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Date Posted: 02:58:23 10/08/07 Mon
Author: KdS
Subject: Buffy S8 #7: "No Future For You" Part Two

First of all, Vaughan fails at the UK even worse than in the previous issue. No matter how tense the situation, the British aristocracy would never have bouncers openly carrying assault rifles at the door of their party, nor allow their daughters to carry in public; "Avalon" is an imaginary place of interest only to neo-pagans and Roxy Music fans; it's "honourable" (note spelling) and not "his excellency", which smacks of dodgy foreign politicians; it's "spod", not "sped". Also, as clothing goes, frilly shirts and cravats are for goths and re-enactors and bare legs under a formal evening gown are a real non-no.

The issue opens with a Faith narration which seems to suggest that Faith's alienation is mainly due to continuing conflicted feelings with Buffy (expressed in a way that should make all the B/F slashers out there very happy). Faith is still suffering from being more moral than everyone else thinks she is and it's still unclear whether Gigi is going to turn out to be entirely evil or just misguided. There's canon justification to go anywhere in Faith's response to her, given Faith's previous fall into the temptation of "Slayer as Overman" thinking - temptation to join Gig, increased revulsion for her or the desire to redeem her.

Not so much pop culture reference this time round. The Winehouse discussion works character-wise, although I might have thought she'd be a bit too unpunk in sound for Faith. The final line may serve to finally kill the dodgy fanon that Buffy's "real" name is Elisabeth.

Some people elsewhere didn't like the Dawn-Willow scene because of their understanding of the folklore meaning of the word "thricewise" (as implying that Dawn's boyfriend grew her because his cock was too big for them to otherwise have sex) but given how little Joss and Co. usually know about folklore I'm not convinced. I did think that Willow's comments on Dawn's physical features were a bit too much of a fanboy's idea of how a lesbian would talk to another woman but there are people on my flist who would know better.

There's a bit of irritating self-congratulation on the letters page regarding Jeanty's "realistic" women. They are at least human-looking but he still has a tendency to draw all his women as identikit skinny hotties, while Paul Lee on #5 did much better.

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