Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #24 :: Profile :: Dark Horse ComicsBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #24
Writer: Jim Krueger
Penciller: Cliff Richards
Inker: Andy Owens
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Jo Chen
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure
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Faith. Giles. Let's catch up!
In an amazing one-shot issue, the esteemed Jim Krueger -- whose works include Avengers/Invaders, Earth X, Justice, and multiple original series -- fleshes out the go-to girl for dirty deeds, Faith, and her new partner, Giles. After her last thankless escapade, where she put a stop to Buffy-hunting Slayer and kindred spirit Lady Gigi, Faith decided that though she's determined to be finished with bloodshed, she's not ready to leave misguided Slayers (like Gigi) with nowhere to turn. Fast-forward to the present . . . bloodshed still abounds, and the Faith-and-Giles team is still finding out what it really means to help those chosen to slay . . .
Executive Produced by Joss Whedon!
I liked this stand-alone issue. It doesn't feature any other characters than Giles, Faith, and the new ones. I guess that makes this the first issue/episode without Buffy ever. Must say that I didn't miss her necessarily, the story didn't really suit intrusions.
The story should've been a couple of pages longer (that's always my complaint) so that the pacing could've been a bit more relaxed and more tension could've been built. But Jim Krueger did hit the voices of the characters perfectly. Maybe it's because I'm now watching Eliza in Dollhouse, but it was very easy to hear her voice saying those lines.
I wonder if Courtney will be back? The Giles/Faith pairing is working really well. I really feel like they could hold up a spin-off. If Dark Horse would create one, I guess Coco is the first potential additional character on the roster.