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Yes, She's Faster Than That

February 26, 2010

     Buffy Summers is now tougher than she’s ever been before, and Brad Meltzer has been tasked detailing her new powers and the fallout of the previous arc in the newest storyline of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight.  The latest issue opens with Xander putting Buffy through all three of the typical Superman trials, as well as everything else he can think of to see what superpowers she has.  Dawn seems really upset about it, wishing they would take it more seriously.  Willow thinks that the reason she’s upset is because she doesn’t like Buffy spending so much time with Xander, but Dawn refuses to admit that.  Xander makes an absolutely amazing reference to Shadowcat while Amy, Warren, and the General, Twilight’s big three stooges, watch from afar.  Willow realizes that Andrew, Faith, and Giles are missing and starts tries teleporting to them.  However, because of the wording of her spell, she transports across the globe, finding dead Slayers everywhere.  Andrew, Faith, and Giles wake up in Twilight’s headquarters to find the machine that Darkseid used back in the 1982 Uncanny X-Men/Teen Titans crossover actually real and completely built.  Buffy suddenly develops teelscopic vision and spots Amy, Warren, and the General, who claim that they want to help because they hate Twilight.  Willow returns and explains to Buffy that she’s getting all this extra power from every Slayer who dies, and Andrew, Faith, and Giles are spotted by Twilight.

     Okay, so I am still rather peeved that we already know Twilight’s identity.  Now that’s out of the way, I can say that Meltzer is really doing a great job in this issue.  It has the same kind of tone as a typical Joss Whedon Buffy story, which is a very good thing.  He could be a tad lighter on the comic book references, but that’s really my only issue.  We all know that Amy, etc. are lying, so I’m interested to see what they’re planning.  And the whole revelation about where Buffy’s new powers come from is really quite chilling.  I was so thrilled to see her even more ass-kicking than before, but now, I feel like it’s just gross or something.  I just like the way this whole issue was written, to be honest, so I have essentially no complaints there.  Georges Jeanty’s work is slightly less accurate in terms of actors’ faces in this issue, particularly with Dawn.  Because of that and the coloring, she looks more like a Hispanic woman than Michelle Trachtenberg.    So he’s just having one bad issue, which considering how well he’s been doing on this book so far, is no big deal.  At this point, this book is racing towards the finish.  Despite the big spoiler, I can’t wait to see where this goes.  And I mean that in every way.  Let’s just hope that the identity of Twilight doesn’t ruin what is right now a superb book.

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

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