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There's a fabulous piece in today's Guardian about Buffy and the new comic, which pretty much sums up my feelings.

"Do we even need Buffy back? After all, all seven seasons of the TV show are out now on DVD. Well, maybe we do need her, or at least someone very like her. Maybe you can't have too much of a good thing. I watched Shrek rescue Princess Fiona from a castle the other day with a three-year-old of my acquaintance, and afterwards he said: "Mummy, why didn't the princess rescue herself?" Which is a good question, especially as Princess Fiona is later revealed to have ninja fighting skills. The thing is, it wouldn't happen on Buffy. Buffy sometimes got rescued by her friends and lovers, but that was always the exception to the rule. In Buffy, week after week, year after year, it was the princess who turned up, just in the nick of time, to save the world."

The first issue of the comic is great, by the way. It really feels like authentic Buffy, and it made me realise how much I'd missed the real thing.

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therealjo
Apr. 2nd, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
I would have been even happier if it had been a three year old GIRL who said Mummy why didn't the princess rescue herself. But it is a decent question, artistic licence perhaps.
biascut
Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
Do you think? I think it's great if boys think to ask those questions, as well as girls.
stellanova
Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that was one of the things I liked about that conclusion. It was cool that the little boy thought female passivity was weird and unusual.
therealjo
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
oh no, it's also great that small boys ask these things too, but I just thought that it would have been better if is was a little girl who genuinely couldn't understand why the princess couldn't rescue herself... because, it's such a good question, and I'm a bit disappointed I never thought of it myself!
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stellanova
Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Alas, bookshops and Amazon almost certainly wouldn't have it because it's just a single issue comic rather than a graphic novel - I just got mine at a comic book shop. You could ring Forbidden Planet and ask them to get you a copy.
glitterboy1
Apr. 2nd, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
it's just a single issue comic rather than a graphic novel

I wonder whether it will be collected together at some point? I seriously doubt my ability to remember to get it issue after issue. I'm definitely going to try and pick some of it up, though. Thanks for reminding us about it!
stellanova
Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
Or you could trythe publisher.
nwhyte
Apr. 2nd, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Just reserved mine from the local comic shop at the weekend. They had sold out of issue #1 but will have both it and #2 in ten days.
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