To round off the stories set in an alternate Buffyverse where vampires are public knowledge and even popular, Buffy
Season 8 revives the "Tales of the Vampires" strand for a one-off, "The Thrill."
Awesome Jo Chen cover this month, shame about the story. Becky Cloonan's tale of a bored, lonely teenager with a vampire fetish (it's implicit that, like Riley, he likes to get bitten for kicks) who ends up becoming one himself doesn't add much to the stories in the original collection, and the twist of the new fame for vamps is as much of a damp squib as it mostly was in the main comic. Also, the way Jacob stays pretty much the same after becoming a vampire doesn't feel right. I know it's canon for some vampires (like Harmony) to retain a lot of their personality after death, but Jacob moves back into his mother's house and shows no particular wish to kill her - apart from a late appearance by a Slayer this could be any vampire story, not particularly centred in the Buffyverse. Also, Vasilis Lolos' art is a punky, sketchy style that seems very popular at the moment but I've never really got on with; and it means the bumpy-foreheaded vampface looks awful. Roll on next month and the return of Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty.