Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 11 Issue #3 (Review)





Comic: Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Season 11 (Issue #3)

Release Date: January 27, 2017

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Price: $3.99

Buffy The Vampire has proven to be a cultural phenomenon for more than two decades, with the comic book series allowing Joss Whedon to continue the ‘Buffyverse’ all the way into season 11 (the fourth season in comic form.) As always, the series has explored topics and societal issues that have given them a platform through exceptional storytelling and this season is no different. With tensions arising between humans versus supernatural beings, a worldwide divide is sparking, causing animosity towards one another.

Buffy and the scoobies come to face the issues immediately, as the core group realizes slayers are given an opportunity to be enlisted by the government to round up the supernatural entities and force them into the “safe place” that sounds more like population control and surveillance of those they fear they can’t control. The issue provides Buffy with the opportunity to see what has come of some slayers through the chaos of being called, twilight, the rebellion of Simone, loss of magic and rebirth of a seed (slayers have really had to keep up with Buffy or get lost in the shuffle.) It is clear that not all have used their slayer-ness to do what was intended, but Buffy stands firm on her beliefs and morality, a beacon in the Buffyverse that is always welcomed.

A change of power for Spike and Buffy becomes a large part of the ongoing plot by being forced into a situation, with Buffy making the choice on her own accord to become vulnerable but stay strong in the face of adversity. Spike on the other hand, offers himself as a means to end a battle in the vein of growth and compassion the former villain wasn’t always known to have. That growing connection between Spike and Buffy is a large part of the proof that these characters continue to progress personally and evolve from their past, making Buffy the truest form of a series continuation possible. The relationship doesn’t feel remotely forced and is a perfect way to remind us that after all that they’ve gone through (since season 2) they may understand each other better than any other characters in the Buffyverse.

Willow and Buffy find themselves on the same page for the first time in quite awhile after having polarizing opinions on how to deal with issues stemming from magic and big bads over the years. With there being so much at stake, the timing is crucial for them to be on a united front and I can now see why it was stated that Buffy, Spike and Willow would be a focal point for the season. Willow has become a mother-like role model to many wiccans in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so when her students become targeted by this mystical discrimination she prepares herself to fight for their safety and security – Willow is still considered to practically be a goddess in terms of her continuously changing power.

Even though these characters aren’t exactly the same people they were years ago, the things that make them tick individually are still clearly present and if anything, everyone has fallen into a place in life where they feel a larger responsibility than they have had to face and how to handle things they didn’t foresee becoming an issue. With Christos Gage once again capturing the livewire energy of ‘Buffy’ and Rebekah Isaacs bringing her wonderful view of the Buffyverse to life, Season 11 is a comic must-read.

Overall Score: 8.5/10

Aedan’s Final Thoughts:

– Even when Buffy is placed in the spotlight, she finds a way to be relatable and unprepared for what life throws at her, but never have any doubt that the true chosen one can’t handle what comes her way.

– A military presence when it comes to the supernatural/scoobies doesn’t always end well… hopefully this “safe place” isn’t what we are all expecting it to be.

– Spike and Buffy being a true partnership is one of (ok, number one) the healthiest dynamics we’ve seen in the series.

– It seems like Giles may be ready to go through his own growth as he tries to find a balance between who he was and who he is now.

– Giving Dawn a break from the madness is a nice touch after a tumultuous experience last year.

SDCC Debuts “The Killing Joke” And Here’s Why It Disappoints

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Over the course of the years, DC has presented a plethora of successful animated feature films that illicit a generally favorable reaction from fans – so when DC announced The Killing Joke would be included next, fans went crazy. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the “celebrated” graphic novel, it includes the character of Batgirl being shot and paralyzed by the Joker and pushed into the background until eventually becoming Birds of Prey leader, Oracle. The films creators stated beforehand that they really wanted to give Barbara Gordon a storyline as opposed to the lack of plot for her in the comic, but the film left me with a bad taste in my mouth and here’s a few reasons why:

Batgirl is merely used as a plot device.

In Batman The Killing Joke, they try to add character depth to Batgirl, but as it progresses you realize her main purpose is to fuel the feud between the Joker and Batman. After the major event of the plot occurs involving Barbara, she becomes a ghost in the film and her inclusion quickly dwindles which further proves her trauma wasn’t going to truly take her down a different path other than making Batman more gritty and angry, which we’ve all seen plenty of times before.

The film feels overtly sexist.

During the film’s duration, they add an extremely forced sex scene between Batgirl and Batman, completely tainting the mentor-like relationship they’ve always had. The sex scene didn’t act alone, but it’s the doe eyed Barbara Gordon and the rather cavalier Batman that fulfills cliches of media depicted relationships. Batgirl can’t just be a badass, she has to be distracted with her adoration for Batman (that shouldn’t even exist) and all of her scenes are focused on that unlike methods used for male comic book characters. It’s okay to care, it’s not okay for female heroes to only be portrayed as lovesick damsels who can’t function to the capabilities of their male counterparts.

Fascination with sexual violence.

Fans of the film and graphic novel are die-hard fans of The Killing Joke in a world with thousands of comics and truly moving tales, but what plot earns itself a film? Well that would be the one that deliberately suggests rape after a gruesome shooting and paralysis to a character who already fits the unfortunate tragedy stricken female. Having an audience become privy to the unbuttoning of a blouse after being shot in the spinal column serves no purpose other than twisted shock value.

Aside from my obvious major complaints, the character of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is one that deserves to be told, but there is no doubt in my mind that she deserves better. As I tried to find the positives out of Batman: The Killing Joke, I was often reminded of why I can never find a justified reason to back the original (or even new) creative material – and when a few audience members around me applauded after the most unsettling moments of the movie, I couldn’t fathom what was viewed as acceptable by those who enjoyed the film.

Details Emerge On Buffy Season 11 At SDCC 2016

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San Diego Comic Con is always the place for reveals, information and previews of upcoming titles, with one of the most exciting being Dark Horse’s confirmation of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 11 with series creator Joss Whedon. The comic company announced, “The talented comics duo of Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Avengers Academy) and Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10, Angel & Faith) returns with more shenanigans from the Scoobies”

The season is said to return a few months after the events of season 10 with things playing out relatively normal, but that it will soon change when a “supernatural disaster” shakes things up and demands the scoobies to intervene for the sake of the world once again. Series writer Christos Gage hinted that the series could be the biggest game changer of the entire Buffyverse with Joss being the one to initiate that something major is in the works. What will change this new season from the comic seasons 8-11 is the fact that there are only going to be 12 issues in a season. The implication of something kicking off the season will make each issue a crucial addition to season 11, with a dedicated narrative to equate a year of Buffy still.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 10 is on it’s last issue that will be released in August, with the current series pitting the scoobies against real life obstacles and a threat that could mean altering the rules of magic and creating an imbalanced world. Season 11 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be released in November, so keep up with PopWrapped for more updates on what’s to come in the BTVS comicverse courtesy of Dark Horse Comics and Joss Whedon!