Buffy the Vampire Slayer – MacGuffins
Dark Horse Comics – August 26, 1998
Writer: Jen Van Mete
Artists: Luke Ross, Rick Ketcham, Guy Major
Editor: Scott Allie

“MacGuffins” is a strange, stupid little beast. Set right after the events of Season 1’s finale, the short comic features Buffy – living at her father’s place – being tested by two small creatures referred to as “MacGuffins” – little green beasts with a penchant for causing havoc. The internet tells me that, by definition, a MacGuffin is “a plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction.” These two stupid monsters fit the profile, driving a plot that is unnecessary, quick-to-finish, and mostly uninteresting.

The art, here, is a step up from my previous foray into Buffy comics (protip: read my review of “All’s Fair“) with the characters starting to take on the look of the actors that play them, something the artists need to make sure happens if I’m to connect with these versions of them at all. The action, for what it is worth, is also better, with some of the images invoking the idea that Buffy is in motion, such as the image featured below.

The script is weak, there is no discernible twist, and anything we take from this six-to-seven page spectacle is washed away in with the idea that it doesn’t really matter; when we catch up with these characters again at the start of the second season, no one mentions this, and its never really brought up again. And, as far as additional problems with the writing go, I have no frame of reference to how long this short episode takes, within the span of comic-time. This could all be over in five minutes, or it could have taken hours. The script calls for a bet to have been placed and that Giles bet Buffy would solve the problem within a time limit, but without any clear evidence that time has even passed, what is the point?

I’m moving in an upward direction, though, because this story was a hell of a lot more interesting than that Spike and Dru short. The next thing I read is about them, again, so I hope it just keeps going up and up.

Overall Opinion: Worthless and stupid. Pass this thing up, unless you are a die-hard fan and need to read it.

Additional Note:
It should be noted that this is the first printed Buffy comic, featured in an annual issue of “Dark Horse Presents” — this is the same line of comics that ushered
Sin City into the world, no less.