Thursday, May 12, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #26

While Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #26 offers a major turning point in the season in revealing the identity of this season's big bad, it's not the most enjoyable aspect of the comic. Trapped in a hell dimension with no way home (without unleashing untold horrors on their loved ones), Xander and Dawn make the best of their surroundings. Befriending the local monsters, Xander puts his contractor experience to work winning over the populace in unexpected (and humorous) ways.

Meanwhile back on Earth, Buffy's inability to save Dawn begins to strain both her calm and her relationships with her friends. So, with Dawn out of the picture and Buffy adequately distracted, D'Hoffryn uses the new laws of magic to his advantage. Killing off every other member of the Magic Council to take their powers, the demon grows infinitely more powerful. Then, and only then, does he reveal his true motivation to Buffy and the Scoobies as he takes the Vampyr tome with little resistance from our heroes. And whatever he has planned for the book, it can't be good for the Slayer or her friends. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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