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All in all, I think Ms Isaacs is one of-if not the best-illustrators they've had for the Buffy comics. She's done a good job drawing most of the characters, and she usually draws Buffy's unusual nose much better than the other artist did-though for some reason she still doesn't draw the bridge of her nose right when she draws a profile. She has improved concerning Spike's image, though she doesn't capture JM's eye expression, IMO, or draw his eyebrows right.

As for the story, the one thing that I didn't care for was the idea that any random demon could end up in "control" of a vampire. That just didn't seem logical, to me. I also really didn't care for Dawn and Xander's trip. It just seemed bizarre, and, in retrospect, it didn't seem like they were in any real danger, especially for Buffy to have been so beside herself for fear of losing Dawn. Buffy caused more problems story wise, I think, with her panic attacks than Dawn and Xander's absence did.

Though I did like the irony of D'Hoffryn being snared by the rules of being a vengeance demon, I do agree that Buffy chasing him down and killing him did seem too easy. I would have liked it better if Jonathan and the others, once they realized just how disposable they were to D'Hoffryn, would have ganged up on their capricious leader and helped in his demise.

It would be nice if Joss surprised everybody and let Buffy and Spike be happy for as long as possible.

Completely agree with you Lulurose - the change to the Buffyverse mythology that has now become canon - that vampire can be controlled by any random demon with sufficient power and interest - makes little sense to me either.  It was a plot device created solely for the Archaeus story but now we end up with the premise that vampires can be influenced or taken complete control of my this new third party player.  And it ends up that Archaeus was not even especially competent - look what happened with Drusilla.  Of all the vamps that he could have taken over he chose Dru who is insane and not reliable as his Operational Hand.  Top it all off - all she had to do was do abandon the battle and run off to escape any retribution for her failures - pretty lame as far as I am concerned.  

While I am very glad that there has at last been some movement of Dawn/TheKey I thought it was compromised to service the Xander-Dawn breakup and thus made it a weaker story.  I think that the entire Dawn/NewMagic story was not given sufficient importance and again it seemed to be a plot premise that was primarily to account for her choice to separate from Xander.  It should have had so much more response from Buffy and all the Sunnydale group - instead it came across as an "oh well shrug the shoulders and move on" kind of deal.  Why could Dawn/TheKey not open portals here in the Earth dimension - she did it when Glory used her blood and Key powers?  I did not buy into the idea that the Key Powers could not be used for inter-dimensional travel once she returned to Earth dimension. 

I am however happy that they are going to remain friends and go on to more than friends - same as with Buffy and Spike. 

 


I was glad to see them address Dawn's "keyness" in the comic. They left it basically unanswered in the series. I have read some people say that Dawn said that she was no longer the key, and that's true, but that also was an assumption she made since she hadn't had any more manifestations of her "keyness." However, that didn't mean that she wasn't the "key," either. Of course, they don't need to let her become a deus ex machina-and maybe that is why they came up with Iimiting her abilities and next time around we'll find out if they wrote some limits to her ability when they wrote in the book to allow her to now open portals from Earth.


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Completely agree with you Lulurose - the change to the Buffyverse mythology that has now become canon - that vampire can be controlled by any random demon with sufficient power and interest - makes little sense to me either.  It was a plot device created solely for the Archaeus story but now we end up with the premise that vampires can be influenced or taken complete control of my this new third party player.  And it ends up that Archaeus was not even especially competent - look what happened with Drusilla.  Of all the vamps that he could have taken over he chose Dru who is insane and not reliable as his Operational Hand.  Top it all off - all she had to do was do abandon the battle and run off to escape any retribution for her failures - pretty lame as far as I am concerned.  

While I am very glad that there has at last been some movement of Dawn/TheKey I thought it was compromised to service the Xander-Dawn breakup and thus made it a weaker story.  I think that the entire Dawn/NewMagic story was not given sufficient importance and again it seemed to be a plot premise that was primarily to account for her choice to separate from Xander.  It should have had so much more response from Buffy and all the Sunnydale group - instead it came across as an "oh well shrug the shoulders and move on" kind of deal.  Why could Dawn/TheKey not open portals here in the Earth dimension - she did it when Glory used her blood and Key powers?  I did not buy into the idea that the Key Powers could not be used for inter-dimensional travel once she returned to Earth dimension. 

I am however happy that they are going to remain friends and go on to more than friends - same as with Buffy and Spike. 

 

Christos Gage interview about S11:

http://www.previewsworld.com/Article/183634-Christos-Gauges-The-Imp...

