** The following review while careful not to reveal any actual spoilers from this issue, it does tease the reader with hints as well as spoilers from issues past. Please feel free to purchase this issue on 09/12/2012 **
Besides being page after page of intense action-packed awesome, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #13 is also a very important issue for Buffy’s self-development. Last issue left us on a cliff-hanger as the demon Buffy had trusted to help aid them instead betrayed her and Kennedy, taking their client hostage as he attempted to make a deal with Wolfram & Hart to protect their digital dimension gateway in exchange for the information of who betrayed him. When watching the show I would always get slightly frustrated when Xander would go on one of his rants about Buffy’s trusting relations with demons when we had all seen evidence in the Whedonverse that demons vary in trustworthy-ness from demon to demon just as we do from person to person. Trustworthy-ness in the Whedonverse like our own comes from how well you know someone, which makes the greater betrayals always so much worse.
Kennedy obviously is not exactly pleased with the turn of events, which is understandable. Also Buffy makes a judgement call that forces Kennedy to point out that this a norm in Buffy’s way of dealing with people. The results of this slayer to slayer chat goes on to lead indirectly to my favorite line from Kennedy this whole arc as she later steps into the ring of slayer on demon battle.
I was quite pleased with the end of this issue on a psychological level and look forward to seeing how Buffy develops herself from what she’s learned.
Awesome art, great coloring, and clever wit. A+ for action, all around a very enjoyable issue with brilliantly executed fight scenes. –N