Jane Espenson – BtVS S8, Vol. 6: Retreat
Length: 144 pages
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Started: 04 April 2010
Finished: 04 April 2010
Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I’m good and hooked on the series, of course.
Summary: The Slayers in hiding, both from the public – who thinks they’re vicious killers – and from the dark forces of the mysterious baddie Twilight. When Twilight finds a way to detect magical power, the Slayers’ cover is blown, and they must find a way to deal with their magic – both Willow’s variety and the magic of the Slayers’ power. So, they go seeking the help of the one person they know who can control and suppress his supernatural powers: Oz. With his help, the Slayers will learn how to give up their power, and hopefully throw Twilight off their scent.
This volume also includes two short stories, one featuring Harmony’s appearance on The Colbert Report, and one featuring a very bad dream of Buffy’s.
Review: I think I was predisposed to like this volume. Jane Espenson has been involved with some of my favorite TV shows in various capacities, including writing “Conversations with Dead People” from Buffy, “Shindig” from Firefly, and the one episode of Battlestar Galactica that makes me cry like a little tiny girl every time I watch it (“The Passage”, if you’re curious.) She can tell a good, moving story, can write snappy dialogue like nobody’s business, and certainly knows her way around the Buffyverse and its particular argot. And, expected, I really liked the story of this volume; so much of Buffy & Co.’s identities are bound up in their power that having to voluntarily give it away leads to some really interesting narrative places.
I was not particularly crazy about the artwork in this volume, however. Throughout the series, each of the characters has got their own one recognizable feature, but I feel like apart from that one feature, the characters have started to drift away from what the actors actually look like. This was especially problematic with Oz, who hasn’t been around for the previous five volumes – if the cover hadn’t included such a good painting of him, I never would have figured out who he was supposed to be from the drawings. But, while art is obviously important to graphic novels, I’m admittedly mostly in it for the story, so I still really enjoyed this volume. 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: Don’t start the story here, obviously, but for folks who were feeling that Season 8 was a little light on the werewolves up to this point, your prayers have been answered!
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First Line: “I liked the other way we did this better.”
Cover Thoughts: I started from the left, got to Oz, got excited, and didn’t really look at the rest of it. :)