Buffy the Vampire Slayer : Last Gleaming Season 8, volume 8 Paperback
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, chiefly col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
- Publication Date: 31/05/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781595826107
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Review by DanieXJ
Okay. This one took me a second to get into since they started back in the Season a bit so we could catch up with Angel and Spike.Then we're back to superpowered heroes and an army of slayers. Not to mention some seriously messed up not from our world monsters.From there we get reaquainted with some characters and some big changes take palce.It was a solid 'Season 8 Finale', some wrap up, some cliffhanger. I enjoyed it.Honestly I think my only problem with Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 was a general one. Just as I watched Season 7 with the hope, I've read every volume of season eight with the same hope that we'd really (and not just a drive by) get to see Tara. *sigh* Alas, still. A very good continuation of the TV season 7.
Review by fyrefly98
Review by usagijihen
This is my review of volumes 5-8, since it just seemed like a better idea to review the rest all in one shot.So I hear that there’s been a season 9 approved now (for comics)? Someone correct me on that if I’m wrong, but either way, I am very excited. Volumes 7 and 8 were the best of the entire season, hands down. But volume 6 is what really got the ball rolling again (I could have done without the whole Harmony sub-arc, but as it added to the story, meh, I’ll take what I can get). The idea that everyone hated the Slayers even though they were saving butts right and left was a delicious one, a very Whedonian one, and very well executed. But the Big Reveal on this season’s big bad definitely took me by surprise, though in retrospect, it probably shouldn’t have. I should know Whedonian plots when I see them.Hm. The idea of not just Buffy, but Angel being the vessels to the will of the universe/destiny/whatever and change was really great. I think I liked that part the most. They were always my favorite pairing for the show, mostly because they played so well off of each other. And in the comic, that continues, even if the change to Angel’s character hasn’t progressed too much from what we last saw in both TV series. He’s still conflicted, angsty, resolving to be good, but accidentally screwing it up – except this time, it’s a world-destroying universe-ending screw up. Faith willing to work with him at the end of the season makes full use of her name and how she’s become a little more humble under Giles’ tutelage over the years when Buffy is too upset to really do anything. Faith’s role in all of this isn’t as large as Buffy’s, but when it comes down to the end of the season, it’s just as important, if not more (as it’s setting up for season 9).And can I just say how much I love Spike and the Bugs? I love Spike and the Bugs SO much. That was the best part of the first half of the last volume. And the steampunk ship. That was glorious.It’s hard to write a review for the end of this season without spoilers, so this review is going to be short. All I can tell you to do is to read the whole season, even if it only got really good around volume 6 onward. I can't do it justice with a halfassed review with no spoilers. Yes, it really was that good.To wrap it up, I’ll just say that I’m definitely looking forward to season 9, and the Faith spinoff (that and more of the Angel spinoff, which I have to catch up on anyway). The end was definitely twisted and a bit of a shock, but considering what happened with Twilight in play, it’s not that entirely surprising. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.(posted to goodreads, librarything, shelfari, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com
Review by bragan
This is the final volume in the first season of <I>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</I>'s graphic novel afterlife. I was pretty into this series up until the previous installment, which shattered my suspension of disbelief into a surprising number of pieces and left me laughing at things that were clearly meant to be dramatic and/or romantic. This volume, alas, really doesn't manage to recover from that, which is a pity, as it meant things that should have had a certain amount of impact on me didn't. Still, there is some fun dialog, which is always one of the great joys of <I>Buffy</I>, and they've left things set up to go in hopefully rather less over-the-top directions in "season 9."
Review by catalogthis
Another difficult rating to assign. Two stars for too much convoluted exposition... three stars for bringing back my favorite character from the series and making him sound <i>exactly like</i> himself ("That wasn't our fault!" "Nobody said it was except me right now to your face!")... and eleven stars for page 35. Which I will leave cryptic, lest I divulge spoilers. So, four stars overall. I'm reluctant to get to specific in this review, because some of the surprises (in this volume and in the whole season) were excellent, and I'd hate to ruin that for anyone. So generally speaking, the big story arc was a bit clunky and unbalanced, while the character development was brilliant. My disappointments with Buffy Season 8 were pretty much exactly what Joss himself described in his little "letter to the readers" at the end of this volume. Which means that either (a) Joss and I are mental twins, or (b) I've watched way too many of his interviews & commentaries. Probably (b).Bring on Season 9!
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