September 6 2007

Buffy Season 8, Issue 6


Buffy Season 8, Issue 6Characters Seen:
Robin Wood

While there is a little Buffy time in Scotland, this issue primarily focuses on Faith and an assignment Giles has for her.

It seems over the time since Season 7 ended, Faith has become the “dirty deeds, done dirt cheap”, as she put it, girl of the Slayer world. When there is a job no one else can stomach, they call her. This is handled in the first few pages when Robin, her now ex-boyfriend, calls her about a nest of child vampires. She goes in and dusts them, even though you can tell she doesn’t thrill to it.

Upon returning to her squalor little apartment, she finds Giles waiting for her and letting her know he has a big assignment for her. If she’ll take it, he will set her up in a country of her choosing with a “generous” annual stipend. She asks why the Watchers Council, which used to wish her dead, would suddenly let her have early retirement, he informs her that, “for all intents and purposes, I am the Watcher’s Council.”

So, the assignment is to take out another Slayer. Lady Genevieve Savidge is of English nobility, and if Giles Seers are correct, she must be assassinated before the end of Fall or else she shall bring about the end of the world.

What Giles doesn’t seem to know is that in our our one scene with Lady Genevieve, she is being tutored by a Warlock. A Warlock that happens to have a book with that symbol we’ve been seeing since issues #1 of a star over a horizon. Also in this scene, we see her kill another Slayer with a simple backhand, so somehow she seems to be strong, even by Slayer standards.

Faith finally agrees to the assignment and takes a crash course in high society etiquette from Giles as it seems the Warlock has erected magical defenses around Lady Genevieve to protect her from distance attacks, so Faith will have to get up close and personal. This lead to my favorite exchange of the issue:

Giles: “The only chance you have at fishing out this Slayer is by getting close enough to her through subterfuge and cunning.”

Faith: “Hey, I likes me some kink, but if you think I’m going downtown on this chick, you chose the wrong Chosen one.”

Overall, a good issue. They really nailed Faith’s speech pattern, showed she has grown some and isn’t as comfortable with the dirty work as everyone thinks, and set us up for some future events for everyone. You know… kinda like the TV show would do it.

Oh how I still miss it.

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