Of course Buffy is still able to handle herself when it comes to dispatching the undead, she does however have a new breed of enemy. Namely Zompires, these new breed of vamps are brought about by the removal of magic from the world. They are a new threat to the world, due to their lack of restraint they are a huge threat to the general population as well as the Slayer. It’s great to see a new enemy to face and the way their formation is brought about shows how well the overall plot is crafted.
Buffy seems to be mostly just trying to survive for the majority of the stories whether that be in battles with the undead or just trying to keep to a semi normal life. With this regard she really needs the help of her friends but due to deaths and falling outs the Scooby Gang is not as large as it once was. We do get friends new and old within the season, their interactions with Buffy lead us to a new battle which takes up the largest section of the end of the season. That is not before Buffy has to deal with the realities of being a former student as her loan is due. However the collector is not a normal collection agent as he introduces himself with the phrase
The new status quo is set by the end of the season and we can look forward to the continuing Buffyverse growing along these new lines. If we take Season 8 as a bit of a learning curve then this ninth season is the proof that the lesson has been learnt. It felt that bringing Buffy back to more realistic stories (realistic is taken with a pinch of salt), made the narrative have more impact. Season 10 is perfectly set up with more than a few twists in the tail form the ninth, we also have a side running storyline in Angel and Faith add these two together and what you get is a whole heap of Whedonverse goodnes
You can find our review of Buffy Season 10 #1 here