Emmie (angearia) wrote,

Buffy Comics and the Fandom: Pick, pick, pick it apart!

Sometimes the snark and the criticism in fandom about the comics is right on.  Yes, you shoot a bullseye.  Dawn's transformations?  ZING.  The tree people being LoTR ripoffs?  ZING.  Safe?  ZING.  Oh, wait.  All of those criticisms were ones I gleefully participated in.  Actually, I led the charge in mocking #24 Safe.  I handed out the pitchforks and made sure everyone's torches were extra-flamey.  And I'd do it again.  And again.

But sometimes, people are just criticising just to criticize.  Developments in the comics are attacked and disregarded just because they happen in the comics when these sort of things happened in the TV show all the time

- Why did they not destroy the Master's bones?  Why bury them?  This is never explained.  And yet it's never questioned either even though it's odd.

- Buffy and friends manage to steal a rocket launcher from a military base.  Um, really?  REALLY?  Yeah, uh huh.  Suuuuuuuuure.

- After establishing that Buffy would get into extreme trouble for being on campus when she'd been expelled, we later have Faith hanging around all the time at Sunnydale High without anyone raising an eyebrow.

- On that note, they lock up Oz in the library during the full moon.  Um, that's a good idea how?  Because no one would notice it?  Really?  REALLY?

I could go on, but I'm hoping that some people get my point here (and aren't annoyed with me making my point, heh).  This movement of uber-criticism for the comics is incredibly frustrating to me.  Things that are accepted in the TV show are railed against in the comics and used as proof positive that the comics are pieces of trash.

Can we not get carried away by being negative?  It's exhausting.  The issue that just came out today, #28, is a really good issue.  Solid characterization in every single inch of it.  Willow hasn't felt so much like Willow in forever.  There's so much that is good and right.  That's executed carefully and with a deft writer's hand.  Even the surprise kiss at the end is grounded in that it's all about Buffy's reaction. 

Plot events don't make perfect sense?  Welcome to the Whedonverse.  It's always been this way.  Things happen just 'cause. 


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