Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4 (Comics Review)
With the return of magic to the world and Giles to the world of the living at the end of Season 9, there have been quite a few interesting things happening in good old Sunnyvale, not the least of which is that there are some powerful vampires out there right now, vampires who exhibit some powers similar to Dracula, one of the most powerful vampires to have ever lived, and indeed a master vampire himself. With their first three issues Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs have knocked the story out of the park and made Buffy the Vampire Slayer an absolute must-read series.
In the new issue released yesterday, the duo deal with the resulting consequences of Dracula coming to Sunnyvale with Xander and Dawn to help the team against the powerful newborn vampires and then absconding with the book that rewrite the rules of magic as the owner sees fit. There are some true-to-form hilarious moments in the issue that make all the doom and gloom worthwhile and we also see some great examples of solid chemistry between the different characters, as well as their inter-personal relationships. Oh and the art is gorgeous and awesome as always too.
One of the really interesting things here is that this issue is co-written by Nicholas Brendon, the actor who played Xander in the original show. Quite fitting since Xander seems to be quite the lynchpin of the story currently, and I am sure that a lot of his dialogue is certainly written by Nicholas, who does a fairly good job with everything. And being partnered with Christos Gage, who has been writing in the Buffyverse for quite a while, it makes them a really solid writing team, it must be said.
In this issue, we see how Dracula begins to make sure of the tome Vampyr and how he changes things here and there to put himself in an ever-more dominating position over everyone else. Of course, once you start messing around with the rules of magic in a world where magic is still in a deep state of turmoil and flux, unexpected things are going to happen and the final third of the issue does deal with that in quite a spectacular manner, not to mention the quite horrifying ending, a twist that I really didn’t see coming. Suffice to say, Buffy and her friends are in quite the situation this time around and things are not looking good for them at all.
Important though the chemistry between Xander and Dracula may be, especially in the context of their previous relationship as master and glamoured servant, they aren’t the only ones here. With all the messing around going on with Vampyr, Spike too ends up being affected to a degree and we see some more of him as the issue develops. Plus we get a really great family moment between Dawn and Buffy, which is quite emotional in impact and also proves how solid their sisterly relationship is.
And I couldn’t help laughing at all the references to “Dark Willow” as if that was a thing now. The term is used to describe what happens with Dracula and Xander when they turn against the team, the latter unwillingly at that, and some of the characters rub it in to Willow every now and then, until she starts using the term as well. Lots of fun, this, and things continue in much the same vein for the rest of the issue.
And one thing that should really be stressed here is how much the entire story is about good old teamwork and having trust in your friends and family. Definitely love that particular angle.
Joining Rebekah on the artwork is colourist Dan Jackson and letters Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt. The soft, warm touches to the artwork that were so evident and front and center in the previous three issues are still there for this one and the consistency is quite incredible. Rebekah has a very easy-going and well-defined art style that works incredibly well for the type of series this is and Dan Jackson’s contributions are second to none here. His colours are one of the major reasons I love this series so much.
Now I’m just hoping that things continue along the same vein and that the story gets even better since I’m having a hell of a time with this series right now.
Posted on June 20, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged Buffy, Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Christos Gage, Comics, Comics Review, Count Dracula, Dan Jackson, Dark Horse, Dark Horse Comics, Dawn Summers, Horror, Jimmy Betancourt, Joss Whedon, Nicholas Brendon, Rebekah Isaacs, Review, Review Central, Richard Starkings, Slayers, Spike, Supernatural, TV Tie-In, Urban Fantasy, Vampire Slayers, Vampires, Willow, Xander Harris, Zompires. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.