Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3
“The Zeppo” was always one of my favorite episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It focused on Xander (who I related to most), and was very funny. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3 is much like that, even though we don’t have Xander happy by the end.
Nicholas Brendon, Xander on the show, joins Christos Gage on writing duties for this issue. I didn’t notice a change in the writing style or tone, so great job for Brendon for coming in seamlessly. Buffy Season 10 #3 is by far the best issue of the season so far. To me, it’s as close to a perfect Buffy comic as you can get. There is an even pacing that gives everyone plenty of time to advance their individual plot points, while also advancing the overarching plot. Also there is plenty of humor. The Xander and Dawn plot development was greatly needed as the couple has been in a state of limbo for over a season. It feels like a fix of the angry Xander we saw last season who had little to do and faded into the background. But Xander and Dawn clearly do work as a couple. The sweet moments in between the humor show that Whedon had the right idea in putting these two together at the end of Season 8. It resonates more than a “will they/won’t they” plot point.
Multiple times my fiancée had to ask me what was going on in the comic because I was laughing so hard. Xander’s dialogue had me in stitches. The Dracula dialogue also deserves a lot of the comedic credit, although it seems to be slightly out of character compared to the Dracula we saw previously in the comics and at the beginning of Season 5. Xander arguing with Giles about Grand Theft Auto was my personal favorite. It was funny to hear Anthony Stewart Head’s voice talk about killing hookers and robbing people. Andrew was pretty much Andrew this month. Of course he’d geek out over Dracula. The ending though was a complete 180 to the rest of the comic. But I like that Gage and Brendon weave in the emotional wedge between Xander and Dawn at certain points to keep the ending from coming out of left field. Adding Brendon seems to be a great choice and I hope he sticks around with the series.
What is there to say about Rebekah Isaacs that I haven’t said 100 times over in other reviews? She is an absolute powerhouse on this title. Characters consistently look like their actor counterparts, even when the action starts heating up. Dawn seems to be the only one who doesn’t match for some reason. Not a big deal considering how well she does with every other character each month. The slight changes in Xander’s eyes were great as we see Dracula slowly weaves his control back onto him. But when we get the heartbreaking line from Xander, its clear Xander is saying that. Subtle, but great work by Isaacs.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3 gets 4.5/5.
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