As Dark Horse Comics' "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9" continues its current story arc "Welcome to the Team," it seems that the titular crew is becoming increasingly fragmented and tenuous as Buffy has been teleported out of the fray in San Francisco by the Old One Illyria in order to aid in apprehending the dire threat of Severin, the Siphon. Meanwhile, the young, self-proclaimed Slayer Billy continues to struggle with his role, alone without Buffy's guidance, and Xander and Dawn are seeing their so-called normal life slip away from them.
Joining CBR for this installment of BEHIND SEASON 9 is Dark Horse editor-in-chief and "Buffy" series editor Scott Allie. Below, Allie discusses the events which unfolded in issues #17 and 18, giving hints at the path the series' themes may take readers as writer Andrew Chambliss and artist Georges Jeanty head towards the Season 9 finale.
CBR News: At the conclusion of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9" #16, and in the opening of issue #17, Buffy is whisked away from battling a horde of zompires, leaving Billy and Dowling behind, where they are suddenly overwhelmed by Zompires. Obviously, he's in a bit over his head here, but overall, how is Billy faring in his new role?
Meanwhile, Buffy and the council make a plan to stop Severin, but something goes awry, leaving Severin to siphon the energy out of Illyria -- what now? Is the Siphon truly an unstoppable force?
Do you think Buffy thinks anyone is unstoppable? Buffy can do anything. But Severin is increasingly formidable.