One avid Buffy fan takes a look back at the four-year, forty-three-issue comic book “season” of his favorite television show…
PLOT: A one-off look into the life (and death) of an unnamed Buffy stand-in, briefly mentioned in the The Long Way Home (as it was a faux-Buffy hangin’ with the Immortal), though this one is sent underground (literally). Glimpses into her calling as a Slayer, her training, her recruitment to be a faux-Buffy, and the importance of the role.
FAMILIAR FACES: Andrew, Vi.
WHAT WORKS: This is poignant Joss at his best. Dedicated to Janie Kleinman, a woman who played an important-but-unnoticed-to-most role behind the scenes at BtVS, Joss shows how important the Unnamed Soldier can be, and how touching and moving comics can be.
WHAT DOESN’T WORK: I suppose one could complain about the lack o’ the funny for this issue, but if anyone did, they should immediately be slapped upside the head.
ANDREW: [via cheesy TV commercial] Just dial 1-800-chosen-1 to meet girls who have this alarming yet fun condition.
BUFFY-NESS FACTOR: High, despite the lack of actual appearance of Buffy herself. Just don’t expect a lot of wit — think “The Body”-esque. [aka: “The one where Buffy’s Mom dies and there’s no music.” – Ed.]