Angel is gone, Buffy's world is in pieces, and now of course
Sunnydale needs her to be at her fighting best. The demons
are gathering, a max influx unlike any seen before. And behind
it all, the new menace of Vraka and Xerxes the Blind, and
a plan to wash Sunnydale in the Blood of Carthage...
of Carthage is without a doubt one of the better Buffy
Graphic Novels to be published. Written by Christopher Golden,
one of the most well known authors of the Buffy stories
as well as being responsible for the Watchers Guides,
he turns a comic strip into a full blown novel - a pretty
mean feat to master and he does.
story is one of the more original, and also covers a lot more
ground than just monster killing. This is the first to be
set around series four when Buffy is at university, and deals
with the stresses and strains of being a teenager - as well
as the problems that come with being the chosen one. It shows
that we all make mistakes, but just that most people's don't
bring about the apocalypse.
writing also adds another angle to the story by introducing
new characters to the comic world of Buffy - such as
Anya, and also gives spike a bigger role. But where are Riley
and Tara? Golden adds little tit bits of info to the story,
which won't mean a lot to all readers, but brings together
characters from past stories and completes story arcs of smaller
characters we have met in other novels.
ghost of Lucy Hanover and the Demon Tergazzi are reintroduced
in this book, and readers of Buffy novels Immortal
and the Gatekeeper trilogy will recognise these
great artwork, and an added bonus section of the making of
the novel, it is worth every penny. Child Xander and Willow
are definitely worth checking out.