Advance Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #25
Another week, another Buffy book ends. It seems fitting that the main book is the last to end. While #25 is a good issue, it’s not great like Angel & Faith #25.
Andrew Chambliss wraps a rather messy bow on Season 9. And by messy, I mean that the future is rather uncertain for the Scooby Gang. While Angel & Faith opted to end the big battle sooner in favor of giving characters more time to go off in different directions, Chambliss focuses squarely on the battle. It’s grand ol’ Buffy battle fun. #25 would have been a better issue if Chambliss had given more time to the characters and the aftermath. Xander’s anxiety about Dawn is a weird plot point, and doesn’t fit completely well at the end of the issue. Much like the rest of the season, it seems like Xander got the short straw story wise. He didn’t really have anything to do but get angry. All the storylines are wrapped up, and I won’t spoil anything, but one character gets a great ending. It works well with the history of the character, and Chambliss really has been building towards this type of ending for them this season. Again, hard to go into detail without spoiling too much.
The future looks rather interesting for Buffy and the gang, but it’s slightly rushed near the end. In a span of two pages, almost every member of the Scooby Gang is given something to do in Season 10. I like the plot points, and it feels more early Season Buffy, where she has a distinct problem on the ground level. The final page reveal is going to be decisive for a lot of fans, but I’d like to wait and see how they play this. The season size, 25 issues, was a great choice compared to the 40 issues that Season 8 was. It kept he story on focus instead of going off on tangents. If writers want to further explore the characters in Buffy, best make them a mini-series. It worked out well for Spike’s series last year.
Georges Jeanty knows when to turn in a great book. Some of the middle issues are rushed for Season 9, but #25 is all around greatness for Jeanty. He nails the look for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. Dawn looks nothing like Michelle Trachtenberg, which is a slight downer. It seems like Jeanty didn’t even give it a go. Hey, I’m not an artists so I’m guessing there was a reason for it. The fight scenes flow well, even though Jeanty uses the same poses a few times. He doesn’t repeat to the extent of Greg Land, so it’s forgivable.
Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen turn in their usual great work on inks and colors respectively. Madsen nails the other worldly colors of the magic surrounding the fight scenes.
Buffy Season 9 wasn’t as pitch perfect as Angel & Faith, but it’s a damn good ending to the season. Bring on Season 10.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #25 gets 4/5.