It seems that Buffy is not the only familiar person in Fray’s timeline. We are soon to reveal that Dark Willow — now darker than ever, centuries older and power-drained — is behind all this. But to what end? Only Whedon knows; meanwhile, we relish in the melancholic, emotionally-charged Willow-Buffy-Dark-Willow triangle.
Thanks to the delicate and lovely art of Karl Moline, we finally get extremely beautiful and feminine characters of Buffy and Willow — as they rightfully deserve to be depicted. Especially notable is the depiction of Dark Willow – sad, meditative and cunning. It’s a refreshing break from the regular series' art-style, and I really wish we'd get more of Moline's art in Buffy .
The last chapter of the volume is a one-issue story called “After These Messages…We’ll Be Right Back!” Exhausted, Buffy falls asleep on Xander’s bed – all dirty and muddy from recent relentless slaying. In her rather cartoonish dream (lightweight story by Jeph Loeb, cartoony-cute art by Georges Jeanty) Buffy is back in her early days of High school. Cordelia is there too, Buffy’s mom, and all the young Scoobies. All of the sudden, the past seems so simple and naive – which really makes both Buffy and the readers long for Sunnydale all over again – as if we needed much help with that!
Anyway, all this future-past melancholic longings got me craving even more Buffy adventures. It’s a good thing I still have several volumes to go.