It’s that time of year again! No, not Halloween (though that is sneaking up on us faster that I realize). I’m talking about New York Comic Con time! Though not as prolific as San Diego Comic Con, NYCC is the East Coast’s biggest comic and media convention, boasting hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees.
Just like its West Coast counterpart, NYCC attracts countless collectors and, as such, has become a haven for exclusive merchandise. This is where Funko comes in. Over the summer we showed you all of Funko’s SDCC exclusives, the Pop!s, Dorbz, Rides and Vnyls that were only available at the con. Luckily, they’re bringing a pretty strong game to New York Comic Con as well.
Since they’re revealing all of their exclusives in waves so make sure to check back often as we update to see everything you can expect to find at NYCC.
Also, as of now, it’s unclear which, if any, of these will be shared exclusives, with Hot Topic, Barnes & Noble and the like. Once news of that breaks, we’ll let you know.
Bonus: Pickle Rick T-Shirt (Announced September 25)
Another shirt from Funko! Like I said earlier, I’ve never watched Rick & Morty so I don’t know much about the show but I do have to say that this shirt is pretty neat. Also, that jar…
Here’s the news from Funko:
Surprise! Here’s one more NYCC Exclusive from Rick & Morty- a t-shirt featuring Pickle Rick in a collectible jar!
Pickle Rick Pop! Tee in Jar
Wave 12: Freddy Funko & Friends (Announced September 20)
Freddy Funko is one of the Funko lines that never appealed to me so most of this wave is beyond me. However, that Lucky the Leprechaun Dorbz is pretty amazing. I missed out on most of the other cereal mascots Funko has offered in the past (and I’ll probably never acquire them given the astronomical prices they fetch on eBay) so the thought of having at least Lucky is pretty tempted. Besides that one, though, I’ll pass on the rest.
Here’s our final reveal for the Funko booth at NYCC!
They’re after his Lucky Charms! Lucky the Leprechaun returns to Funko in Dorbz form!
Pop! Funko: Bone Daddy (4000pc LE)
Dig this! The original hip-bone is back from the grave! This classic Funko Bone Daddy Wacky Wobbler returns as a Pop! ready to socket to you!
Dorbz: Baseball Freddy Funko (750pc LE)
Freddy takes the field in a pinstriped baseball uniform to commemorate New York Comic Con! Play ball!
Wave 11: Rick & Morty’s Krombopolous Michael (Announced September 19)
I’ve never seen Rick & Morty so this one is lost on me but good for fans of the show? I have nothing else here.
Here’s the word from Funko directly.
Krombopolous Michael, a Gromflomite assassin, is another colorful personality from the Rick and Morty universe! Just don’t turn your back on this one – word on the street is he really LOVES his job.
Pop! Animation: Rick & Morty – Krombopolous Michael
Wave 10: Marvel (Announced September 18)
Not too impressed with the Marvel offerings for NYCC, and I’m actually surprised there are so few. Of course Thor: Ragnarok is getting a big push and I do like that Grandmaster Pop!. Of course with Inhumans premiering on ABC soon Marvel would want to push that so Funko is offering that flocked Lockjaw. And Old Man Logan… I guess it’s OK and all but none of these really have me excited.
Anyway, check out the news from Funko’s blog.
Marvel’s lineup for NYCC includes characters from the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok, a flocked super powered canine, and a couple of gray haired Logans!
And as you saw earlier today… we are also excited to present the beloved director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise!
Pop! Movies: James Gunn (500pc LE)
Wave 9: Warner Bros. (Announced September 15)
Naturally, Funko wouldn’t leave Harry Potter fans in the lurch. Snape as Neville’s Boggart is a pretty clever Pop! to add to the line but I’m really looking forward to that Luna Lovegood lion head Rock Candy.
Also part of this wave are some classic Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera characters. Speedy Gonzales is cool in a Mexican stereotype kind of way. All in all, though, I wasn’t a big fan of those cartoons so all I really care about is the Captain Caveman. Still, there’s some stuff there for the hardcore fans.
Lord of the Rings
Pop!: Lord of the Rings – 6” Glow-in-the-Dark Balrog
Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera
More of your favorite Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera characters are joining the Funko family!
Pop! Movies: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Gellert Grindelwald
Graves was actually Grindelwald! One of the most dangerous Dark Wizards of all time is now a Pop!
