Title: Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Guarded – Part I
Writer: Andrew Chambliss
Covers: Phil Noto (or) Georges Jeanty
Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Nathan Massengill
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Letterers: Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt (Comicraft)
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Reviewed by Grim_Noir
Hi, my name is Grim_Noir…
— “Hi, Grim!”
…and, I’m a…a…
— “Go ahead, Grim, you’re in a safe place, here at Whedon Anon.”
My name is Grim_Noir and I’m a Buffyverse Addict!
— “That’s a good first step, Grim. Go on…”
I just needed to talk to someone: I think I’m getting HEAVILY back into BTVS.
In the beginning, I just went to a friend’s house and someone was showing the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie. It was mildly amusing with a killer Divinyls’ tune at the end, but nothing I couldn’t handle, right?
Then, I surfed into the first episode of the undiluted stuff – Joss Whedon’s TV show of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The scripts were smart and the cast was solid. By the John Ritter episode (“Ted”), I was heavily hooked. In no time at all, I was lacing Buffy with Angel and shooting up twice a week. I began reading Dark Horse’s first BTVS comics series on the bus, just to get through the weekends. Even when that comic moved to Topps Entertainment, I STILL couldn’t stop. I was doing “Scoobie-speak” at parties; you know, just to make things “more interesting.”
Inevitably, the crash came: The comics were cancelled and both TV series concluded. I dried out cold turkey. Sure, I did a little Firefly or Dollhouse to take the edge off, but the thrill wasn’t quite the same. I thought I had shaken my slavishness to the Buffster.
Until Joss Whedon became part of the movement by television show writing staffs to continue a series (in canon and continuity) as a comic book (along with other former tele-drugs, such as Jericho and Farscape). But I had gotten some bad Andrew Chambliss when I first relapsed: False pregnancies? Robo-Buffy? No, this wasn’t for me…except…Joss’ The Avengers had just given me SUCH A RUSH and I needed MORE. And BTVS Season 9 Episode 11 gave me that thrill again.
This was a crafty script: As Willow’s ex, Kennedy, takes the former Slayer army “corporate” with a bodyguard service, Buffy finds herself adrift (again) in a world that is OK with vampires and learning how to deal with the onslaught of “zompires.” Georges Jeanty’s artwork is on-point, in both in big action scenes and small character moments. And Chambliss’ scripting finally takes Buffy back to more street-level adventures with great twists along the way. I mean, by the time The Immortal and a certain infernal law firm showed up, I was already grinning from ear-to-ear: THIS was why I loved the Buffyverse!
Hey! Where’d my support group go…? Oh, I see, we must be moving the meeting to the local comics shop across the street…right? …And why are we running…?
Looks like there’s going to be a lot more relapses of former addicts, if this creative team keeps this quality up.
Tags: Andrew Chambliss, buffy, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dark Horse Comics, Dollhouse, Farscape, Firefly, Georges Jeanty, Grim_Noir, Jericho, John Ritter, Joss Whedon, Kennedy, Review, Season 9, The Avengers, The Immortal, Willow, Wolfram & Hart