Thursday, August 27, 2015

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18

"Old Demons" comes to a close as despite Archaeus' temporary hold over Angel pitting Buffy's ex against her current undead boyfriend, and having a host of lesser demons to fight off the rest of the Scoobies, the gang finds a way to come through in the end. Despite the fact that the arc comes to a close here with Archaeus' defeat neither the demon nor the "Restless Door" artifact are taken out of play leaving the opportunity for one or both to make an appearance later in the season.

The further Buffy gets from the end of Season Three the less weight an appearance by Angel has on the character. More fun is the interaction between Spike and Angel (part of what made Season Five of Angel so entertaining). Not only does Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18 finally allow the pair to bury the hatchet but it also forshadows future trouble for Buffy's rekindled romance (although I'd be happy to see Angel proved wrong).

I'm not sure why but I found Rebekah Isaacs' art to be a little more caroonish than usual which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does work a bit against the action-heavy first-half of the issue. I also think she could use a little practice drawing Boreanz's forehead. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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