I have cut Joss Whedon a lot of slack over the years. When he allowed the atrocity that was Buffy/Spike. When he couldn't stop whining about networks not giving him a chance while he had two successful cult franchises in his wake. When he mentioned Firefly's cancellation in every interview for two years. When I realized that no matter what show he wrote, he would always be leaving out non-white characters and making women into his ultimate strong-woman-helpless-emotionally jack off fantasy in which Eliza Dushku looks slightly shocked and saddened as she punches him in the throat while begging him for help in learning the ways of love.
Okay, that last one is admittedly me losing patience with him. But his latest transgression is far and away a hundred times worse than any dickbag move he's made so far. Buffy fans be warned, there will be comic spoilers from here out.
Joss Whedon killed Giles.
For reasons that I can only chalk up to just not giving a shit, in the January Buffy comic, Angel, who is evil again, kills Giles by breaking his neck. I remember something like that happening before. In season two. When killing a character actually meant something in the Buffy verse and before everyone expected Joyce to be back any minute.
Joss recycled Giles's girlfriend's death to kill Giles.
I can see what he was going for. For Giles to die by the hand of the vampire who killed the woman he loved, in the same manner as she died, years after reconciling with the man who killed her and coming to trust him enough to fight beside him, should have packed an emotional wallop. It would have been perfect, if he hadn't waited for the series to end before he did it. You can't do a "call-back" to an episode that aired over ten years ago and expect it to have the effect you intended. Instead, it looks like you've run out of ideas. And when that lack of creativity extends to a beloved character, fans are going to be pissed.
I know the Buffy comics are supposed to be canon, but as a fan, I cannot and will not accept any of the trainwreck that is the Buffy comics. No "Dawn loses her virginity and becomes a giant," no "Buffy is lesbian now because Joss can't function without the thought of girl parts touching and straight women who have bad enough luck with men will naturally become gay," no "Giles is dead, aren't I awesome at making you feeeeeel things?" The Buffy comics bear no resemblance at all to the show the I remember, and I can add that to my list of reasons why Joss Whedon is an overrated jackass.