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Dawnie's in Trouble… Again

June 12, 2009

     At last, the five-part, semi-related arc brought on largely by Harmony Kendall’s revealing of the existence of vampires to the general public is over.  Sounds like True Blood, huh?  Anyway, the newest issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight sees an end to the longstanding subplot of Dawn Summers’ shapeshifting.  First, she turned into a giant.  Then, a centaur.  And now, a doll.  Why?  Xander accidentally reveals the truth while chatting with Buffy.  She was in a relationship with a thricewise, but she ended up having sex with his roommate (due to fear of where the relationship was going, apparently).  He, out of rage, cursed her with these transformations.  As a doll, she ends up being caught by some creepy dollmaker out in the woods.  After they deal with a vampire attack (a rather underwhelming one), Andrew and Willow find the thricewise, and with his help, Buffy and Xander rescue Dawn.  There’s some touchy-feeling stuff between the Summers sisters, and it’s a wrap.

     Doug Petrie worked on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so he certainly knows the Buffy universe.  And it shows.  Although he doesn’t write any particular character with great flair or any sort of in-depth knowledge, he has a good grasp on basically everyone.  Not a single character speaks out-of-character, and he actually gets into some good territory with Buffy and Dawn’s talk.  Georges Jeanty is at the peak of his performance in this issue, with some of his best work in the whole series.  In the end, it deals both with the obvious Dawn subplot and some of the subtext, the relationship between the two of the Summers girls and how it’s affected by the current Slayers situation.  They’ve always had a weird relationship, considering the fact that Dawn is really only a few years old.  Magical retcon and all.  But I can’t wait to see where this series goes.  These stories have revitalized a somewhat repetitive series, and I’m glad to be able to look forward to the adventures of the Scoobies once again.

Plot: 9.0      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 9.0

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