One avid Buffy fan takes a look back at the four-year, forty-three-issue comic book “season” of his favorite television show…

INTRODUCTION | SERIES

A Beautiful Sunset (Issue #11)
Written by Joss Whedon
Penciled by Georges Jeanty
Collected in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 3

PLOT: Buffy takes slayer Sansu with her to take out a vampire nest and to have a heart-to-heart about how Sansu is in love with Buffy, which may potentially cause issues in the future. Twilight himself intervenes, beats Buffy up whilst telling her how sharing her Slayer power was a mistake and the whole world will suffer because of it (a real downer, he is).

FAMILIAR FACES: No one new.

WHAT WORKS: Ah, the first actual meeting between our heroine and the masked Big Bad. He’s big. He’s bad. He’s tough. He can fly. Ooooh….scary. But such a meeting was both inevitable and necessary, so worked well. But the brief moment where it appeared he was removing his mask only to find out that his neck itched? Awesome.

WHAT DOESN’T WORK: Nothing, really — a rather inoffensive one-off issue.

REVELATIONS WITHIN: Pink-mohawk’d Simone does have issues! Buffy isn’t gay!

BEST LINE:

MINION: You didn’t kill her
TWILIGHT: That’s been done. To little effect.

BUFFY-NESS FACTOR: Decent. Good moments and dialogue that have that Buffy feel, but other than those, was more random-plot-moving comic and less Buffy comic.

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K. BURTT

K. Burtt is Geek Speak Magazine's Associate Editor and resident megalomaniac. In between devising nefarious schemes for world domination, he spends his time reading, gaming, and pretending to be a 14-year-old teenager pretending to be an adult online, because he feels that is an underrepresented group.