Brian K. Vaughan and Georges Jeanty's Buffy The Vampire Slayer #6. I keep trying to like Brian K Vaughan, and people keep telling me to, but boy, no. At best the guy is solid, as in the best issues of his Runaways, but he is overrated, and I will not buy into the hype. In this issue I could not have been more pre-disposed to like him, since I am loving Buffy just now.
Among my complaints: the use of Doctor Suess is a leaden, obvious irony; a grown woman referring to tea as "those smelly bags?" (because she did not know this word ... "tea"?); a lame -- if I am reading this correctly, and I am not sure I am -- and pointless allusion to Alan Moore ("the great bearded Wizard of Northhampton"); showing the depraved rich by having them hunt not foxes ... but PEOPLE! (This was done definitively in the Invisibles); the awful exposition of Roden explaining to someone who must know by now that he is not a witch but a warlock; the cliched structure of "A wise man once said [insert low brow commonplace]"; overdoing quirky dialog when a few more "normal" words would better off-set the wit ("I thought this stuck up debutard lived in Jolly Olde. Why are we still chilling at the mistake by the lake?"); having a grown, sexually active woman respond to the word "cunning" by thinking, or pretending to think, the user is referring to oral sex with a woman; a grown, sexually active woman referring to said oral sex as "going downtown on this chick"; a grown person referring to fun as "getting down"; sloppy writing like having "getting down" so close to "going downtown" for no reason and using a phrase like "the stakes are higher" in a vampire book without irony; and the awful cliche of My Fair Lady -- I simply do not believe knowing a rule book's seating precedence at a formal dinner will help her with an assassination.
On the plus side Vaughan writes Xander a great speech about Kurt Russel. On the DVD commentaries for Buffy the writers always say they get compliments on lines that Joss silently added to their scripts. I bet, for know reason other than the weakness of BKV here, that this is Joss.
And the art. Is there a new inker? Did something go wrong? Faith's face is messed up on page 2, and 3, and 4, and 5, and again on 5, and many more times after that. It seems like he can draw faces -- Buffy, Xander and Giles look OK -- just not Faith's. She most often looks mongoloid, or melted , or very old. Principle Wood looks ridiculous standing calmly on a cell phone so close to a big fight. Or is that not a literal image? I should be able to tell.
Way to sink a good idea. Yick.
Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon's Sugar Shock #2. Now that's what I want. Whedon at his most wacky and funny and silly -- it is great to see Whedon without the angst and heartfelt sincerity, though I would not want to see him get rid of it in all his work. And Fabio Moon is one of my new favorite artists. I think I like him even better here than on Casanova -- I like him with the colors. His lines have such energy and charm. And his girls are cute. This is my favorite Whedon work. Period. This is one of my favorite new comics. It is just ridiculous. A great -- GREAT -- joke with Robot Phil saying "legs" over and over. You can read it online by clicking the Dark Horse Myspace link on the right.
But can anyone fill me in on Dark Horse Presents? Is issue one no longer available for viewing? How do I view this bigger, like I did last time? Are these going to be published at some point?
In Comics News, nothing caught my attention.
Can anyone spoil Spiderman: One More Day, which came out today? I opened it in the store and decided I did not like Quesada's art as much as I thought I did, or used to. Or I was in a bad mood because of all the hype.