Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2 (Comics Review)

 Dark Horse brought back its mainline Buffyverse titles for their tenth “season” last month with the first issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith. Both issues were excellent, with some fantastic art and some great writing, so going into this month, I was looking for more of the same. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 in particular was a really fun ride and it did a great job of reconnecting me with all these characters that I’d lost contact with after going through all seven seasons of the television series back in college, which was quite a while ago! But they are all back now and I have a good feeling about all of this.

Released today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2 picks up from right where the first issue left off and it does a lot of things. Writer Christos Gage jampacks this issue with all sorts of things, most notable of which is all the character development in the second half, especially as far as the newly-resurrected Giles is concerned. And the artwork by Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson is just as good here as it was in the first issue, if not better. Great vibe to the whole issue.

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Steve Morris has turned out another amazing looking cover for this issue, just as he did with the last one. We’ve got the core group right here: Buffy, Giles, Dawn, Xander and Willow. What’s not to love about this. And they are all just totally chilling out and having fun, quite unlike the story inside the pages. I suppose it is the painted (?) nature of the cover that really draws me in. If anything, this cover is actually better than the one for the previous issue.

The story itself, as I said above, picks up from its predecessor and launches into the meat of it. Under attack by an army of supervampires, the team eventually retreats and then we get tons and tons of character development, no matter which character we talk about. Dawn kind of gets the short end of the stick here, but she is just as interesting as any of the other characters, so that counts for something. Still, when all is said and done, I really loved how Christos Gage portrayed both Giles and Buffy, and how he explored their relationships to the rest of the cast, a really neat touch that one I have to say.

The way that Christos deals with Giles’ feelings on how to relate to everyone around him, since he is pretty much a super-smart genius wizard locked in an adolescent youth’s body, is how I knew that the character is in good hands. Christos gives him a lot of good moments to show off or throw a tantrum and still appear the same old super-smart Giles that he has always been. It is quite interesting really, how the addition of a character can change the entire status quo of a group as tight as Buffy’s. The new issue might lack the emotional punch of the previous issue, but it makes up for that in other ways.

And in keeping with the last issue, Christos continues his brand of Buffy-humour. The characters trade a lot of hilarious witticisms back and forth and really lighten the overall mood. And the character who gets to be the poster-child for that humour is none other than Xander Harris, the resident goofball. The last couple pages of the issue feature him and Dawn together on a mission and Xander’s dialogue is absolutely A-class. Loved it.

I just wish that we could have gotten to see a bit more of Faith than we did, but perhaps that will be covered next week when Angel & Faith Season 10 #2 comes out.

With Rebekah Isaacs on the art and Dan Jackson on the colours, this issue once again shows off the Buffyverse in a great light. The action scenes are all top-notch, with lots and lots of details packed in to differentiate them and the characterwork is just too damn good too. There really isn’t much more than can be said about the artwork here. Words are simply not enough for how good this issue is, visually. There’s a really nice cartoon-y vibe to the whole thing that is subtle and not overdone at all. It worked for me, and is something that I hope sticks for the length of the entire season.

Overall, another great issue in the returning series!

Rating: 9.5/10

More Buffy: (Season 10) #1.


Posted on April 23, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

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