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"Buffy Season 8" Comic Book - Issue 10 "Anywhere but Here" - Comicbookbin.com Review

Sunday 20 January 2008, by Webmaster

Buffy and Willow meet a demon who reveals a dim future, forcing the two to reflect on their past. Meanwhile, back in Scotland, Dawn confides in Xander the deed that led to her mysterious growth spurt.Series creator Joss Whedon writes Buffy Season Eight #10 with veteran Buffy artist Cliff Richards serving as guest penciller.

Praise for "Anywhere but Here"

"Joss Whedon, the man, the myth, the legend, writes the comic with the same genius as he did the show." -Janet Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of Hard Eight


We open on page one with a very saucy picture of Buffy sprawled out on a beach. A scene that seems unusual knowing that the slayers are in the begining stages of a war waged onto them by all of man kind...why is Buffy on vacation? The first blurb of text seems to be wondering the same thing as we are, reading simply, "Buffy Summers?". Turning the page, we see a close up of Buffy (with one of the best SMG(P?) likenesses we have seen in season 8). She tells the voice that they better be Daniel Craig (the new James Bond for anyone who lives under a rock, only coming out for new issues of season 8) or they are wasting her time. The next panel reveals that it is indeed Daniel Craig in his infamus blue speedo from Casino Royal. He tells Buffy that she needs sun block. The last panel of this scene is interupted by someone saying "Thats it?" The next panel brings us into the scene we see (beautifuly) depicted on the cover of issue 10. Buffy and Willow are soaring through the air, Willow with a look of ammusement on her face, Buffy, one of apprehnsion and fear. The title of this issue comes into play here as well as we learn that the Daniel Craig fantasy was Buffy’s "anywhere but here" dream scenario. This game harks back to the season 2 episode "The Dark Ages" where Buffy and Willow first played this titular game (I love that!). This scene continues with Willow critising Buffy for her generic James Bond fantasy as they begin their descent.

Next we move on to Xander and Giant Dawn as Xander suprises Dawn with a giant trunk full of clothing. He explains to her that he had some of their "Wiccan Squad" work their mojo on Dawns things to make them her size. In her excitement, Dawn opens the trunk whith Xander still standing on top of it, he falls in and later is freaked out when he lands on top of someting lacy that he assues is Dawns finery but it turns out to be nothing but a cammi.

We now switch back to Willow and Buffy who are in the midst of another anywhere but here game. This time we are in Will’s fantasy. I won’t spoil what it is exactly becuase it is very amusing. Lets just say it involves a certain SNL alumni....

Buffy interupts Willow’s fantasy with a question about Kenedy. Willow answers the question very dodgily and then the two land on the ground (with a thud in Buffy’s case). We see that they landed in front of a small cottage. Outside of the cottage sits a dark haired woman. As a side note, this is the woman who won the Dark Horse MySpace essay contest last year. Her name is Robin. On first glance, she bears a vague resemblance to a young Lucy Lawless (Xena fans rejoice). Here, the naration that we have come to expect in season 8 is briefly picked up by Robin. We learn that she is a watcher. Buffy is confised by this but it is explained that she is not a watcher like Giles, but a watcher of this cottage that is "bigger on the inside", as she puts it. Willow and Robin share a moment (mind reading maybe?) and then Robin tells them that they are not aloud to use magic in the house. Willow tells her that they are only there to talk. Robin then tells Buffy that the only thing of importance is that they save the prince. Buffy and Willow (along with us readers) have no idea what Robin is talking about...and it is left at that. Buffy and Willow enter the cottage and are suddenly on a never ending stair case. There is some dialogue about Faith and "Twilight" before they decide to play a game to kill the time.

Back with Xander and Dawn. Once Xander realizes that he is not in fact tangled in Dawn’s unmentionables, he procedes to ask her some leading questions about Kenny (The thricewise we have been led to believe took Dawn’s verginity...thus enlarging her to giant size).

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