Life in the suburbs is not as expected.
Scripts: Andrew Chambliss and Scott Allie
Pencils: Cliff Richards
Inks: Andy Owens
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
What They Say:
“Apart (of Me)”
The end of magic on Earth has created, among other obstacles, zompires—mindless vampires who ignore the rules laid down by Harmony that allow humans and vampires to coexist. Willow has left San Francisco, taking Buffy’s broken scythe, while Xander and Dawn strive for normalcy and keep their distance from the supernatural. Buffy was recently cleared of suspicion of murder by the SFPD—but now they want help with the zompires! The Slayer’s personal life has gotten weirder than ever, and facing her own problems is more than she can handle…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There’s always a turn to be made in Buffy and the big turn here is the return of robot Buffy, courtesy of Andrew. No one knew about the plan because that would ruin the plan. This was all to protect Buffy’s real body, so you can’t have every Buffy, Spike, and Simone knowing about the plan.
Despite this turn, Buffy’s still grown as a person. The life she wanted, the life with her kid and with Spike, really isn’t the lifestyle she craved. Fake Buffy learned of this Slayer world and her instincts won’t let her run away from it. She’s a fake, but she still has that drive to kill vampires—or zompires in this case—and save the world. Just like Nikki before her, the drive can never be killed.
I talk a lot about vulnerabilities and Andrew’s have come full force yet again. He, alongside Warren and Jonathan, were the Big Bads of season six. He’s a member of the Scooby Gang now, but he’s never quite felt on the “in.” He made his stupid video in “Storyteller,” but that just means he can tell funny stories. He’s never felt involved because even in that episode, he was shunned for trying to make a stupid video.
Andrew has always been my favorite character, not only because he’s funny but because he’s naïve. He’s so believably naïve that he’s one of the best characters. In such a short time, he’s become as rich as Buffy and Xander and Willow, who have been around for three times as long as Andrew. I can buy into Andrew’s entire character because I never have a moment where I question whether his joke is out of character, or any of his actions are out of character. He’s a weak little nincompoop that doesn’t know his way around a paper bag, but can research the vampyr quite masterfully. His plan, while flawed in many ways, had the right intentions behind it. He’ll be forgiven because he wants to help, even though he keeps screwing up.
The world is wisening up. The police are getting to know these zompires and they know that they’re the threat that Buffy keeps saying they are. Because, well, vampires, zombies, and zompires are a threat and Harmony has ruined the perception of it all. But this means that the world is finally, at least partially, on Buffy’s side. The police are even thinking of starting a task force to take out these zompires. Things are moving forward in the right direction.
I like how this season has been progressing thus far because of how the bad guys are doing things. By the bad guys, I mean how internal everything is to Buffy and the gang. This entire storyline was Buffy fighting with her very nature and Andrew fighting against his insecurities. These kinds of stories make good characters because we’re focused solely on them. It’s honestly a little bit of a reprieve from constantly having to fight a big enemy all the time, and I like what they’re doing. Enough with Glory and Wolfram and Hart, I want more of this internal conflict.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B
Released By: Dark Horse
Issue #08: April 11, 2012
Issue #09: May 9, 2012
Issue #10: June 13, 2012