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nothing soothes quicker than complete despair - Buffy Season 9 #23: the Core
but since I gave up hope I feel a lot better
Buffy Season 9 #23: the Core
Needless to say I've liked season 9 much, much better than season 8. If I didn't know Joss was involved I would have assumed that season 8 was written and drawn by people who had either never watched the show, or who didn't actually like it. While there were a few thing I liked from season 8 (Dracula, Faith & Giles... er... I'm sure there was something else) I actively disliked what season 8 did to most of my favorite characters. Season 9 found them emotionally isolated in a world without magic, and soon split them up geographically too. Angel & Faith are off having a much better written series in London; Willow & Spike both splintered off into their own voyages of self discovery, Xander's had a huge chip on his shoulder that lead him to betray Buffy & Willow to the season's Big Bads recently. Dawn is fading away in the world without magic, and no one but the Core (see what they did there?) remember her.

This issue was about healing some of the fractures in these damaged relationships. Scoobie friendship is my kryptonite, so this issue already had me. A lot of season 9 has been about being a young adult and finding your place in the world. In the real world part of that transition is often changing relationships with your old friends from high school. In the Buffy-verse that's hard to watch, as I love Buffy's relationships with Willow, Xander, etc as much as I love Buffy or Willow themselves. Probably more than I love Andrew.

I liked the art this issue.


There was quite a bit of jumping and rappelling. Apparently in the comic-verse you don't need to bother with belaying!


Even Buffy and Willow can't remember Dawn's name now


The Zen demon gave Xander some advice. I admit to snickering here!


Spike's really mastering the use of his phone as a weapon.


But Spike (back with Dawn in San Francisco) is trying to do the best thing for Dawn, which is to remind her she's loved.  So he makes Xander talk to her.  Aww.

I may be sold on Dawn/Xander!


Severin & Simone are making Bad Choices in the Deeper Well, but scoobies have put the band back together. It turns out Simone's thing is that she's been turning slayers into vampires. We're not sure exactly what Severin's up to, but Simone's now a Slaypire.Buffy_well_1

Buffy's back to doing what she does best, and this was IMO one of the better issues of season 9. And things are starting to tie up into what will hopefully be a satisfying conclusion!

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rahirah From: rahirah Date: July 15th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just sad because all this stuff is a heck of a lot more interesting that the fake pregnancy/robot/non-relationship-with-Spike stuff they wasted half the season with. Sigh.
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: July 15th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so much word! fake pregnancy/robot/non-relationship-with-Spike stuff, not to mention several issues without the actual characters. I'm still kind of annoyed at the Billy episodes!

It's finally starting to make me care, and it's almost over!
kikimay From: kikimay Date: July 15th, 2013 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)

If they write about these stuff instead of losing time with the robo-pregnancy and the other things, this season would have been quite interesting and compelling. Basically they are saying to us: keep waiting for S10.
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: July 15th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Basically they are saying to us: keep waiting for S10.

Cynic! but yeah, probably. Grumble!
elisi From: elisi Date: July 15th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I tend to completely forget about the continued existence of the comics until someone makes a post...
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: July 16th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been enjoying this arc; you might like it! And Angel & Faith is actually pretty good IMO.
livejournal From: livejournal Date: July 16th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Monday, July 15

User rahirah referenced to your post from Monday, July 15 saying: [...] [Fandom Discussion] Review of Season Nine, Issue No. Twenty Three [...]
dragonyphoenix From: dragonyphoenix Date: November 8th, 2013 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! Dawn's fading away? ;-(

Great. I'm not even reading the comic and I'm upset. *shakes head*
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: November 8th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, don't worry! They saved her!
dragonyphoenix From: dragonyphoenix Date: November 8th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figured they would but the whole idea of Xander, the guy he's in a relationship with, not remembering her, was most upsetting.

And I like the Zen demon too. I ran across a story yesterday, on Twisting the Hellmouth, which is a crossover with Lords of Light. On that costume changing Halloween, Giles is dressed up as Buddha, which is what that image reminded me of. ;-)
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