Thursday, March 06, 2008

BtVS | What's Coming Up With the Buffy Comic?

I never thought I would read something like this from The New York Times: Bi-curious Buffy. [You need to log-in to NYT to read the article, I think]

But before fans start blogging frantically, they should know that Mr. Whedon is clear where this is headed. "We’re not going to make her gay, nor are we going to take the next 50 issues explaining that she’s not. She’s young and experimenting, and did I mention open-minded?"

I loved the Willow-Tara relationship even though some of my friends did not share my sentiments. I was also okay with killing off Tara as the plot-device to set off the Dark Willow season finale: The relationship between Willow and Tara has been sufficiently developed to make that credible. On top of that, Willow's unconscious dark side has always been something that has been hinted at (remember Doppelgangland? And that classic Willow line: "That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil. And skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay!" -- it was classic.) but never fully explored. (Plus I really liked the scene where Dark Willow siphoned the magic out of the spellbooks. The words just oozes up her face and her eyes just turns black)

Somebody help me.

But this is just pushing the envelope on using girl-on-girl action to spice up the storyline. Fine, I admit the sexual voltage between Buffy and Faith is enough to light up the whole of California for six months -- but who the heck is Satsu? A character is created out of the blue just to have Buffy trying out another bad relationship. Okay, fine -- Buffy has some dubious taste in romantic partners over the years -- and that sadomasochistic affair with Spike was just bleak.

But c'mon! What is this? Is this relationship going anywhere? It's just a ploy to use hot lesbian action to boost sales!

I need to point out I'm not against Bi-curious Buffy. A lot of straight girls DO experiment. (I'm just saying.) I am just not convinced Buffy would just jump into bed with any random Slayer Potential just because said-girl kissed Buffy. Has our Slayer learned nothing all these years?

Okay. I admit I'm partial to some Buffy/Faith action.


On another Buffy comic note, here's a sneak peek at the cover for #16, art by Jo Chen.

The other girl on the cover is Melaka Fray -- a Slayer in the future, a few centuries after Buffy's time. The comic Fray, was written by Joss Whedon himself and it is kick-ass on plot and characterisation. It even has a little plot revelation that further enrich the Slayer mythology. Go pick it up if you can.

Did I ever tell anyone I photo-copied a Melaka Fray sketch so that I can keep it in my file?


Anonymous said...

I loved the Tara and Willow relationship, I thought it was very realistic and I really felt for Willow when Tara died. Like you though it seems very odd for Buffy to have a lesbian relationship or experience with some random. She has always liked her men (well vampires at least) and never shown any inclination towards women. Hmmm.

I keep meaning to pick up the comics and see what happens in series 8 but am not sure about the direction it is going. Of course people experiment, but it doesn't usually go past a drunken kiss unless they are bi or gay.

I always quote bad Willow "Bored now!" when I am bored to my husband.

Anonymous said...

its nice to see that they're keeping buffy going like that.

darkorpheus said...

Rhinoa I do the "Bored now" from time to time too. It's a great line.

I read the first TPB of Season 8 -- it was -- Okay. I wasn't "Wow" over but there is a sense of the Scooby Gang having moved on. The operation has become more organised, and they are coming to their own.

But the second TPB will feature a Faith storyline, I think. That is the one I'm really looking forward to.

Jean Pierre Going bi-curious? :)

Anonymous said...

haha! yeah, well, if the fans feel it fits then its cool. go buffy! explore away.

purplefugue said...

I loved loved LOVED Buffy and particularly liked Spike's relationship with her. As for Willow and Tara, I missed a couple of episodes then returned to find out Whedon outed them while I was away! And of course episodes after that, were edited whenever there was slightest HINT of it on screen.

Not sure about Buffy being bi-curious... I wonder if it would have worked on screen.