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Calming Your Inner Werewolf

August 24, 2009

     The Scoobies have located Oz in the newest issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight.  And it seems a lot has happened to him since they last met.  Twilight, for one, does not believe that Buffy hasn’t just disappeared or died, and it seemse also knows Buffy.  Anyway, it seems that Oz came to Tibet in order to keep his feral nature under control.  It took a lot of work and there were times when things seemed hopeless.  Meanwhile, Twilight and his gang try to locate Buffy.  Thanks to Bayarmaa, a fellow werewolf, he got things under control, and he even managed to help other people do the same.  However, one of the werewolves they once helped betrayed them and started convincing people to give into their werewolf nature.  When said werewolf attacked them, Bay killed him.  The two of them even have a kid.  He agrees to help them deal with their magic, as well as bury their submarine, and Twilight travels to Mongolia instead of Tibet.  He says that the idiot who messed up on locating the Scoobies is going to get it.

     I really liked this issue because of the way it went over Oz as a character, and what he’s done since we last saw him.  Admittedly, Oz was one of my least favorite characters from the show, but it’s Buffy, so I did still like him.  And I really like this concept of “hiding” or “controlling” your magic.  Plus, another cool idea is that Twilight really does know Buffy.  So he’s somebody we’ve probably already met.  I’m greatly enjoying this arc, as well as the comedic potential behind the butter tea and the werewolf situation.  I would still like a tad more explanation as to what precipitated these problems, but that’s really my only complaint.  Jane Espenson is one of the best Buffy writers I’ve ever seen, and Georges Jeanty’s art still fits this title quite well.  At this point, though, I just can’t wait until we find out who Twilight is.  But I also really hope that Oz doesn’t get to lose this really good thing he’s got going for him.

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

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