No Future for You

GN 15. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You (Season Eight, Volume 2) by Brian K. Vaughan. Illustrated by Georges Jeantry. 120 p. Published June 2008.

Following The Long Way Home, this second volume continues Season Eight (issues #6-10) by finally sheding light on the threat facing the Slayers.

We open with Faith, the long tormented slayer. Faith now works with the Slayer organization, killing those vampires the other squads find too emotionally difficult (like children). She is contacted by Giles, who requests that she do something no one else can: assasinate a rogue slayer. Genevieve is part of the British upperclass, and is being groomed by Roden, a mage, to take over the Slayer organization by killing Buffy. Giles must train Faith to do the impossible – blend in with the upper class.

Meanwhile, Buffy is trying to decifer “Twilight” while Willow begins to help Dawn confront the events leading to her magical mishap. Suddenly Buffy is transported, to find herself confronting Genevieve in a fight for supremacy. Faith jumps in to Buffy’s aid, revealing her secret to Genevieve. When Buffy, who believes herself betrayed – again – by Faith, is teleported back by her own Slayers, it leaves Faith to deal with Genevieve and Roden – both of whom are very angry.

Finally, Buffy and Willow go on a journey to determine what “Twilight” truly infers. They confront Sephrilian, an ancient demon confined to a pocket reality, who reveals that “Twilight” heralds the inevitable death of all magic.

I found this volume far more enjoyable that the first. Both the character interaction and plot flowed far smoother this time around, leading to a seemless and enjoyable read. Admittedly, the prevalent use of Faith, my favorite buffyverse character, may have also played a role in how much I enjoyed reading No Future for You.

I think bringing Vaughan in as a writer was one of the best things Whedon could have done for the series. Not that Whedon’s writing isn’t great, but he’s always been a much better Director, and Vaughan simply thrives when it comes to material as rich as this.

The revelation of Twilight’s true purpose connects with some of what I’ve been hearing. It looks like Whedon begins to transition the Buffyverse towards Fray, who I believe makes an appearance herself in the next trade.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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