Christos Gauges The Impact of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

 

by Vince Brusio

When characters are congenial, we want to have a beer with them at the bar. Or, maybe hang out with them at a cookout. That way, when the end of the world comes, we can at least say we were lucky enough to know the people that were cool. It’s that kind of camaraderie that have endeared fans to Buffy The Vampire Slayer for years, and writer Christos Gage who starts his writing arc on Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #1 (SEP160020 ) says that the tenure of the title at Dark Horse Comics is testament to how Joss Whedon did something that will far outlive his time here on planet Earth. Read what Christos has to say about his upcoming work on the book in this PREVIEWSworld Exclusive interview.

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PREVIEWSworld: What do you think is the appeal of Buffy? The series is now moving into Season 11, and there's a special 30th anniversary variant cover coming from Fray artist Karl Moline for the start of this series. Why do you think the stories of Buffy's adventures have held up over the years, and continues to make them popular with comics fans?

Christos Gage: It's really the characters Joss and his collaborators have created. They feel real and human. We can relate to them. We want to spend more time with them. It was clever to tell stories about life stages we all go through using the supernatural as a device, but if the characters hadn't been compelling, no one would care about the vampires and demons. The fact that people still care about Buffy, the Scoobies, and even such characters as Harmony and Clem all these years later means they were done right.

PREVIEWSworld: Without spoiling the series, what can you tell us about Season 11? Imagine we're on an interstate highway, and that highway is this series. What billboard advertising might we pass outside the car window?

Christos Gage: I've said before that while most seasons have a looming apocalypse threatening at the end, we're kind of flipping the game by having a disaster happen in the first issue that drives everything that happens after. It's a look at how Buffy, her friends and the world around them react to their failure to prevent a crisis. I guess if there were a poster tag line it would be something like, "Your job is to protect humanity. You failed. Now what?"

PREVIEWSworld: Do you ever put any of your own personal experiences or thoughts into any of the subplots or characterizations in this series? Any Easter Eggs that, when opened, might reveal a clue as to how Christos Gage sees people, or approaches life?

Christos Gage: I'm sure a psychiatrist could find plenty, but it's hard for me to tell objectively. I have promised that Xander and Spike's cats will never be hurt or killed, while making no such promises for any human characters, which is definitely reflective of my priorities. And it probably says something about me, and how much I love writing narcissistic, self-centered characters like Harmony. Yeah, it's probably best for me not to go too far into this can of worms.

PREVIEWSworld: How did things fall into place so that you and Rebekah Isaacs got to work together for this book? What levers of power were pulled to have everything come together? And what were your initial thoughts on seeing Rebekah's advance artwork for this project?

Christos Gage: Rebekah had some other projects lined up for just after Season 10, so it was a matter of making sure the schedule allowed for her to complete those and jump onto BTVS. We all wanted to try to make that happen, as Rebekah and I have been working together on Buffyverse comics for five years now, and everyone seems to like the result...me more than anyone! As I often say, her strengths are many, but her skill with character "acting" and creature design are so crucial to the book working. As for her advance Season 11 artwork, all I've seen so far is a couple of covers, but they are typically awesome. The first one combines a horrible monster and humor effortlessly.

PREVIEWSworld: If you could geek unhinged about one or two of your favorite scenes in the upcoming issues, what would they be?

Christos Gage: Hmm...trying not to spoil anything...let's just say one of them involves a dragon. And another involves Willow being pretty badass. I'll leave it there.

I've started a new discussion thread for season 11:

http://buffytube.ning.com/group/comicstalk/forum/topics/season-11

FInaly I read the last issue. I like it and I was so happy to see Spike and Buffy kiss with such a passion. May be I don't have to compare on screen characters with the comic characters, but if I do this, I can say that comic charaters a little OOC. I mean, I just can't see Buffy, or Giles, or Xander to make a negotiations with the demons. in the end , when they sit on the negotiation table , it doesn't seem right to me. You know, I 'm gonna to read the comic again. I have to say so much more things, but I have think a little bit more. And whct do you think about Buffy - be  ally  with all these demons ???

Over time, in Buffy the view of demons has moved from black & white to grayscale (much like in Angel) and I think the new council fits in that development.

Well, I made a comment but it disappeared somehow. So, I'll start over.

I think it's kind of like the UN, where people who are on opposite sides work together to try and solve common problems I don't think Buffy is all that happy to have to work with demons, but she feels she has no choice.
There is at least one example of this from the series, and that is when she and Spike, back before he got "chipped" and then got his soul, decided to team up to bring Angelus down.

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