Severin scares the @#$% out of me! While I can’t give too much away, we all know that Issue #3 ended with a fully-powered Severin turning on Buffy, presumably to steal her power and potentially kill her. Well, they certainly duke it out in this issue, and I was unprepared for how upset I would become at the thought of someone taking away Buffy’s slayerhood. There’s a moment where Severin says, “You don’t deserve the power you have. So, I’m going to take it.” That’s absolutely chilling. I won’t tell you how things turn out in the end, but Severin certainly makes it clear that he’s willing and able to go toe-to-toe with the Slayer. Also, he’s not working alone. You’ll just have to wait and see which menace-from-the-past is his Facebook friend.
Spike is here. And, he’s wearing the coat! There’s a decent bit of Spike in this issue, and it definitely was appreciated by my raging William the Bloody addiction. He spends quite a bit of time with Eldre Koh, the demon who was freed by the destruction of the Seed. To be honest, ever since we’ve met Severin, I’ve just been waiting for him to touch Spike and leave us with a shocked Siphon and a human Spike. Does that happen in this issue? DOES IT HAPPEN?!?! (P.S.: I can’t tell you.)
It’s over? Both Chambliss and Georges Jeanty deliver in this issue! They’ve been so good lately that I’m starting to just expect them to slam dunk every time. Still, the one complaint I had for this issue was that it seemed somewhat anti-climactic. A lot has been built up, but the final run gets a silver from me instead of the gold. The one stipulation I’ll make on this is that Chambliss leaves a number of story threads to be picked up in the next arc. This is clearly written to be a continuing story, so, perhaps, when the entire season is complete, I will see how this first arc fits in with the rest and will recant my nitpicking.
In the end, I’d say anyone who considers themselves a Buffy fan should pick up this book! It easily scores a 4 out of 5 on my personal comic book scale of goodness! Dig in, Scoobies!
’Till the end of the world,
-Bryant the Comic Book Slayer