Review by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6 Written by Andrew Chambliss, Art by Georges Jeanty, Colors by Michelle Madsen, Inked by Karl Story, Covers by Phil Noto & Georges Jeanty and Published by Dark Horse Comics

Since the inception of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer has encountered many a threats with much success, and a few bumps and bruises. Be it vampires, demons or a Hellmouth, there has been very little this blonde killer of vampires has yet to face but in issue 6, she confronts her toughest threat yet, real life.

Buffy and all of the characters of the Whedonverse are no strangers to real life problems. In every season of Buffy, the real world has bled onto the pages of the scripts and more recently, the comics. An example of this is in one of the best episodes of the TV series when Buffy dealt with the death of her mother, Joyce Summers. Buffy’s mom did not die at the hands of a vampire or demon but of an aneurysm, a natural, not supernatural, killer that kills about 15,000 people each year in the US. Even having had experience with previous predicaments, it still does not make the decision Buffy is about to make any easier in this issue. This choice is something many people face in the real world but given Buffy’s line of work and life, it is far harder for her to make. The creative team of Chambliss, Jeanty and Madsen turn in a fantastically written and rendered book with issue 6. The two covers will have you making a (simpler) choice of your own, Jeanty’s, Noto’s, or both.

What makes Buffy work so well is its ability to blend horror and real world problems so effortlessly. Don’t make the wrong choice, buy this book or it will haunt you for life.

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