With only five more issues remaining this season, Andrew Chambliss sets up an interesting 20th installment that builds up narrative tension and produces foreboding expectations of what’s to come. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #20 provides more information regarding Severin and Simone’s masterplan, and sees the return of a fan-favourite character, while Buffy and Xander struggle to live in a magic-less world as they deal with their helplessness concerning Dawn’s deteriorating health. Unfortunately, Xander deals with his deep-seeded insecurities in a debatably controversial way. READ MORE
Andrew Chambliss and Dark Horse Comics deliver a well-rounded issue with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #17. The second installment of this four-part story arc entitled, “Welcome to the Team,” sees our Slayer being forced to join a mystical council in L.A. after Illyria teleports her away from San Francisco. There, she’s involuntarily recruited to defeat a past foe who’s hell-bent on endangering what little mystical energy remains on Earth. Surprise cameos and interesting plot developments galore, Chambliss writes an enjoyable issue. Unfortunately, where he excels in script, Jeorges Jeanty, expectedly, falls short in the art department. READ MORE
I tried to keep up with this season of “Dexter”, but it lost me a few episodes in when it began to stray from what should have been its main focus – Deb and Dex figuring out how to be together in this crazy world of ours that hates incest and serial killers. I know a lot of you have enjoyed the season so I’m not here to rain on your parade, and I plan on checking out the season finale to see if the ending (which I spoiled myself on) is totally glorious or just kinda dumb.
One thing I will say is that what I saw of Season 7 was most certainly a step up from Season 6 (which I unfortunately watched in its entirety). The reason for the uptick in quality? The endgame was in sight. The show was (more or less) set to wrap up at the end of next year’s Season 8, which meant the writers could minimize their wheel-spinning somewhat and move the pieces on the board closer to where they need to be for their intended finale, the nature and circumstances of which they claim are set in stone. But now there’s the vague threat of a Season 9 – which would mean that Season 8 could very well become an entire 12 episode cycle of nothing interesting happening at all. Combine that with the heavily fatigued premise, and we might have the very worst season of the show ever on our hands (this is “Dexter”, so that’s saying something).
Showrunner Scott Buck told Vulture, “It might be the last. That hasn’t been announced yet. We’ve been picked up for one more season, but whether that is the last one or not has not yet been determined.” He goes on to say that they have planned Season 8 to be the final season, but all that will change if Showtime decides to pony up for another one (a real risk since this thing still pulls in good ratings). I liked the first couple seasons of “Dexter”, so I’m hoping they’re able to go out with a bang. Stretching it out another year could potentially kill any chance of that happening.
Andrew Chambliss takes us back to regular Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 programming, with a new zompire-packed, four-issue story arc entitled, “Welcome to the Team.” Giving slight context to an ominous scene in Jeff Parker’s “Willow – Wonderland” #2, issue #16 brings back Xander and Dawn; deals with Buffy taking on a zompire nest in San Francisco with the SFPD and our new honorary Scooby, Billy Lane; and reunites readers with a terrifyingly wonderful ancient demon from Angel’s past. READ MORE
With only one more issue ready for release next month, Victor Gischler delivers a fast-paced fourth installment that finally tells the readers where Spike: A Dark Place is headed; not only in terms of plot development leading towards the finale, but also regarding Spike’s character growth and place in the grand narrative of “Season 9″. It’s just a shame that it took 4 issues of a 5-issue miniseries to see this kind of progression. READ MORE
Dark Horse Comics’ Billy the Vampire Slayer is a two-part standalone arc for season 9, brought to you by fan-favourite BuffyVerse writers, Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and Drew Z. Greenberg (Warehouse 13). Full of world-building, political advocacy, and a spin on the series’ original mythology, issues #14 and #15 introduce readers to a rabid spread of zompires infesting a small Californian town; and to the first gay male “Slayer” who takes it upon himself to get rid of them. READ MORE
The creative team behind Dark Horse’s Buffy comic shows that they intend to continue upping the buzz-worthy controversy in season nine, which already contained the abortion chapter of Buffy’s life. Announced yesterday as an exclusive with Out Magazine, writers Jane Espenson and Drew Greenberg are introducing a brand new Slayer to the Buffy-verse. His name is Billy and he happens to be gay. Billy will enter “Season 9″ this December with issue #14. READ MORE
The latest issues of Buffy have been causing quite a stir, not just in the comics world, but also on national news reports. With Buffy facing the toughest decision of her slayership, the series hasn’t been this controversial since the mid 90s when Xander and Willow started shacking up. To be serious for a second, can I just say that this is actually a good thing. It shows that the creators are taking the book seriously and looking for new ways to shock the fans of franchise that is 15 years old. We’re with Buffy regardless of her decision. Check the latest preview after the jump. Read on for the skinny…
Recent events in the series may have caused some worries among die hard fans, but in Joss Whedon we trust! Last issue Buffy discovered (SPOILERS)that she’s going to have to start eating for two, as she’s got a seed growing inside her (little slayer?). What this means for the rest of the season? your guess is as good as ours. You can take your first look at the issue down below.