Buffy's Wishy-Washiest Boyfriend Makes a Comic Book Comeback in "Riley One-Shot"

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Riley Finn, the white-bread soldier boy who stole college-girl Buffy Summers' heart, is back in a new Dark Horse one-shot written by Jane Espenson.

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Here's the official synopsis from Dark Horse:

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Acclaimed Buffy television writer Jane Espenson (Buffy: Tales of the Vampires, Battlestar Galactica) is back with answers to one of the surprising twists she and Executive Producer Joss Whedon introduced in the hit story arc "Retreat!" In the midst of the battle, Buffy's former flame, the demon-fighting soldier Riley Finn, seemingly in league with Twilight, was revealed as a double agent working for the Slayer army. Now Espenson and artist Karl Moline (Fray, Willow) uncover the secrets of Riley's recruitment by Buffy, his infiltration of Twilight's inner circle, and what's become of he and his superspy wife Sam. This essential one-shot delivers thrilling spy adventure and is filled with major revelations for the story of Buffy Season 8!

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DISCUSSION

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I proudly wear the title Defender of Riley Finn. Say what you will about him being boring, flat, whatever. But he was one of the best things that ever happened to Buffy. He was at her side through hard times and a key part to her growth into an adult woman (with an adult view of relationships).

Yeah, he left the show in a completely ridiculous way at a stupid time, but that was about trying to make Buffy stand alone through hardship, and not so much about genuine character growth on Riley's part.