Graphic Novel Review: Retreat

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Graphic Novel Review: RetreatRetreat by Jane Espenson
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 #6
Published by Dark Horse Books on March 3, 2010
Genres: Horror, Humor, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 168
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
three-stars

Buffy Season Eight Volume 6 showcases the first retreat of the Slayer legion. Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom -- in short, no one likes Buffy anymore . . . least of all this season's mysterious Big Bad, Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail!

Now that it's the world against Slayers, Buffy must find a way to return the status quo to . . . status quo -- and keep her girls alive long enough to do it! Enter Oz, the only person/werewolf Buffy knows who is down with the suppression of magic, and can take the Slayer army off of Twilight's magic-specific radar.

With Oz's assistance, the Slayers and Wiccans try to become "normal" through meditation and hard labor -- although, not everyone sees the advantage of being magicless, namely, Willow, Giles, and Andrew. And they could be right. After all, is a peaceful life for a Slayer even possible?

* Oz appears in Buffy Season Eight!

* Collects issues #26-#30 of the ongoing series.

First of all, let me just say something I’ve been meaning to since the first volume, but have perpetually forgotten to. I love that the opposing force is called Twilight. I like to imagine that underneath the suit, the mystery man is a sparkly vampire. I know he’s not, but it makes me giggle to think that this is some sort of commentary on the vampire legend of Meyer.

On to more pertinent and analytical comments. This volume is pretty intense. There’s a lot of battling, a lot of tension and some bad choices made. Getting rid of their powers seems pretty stupid to me. I see why they’re doing it, but what do they really think will happen next? I mean, okay, the slayers are normal girls again and can’t be tracked, if they were to get luckier than they did. Then what? There are all of these extra demons running around, there to balance out the slayers. Do they just get to eat everyone?

Slayers with guns as a regular army, kinda funny, but definitely makes me glad that’s not what the story was. I mean, there goes the whole point. Ah well. This volume makes me suspect Whedon’s trying to tie the series up after the end of the last volume.

To conclude, some questions and frustrations: What happened to Oz? Why’s he weird now? Ack, baby! What are you thinking, Xander? I know you only have one eye, but this is a bad idea. Bad Xander.

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