Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, Episode 8: No Future For You, Part Three
Written by Brian K. Vaughan; Illustrated by Georges Jeanty
I suspect this is a failing on the part of Season 7 rather than Season 8, but I really don’t get why Buffy and Faith are at loggerheads once again, after getting on pretty well during the final episodes of the television series. Don’t get me wrong, I was as baffled as anyone by the fact that Buffy and her friends so readily forgave Faith for trying to, y’know, murder them, but even so, given that the writers decided to go down that route, brushing all of Faith’s past indiscretions down the carpet, they should really have carried this through into the comic book realm instead of doing what strikes me as a massive retcon. Now, Buffy, who happily fought alongside Faith in Chosen, comes across her once again and immediately assumes that Faith plans on killing her.
To be fair, Faith is, at that present moment, in the company of one Lady Genevieve Savidge, who most certainly does plan on killing her, but even so, it seems like a bit of a leap in logic. Genevieve, by the way, has some absolutely delicious dialogue (most of it relating to her bored observation that most of her tutors have been “filthy paedos” - Vaughan has done a pretty effective job of capturing the lingo and obsessions of the inhabitants of the British Isles), but it wasn’t enough to distract me from the problematic nature of the Faith/Buffy relationship. I’m also growing increasingly weary of the use of generic fantasy archetypes in these comics: in The Chain we had fairies, whereas, in this episode, we have a little hobgoblin man assisting Giles.
Some nice artwork in this issue, though - quite a bit more dynamic than the previous couple of episodes. Oh, and the final frame immediately reminded me of Gargh Marenghi’s Darkplace. If you read the comic and have seen that particular show, you’ll probably know what I mean.