Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 vol. 2: No Future for You

Writer(s): Brian K. Vaughan and Joss Whedon
Artist(s): Georges Jeanty
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 978-1593079635
Price: $15.95
Page count: 120
Year Released: 2008
Status: in print
Original Source: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 6-10
Other Collected Edition(s): n/a
Genres: adventure; fantasy; horror; humor; romance/relationships; suspense/thriller; teen/young adult
Recommended for Fans Of: Buffy the TV show
Possibly Objectionable Material: nothing more objectionable than on the TV show
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Also in This Series: preceded by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 vol. 1

Plot Summary
The second arc in Buffy Season 8 focuses on Faith, the rogue Slayer turned good (more or less). These days she's taking all the "dirty" jobs none of the other Slayers can handle (such as dusting a nest of child vampires). Though she is doing what she can to atone for her past mistakes, the work is getting to Faith and what she really wants is to get out of the Slayer gig, permanently. Fortunately for her, Giles offers her that chance--but for a price. He needs her to kill another human, a rogue Slayer who is foretold to bring about the apocalypse that Twilight (season 8's "big bad") is working toward. Needless to say, this is a mission Buffy and the rest of the gang will know nothing about.

So Faith goes undercover as a British socialite to befriend Lady Genevieve Savidge, the rogue Slayer set to bring about the end of the world. The problem is, she and Faith maybe hit it off a little too well.... And when Buffy shows up and acts on her usual mistrust of Faith's actions, will the entire plan fall apart or, even worse, reverse itself completely?

My Own 2 Cents
Assuming you liked the first volume of season 8, and assuming you like Faith, then you'll appreciate this second volume. Faith's character is explored in far more detail here than ever before, and her thankless role in Buffy's "new order" (as the Slayer who performs all the necessary but ugly jobs that none of the other Slayers even want to acknowledge) is both entirely believable and utterly heartbreaking. I for one find myself sympathizing with Faith's constant struggle for respect and acceptance while trapped in Buffy's tremendous shadow. She is one of the great characters in the Buffy universe, and her turn in the spotlight is long overdue.