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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #53

Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Viva Las Buffy": Dueces Wild

Writer: Fabien Nicieza & Scott Lobdell
Artists: Cliff Richards(p), Will Conrad(i), Dave McCaig(c)
Publisher: Dark Horse

This is the best issue from this team to date simply because I could not predict what would happen next. Angel's predicament mirrors Buffy's problems in Las Vegas but the surrounds of that reflection are completely different and surprising.

Pike's narration is once again funny as well as informative. His situation with Buffy only superficially resembles Xander's relationship with the Slayer. Although Pike not to mention Mr. Nicieza and Mr. Lobdell knows the after effects of the story, he keeps most of information to himself, and although you know Buffy can come to no harm, the narrator and writers keep you guessing to exactly how she will resolve each issue.

Less interesting are the interims that set up Giles' story and Dawn's story. I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt and suggest Dawn's story is simply how she remembers it no matter how falsely; Pike is actually telling the story to the Scooby-Gang. This explains the presence of Angel and Giles in the story. Likely, Angel and Giles told Buffy of their part, and she adds to the tale.

The artwork by Cliff Richards, Will Conrad and Dave McCaig meets their usual standards for the issue. Outstanding are the Angel's appearance swathed in dark shadows and vampire colors and Buffy's gymnastics.



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