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I’m Rebcake and I approve this comic book

But first, a word for the kind person who gave my page a virtual vase of tulips this morning! The word is: Joy! I suspect these beautiful flowers (no actual flowers were harmed in the giving of them) were in honor of More Joy Day which is just the sort of wonderfulness that keeps us all devoted to LJ and our fabulous friends therein!

Back to the regularly scheduled (pretty much spoiler-free) discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, No. 31.

My name is Rebcake and I am a reader of Season 8. For the most part, I’ve been meh, but I read ‘em anyway. Occasionally, something would really grab me. I liked The Chain, with its The Girl In Question retcon. The Dracula subplot was killer and Mecha Dawn cracked me right up. I adored the Always Darkest  webcomic, which contained the “What the slashy heck?” line, which was my second favorite line in all of 2009, from anywhere. [My first favorite line was, “He lapped virgin blood from her holiest of holies.” (One guess which Buffyverse character uttered that little beauty.) My hat is off to moscow_watcher and her intrepid beta deird1 for coming up with such a stunner.]

But I digress. On my journal, that happens. A lot.

Anyway, Season 8 has been, shall we say, disappointing. Up ‘til now. Because (cough) filler story Turbulence just brung it. Really, truly brung it. Since Joss wrote the Willow one-shot, which was okay but not exactly memorable, I figured that was the end of that. The petal/forest metaphor was amusing, though. But then Twilightgate hit, and people were all interested and appalled, so I made the effort to get to the comic shop on the drop date. There was only one copy left. And, boy howdy! What a perfect cover for l’il Miss Rebcake: Classic Romance Comic with Crying Girl. I collect original art that is a variation on this style. My wedding invitations were done in this style. I heart it so much.

But it didn’t stop there. The issue makes reference to The Andrews Sisters, Shonen Knife, Humbert Humbert, Henry Higgins, US political advertising, and (if you squint) Wicked! There is pathos (with a sideways nod to Parker Abrams, perhaps?). There is silliness, and deliciously snarky Dawn. MiAmor noticed that, “Buffy is herself again!” The difference in characterization is so very improved. Plus, Joss came along and waved his Magic Joss Wand™* over things that the other writers were struggling with and laboring over, and these things just transformed into No Big Deal. No muss, no fuss. Plus the disturbing romance issues have been resolved in such a way that I can let go of my disturbance. I still think it would’ve been better not to ever go there, but it’s done. Plus, there’s an exciting loose end that I’m actually interested to see resolved. And an Andrew joke! I put down the book very satisfied.

Then, a couple of hours later came the links to the CBR interview in which Joss says Spike is "incredibly important to Buffy."  And, that he has "plans for Spike." Having read #31, this is starting to sound pretty gosh darned good.

Yesterday was a slightly better day for the good guys. And tomorrow we get the next-to-last Dollhouse! I’m getting all emotional.

*I kinda hope I never meet the man again, because I’m afraid I will be unable to stop myself from saying “Magic Joss Wand™” aloud. Eh, he’s probably heard it before.

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angearia
Jan. 15th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Yay! I loved this issue. And LMAO @ Magic Joss Wand. :D

By the way, I sent Allie a message saying how Buffy/Spike fans were salivating at the thought of Spike on a Chen cover and that *hint hint* it would be a great way to raise interest. He replied in saying they had something planned that would induce a "wild" reaction. Since the Buffy/Angel cover already caused the negative "wild" reaction, I'm betting this is of the good!

So Chen cover of Spike. I'm laying odds it's happening. And I'm laying even bigger odds that it's got some Buffy/Spike-ness to it. :D
2maggie2
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
You drop this bomb as a *comment*?!!!!

How am I ever going to sleep again, ever?
angearia
Jan. 15th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Scott: Oh, we've got something that's gonna drive those guys wild, I think.
penny_lane_42
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I shouldn't CARE! And yet I have such a huge grin on my face right now, you don't even KNOW! /fangirl
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Gah! It's too much! I'm only human, Emmie! What a week...
2maggie2
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see others sharing the wave of enthusiasm. I've been so up and down with the comics -- but this issue and all the news has me really excited.
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm a happy camper this week. Twilightgate be danged. As long as they can back up the hype with issues like this one, I'll be an ecstatic camper.
penny_lane_42
Jan. 15th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
That is so great to hear! I'm so pleased! And seriously: if they keep on being good, I might have to get in on this comic-reading action. The whole "Buffy is herself again!" thing really, really pleases me.

I will now have to hunt down the cover so I can admire it.
angearia
Jan. 15th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hunt it down? Nah. You'll find all the covers here. :)
penny_lane_42
Jan. 15th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm going to bookmark that, because it's a great resource. I've seen most of them before, but some of those covers fantastic.
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I had trouble finding the right cover image on Emmie's link, but it's the second one here:

http://www.comicvine.com/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-season-8-turbulence/37-192669/

While Joan Chen's cover is absolutely gorgeous, I couldn't pass up the classic romance one (even if I had a choice, which I didn't).

Anyhow, I can see why people aren't jumping on the comic action, but if it stays this good, that will change.
pamsblau
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I can't sleep!I am so excited about Spike, comics, Spike and comics together, Buffy and Spike in comics together...lol.

Anyways, season 8 is turning out to be REAAALLY good.
rebcake
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
The jury is still out on whether Season 8 will be really good, overall, but this issue give me tremendous hope. Also: potential Spuffiness is a v. v. good thing!
ssddgr
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I read the Spike is incredibly important to Buffy bit, but I'm worried that--because Joss is evil--it was meant in a Spike is incredibly important to Buffy because he was her biggest mistake and she will know not to do something like it again. *bites nails*
rebcake
Jan. 17th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Nah. Joss wouldn't have ended the show with Buffy's last words being "I love you" and "Spike" if he thought Spike was the biggest mistake she ever made. Besides, objectively speaking, that would be Angel. And I am completely unbiased on the issue. ;-}

Joss has said lots of nice things about Spike, even though he (Joss) is evil. I'm not saying that we'll get a rekindled romance or anything, but it looks like, at least, we'll get some snarky vampire!
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