Herc’s Seen Episode 8.4 Of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER!!
Published at: June 9, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST by hercules
I am – Hercules!!
I’ve been a bad bad Hercules. Issue four of Dark Horse’s new “Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Eight” series has been on the stands since Wednesday, but all sorts of last-minute stuff – mounting piles of pilots and Galactica and Jericho and Veronica – kept me out of the comic-book stores until a few hours ago. But I’ve now read and digested the wonderful “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 8.4, which successfully concludes writer/mastermind Joss Whedon’s excellent initial “season-eight” arc.
Here’s what doesn’t happen in 8.4:
* Dawn Summers, 60 feet tall since season’s start, doesn’t shrink. Not an inch.
* We don't meet a thricewise.
* We don’t definitively learn which true love woke Buffy with a big wet one.
* We don’t learn where Rupert Giles is.
* Andrew Wells is not glimpsed, nor is he reunited with skinless fellow nerd of doom Warren Meers.
* A familiar character is not introduced on the final page.
Here’s what does happen:
* Dawn beats up an entire castle.
* We meet some of Willow Rosenberg’s newer friends.
* We get another hint of what happened with Kennedy.
* Xander Harris has a line on page 10 that to my ears sounds suspiciously like, “Winifred Burkle. Go.”
* The action moves to two miles south of Sunnydale and doesn’t move back.
* Another face from season one returns.
* There’s a couple of payoffs to that Ethan Rayne business.
* We learn who this season’s symbol-happy big bad is. (Highlight invisotext for more specificity.) It’s us!!
Whedon writes one more issue – focusing on the Italy-based Buffy-double introduced in the antepenultimate episode of “Angel” – before handing the season off to other writers for a while. Freshman “Lost” staffer Brian K. Vaughn writes issue six, which deals with what Faith the Vampire Slayer has been up to.
Herc’s rating for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” 8.4?
In comic-book shops now.