Welcome to the Team (BtVS Season 9 Vol.4) by Andrew Chambliss

17929619Rededicated to the Slayer mission, Buffy is reducing the zompire population one by one- until she is ripped from a battle and transported to L.A. There, Buffy is unwillingly recruited by the demon Illyria and a mystical council to take down the Siphon—for good. He is on the loose again, and a danger to all remnants of magic! Meanwhile, back home the loss of magic has begun to affect those closest to Buffy. (Synopsis from Goodreads and cover)

 

Rating: 8.5/10

It really is back to basics with this installment of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy is no longer attached to the business operation that Kennedy has created (which I was not a fan of, mostly because I hate Kennedy) and is back on the streets doing what she does best, fight vampires (technically zompires) and trying to save the world.

This is the Buffy I’ve been missing, and I’m so glad to have her back. Even though the gang is not back together by the end of this volume it would seem that things may be heading in that direction. That, and the guys at comic-con said that is. There were a lot of surprises in this volume, and I’m excited to see where this takes the series.

I am a fan of the new addition to the group, Billy, who despite being without special slayer abilities, is doing pretty well for himself and can certainly keep his own in a fight. Despite this, he continues to believe that he is worthless and should quit until his boyfriend, Devon, reassures him that he is an integral part of the team. He still has some growing up to do, and I’m excited to watch him go through all the motions as I do like him.

I’m still a little iffy on Dowling, the cop that now helps Buffy slay the zompires. He still has a little bit of character building to go, especially since it looks like he is a potential love interest for Buffy. I feel about Dowling how I feel about my friends new dating partners. I have to meet them and approve before I allow it to happen. Maybe allow is the wrong word, but you get what I mean.

The art is still of the highest caliber, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Georges Jeanty. I feel that he really stays true to the characters, not just with their looks, but their expressions are believable and often affecting.

Overall, I was quite impressed with this volume and can’t wait to go buy the next one. Probably in the next couple of days. I was a little weary of where it was heading for the last couple of volumes, but now I’m feeling better. I firmly believe that it’s now back on track since I had the feeling it was kind of losing its way. A great addition to the growing Buffyverse.

 

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