Saturday, November 28, 2015

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21

The U.S. Army wants Buffy!? Armageddon makes for strange bedfellows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten kicks off with a new arc featuring the return of some fan-favorite characters when Satsu comes to town dropping names like Riley Finn to recruit Buffy to help stop the number of demons being brought into our world to wreak havoc. The first job the Army has for our vampire slayer and her blondey bear boyfriend? To help recruit vampires to their cause. Did I mention that the vampires include Harmony and Vicki?

Following the debate between Buffy and Satsu of slayers joining the army (immediately preceding by the awkwardness of Buffy's bisexual encounter showing up on her doorstep) the issue focuses on the challenges of Buffy and Spike dealing with the new vampire alliance who not only demand the pair of heroes defeat their champions in trial by combat but also spend time attempting to undermine the couple's new-found bliss.

Foreshadowing some possible trouble for our couple, furthered by the reappearance of Dylan, the heroes do manage to broker an uneasily alliance among untrustworthy groups. But how long will it last?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21 covers an awful lot of ground bringing back characters like Satsu, Harmony, and Vicki while lining up the first test of Buffy's new romance. I'm a little concerned with the return of the U.S. Army as Season Four of Buffy is by far its weakest of the show's seven year run. That said, the episode definitely sells me on the fragile alliance and the probability of all hell breaking loose before all is said and done. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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