Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #6
Reviewed by David Pinckney
Writer: Andrew Chambliss
Art: Georges Jeanty
Publisher: Dark Horse
Cover Price: $2.99
What can say. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I loved the show and I love the comics. Issue 6 of Season 9 doesn't break this pattern.
Buffy isn't a stranger to mishaps and some mistakes in her life. She is a slayer after all and that has to way pretty heavy on the mind. Now without being to spoiler-y, back in issue 1 of season 9, Buffy got black out drunk. In issue 5 she caught wind of the repercussions of that night, and now with issue 6 she makes a controversial decision. The issues isn't so much about the decision as it is the lead up to it. This issue really shows a lot of what made the show so great which is the strong presence of everyones character and what each character means to one another.
The sixth issue does not boast a lot of action, though some slaying scenes from the past are brought up. Sometimes it's nice to see action not be the forefront of a comic like this and really let the characters take the reigns and drive the story. Andrew Chambliss, does this with ease. You really do start to feel for Buffy's situation and those around her.
If you've read the issue you know that her situation comes with a bit of mystery. Something of this scale can't be of the norm given that she is a Slayer and luck isn't always with her. This issue offers no hint as to who it could be, which makes for the mystery that much more compelling and who she confides in at the end makes it that much more intense.
As for the art in this issue, it's good and clean. The characters, for the most part, look like they should and pretty consistently as well. Really the only fault is sometimes expressions seem to not change for several panels, making some characters look a tad static, but never-the-less, it's still good art work that fits. The colors are soft and cool which helps give the over all mood the extra push that it sometimes needs. Plus, this issue comes with a cover by Phil Noto, what more do you need?
It really is hard to find much wrong with this issue. The team has got it all, good art and a great and compelling story. If you are a fan of Buffy, you'll love this issue. If you haven't been reading than I suggest you try out season 9 and see what you think!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Name: David Pinckney
Bio: David is a freelance writer who after a few years of just reading comics, decided to start making some. "I write, and write, and write not just because I want the practice, but because it's what I like to do." Learn more about David at his site, sequentialgeek.com.
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