Advance Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #24
Buffy has been in a transition season for Season 9. It’s been good, but there hasn’t been a cohesive story. But with the season ending, it’s time to ramp things up. #24 is a lot of fun that shows the main Scooby gang in action.
Andrew Chambliss, the main architect for Season 9, has been slowly setting things up for this big final. #24 is an absolute blast in terms of fun. It’s classic Buffy. The group has to save the world, and they are the only ones who are able to do so. Xander, his usual unpowered self, is doing his best to help and make up for screwing things over on the gang. He hasn’t been that likable this season, so it’s nice to see him somewhat redeemed near the end. It will be interesting to see how writers develop him in Season 10. A few of the plot points, the seed and Sypher, didn’t seem to be related until this issue. Chambliss ties a nice bow on most of it without making next month’s #25 anticlimactic. What I particularly liked about #24 was the writing of Buffy. She’s always been a person who would die (and has) for the cause she believes in. It’s good to see her getting back to her roots in a way. Willow has been all over the place this season, but she also seems to come back to her roots by the end of the issue.
Season 9 has reminded me a lot of Season 4. It’s a transition year for Buffy and everyone around her. With everything that happened to her in Season 8, it’s not surprising that Joss and company decided to take this route. I’m one of the few who seems to really like Season 4, as most scoff at my feelings towards the season. It’s Buffy taking on another step in life, something that has always been a strength of the franchise. Buffy dealt with hitting rock bottom and losing her friends. She fought her way back. Much like Season 4, Season 9 didn’t really develop a Big Bad until the midpoint of the season. And that Big Bad didn’t really hit home the way others do. But Season 9 has been successful overall, and having the season be almost half what Season 8 was helped.
George Jeanty turns in one of his best issues of the season. EVERY character has an insane amount of detail, which can be a weakness of Jeanty. The massive battle with the Old One surprised me with it’s attention to detail. Occasionally characters lose detail when they enter the background. Buffy’s expression is reduced to a smiley face when she is looking at the Slayer axe for example. I’ve come to expect that characters don’t completely look like their actor counterparts when the action heats up, but Jeanty throws in a few panels where the character is a spitting image of the actor. Dexter Vines’ inking continues to be fantastic. Michelle Madsen’s colors are great. When Willow “gives birth” to the seed, Madsen uses a great shade of red for the reflection. It seems almost neon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 hasn’t been perfect, but issues like #24 make it a little better.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #24 gets 4/5.
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