Wave 8: 80s & 90s (Announced September 13)
This is the wave I’ve been waiting for and I didn’t even know it. There have been one or two different Pop!s from each of the previous waves that I wanted but this? I want practically every single thing on this list. That 6-inch Dragonzord, the glow in the dark Green Ranger, Sailor V, the Thundercats… There are so many gems in this wave that I am awestruck.
Anyway, enough with my gushing. Take a look at Funko’s blog for more.
Go Go Power Rangers! Both the Green and Black 6-inch Dragonzord Pop!s have entered the fray for New York Comic Con 2017! Complete your Saban’s Power Rangers collection with the glow-in-the-dark Green Ranger Pop!
Bad news for the Dark Kingdom, but good news for Funko collectors: the Sailor V Pop! will be available at New York Comic Con 2017!
Pop! Anime: Sailor Moon – Sailor V
Ickis from Nickelodeon’s classic Aaahh!!! Real Monsters comes in a new mid-scare pose!
Pop! TV: Nickelodeon – Scary Ickis
Masters of the Universe
Beast Man makes his Pop! debut for New York Comic Con! Given his name, and ability to communicate with animals, it’s only right that the Beast Man Pop! is flocked!
Pop! TV: MOTU – Flocked Beast Man
Watch out, G.I. Joe! Destro, the leader of the Iron Grenadiers and M.A.R.S. founder, is coming to Pop!
Pop! TV: G.I. Joe – Destro
ThunderCats™, hooo! Lion-O, Mumm-Ra, and Snarf come in a Dorbz 3-pack for New York Comic Con 2017! Lion-O and Mumm-Ra make their Vynl. debut for the convention, as well!
Vynl.: ThunderCats™ 2-pack – Lion-O & Mumm-Ra
Wave 7: Video Games (Announced September 12)
It looks like this entire wave is similar to that 8-Bit Batman from the DC wave. I suppose this is just a new style Funko is pushing and I dug it with the Batman Pop! but here it just seems overused. Although, I do like that the first big push is 8-Bit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even though the turtles themselves are absent. Hopefully they’ll pop up somewhere as non-exclusive.
Here’s the news from Funko:
The 1980s arcade classic DIG DUG™ is joining our 8-Bit Pop! series!
Pop! Games: DIG DUG™ – DUG DUG™ 8-Bit
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Five Nights at Freddy’s
Calling all Five Nights at Freddy’s fans! The Lolbit Pop! won’t disappear even if you type “L-O-L”! “Please Stand By!”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Our 8-Bit TMNT Pop! series kicks off with Master Shredder and his Foot Soldiers! Make sure to collect all five colors!
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Shredder
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Blue Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Purple Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Red Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – White Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Pop! 8-Bit: TMNT – Yellow Foot Soldier (500pc LE)
Wave 6: Disney (Announced September 7)
Though not mind blowing, there are a few good things coming out of the Disney release from Funko. Even though I’m not a big Kingdom Hearts fan, or a video game guy in general, I love both the Halloween Donald and the Halloween Goofy. They’ll probably become regular Halloween decorations around my house. (Oh, and look at that; NYCC is just a few weeks before Halloween. How convenient!)
Without a doubt, though, that Scrooge McDuck is probably the one I’ll search the hardest for. Though the Ducktales line of Pop!s is just starting to trickle out into stores, that Scrooge in the pile of money is the definitive Pop! to come out of that line.
Check it out from Funko’s blog:
From 1979’s The Black Hole to DuckTales and from Disney Parks to Kingdom Hearts, Disney fans are sure to be thrilled with this list of NYCC exclusives!
Pop! Disney: DuckTales – Swimsuit Scrooge McDuck
Pop! Disney: The Black Hole– Vincent
Pop! Disney: The Black Hole– Maximillian
Pop! Disney: Kingdom Hearts – Halloween Goofy
Pop! Disney: Kingdom Hearts – Halloween Donald
Pop! Disney: Disney Parks – Flocked Orange Bird (1000pc LE)
Pop! Disney: Disney Parks – Flocked Abominable Snowman (1000pc LE)
Dorbz Ridez: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (750pc LE)
Mini Hikari: Mickey Mouse – Red & Yellow 2-pack (3500pc LE)
Wave 5: Television (Announced September 6)
There is so much here that I’m excited for. First of all, that Buffy/Faith 2-pack is an amazing addition to the Buffy line. The fact that fans have gone so long without a Faith Pop! is a little unnerving so at least Funko has finally remedied that.
