Comic Book Review: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #6
A storm is brewing within the Safe Zone, because who really thought the Safe Zone would be all that safe towards those within the walls? In so many ways this story arc is living up to expectation because these are the struggles you go through when you ever decide a group of people need to be contained in internment camps. You have those who are trying every means to fight back against the system, those trying to keep these people from being their own undoing, and those who are simply trying to survive. With each passing issue these sides are given a nudge and it feels like Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #6 will be the shove.
Now this issue we look forward to most what happens when these rebellious demons decide that Buffy is too much of an obstacle for them to break free. Again this is a big move to make. Anything can happen when trying to cross Buffy first of all, and on top of that you have the fact that at the moment she is a trustee. Now layer on top of this the obvious danger these demons are to themselves thinking stirring up trouble will benefit them as a whole and this just spells a recipe for disaster. When that moment came, I don’t think there was ever a time this run of Buffy where you could have rooted for her more. I love every opportunity they take to send the message that she is not the slayer to mess with. After everything she has been through and this was supposed to bring her down? Now while the end result you could see coming a mile away, it was the thrill of the chaos that you took in.
What this confrontation led to is also what you take from this. This story has been building up to something, though you couldn’t have expected that this is when suspicions would start being confirmed. Nothing specific, but all it took was one right interaction for the right questions to start being asked. It’s great that every little thing matters, and these were things easy to overlook until a moment of revelation. I think we also knew that the reason this Safe Zone is still up is because there is a plan for everyone within the walls. Nothing good of course, though it was another thing entirely to actually read the words and realize just how dangerous this situation has become.
For Willow I’m enjoying this approach to her as the figurehead of these wiccan. There is no better way to put her into that position than to give her the option of helping them through draining their magic. You have the heartbreak in those who are giving it up willingly for freedom, then you also have the heartbreak of knowing that once this is done that is it for them being able to use magic. It’s a damned if you do damned if you don’t situation that everyone suffers from because this is their choice to make. I mean not that this quote unquote safe zone is giving them many options. That aside, I think many will also appreciate that through what happens here you see that Willow does in fact have her priorities together.
This month we are back to the art team of Rebekah Isaacs and Dan Jackson. Some could be a bit thrown off by the way we have gone back and forth with artists, but there’s no real problem when they continue to produce quality work. Rebekah Isaacs I enjoy because she has experience breathing life into these characters. For Buffy she captured everything fierce about her in one action sequence. The way she can throw herself into the most impossible fight, walk out looking like every punch was a car hitting, and still keep going as if she’s been through worse. I think I speak for most when I say that its nice to see Buffy take a hit and look like she did, nothing clean or pretty about what she does. As for Willow, you could really believe how bleak these living conditions have been for her and the wiccans who are left. It is a tough pill to swallow watching just what happens when you lose a chunk of what makes you who you are. Overall the artwork sold us on this critical moment in the story when everyone is able to share in that fear for their safety. And not just the fear, but the anger in the control they have lost here.
What more can I say than I love season 11 of Buffy. It really was only a matter of time before the world decided they didn’t want the supernatural living among them. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 11 #6 was the reality check that everyone needed. This was a game of survival the minute the world decided there needed to be a camp for these people and creatures, and the stakes have indeed been raised.