Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #10

It's easy to forget about "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comics, especially after the previous two series were a little uneven in places. But doing so with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" would be a real shame; ten issues into the series, and Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs are still killing it. Or should that be, slaying it?

This issue continues to explore the massive power that the book of magic has; with each new line added into its pages, magic and the world itself continues to get redefined. The first half of the issue deals with the next logical step along those lines; if something this powerful exists, anyone and everyone connected to magic would be lobbying to get what they wanted inside of it. That part is entertaining enough, especially with the idea of Harmony acting as the world's best negotiator to find a compromise between the new uber-powerful vampires and Buffy.

But where Gage really nails this issue is in dealing with the temptation to change reality to better oneself, especially when it comes to love and other emotions. If you'd told me a year ago that a story on the nature of love and working hard would star Harmony, Clem, and Spike, and that the story would be excellent, I'd have laughed my head off. Gage continues to knock his scripts out of the park, though, and the story not only hits an emotional core but also moves the overall plot of this "season" of comics forward. After the previous two issues' story about if it was right to try and bring Tara back from the dead, I thought Gage had given us one great emotional story for this series. It's a nice surprise to have another one right after it.

Isaacs' art continues to also impress; once again she's able to nail the likenesses of all of the characters while also keeping the art energetic and good looking. Harmony's a new addition to the fold from Isaacs and I love how she still has that self-centered, bubbly look as she cries out, "Yay me!" Buffy herself also looks great here; the anger over her face when Vicki shows up versus the relaxation that comes over her when she and Willow and Dawn decide to head out is just a small sampling of how well Isaacs draws the character and keeps her expressive. And just in case you were afraid that we didn't get larger than life beasts, worry not; the Soul Glutton and its friends are back, and they look as strange and crazy as ever.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #10 is another strong issue in a strong series; it's a genuine relief to see the book doing so well these days. Buffy fans, please take note; I know you may have been burnt before, but at this point I think Gage and Isaacs have more than proven themselves. Jump on board. This is a lot of fun.

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