Then there’s that First Doctor. Another necessary Pop! for Doctor Who fans. I’m glad that Funko is branching out and releasing some of the older Doctors and not just rehashing Ten, Eleven and Twelve. I wonder if we’ll ever get a full line up of Doctors, and even if we’ll get a Nine at all.
But then look at everything else; Westworld, Land of the Lost, Stranger Things. Funko seems to be going all out for their Television line up of Pop!s and figures and I am all in for it.
Check out more on Funko’s blog:
Today’s NYCC reveals include some of your television favorites!
Are you a fan of Westworld? This Robotic Dolores Pop! is essential for any Westworld collectors!
Pop! TV: Westworld – Dolores
Trollhunters fans can now add Jim with his Amulet of Eclipse armor and a special version of AAARRRGGHH!!! to their collections!
Pop! Television: Trollhunters – Stone AAARRRGGHH!!!
Pop! Television: Trollhunters – Jim (Red Armor)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Faith makes her Funko debut in this special Buffy the Vampire Slayer Pop! 2-pack!
Pop! Television: Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy & Faith 2-pack
The original Doctor finally joins the Doctor Who Pop! line!
Land of the Lost
It’s a Sleestak from Sid & Marty Krofft’s 1974 television series, along with Enik the Altrusian!
Pop! Television: Land of the Lost – Sleestak
Pop! Television: Land of the Lost – Enik
The Walking Dead
Will he prove to be a friend or foe to the Alexandrians? Watch your back, guys!
Pop! Television: The Walking Dead – Dwight (Burnt Face)
Poor Eleven’s being tested on again with this NYCC exclusive Pop! And grow your Stranger Things Action Figures set with this 3-pack featuring Upside Down Will, Eleven with her wig, and the Demogorgon!
Make sure to watch Season 2 of Stranger Things coming to Netflix this October!!
Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Eleven with Electrodes
Action Figures: Stranger Things – Eleven with Wig, Upside Down Will & Demogorgon 3-pack
Wave 4: Star Wars (Announced September 5)
No surprise here that we’ll be getting Star Wars stuff from Funko. With The Last Jedi just a few months out, this wave was revealed a few days after Force Friday, the huge retail push for brand new Star Wars merch. I’m actually slightly surprised that this reveal didn’t drop on Force Friday, but I’m not in charge of that.
Anyway, here are all the Star Wars offerings from Funko’s blog.
We have great selection of Star Wars offerings for New York Comic Con 2017!
The Rogue One Pop! line continues to grow with the addition of K-2SO in an action pose, young Saw Gerrera, a disguised Jyn Erso, and a chrome Death Star Droid!
Bounty hunter collectors rejoice! Dengar is now part of the Pop! family along with the latest Pop! Deluxe – Boba Fett’s Slave I!
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Action Pose K-2SO
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Saw Gerrera with Hair
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Jyn Disguise with Helmet
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Death Star Droid
Pop! Star Wars: Dengar
Pop! Deluxe: Star Wars – Boba Fett with Slave I
Wave 3: DC (Announced August 30)
Quite a few additions to the Funko DC Comics lineup for NYCC. Unfortunately, none of it is too appealing. The First Appearance Superman looks pretty cool, if not entirely bland. I can see many Superman fans clamoring for that one. And that Batmobile is just a pale imitation of the red Batmobile that debuted at San Diego Comic Con over the summer.
For me, the only real winner from this lineup is the 8-bit Batman, and that’s only on originality alone. While I’m not totally bowled over by the Funko’s DC offerings, I at least give them credit for branching out and trying new things, even if those “new things” are just more Superman and Batman.
According to the Funko blog:
Our 8-Bit Pop! line makes its debut with the iconic Caped Crusader, who also shows up in a shiny black chrome, as well as a new color variant for his 1966 Batmobile in the action figure line!
Batman Classic TV Series Super-Villains come together in a Dorbz 3-pack, and Superman’s first appearance is now immortalized in Pop! form too!
Pop! Heroes: First Appearance Superman
Pop! Heroes: Black Chrome Batman
Pop! 8-Bit: Blue & Grey Batman
Dorbz: Batman Classic TV Series Villains 3-pack (4000pc LE)
Action Figure: Batman with Batmobile (1250pc LE)
Wave 2: Game of Thrones (Announced August 28)
There are two Game of Thrones Pop!s coming to New York Comic Con this year. First up is Lyanna Mormont, the Lady of House Mormont. A fan-favorite from the show ever since she displayed her indomitable will and loyalty to Jon Snow and Winterfell, she’s sure to be a popular choice.
