the existence of vampires to the world has revitalized Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight.  Continuing this story arc of loosely-connected plots, Andrew and Buffy head to Italy to deal with a rogue Slayer, Simone.  The entirety of their trip there is just filled with geeky dialogue and ridiculous discussions.  It’s perfect.  When they actually meet up with Simone and her crew, there’s tons of violence, eventually leading up to an epic swordfight between her and Buffy.  And probably the best part of the whole issue is the end, when Buffy publicly acknowledges that Andrew, despite his faults (one of which is highlighted in this issue), is a part of the family.  That whole page was really cute.

     Drew Greenberg, having worked on Buffy before, really knows the characters.  I love the way he handles Andrew, and he creates this completely natural interaction between him and Buffy, since the two characters never really had much time together before.  To be honest, the whole Simone thing is just a vehicle to act as an examination of Andrew and his role in the group dynamic, and it works spectacularly.  Georges Jeanty, unfortunately, was slightly off his game when he drew this issue.  The faces, particularly in the car scene, are not as good as his usual work.  And Simone looks a bit too skinny to be a Slayer.  I know, they’re normally skinny, but I feel that this one is pushing the envelope of believability.  At any rate, this series is fun again, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.  Oh yeah!  Giles and Faith are next.  Awesome!

Plot: 9.1      Art: 8.7      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 9.0

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