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Discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13 - Released 3/4/20 (Boom! Studios)

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* After the shocking conclusion to Hellmouth, The Slayer must defend Sunnydale... AND IT'S KENDRA? * But as The New Slayer must confront an all-new threat to the ENTIRE WORLD, she'll need to pull the Scooby gang together once more after what happened to Buffy... * WAIT...WHAT HAPPENED TO BUFFY? * The next big Whedonverse epic is here!

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Annoyingly a Buffy comic with no Buffy. This is all about giving Kendra a backstory.

Zabuto the watcher is full of mixed signals, he's disparaging of women but tells Kendra she has to be her own master and trust her own instincts. He's very Giles-like in his love for his slayer.

It's a very positive view of Jamaica, a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world. But I guess this is a story about vampires and slayers, so realism is not to be expected. They do touch on the British colonisation of the islands, but it's nowhere near as good as Roux and the Giles-mini in evoking history.

Surely Kendra would have felt if she'd been chosen? Feel herself getting stronger? I thought it was odd she had to be told she was now a Slayer.

This issue does give Kendra a backstory, but it's not a very interesting one.
 

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Kendra being drawn as Buffy's generically fierce PoC replacement is kind of missing the point of the character in relation to Buffy.

Kendra didn't "like" being alone with no distractions--it was forced on her and she knew no other way of life!

Both Kendra and Faith were used as mirrors of Buffy herself within the show.

Kendra showed the failures of what the Watchers' Council does to Potentials and how the ones who do everything by the book end up with no imagination and aren't living for anything. Kendra was so inexperienced in basic human interaction that she could barely look Xander in the eyes. She had absolutely no strength of mind to ward off Drusilla's hypnotism, which Buffy had already shown with the Master. Kendra showed what made Buffy unique in that she had more in her life than slaying (friends, family and lover) and thus had more will to live. Kendra might have had all the book knowledge Buffy didn't, but the lesson was that she was robotic, taught emotions were bad and was ultimately vulnerable without imagination and mental strength.

Faith was Kendra's complete opposite and showed the dark side of what a Slayer would be like if she really didn't follow any rules, ran on nothing but emotions to the point of recklessness and had a little too much fun with the power she now had over others.

The Kendra being depicted here is not one of these Buffy mirrors who were both treated as cautionary tales. Buffy was a happy medium between the two extremes.
 

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Zabuto the watcher is full of mixed signals, he's disparaging of women but tells Kendra she has to be her own master and trust her own instincts.
Yes, he does an odd switch at the end.

Other than that, I thought this issue was fine and very much in line with Kendra from the show.

Kendra and Faith are both extremes, yet they are still fairly good at their job. And on the TV show, Kendra seems mostly happy about how she and her watcher does things, even after she meets Buffy.
 

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Other than that, I thought this issue was fine and very much in line with Kendra from the show.
On the show Kendra is portrayed as completely accepting of the watchers training, while her she is constantly questioning Zabuto. He tells her not to smile and instead of saying 'yes sir' as she seemed to have done on the show, she's answering him back and questioning his training techniques.

I also found Zabuto's inconsistency really difficults. He disparages Vea and her role in Kendra's life, but tells Kendra she has to be her own master. It seems strange that a watcher would say the slayer is her own master and should trust her instrinct, when Kendra on the show was very by the book and Buffy was far more instinctual.

We'll see a difference in character when Buffy and Kendra meet on the page, or I don't see any point in having multiple slayers.
 

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Kendra is a bit more wilful in these comics, though she is still much more accepting of her watcher's guidance than Buffy is, as we have also seen in her previous appearances.

Zabuto's switch is a little strange, I agree. Either, he does to some degree respect her or this may just be another part of the way he grooms her.

All in all, Kendra is who she's always been, though she is a bit more rounded and much more confident around boys.
 

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Kendra is just being turned into Buffy's replacement in her own title. She's even taken her personality, because her own was a cautionary tale and a mirror used only to serve Buffy's story.

She's another character "in name only".

The writer did the same thing to high school Willow, Robin and Cordy (mostly to serve the newly confident Willow minus the cautionary tale of her own victimhood complex leading her to seek power and specialness, because the author thinks everyone should love her and only nice people with perfect, author-insert values should be popular, unlike show!Cordy). Jordie Bellaire wants certain characters to suddenly be so perfect, confident and loved by everyone that she fundamentally misses the point of their original characterizations.

It's so bad that Buffy is being written right out of her own story.

Kendra is now Buffy with her characteristics, because her own are a cautionary tale used to mirror what Buffy could've been if she had been a by-the-book Slayer who was taught to reject all connections. family, friends or lover. The author goes as far as to give her a new mother figure in addition to having a mind of her own around Zabuto. Show!Kendra was a character who had no idea how to interact properly with people on a level that wasn't discussion of slaying and lore, as well as total obedience to authority without anything familial in her life at all.

This is 100% not Kendra. This is Buffy's characterization.
 

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I also wonder what is going to happen to Zabuto. Surely he should have travelled with Kendra to Sunnydale. Time wise, Kendra must have only been called as Buffy went into the Hellmouth, which is, seven days ago, perhaps two weeks at a stretch. So we're not going far back into time, only a couple of weeks at most. So does Zabuto just walk away and tell Kendra to travel to Sunnydale by herself? It all just seems odd.
 

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Comics still rubbish then?
 
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To be fair, Kendra was under-explored in the Series, that's a good direction to go. Even if her goofy accent was a good 20% of her appeal.
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