Last week we spoilt the splash page ending of Detective Comics #1, but only in a way to get people who were not thinking of buying the comic off their arses to buy the comic. And there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that it worked a little.
Well today, we're doing that to Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Nine #1, out today from Dark Horse. Written by Joss Whedon, drawn by Georges Jeanty.
Because quite a lot of people stopped buying Buffy around halfway through the 40 issue run of Season Eight. The comic had become something else in many people's eyes. The ability and temptation to write and draw unbudgetable scenes had moved the comic away from the smaller, insular feel of the TV series and for many, well, it just wasn't Buffy any more. The creative team seem to have recognised this and for Season Nine have very much gone "back to basics".
But how can you be sure? Because Joss Whedon says so. Here's his face. And that of the guy who played Wash in Firefly.
You know, I always thought Wash was meant to be a younger, thinner, less bald Joss Whedon. Wash was a bit geeky, got all the great lines, got a hot wife… and then Joss went and killed him off in Serenity. Masochist. Oh, spoilers. Talking of which. Any further and you will get the big Buffy Season Nine #1 spoiler that's at least as big as The Joker having his face ripped off.
Enough with the spoiler warnings.
In Buffy Season Nine #1, our ex-slayer spends much of the issue trying to remember last night's house party. Or rather, not remembering it. All the while, something is planning to hunt her down. Something monstrous has been given her photo and tells its clients that's all it needs.
And at the climax of the issue, it find its target. And strikes.
That's right, Buffy's nemesis is the demon assigned to pay back her student loan. Because in a current semi-supernatural world, they are far more efficient than the usual types.
Brilliant. The issue sets up something much larger and brings it crashing down to Earth.
Of course, now we must ask, what happens if she can't find the cash working as a waitress…
Oh and sure, there are other plotlines being set up as well, with all sorts of other threats. But student loans? They are always the Big Bads…