Graphically Speaking: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” #12 review

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #12

Writer: Andrew Chambliss
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Nathan Massengill
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
Executive Produced by Joss Whedon
Published by Dark Horse Comics

At the end of the last issue, Buffy and Deepscan learned Angel baddies Wolfram and Heart are behind a plot to kill Theo, a Zuckerberg-esque social media tycoon. With the help of Koh, everybody’s new demon friend, Deepscan must save Theo from…well, we don’t quite know what it is, but it has tentacles. A LOT of tentacles. All we see is tentacles, but nothing attached to them. Chambliss and Jeanty get a lot of mileage out of it, however.

Two issues into the new arc, and it’s still hard for me to believe Buffy’s position. I like the idea of slayers working in private security, but it’s just…odd to see Slayer Prime taking orders from Kennedy. It’s almost like she’s back in the Double Meat Palace. Almost. I miss seeing her in an authoritative position, but I get what Chambliss is trying to do. Also, a demonic social network raises a lot of questions that had me scratching my head before reading on. It feels like a cheat in light of the seed’s destruction, but it opens up a bunch of possibilities for future stories.

One of the best aspects of “Season 9” is that the Buffy-verse is finally becoming the cohesive place it never was on TV. Events and characters in “Buffy” and “Angel & Faith” are touched upon constantly and it was a thrill to read that Buffy is finally taking on one of Angel’s rogues. I know she spent most of her time in Sunnydale, but I’d argue that Wolfram & Heart was a more major antagonistic entity than most of her “big bads.” I can’t wait to see how it’s going to play out. I’m going to start the “team-up” countdown…now.

The cliffhanger for the next issue is underwhelming, but after a pregnancy scare and a robot reveal in recent months, I’m okay with it. Like I said, Chambliss, a new writer in the Whedon stables, knows what he’s doing and I’m on board.

The tentacle creature reminds me of the “octo-bitch” that Faith faced in an issue of Buffy. Maybe they’re related somehow? Hmmm…there’s never a Necronomicon around when you need one.

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 19:18 by Lowell Greenblatt · Permalink
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