Also up is Jaqen H’Ghar, the disciple of the Many Faced God who helped mold Arya into the ruthless, sociopathic murderess we’ve all grown to love. I’m not sure how popular this Pop! will prove to be but it’s a great addition to anyone’s collection. However, if I had to choose, I’m #TeamLyanna all the way.
From the Funko blog:
We are proud to announce two new figures from the hit HBO® series that will be available at New York Comic Con 2017!
Pop! Game of Thrones: Lyanna Mormont
Head of House Mormont and fiercely loyal to House Stark, Westeros’s most powerful child now has her very own Pop! Vinyl Funko Figure!
Pop! Game of Thrones: Jaqen H’Ghar
A new face has been added to the hall of Funko Faces! Jaqen H’Ghar, one of the Faceless Men of Braavos, has now been reimagined as a Pop! Vinyl Funko Figure!
Wave 1: WWE’s Zack Ryder (Announced August 23)
Big news for any WWE/Zack Ryder fans. This one definitely isn’t for me but I won’t fault anyone for being excited. Besides, it’s an exclusive so that’s news in itself.
We’re kicking off our New York Comic Con reveals with our favorite Funko collecting broski, Zack Ryder!
Pop! WWE: Zack Ryder
We were able to surprise him with his figure at SDCC- watch this video for his reaction!
A Halloween or two ago we gave some ideas on how to throw together the perfect Buffy costume, which now feels a bit lonely. Now you can dress to match the chosen slayer with your best pal as Dark Willow with clothes you may have in your closet.
Ok first things first, you’re going to need a lot of black clothing. There’s several ways of going about getting that evil witch-bitch look.
In some scenes it looks like she’s wearing a dark grey jacket with a plain black tank like this for $65.00
Or this for $47.69
However this look can also be accomplished for less cash
Like this textured blouse for $ 36.00
Or this high collared blouse for $22.00
Now the pants that Willow sported…well they’re just black unspecials so go ahead and wear any pair that you have or buy a pair that you feel comfortable in.
For the shoes, it looks as if she’s wearing the devil’s personal best clunky shoes. Here are a few ideas:
Some world-ending kickass boots like these for $35.00
Or if heels are more your thing, check out these towering terrors for $25.00
Now for the makeup. To get that dead gal look, use a matte foundation or powder a shade or two darker than your natural color and then pick yourself up some dark blue liquid eyeliner for those…I’m not sure. Dark spooky magic veins?
I like this one from sephora for $5.00 because it’s waterproof
Finally complete the powerful look with this electric nail polish and a black wig
Planning to release your inner witch and slayer this Halloween? Tweet us photos of your costumes @Sub_Cultured!
I’ve spent a large portion of my life wanting to be Buffy Summers. While I have Faith Lehane’s tattoo emblazoned on my upper right arm, Buffy was my model. I know I’m not alone in this, I know a good deal of my generation grew up with the same goal: to someday be Buffy Summers.
What most people seem to remember about Buffy Summers: she wins a lot.
What most people seem to forget about Buffy Summers: she lost a lot.
Now, it’s not that people don’t remember these plot points, obviously they do. But they don’t seem to remember what loss means. What it can do to a person. They don’t remember that even as she is winning she is often losing. They forget that, because we are limited to an hour of Buffy each installment, we don’t see the full effect of the loss on her and those around her.
We don’t see Buffy really suffer because it’s not “good TV.” Genuine reality rarely is.
Buffy loses friends and allies and the mourning is brief. Buffy is forced to literally send the man she loves to Hell because, even if he’s good again now, he has been bad. He comes back and the problem is apparently solved (good TV), but Buffy’s pain over all of this is truncated. Buffy is nearly raped by someone she’s come to trust and the backlash against him is unbelievably portrayed (good TV?). Buffy dies, twice, and she comes back.
Real life for those of us who walk the path of Buffy does not have the convenience of “the network wants another season.” We have to live the fight in real time.
Maybe all you see from us is the equivalent of an hour a week. So when we cry or when we show pain, it’s unusual for you. Maybe it’s unbelievable. Strong women don’t DO that, Buffy cried in montages, why can’t you cry in montages?
