When Dawn falls ill, it’s up to best friends Buffy, Xander, and Willow to join forces and find a supernatural cure in a world sorely lacking magic. The trio must fight their way into the Deeper Well, the former home of Illyria and other ancient gods known as the Old Ones, where they hope to jump-start magic back into existence.
So in what is probably the least cohesive season, I have finally reached the end of the craziness. To be fair, this was an overall decent volume. For the first time in awhile, the goal at the beginning of the issue is fully resolved and the story line maintained focused on the task on hand. No random pregnancy scares or discovering you’re a robot moments. This is nice, because as I’ve expressed in some of my more recent reviews, this season bounced from one extreme to the next.
I’m sad because I know there is only one more season of the comics left to explore. But after reading this season, I can see how that happened. Something happened between Season 8 and Season 9. The writer’s lost their grasp on the core of this series and the true character of it. While it was highly plausible to have everyone at odds with one another, it’s really hard to stay interested in a series that can’t maintain it’s focus. More times than not, the process of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks, isn’t the way to write. I can only hope the next season is better focused, even if I don’t like the plot line.
Pick up your copy on Amazon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Core by Joss Whedon