Buffy’s serious troubles take an odd turn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 9 #7. Read on for a review of the second part of “On Your Own”.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Nine #7
Written by: Andrew Chambliss
Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Karl Story
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
In the second part of the story arc “On Your Own”… wait, what?
Let’s start at the beginning. At the end of the last issue of Buffy Season 9, Buffy had decided–after weighing her options heavily–to have an abortion. Even with her support network of close friends, she wasn’t ready to become the second mommy Slayer, and she turned to Spike for help.
In this issue, Buffy’s roommates, who have recently discovered that she’s a Slayer, vote not to kick her out of the apartment. They like having her around, and feel safe having a Slayer nearby in troubled zompire-filled times. However, it’s too late, as Buffy has flown the coop and is moving into Spike’s giant bug-filled spaceship.
Didn’t I say something about BtVS returning to normalcy in season nine? Perhaps I spoke too soon.
This issue is very weird and, ultimately, a little disappointing. When reading it, I had a lot of trouble figuring out Buffy’s motivation for moving in with Spike. Yes, he’s already an insider to her world of stakes and blood, but he’s also clearly still devoted to her, and it seems uncharacteristically cruel to lead him on.
Other than Spike, the Scoobies are mysteriously absent in this issue. There’s a B-story with the San Francisco police trying to fight zompires on their own, and both storylines converge during a climactic fight at a nest. The ending isn’t so much a cliffhanger as a “what the hell just happened?” I had to read it twice because I thought I had missed something, but no, I’m still not sure what’s going on.
While the artwork in this issue was solid, there wasn’t a lot of variety in the environments or characters. No page or panel stood out as being exceptional, though the characters, as always, looked consistent, and really embodied their television counterparts. Georges Jeanty has done a great job of bringing these characters to life throughout the comic series, and he continues to do so here.
Clearly, this wasn’t my favorite issue of Buffy, but I’m optimistic that #7 is just a small misstep in what has been an otherwise fantastic season. I’d love to know where this story is going after the unexpected twist at the end of this issue, and I’ll eagerly await the next issue of Season 9. Hopefully by the end of S9 #8 I’ll have a better idea of what this twist ending actually meant.