In Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #15

The covers: A zompire growls against a map showing how this supernatural plague is spreading. Solid Regular cover by Phil Noto, though outside of the creatures it has nothing to do with this issue. The Alternate cover by Georges Jeanty with Dexter Vines and Michelle Madsen shows Buffy and Billy fighting the monsters atop a street car. Gorgeous, somewhat in the issue, and you had me at “Bazinga!” Overall grades: Regular A and Alernate A+

The story: The final part of “Billy the Vampire Slayer” by Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg, with script by Greenberg, begins with Billy training, not so well, with the reveal that Devon likes him. This new Slayer and his new Watcher go to a boarded up video store which they learn is a nest of zompires. The two have a converstation which leads to Billy striking out on his own because he has “moxie”, while Devon has his back and sounds and acts remarkably like Giles. On the final two pages, Billy gets confirmation that he belongs as a Slayer, and it’s a nice ending/beginning for this pair in this universe. This was an okay story, but it’s like reading a Batman comic and the entire issue is devoted to Alfred. It can be good, but I wanted Batman. All I’m saying is I wanted Buffy. Overall grade: B

The art: Good art from pencillers Karl Moline and Ben Dewey with inker Andy Owens. They illustrate all their characters consistently and their zompires are beautifully monstrous. They also are able to pull off a major action scene involving multiple characters. This could have been a fiasco, but it’s easily accomplished. Also, I really love their rendition of the television character that appears in the end. I’d welcome this trio back to the art chores on this book anytime. Overall grade: A

The colors: Broken record, yadda-yadda, Michelle Madsen, yadda-yadda, outstanding, yadda-yadda, Page 6 proof, yadda-yadda, change in background colors increases mood, yadda-yadda. Plus, she makes things gorgeously green when someone gets staked! Overall grade: A+

The letters: A sound effects frenzy in the final battle, plus always excellent dialogue and narration from Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt. I loved “SKITTER SKITTER SKITTER”. Overall grade: A

The final line: I enjoyed this more than Part 1, but bring back Buffy. Overall grade: A-

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