Another winner why Because it s Christos Gage, and I love him I don t know if this completes season 10, but it felt like closure, and it was very satisfying When it looked like they would tread some well worn paths, they surprised me with something different I m excited to see where this goes next and really hoping Gage stays on as writer. Despite me not always giving its volumes flattering ratings, I think I ve enjoyed season 10 the most so far The pacing has been excellent and the overall arc fairly interesting Own It is a very solid conclusion for the season, and leaves me hopeful for the future And references to Labyrinth 1986 , The Princess Bride1987 , Game of Thrones , AND Leaving Las Vegas1995 Wow And the latter one is really perceptive I mean, that hair is justAnyway, I can t wait for season 11 In the meantime, I m just going to keep myself entertained by continuing my Buffy and Angel marathon found a really nice list of the proper or most effective viewing order of the episodes, so watching the two shows at the same time has been a hootSilence I do not truck with lawyers unless they are prisoners in my castle, the knowledge of their inevitable doom slowly dawning upon them I do, however, admire your taste in scarvesCount Dracula, 2016 Read as single issues The final storyline for Season 10 of Buffy sees you guessed it everything go wrong Dawn and Xander are in another dimension Buffy and Spike aren t sure where their relationship stands Buffy and Willow are on the outs Giles isn t dealing very well with being a twelve year old again In fact, the only person doing fine is Andrew which I think might be one of the first signs of the Apocalypse.Into that mess strolls D Hoffryn, and where he goes, trouble follows The Vampyr book and the Magic Council that have formed the back bone of this volume come into play too, and it takes everything Buffy and her friends have to overcome their problems and save the day It s very much punch the sky levels of awesome when everything comes together, and it s great to see that even after all these years, these characters can change and grow, and face problems that they haven t seen before.The only disappointing storyline I think was Ghost Anya, who I thought was going to turn out to be another character from the Buffyverse, but it takes a different tactic instead.Rebekah Isaacs pencils the entirety of this volume, and like Georges Jeanty before her, her extensive time with the Buffy and Angel characters has proven time and time again that she s a great fit for this series Characters look like their original actors, but with enough of a twist to differentiate from the two mediums, and the action sequences are intense After another successful season, it s no wonder Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs are on tap for Season 11 too. So just like most of this season, this is good stuff, but not great This is the end and we have a big bad finally You guessed it, the revenge demon who s been scheming since the start betrays everyone So now Buffy and her pals must stop him Will they be able to do so Will Dawn and Xavier get back from hellzones You ll have to read to find out No, but seriously, it s predictable as hell and kind of boring at times because of it However, Gage does a real solid job on the dialogue I m hoping season 11 will be even better since it s shorter This one ends on a 3 out of 5. A strong ending to Season 10 of Buffy focusing on the Vampyr book and the missing Xander and Dawn The beauty of this volume is that it s all character work, start to finish, with Buffy, Spike, Xander, and Dawn getting particular attention There s also a really nice Big Bad in this volume who does a great job of dovetailing old plot threads.This could almost be a great end to the extended series but I m thrilled that a season 11 is already being published. And it s done Buffy Season 10 has been by far the best comic book season It really feels like the comics start to become their own entity, rather than just the continuation of the TV show And I think it s a good thing after all, I still can t quite accept these comics as a direct sequel to the show s story thanks in big part to the abysmal and out of character Season 8.It s great to hear that Dark Horse is continuing the series, and that we will get both Buffy and Angel Season 11 comics although Angel is without Faith this time, which is a bit worrying Still, I can t wait I really wish Joss would come back to write at least one arc, but honestly, Christos Gage is doing such a great job And it s just very comforting to know that there are still stories to come about the good old Scoobies. I never would have thought I would say this, but Season 10 is as strong as some of the actual TV seasons of Buffy The central story is strong, the characters actually grow and evolve in ways that make sense for them, there s a strong villain, betrayals, deaths, and some great action The relationships and insecurities that have been a central theme to the whole series are explored and resolved well, and every character gets a chance to shine I think Xander actually comes off the best here, perhaps to redeem him all the from his issues at the end of season 9 There s lots of action, lots of humor the Xander Dawn sections could probably have carried their own mini series, but getting the highlights here just concentrates the pure pleasure of that section , a fair bit of pathos, and a fair bit of the characters actually growing up And I appreciated some of the off kilter cameos included, and the story manages to resolve in a way that is both completely satisfying and also built to allow another season to move in a completely different direction Buffy and co have always had the tendency to repeat the same mistakes over and over, but this volume takes that into account and at least acknowledges that they recognize their weaknesses and are moving past them Yeah, all I can really say is I was very pleasantly surprised by this whole season, and this last volume definitely sticks the landing This should be required reading for anyone who claims to be a Buffy fan You won t find much else in the canon that is as strong as this. This was a very strong ending to the season, which was overall fantastic It was a little on the nose with the metaphors and somewhat anticlimactic depending on how you look at it, but it set up the next season SO well It was an overall satisfying ending Fans of the show if you gave up on Season 8, push on because this most recent season and last season of Angel Faith has been brilliant Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs are the dream team right now 5 5 stars The first season of the comics that is good enough to have been a season of the TV show Gage mixes in humor, action, and the feels into his stories to great effect Rebekah Isaacs makes the comic look better than it ever has before Her art is slightly cartoonish with lots of dynamic action and characters easily recognizable from the show I m glad to hear the creative team is sticking around for season 11. In This Season Finale Story Arc, The Team Is Splintered Literally And Metaphorically After A Confrontation With The Soul Glutton And The Mistress As Buffy Searches For Ways To Bring The Team Back Together, Insecurities Plague Her Budding Relationship With Spike Seems Like A Great Time For A New Big Bad To Make A Move To Capture The Vampyr Book And Rewrite The Rules Of Magic When The Stakes Grow Perilous, Buffy Must Trust In Herself To Make The Right Choice And Bear The Burden Of Protecting The Book From The Monsters Who Wish To Abuse ItCollects Buffy Season
Chris Gage is a writer for comic books and television.
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- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Own It
- Christos Gage
- 15 April 2019 Christos Gage