After years of being off the air, and a few years of moderately successful but not exactly "culturally relevant" comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is finally doing something interesting again.
I mean, interesting to me.*
So, brace yourselves for some epic comic book SPOILERS, because Buffy Summers is getting an abortion.
Now, I'm not saying this is magical and wonderful and daisies, because abortion isn't really the type of thing I'm cool with us being daisies about. Choices like that don't get to be easy. But with all of the media hoopla in the past few weeks about Susan G. Komen going after Planned Parenthood, the constant whittering of Republican Presidential candidates about how Pro-Life they are, and the way that Knocked Up didn't even say the word abortion, well...
Color me thrilled.
It's an important issue, and it's really good to see it being dealt with by a writer who I can trust to do so well. Not to mention, the way he shows the decision process makes it clear that this is not a simple, easy decision. It's hard. It sucks. But sometimes it's what you've gotta do.
So, I guess what I'm saying is, hell yeah, Joss Whedon. You write that abortion story. I'll even hold up an umbrella so the tomatoes from the disapproving politicos don't hit you.
Read the full story, complete with interviews with Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss here.
*I read the comics, but up til now they haven't given me as much material for thought as the series always did.