With Xander in tow Dracula now has the ability to shape the world as he knows it with the use of the book of Vampyr. The new rules conceit has now given the book an extra level of power as the rules can be created by anyone who writes in the pages. However as you would expect this is easier said than achieved as not only is the book sentient but there is always the problem of misinterpretation. Both of these problems hold their laughs within the pages but as you read you will also notice the players on the page being self referential. It gives the reader something in common with the characters as you feel you are sharing in the same joke at the same time. Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon seem to have the voices of the characters down, you can even hear Spikes awful English accent as he chats with the rest of the gang.
As the plot unfolds Dracula gets to understand what his new power really means but it’s the Scooby’s who really are at risk with the consequences of his actions. As always when the action begins to pick up the art is up to the task. Rebekah Issacs has managed her transition from Angel and Faith to Buffy with a great deal of skill. The main characters are not photo realistic of their real life counterparts instead they are styled so you can see the resemblance. It gives new readers an in to the art as it still looks great but older fans will be placated with the likenesses. Her relationship with Dan Jackson on colours seems to have made the art the full package.
The deeper we have gotten into the new rules the more legs this series seems to have. Buffy is an old character in terms of narrative we are now into the tenth season and the fact this team are able to mix things up is truly refreshing. The New rules are coming in to force and the best we can do is hold on to our hats and go along for the ride.
Issue Rating 4/5
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