Comic Book Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #2
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 is off to a good start. By the end of the first issue we know what direction this new chapter of their lives will set the Scoobies on. From here we see just how much harder it will be for them to do what they do saving the world when the world may not really be ready for them. No one ever said maintaining peace between two worlds was going to be that simple, and they are going to learn this the hard way pretty soon.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #2 continues with that exploration of what impact recent events will have on them. It might sounds like a cliche for me to say as in the book, but the civil unrest as I will call it is an interesting twist to the Buffyverse. In fact what happens at the start of this issue better anchors this world to the real world. Something even more relatable for us.We live in a time where no one likes to be on a list, no one likes to feel like they are being monitored, and no one wants to feel intruded upon by big brother. This was that next step where the danger to the supernatural world and real world had to be a little more personal than usual. To think on a grander scale where the Scoobies are challenged for the order they have desperately tried to maintain.
From the perspective of the Scoobies this was a perfect way to shake things up because it’s not just Vampires being hated for what they are and what they do. Everyone who isn’t normal is affected. Which includes being a Slayer or Wicca. For Buffy this was a special position to be put into for the fact that at this point not all Slayers see eye to eye on what they do with their powers for better or for worse. A shared danger to be what you are makes it more important than ever to work together. An opportunity we haven’t had the chance to fully explore since the time the Slayers went to war against the government/military. This is where we think big knowing that this isn’t a situation like Magic Town either. People’s lives were changed quite literally in Magic Town, but no one ever died. Thousands didn’t die. This creative team created a scenario that just needed to right button to be pushed, and it could have happened at any time.
This creative team wasn’t afraid to make a bold statement about how dangerous of a situation is too. I felt like the instance they gave us in this issue was chilling enough to pull you into this all the way. Just like Buffy, this was a unique situation for Willow as well. She’s never had this struggle with the way the world looks at magic. She’s only ever had a problem with her own self-control in the past.
The art team came with a consistency in quality going into this second issue. Nothing flashy about this issue because the focus is more on the backlash, though being so there was a solid focus on character quality. I say this as selling us on these key moments through character reactions, interactions, and expressions. These three things matter a lot and they nailed it with every emotional response to how the supernatural world on Earth has been flipped on its head. The fear and frustrations from Buffy and the crew. The true face of those who can’t quite grasp what bells they are ringing that they can’t unring creating mass panic and hostility. These were sensitive times and it was the one time where you could really soak in that drama without it being between the Scoobies. They’ve come too far for us to ‘see’ them back to such things again. Getting to the colors specifically, they were used casually as you would have also come to expect with nothing too extraordinary breaking loose. Nothing flashy either, so it was nice to be able to sit back and like the story take in how the characters themselves are supposed to stand out from head to toe.
For Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #2, Buffy maybe facing being divided from the people for whom she cares the most is the least of her worries. Any fan right now might find themselves hurting by the end of this issue, but you ask how can things can get worse and this is what you get. From here hopefully we take that next step in a more personal perspective from the supernatural world now that the government has made their move.