So Brian K. Vaughan and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vol. 2: No Future For You , the second of the “season eight” collections, turns out to be more Vaughan and less Whedon than you’d’ve thought from the first volume. Wikipedia Pete tells me that they really are running this in a way not entirely unlike a TV show: Whedon is “producing” it and writing some of the episodes (the first and the last, of course), and other writers — including Buffy alumni like Drew Goddard and Jane Espenson — are doing the other bits.

So on this arc we’ve got Vaughan, who you might remember from such comics as Y: The Last Man, and he turns out to be a highly credible Buffy writer and continues to be a good writer in his own right. If you’re a Buffy person and not allergic to comics, you should be picking this up. If you’re either not a Buffy person or are allergic to comics, you’re wrong and a bad person.

Over in the Marvel universe, Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker’s Immortal Iron Fist, vol. 2: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven continues the story begun in — surprise! — the first volume. Who’d have thought, right? So anyway, it continues to be very mystical and very secrets-of-the-fathers, and the end result is a story that’s weirdly reliant on continuity and would like the reader to be an Iron Fist expert. I say “weirdly” because Iron Fist isn’t a popular character and has spent a lot of time without a book, so it seems a bit nichey to rely on Iron Fist fanboys. Still, I guess I sort of am one, and I liked it.

And in the Ultimate universe, Warren Ellis’ Ultimate Human tells a reasonably good story with the Ultimate Hulk, Ultimate Iron Man, and with a new Ultimate Villain. I continue to be a big fan of the Ultimate Tony Stark, and if I find the Hulk a bit boring... well, I always have, so. Decent enough superhero story, but nothing that’s going to stand out. Definitely minor Ellis.


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