Monday, December 18, 2006

Blackout - Keith R. A. DeCandido

A definite change of pace, as DeCandido tells the story of the Slayer, Nikki Wood.

"As for the coat--hell, baby that was her look. You didn't mess with the look. Besides, she used the coat to cover he moves, like Batman did with his cape in the comics. In fact, that was how she saw herself: as Cleopatra Jones and Batman all rolled up in one cool package."

This Slayer is different, as she learned late, and has a child. It seems like DeCandido uses the child, Robin, to write a love letter to his comic geek childhood growing up in New York.

Nikki's mortal problem is that Spike is in town, with a big head, and getting annoyed when the Ramones aren't on at CBGB's and being annoyed by local hood vamps.

At the end, we see Robin's motivations for moving to Sunnydale to become a principal.

3.5 out of 5

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