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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2007
By: Shawn Hill

“No Future for You” (part 3)

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist(s): George Jeanty, Andy Owens (i)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Plot: As Roden and Gigi plot to ensnare and assassinate Buffy, Faith goes dark on Giles, and seems to be growing ever closer to Gigi.

Comments: Faith and Buffy are like oil and water. They just don’t mix. They rile each other up. There’s no common ground for understanding, probably because of how very alike they are. Buffy, for all her horrible experiences, has been lucky compared to Faith, and Faith is the hard-luck gal who just can’t get enough of the good life.

Which Gigi, who feels she’s finally found a soul mate in the pretend posh “Hope,” keeps feeding her on a silver platter. The girls bond in the way only slayers can, but this means Faith is not doing her job, which was to infiltrate and eliminate this very real threat to Buffy. Faith, in other words, is having a moral conflict. And we all know how bad that usually turns out.

Vaughan is succeeding here in turning out an “episode” completely up to the standards and quality level of Joss’s own stories (or the other series writers, who apparently will get their turn). He’s wonderfully at home in the “grrrr arghhh!” gang, and keeps up the humor that meshes so well with Jeanty’s pleasant, naturalistic visuals. The challenge of this “season” is to come up with comic book original characters as memorable as some of Buffy’s classic foes from TV, and Gigi and Roden qualify. They’re certainly a fresh take that seems logical coming from the post multi-slayer empowered world. Gigi is a slayer who feels Buffy isn’t worthy to hold her position of leadership, and that she, entitled royalty that she is, would make a much better Slayer Queen.

As they well know, Buffy is the “first of the last,” and they have a plan to take over her girl army. There are plenty of hints here, however, that Gigi is far more naïve than she knows and maybe being played.

Faith, however, just has to muck it up in her own stubborn way. She bollixes her own plan, and Giles’ orders. Then she interferes with Buffy’s plan when Buffy is spirited away to Genevieve’s castle (before Willow can spirit her back, that is). Buffy plus Faith equals dissatisfaction all around, and this issue it means delay of the final battle for another installment. Which is a little frustrating, but makes sense as the story really isn’t as much about Buffy as it is about Faith and her choices. Which may be helpful, hurtful, irrational or self-destructive, usually all at the same time.

This is how you’re supposed to feel when Buffy meets Faith. Confused. But in a good way.

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