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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33 (Dark Horse)

"I think they're f#@%ing."~Willow Rosenburg

Script: Brad Meltzer

Pencils: Georges Jeanty

Inks: Andy Owens

Colors: Michelle Madsen

Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft's Jimmy Betancourt

Cover Artist: Jo Chen

Executive Producer: Joss Whedon (!♥!)

Associate Editor: Sierra Hahn

Editor: Scott Allie

Comic Book Week: March 3rd, 2010.

This isn't what I was going to review this week. This is the middle of the "Twilight" arc, and I said several weeks ago I was going to review the whole arc together. And everyone already knows the identity of Twilight, Season 8's "Big Bad" (hint: he's the *hottie* that doesn't look like Billy Idol). But this book screams to be reviewed. The story's good--even above average. The artwork is Georges' best so far on the series. The cover is some of the lovely Jo Duffy's best work. But what cinches it? The first ever Dark Horse/Buffy/DC/Marvel/Star Wars/IDW crossover.

Scott Allie deserves a raise to be able to pull that together!

As I said, the story is strong, picking up from where it left off last month, with "Superg#irl"-Buffy exploring her new powers and their nature--that she "sucks" them from dying Slayers. Andrew, Giles, and Faith are captives of Twilight in a facility designed in Andrew's geeky dreams. And Xander (♥!) and Dawn are an item. From here we quickly spiral into the story, where Giles almost immediately figures out who Twilight is, and the two reveal that, as with all of B's adventures there's more going on than meets the eye, and Giles knows about most of it. Then, Buffy attacks and Twilight unmasks. And Willow utters this week's quote.

It's fast paced and exciting and has great moments for comic book fans. Maaaaaaaybe not so much for fans of the aforementioned Billy Idol impersonator (yah, yah, I know, Billy Idol stole his act), but I'm not. I don't dislike him but A............oops! Almost spoiled the non-surprise!

I should just add that the coloring & lettering on this book is some of the best being published today!

I've been buying the non-Duffy covers the last couple of months, because the "tribute" covers have been soooooo good, but this Duffy cover is AWESOME!!! ♥!

There are still 3 more issues in this arc, so this book alone is not completely fulfilling, but overall it was my favorite read of the week. Soooooo...............

RATING: 8.5 non-descript images out of 10:

One final note: I thought I would be reviewing Marvel's Girl Comics this month, because it does have many of my favorite creators in it, but.............it just wasn't the best book this month. Mostly it suffered from "Compendium-itis"--lots of good things that don't really fit together. Fingers crossed for issue 2 (which I found out will have the talented Faith Erin Hicks, whose independent work hasn't hit the big time yet, but honestly reminds me of Darwyn Cooke in it's intricate simplicity).

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