Years ago, The Drew Carey Show mocked the modern-day television convention of the “Very Special Episode”.
I feel the “Very Special Issue” is a comic book convention that deserves to not only be mocked, but beaten, tortured and buried alive.
Why do I feel so strongly? The answer is obvious, really.
I need blog fodder, lots of it.
But I’ve also been inspired by “Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Nine” #6, a comic book that picks up where the Buffy TV series left off, with the young, blond hottie slaying the undead – when she’s not banging them – and stumbling her way though life.
Drama and female angst has always been a MAJOR component to the Buffy mythos and this issue is no exception.
And so in one single panel everyone’s favorite vamp hunter ups her drama quotient and draws in mainstream attention from every corner of the media, including feminists and plain ‘ol fanboys like me.
And this isn’t the first time Buffy has resorted to such tactics.
Of course, Buffy eventually went back to a sausage diet – as evidenced by the abortion stunt – but the creators captured the media’s attention, which helped support sales of the then-fledgling Season 8 comic.
In fairness, Joss Whedon has always delivered a superior product and that is in part, attributable to his knowledge of the market; the man-child knows what sells. He gives his creation a plausible motivation for her decision…
But what about the big picture? These publicity stunts rarely contribute to the greater good of the character – unless Buffy keeps the baby it’ll be business as usual in no time – and so the fans are left asking the same question over and over.
What was the point?