Buffy The Vampire Slayer Gets Back to Basics with Season 10

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Buffy 10 1Buffy is back to basics in the first issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 10. Accompanied by Spike and the rest of the gang, Buffy continues to eliminate the zompires that dominated the landscape of past issues. However, not everything is going as normal as planned. Willow has her magic back, but is struggling to learn how to control it. Xander and Dawn are drifting apart from one another, with Xander even seeing the ghost of his dead ex-fiance Anya. Oh, and there’s Vicki the Vampire, who is more than happy to help Buffy kill off zompires, even though at the end of it Buffy knows Vicki will have to be slain as well.

“Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics.” Reading this line gave me hope for the initial issue of Season 10 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After a convoluted and rather twisted end to Season 9, it was a relief. Christos Gage has the difficult job of writing a script that brings Buffy back to killing demons, without unraveling the world changing actions of the previous series. Many of the references in this issue pertain to occurrences in the Angel and Faith series, so readers who have not been following that closely as well are in for a serious surprise with the return of a few beloved characters. Rebecka Isaacs keeps the characters recognizable, but I will admit that for a few moments I thought Vicki the Vampire was Vamp Willow instead. Overall, the artwork is strong and enjoyable.

Issue #1 of Season Ten is off to a great start. Here’s hoping that the writers stick to a solid story line rather than trying to take on an overly elaborate plot. Buffy, it seems, is getting in touch with her original purpose; snarkily killing demons.

 

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