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Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8
Buffy The Vampire Slayer #8
This is the big one where “Buffy” and “Angel” finally meet. We start with “Buffy” and “Xander” at a school Halloween dance. “Buffy” wears a bat costume and “Xander” just has a pumpkin head mask thing. “Xander” (who’s like half-vampire now or something) tell “Buffy” his “vampire’s intuition” is telling him some guy at the party in a mask ( they don’t say it yet but it’s obviously “Angel”) has been staring at her all night.
Next, we go to a scene where “Giles” is on a date with “Jenny Calendar”. “Giles” and “Jenny” go to an ancient Egyptian exhibit being held by “Buffy’s” mom, “Joyce”. There the couple then meets “Joyce” and her boyfriend “Eric”. They have a laugh about how tenacious “Buffy” is.
Back with “Buffy”, she’s sitting on the bleachers by herself and the guy in the mask (“Angel”) goes to sit next to her. The guy in the mask then says he notices that she’s been staring at a guy. That guy is “Robin Wood”. Gotta say I really hate that they made him into a kid when they rebooted “Buffy” with this series… Not going to dwell on it though. “Robin” is dancing with a girl that looks a lot like “Buffy” according to the guy in the mask. “Buffy” then whines about not having time to date. The man in the mask then tells her she should “make time” and notices that her costume has a tail and remarks to her that “bats don’t have tails”. He then leaves ”Buffy”.
Meanwhile, at the exhibit, “Giles” sees a knife on display and says that it’s “the key to opening the “Hellmouth” and that “Drusilla” can never find out”. Immediately we then see “Drusilla”, “Spike”, and some “red shirt” vampires. They make a commotion for a bit and while they’re distracted “Giles” grabs the knife and stashes it in his suit jacket. “Drusilla” then asks for the curator and “Joyce” steps up and admits that she’s the curator. “Drusilla” claims that all the stuff in the exhibit was stolen, and that it is “rightfully hers”.
Hoping that this will stop “Drusilla” and her crew from hurting people, “Joyce” shows her where the knife’s display case. Seeing no knife is there, “Drusilla” threatens to kill “Joyce” and “Spike” nearly bites into her neck when “Jenny” says “they” took the dagger. “Drusilla” then makes a comment to “Giles” about “him as a “Watcher” nearly allowing a murder” as he reluctantly gives her the knife. After making another comment about “Jenny” being “weak” to “Giles”, “Drusilla” then uses the knife to stab “Spike”. This opens the “Hellmouth”.
This affects all of “Sunnydale” as an alarm rings back at the dance with “Buffy”. Kids run out of the building and we see “Buffy” and “Xander” watching as a giant crack rips into the ground around them with fire spewing from it. “Buffy” and mentions seeing this before in a dream and “Xander” mentions seeing this before through his connection to “Drusilla” (she the one that made him a vampire). Then in her home, we see “Willow” floating while in a meditation pose. She’s wearing a shirt that reads “Bruja” while bathed in green light from candles lit with green fire in a circular formation around a pentagram symbol that “Willow” is floating above. Several books and an animal skull float around “Willow” and with this, we end the issue.
Not bad. There’s a lot I don’t like about this reboot but this issue was good. I preferred the art in the first few issues but the art here certainly isn’t bad. For the story it would have been better if they hadn’t advertised this as the issue where “Buffy” and “Angel” meet. For people who only vaguely know “Buffy,” this could have been a nice surprise for later. It would be even better if the man in the mask wasn’t actually “Angel”. That would be a cool way to subvert expectations to those who watched “Buffy”. While not as good as the “Angel” comic (seriously it might be the best ongoing comic out right now) this was good. Solid B.
Recommendation: One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile