In honor of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s 20th Anniversary, this new series sees one avid Buffy fan take a look back at the four-year, forty-three-issue comic book “season” of his favorite television show, one story arc at a time…


buffys8e5The Chain (Issue #5)
Written by Joss Whedon
Penciled by Paul Lee
Collected in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1

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.


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.

andrewvibuffyseason8issue5REVELATIONS WITHIN: Pink-mohawk’d slayer Simone might have issues! (oooh, foreshadowing); Felicia Day in comic form is still hot!


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.]

About the author


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.