We get told we’re “strong enough to handle this.” And we are. Trust me, we are. But even strong girls are defeated. Even strong girls hurt and cry and we need to be allowed to do it, no matter how uncomfortable that thought might make you. We need to suffer our losses, and we will.
This is our fight. Buffy never fought because she wanted to, in several cases she tries to stop fighting only to find out she can’t. Buffy fights because she has to. And we fight because there isn’t an alternative.
The dark things out there will always out number us. They will sometimes win. There will be cases where there is nothing we can really do, we don’t have the power to do it (Season 5 reminder: Buffy doesn’t kill the Big Bad that season. Giles has to do it for her because Buffy has limits imposed on her that he doesn’t). We can’t always just roundhouse kick the problem and pun and walk away. Not just because this is the real world, but because even within Buffy’s world that’s not always possible.
Allies are hugely important. But they’re ALLIES, they’re not directly in the fight, and sometimes they need to back off and let us fight. Sometimes they have to let us cry and be weak and not belittle the very, very real shit we live with every day. Xander was sometimes a total asshole and needed to shut his fucking mouth, okay? He was important, sure. However, while it was a fight he profited from, it WASN’T. HIS. FIGHT.
I have done my best to be Buffy Summers. Even in that I know I’ve failed. But I’ve learned as I’ve gone along, about my power, about power in general, that having power isn’t the same as being able to use it wisely, that it’s not about strength or weakness but about humanity and all the things that come with it.
I am strong. I know how to be strong. I have to keep fighting. Don’t you tell me what strength is.
It is possible that, today, you are single. It is possible that you are single and you are sick and tired of seeing hearts and flowers and naked babies with bows and arrows and all that shit. It is possible that you are single and you are sick and tired of this holiday existing largely to sap people of money and convince you that you are a worthless lump of human flesh if you don’t have someone to love.
But folks, it could be worse.
You could be in love.
In very, very true, real love.
In something being written by Joss Whedon.
In case you need a reminder of that fact, here are some memorable moments that Joss Whedon provided to teach us that love is doomed and the world is awful.
BUFFY AND ANGEL:
Buffy herself put it all into perspective in the series finale when she poses this question to her vampire ex-boyfriend: “What was the highlight of our relationship? When you broke up with me or when I killed you?”
It was the human girl/vampire boy trope BEFORE it became all cool and mainstream and “he’s not abusive he’s just protective and YOU JUST HATE TRUE LOVE!” And in this case, things did not work out so well. A short list of things that doomed their romance:
- Buffy is a Slayer, Angel is a vampire or “slayee”
- Angel once lost his soul and tried to kill Buffy and end the world
- Buffy sent Angel to hell to save the world
- Angel broke up with Buffy “for her own good”
- Buffy couldn’t deal with Angel being jealous of her new guy, Riley Finn, who didn’t deserve her anyway
- Buffy: The Vampire Slayer moved to UPN while Angel: The Series stayed on The WB so GOODBYE CROSSOVERS.
- Comic spoiler: after Buffy and Angel fucked to create a new world, Angel got possessed by that world (I think) and killed Giles. I mean, the Giles killing is the important part, please don’t ask me to explain the rest of the end of the Season 8 comics, please. I can’t.
The bright side: Buffy got to give her awesome “cookie dough” explanation in the final episode of Buffy, which I think we need to re-enforce these days.
ZOE AND WASH:
The most adorable married couple in the ‘verse, Zoe and Hoban Washburne traveled as part ofthe crew of the Serenity. She was a veteran soldier with great aim, he was a spaceship pilot who played with plastic dinosaurs, together they fought crime. Or committed crime. Whatever was called for that day.
They were happily married! When offered the choice between saving her husband and her captain, Zoe without hesitation saved Wash! Wash gushed about being married to a warrior woman! And the other million things throughout that once season of Firefly that made them awesome.
And then Joss “the bastard” Whedon killed Wash off in Serenity. Mid-sentence. He was a leaf on the wind, watch HOW HE DIES.
TOPHER AND BENNETT:
Hey, guess what science nerds? You’re almost going to get together!
And then one of you gets shot in the head!
KITTY PRYDE AND PIOTR RASPUTIN:
Joss Whedon trolled the comics world when he took over writing duties for Astonishing X-Men. He led people on to think he was resurrecting the recently killed-off-yes-AGAIN Jean Grey. Instead, he brought back Colossus, who quickly rekindled his romance with Kitty Pryde. And I mean, seriously rekindled in the “Kitty phases through the bed and floor naked at one point” sense.
