“The final triumph of the base humans over the demons. It’s your life’s goal achieved, slayer. The death of magic.”In the first story of this volume, “No Future For You,” Giles recruits Faith on a secret mission to take out high-class Slayer, Lady Genevieve, who kills weaker Slayers for sport. Faith strikes up a surprising friendship with her intended target, but finds herself conflicted when Lady Genevieve declares her intentions to kill Buffy. She’s always felt second-best when it comes to perfect Buffy, but will she stand by and let her on-again, off-again ally be slain? “No Future For You” probes Faith’s complicated character, showcasing her non-conventional nature, while highlighting her secret desire for acceptance.
In the second story, “Anywhere But Here,” Buffy and Willow seek mystical guidance to the series’ current Big Bad, Twilight. His goal? To bring about the death of all magic. While this story definitely moves the overall plot forward, it’s somewhat confusing, in that it mentions things that make me wonder if I missed something from the first volume. Despite these shortcomings, it’s a pretty entertaining volume overall, and makes me want to move on to Volume 3.