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Brad Meltzer – BtVS S8, Vol. 7: Twilight

November 26, 2010

144. Twilight by Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, Michelle Madsen, Karl Moline (2010)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Volume 7

Read my review of volume:
1. The Long Way Home
2. No Future For You
3. Wolves at the Gate
4. Time of Your Life
5. Predators & Prey
6. Retreat

Length: 160 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Started / Finished: 14 November 2010

Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I’ve read – and for the most part enjoyed – the rest of the series.

Just so we’re all clear:
Supersonic sex is not
always the answer.

Summary: In the aftermath of the battle with the goddesses, Buffy gets her Slayer powers back… and then some. But even as she’s adjusting to her new superpowers, Twilight shows up, and unmasks. And then things start to get really weird.

Review: Really?  REALLY? I’ve been reading this series for years now and this is where it goes?  REALLY?

Okay, so, I’ve suspected who Twilight (Season 8’s Big Bad) was for a while now, and while this volume proved me right, I was also expecting a better explanation for what the hell was going on with said Big Bad. Or, at least an explanation that made, y’know, *sense*. And I know, yes, there are vampires and demons and I need to suspend my disbelief, fine. But there is suspension of disbelief, and then there is all of this woowoo cosmic “the universe has been preparing for this for millions of years” nonsense that saturates this volume. I spent most of the explanatory narration wanting to yell “That is not how the universe works. Also, please stop using the word “evolution”, because I DO NOT THINK IT MEANS WHAT YOU THINK IT MEANS.” Gah. And, to top things off (as it were), there are also about eight pages devoted to what is essentially soft-core comics porn. I’m not usually particularly prudish about sex scenes in my books, but in this case it felt a little gratuitous and overdone.

That’s not to say that there wasn’t anything worthwhile about this volume. There are two whole issues before the pseudo-evolutionary exposition and porny bits start that are quite good. Buffy and Xander testing out her new superpowers was hilariously awesome, and there were at least two lines of dialogue in this volume that literally had me roaring with laughter. It’s just that the good parts got kind of overshadowed by the parts that made no friggin’ sense. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Urgh. I will keep reading the series to see how it wraps up, but I would really appreciate it if Joss (or someone else) would take the reins back and keep the whole thing from plummeting straight over the crazy cliff.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2010 4:29 am

    I was soooo disappointed with this. I loved the first couple of issues, but the rest of it contained a bit too much WTFery for me. I mean, Buffy’s always chock full of WTFery, but they usually make it work. I don’t think they did that here.

    • November 26, 2010 11:18 am

      Memory – That’s true, about the full of WTFery; I wonder what the difference was here? Maybe the WTFery usually has a good explanation and at least some lead-in, while this felt really random and poorly-explained?

  2. November 26, 2010 11:02 am

    I am all curious now. I know who Twilight is (the internet told me), but the last Buffy volume I read was, I believe, Predators and Prey, so I’m not caught up on what’s going on with all that. I didn’t know she had superhero powers….I’m so behind.

    • November 26, 2010 11:20 am

      Jenny – The superhero powers were new this volume, as a response to what happened last volume. And although you know who Twilight is, the WTFery mostly centers around *what* Twilight is, which… yeah, I know, makes no sense.

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