(EDIT: I have seen at least one request for a link to the panels depicting this phasing incident. Here you go.)
Wait, what’s THIS? Joss Whedon bringing someone back from the dead to put them INTO a relationship? Too good to be true?
Because in his final story arc, Unstoppable, Joss Whedon wrote Kitty Pryde saving the Earth by using her powers to phase a giant alien bullet right through the planet. And because of the properties of the alien metal, Kitty ended up fusing herself into the interior of the bullet.
Oh, she’s not technically dead, but she’s FUSED INSIDE AN ALIEN BULLET THAT CANNOT BE STOPPED.
FUCK YOU, JOSS WHEDON.
So, remember: sometimes being single isn’t such a bad thing. Sometimes, being single can SAVE YOUR FUCKING LIFE.
Look, I’ll level with you. You know I love Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. I mean, “really love it because it saved my life in high school” love it. I mean “got Faith’s tattoo on my upper arm as a symbolic move of freeing myself and reclaiming my body” love it.
But Seasons 6 and 7 you guys.
I mean, okay, a bad season of Buffy is going to be better than a good season of other shows (Big Bang Theory, I’m looking at you). But Seasons 6 and 7 are still painful for me to get through for the most part.
And then, at some point, I had a glorious revelation:
I could just make up my OWN seasons 6 and 7 of Buffy and go from there. I could even change the whole plot of the comics for seasons 8 & 9 if I really wanted to!
What’s that? You want to hear MORE? Well, then, strap in and come along with me on this journey!
The cold open of the season features the Scoobies at Giles’ apartment, all seemingly discussing Buffy’s death.
This ends when Willow suddenly says “Buffy!” in surprise, and we see her enter the apartment, tanned, healthy, carrying several shopping bags and, importantly, very much ALIVE.
Buffy smiles “So, who wants souvenirs?”
The Scoobies all raise their hands.
The tone for the beginning of the season stays much the same. Obviously the audience is still aware that Buffy was dead, but no mention of it is ever made by the characters. We also become aware that Dawn still has nightmares about the attempted sacrifice, meaning that at least that still happened (“They were shallow cuts. That’s what he said. There’s no scars, so how come I can see them, Buffy?”).
Throughout all of this, though, strange things are happening, even for Sunnydale. Tara’s the one who initially observes that something “feels wrong.” Eventually, it turns out that some kind of weird “reality rips” are appearing throughout the city and “leaking” other-worldly foes. The Trio are still active in this season, and we’re led to think that somehow they are causing this.
But HOW, you ask? Well, okay, things that bugged me: supposedly Dawn was made from the blood of the Slayer. But there were two active Slayers, so wouldn’t it stand to reason she was made from blood from BOTH of them? I am just SAYING.
The point is: at the mid-season break, we discover that the rips in reality are being caused by two alternate realities bleeding into each other, but one of them is WRONG. While investigating one of the rips for answers, Willow gets in a little too far and comes face-to-face with her evil self, who insinuates that the reality tears are all because of her.
Well, we find out that after Buffy’s death, Willow tried to bargain for Buffy’s life, arguing that there was no other way to save the world. Which is when she’s told, no, there was another sacrifice that could have been made.
With this revelation, Willow decides that rather than bringing Buffy back, she can just change what had originally happened. Unfortunately, she can’t just fix it so Dawn was never captured or never cut, instead she has to use a fixed point in time with an energy fluctuation large enough to trace.
So, you know, a giant ball of energy ripping worlds apart. That works.
Willow travels to LA, visits Faith Lehane in prison and releases every bit of anger and spite she has over Buffy’s death, telling Faith that if SHE had died instead of Buffy, it would have been the first and only worthwhile thing in her life. And that’s JUST what was going to happen.
She uses magic to swap Faith with Buffy just as the latter was diving into the energy mass to save Dawn’s life. She puts Buffy safely beside her sister and effectively CREATES the other timeline.
But using that magic warped the barrier between realities AND set THAT Willow on the path to her magic addiction and heel turn.
And then what?
I also don’t know where Spike fits into all of this, sorry.
Okay, so I don’t have this TOTALLY planned out, what do you think this is, a fanfic?
Best character ever. All of these are covers of the Buffy comic series by amazing artist Jo Chen.