Buffy and her crew get their fight on against the new vampires and take a trip to Sunnydale, where Andrew is up to his good/bad/old tricks again. And everyone is tempted by what the new rules of magic can do for them . . . just like the Big Bads who have come knocking on Buffy’s door!
This particular volume in the Buffy saga is a mixed bag of tricks. On one hand, it seems as everyone within the Scooby Gang is being drawn together as each of them are in need of a new place to live. Buffy, who is perpetually unemployed, can no longer afford her current apartment. Meanwhile Dawn and Xander continue to struggle after Dawn’s magical emotional reboot. In a twist of good luck, they find the answer to their prayers… and nightmares in what is believed to be a haunted apartment building. Of course, since they aren’t the original Scooby gang, there is something supernatural about the building and they all find themselves sucked into a dimension where their greatest regrets are manifested
The thing I still enjoy about this series is that it always focuses on one type of sin, fear, big bad. For this particular volume, it’s all about regret and trying to make amends for the past. Whether it’s a bad guy coming to get revenge or someone trying to make up for their actions in the death of someone important to the gang. Even Giles, in all of his Harry Potter-ish teenage angst, is forced to deal with his own regrets. In the end, it seems as if the gang is slowly finding their way back to one another. This is important as this is the final season of the comics and they have spent much of the last two seasons falling apart.
There’s still a few volumes left to read, but I am already dreading losing this series again. My only saving point is that there are still the Angel & Faith series, Willow’s volume, Spike’s volume and of course, the Angel comics after the end of his show. I’ll be sad when I finish reading them all, but I am so thankful that even now, over ten years since they ended, I can still enjoy a series I loved all throughout my teenage years.
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