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Buffy Comics #16-18
Buffy Comics #16-18

Buffy #16
The Food Chain

Written by: Christopher Golden
Pencilled by: Christian Zanier
Inked by: James Minor & Andy Owens & Curtis P. Arnold
Cover by: Christian Zanier

All Buffy Summers wants is to hang out with her friends and relax. Is that too much to ask? It is when you're the Slayer and there's a demonic force ripping through town leaving a pile of bodies behind it. And even if she doesn't particularly like the guys getting offed, Buffy's gotta put a stop to it!

Anna says:
    Art: 2/5  Buffy looked really, really bad here. I guess I'm just not a fan of Christian Zanier (witness my Angel comic reviews). The other characters didn't look much better either. Where did Xander and Oz get those really buffed bods? The beast was definitely the best part because of the amazing detail used (but he certainly wasn't too cute to look at!).
    Cover: 3/5  The covers fits really well with the story and Buffy looks better than she did inside the comic. Nothing spectacular though.
    Story: 4/5  I thought it was an interesting twist bringing back the Ylisandroth storyline (#12), especially having Brad as the beast. The dialogue was really well written and fit the characters beautifully. I thought the trip to the beach was a nice touch since we know there is one nearby ("Go Fish"), but no one seems to visit it very often. All in all, this story was a refreshing break from the Selke/Doctor arc.
    Overall: 3.5/5
 

Buffy #17
She's No Lady: Bad Blood Part 7

Written by: Andi Watson
Pencilled by: Cliff Richards
Inked by: Joe Pimentel
Cover by: Jeff Matsuda

The gang from Sunnydale have faced some unspeakable horrors: ice demons, werewolves, and kung-fu vampires among them. But can the group face the terror of Buffy and Xander making out? What is going on here, and how is it tied to the super vampires, Selke, and the mysterious figures in Sunnydale's sewers? If the group is going to survive, they'll have to brave the chaos of Mardi Gras to find the answers.

Anna says:
    Art: 4.5/5 Both Buffys look great as do the rest of the characters. Even Angel looks good (though a bit more pallid than normal) for the short bit we see him.
    Cover: 5/5 It's double Buffy! And both of them look awesome. I also like the subtle touch of placing a shadowy Selke in the background.
    Story: 4.5/5  Isn't it funny that the evil Buffy gets to have more fashion sense than our Buffy? Things are just strange that way, I guess.  This is a great build-up for the next part, especially with the "Dark Slayer" taking Buffy's part. I'm wondering if there's going to be any interaction with her and Angel since she's got some vamp blood (though obviously not too much since she's not bursting into flames with in sunlight...) and he'd probably notice (hopefully) that bit.
    Overall: 4.5/5
 

Buffy #18
She's No Lady: Bad Blood Part 8

Written by: Andi Watson
Pencilled by: Cliff Richards
Inked by: Joe Pimentel
Cover by: Jeff Matsuda

Mardi Gras is nearly upon the Sunnydale gang and, in addition to finishing their float, they have to figure out what's going on with Buffy. Since when has she been so into her looks, and what's up with the... tattoos and piercings? Meanwhile, Angel is getting closer and closer to discovering the source of the super-vamps... and it may just cost him his life! Be there as the "Bad Blood" story line rages on.

Anna says:
    Art: 5/5 Ever notice when something is really good that it's hard to think of stuff to say? My complaints always ending being huge run-on sentences, while I have to use space fillers like this when I'm complimenting things. Anyways, the art rocks. 'Nuff said.
    Cover: 4/5 Great artwork, but the positioning makes it seem like the failed Dark Slayer is holding Buffy prisoner (at least that's what I thought).
    Story: 5/5 I love the twist of the first and failed Dark Slayer taking care of Buffy.  I wasn't expecting it since the cover is rather misleading.  So, the blood is poisoned, hmmm?  I wonder who did that... (See #14) I just hope they bring them both back because I'm really missing Spike & Dru since their disappearance.  And does the weird stuff happening to the Dark Slayer have something to do with the poison? It's all very intriguing!
    Overall: 5/5


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