Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 4: Time of Your Life Paperback
by Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, 1
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
- Publication Date: 05/05/2009
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9781595823106
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Review by Rhinoa
Buffy is sent into the future where she meets Fray (she has her own spin off comic). Fray is a future Slayer and was called after the Slayer line was dormant for many decades. There is only one Slayer in the future, so what happened to all the other Slayers Buffy awakened? There is an enemy in the future that Buffy must defeat once and for all, but can she make herself do it...
Review by timjones
I enjoyed reading this issue, but it was still the least satisfying volume of the series so far. It consists as usual of a four-issue arc followed by a standalone one-shot. "Time of Your Life" is an appropriate title: the main arc takes Buffy forward in time, while the one-shot takes her back to Season 1, in a print realisation of the never-completed Buffy: The Animated Series.The one-shot is superb, but, despite some interesting moments and Dawn's star turn as a ... spoiler alert ... centaur, the main arc didn't engage me. It plunges Buffy into the world of future Slayer Melaka Fray, and little concession is made to people like me who haven't read the Fray comics. The action - leaping from air-car to air-car - would have looked great on TV, but in the confines of a comic it was underwhelming.Not the team's best work, then, but it hasn't dampened my enthusiasm for the Buffy: Season 8 comics as a whole.
Review by fyrefly98
Review by catfantastic
The fourth volume of "Buffy Season Eight" is much weaker then the first three. The plot is quite convoluted and involves Buffy being hurled into the future, where she meets Melaka Fray. This is a crossover with Joss Whedon's previous graphic novel about a future slayer, but the plot charges along at such a rate that little background information is provided for fans who have not read "Fray." The plot is difficult to follow, and the return of a villain from the series who <i>should</i> be emotionally devastating, is resolved in an anti-climatic and unsatisfying way. The artwork by Karl Moline is also disappointing - it's much worse then the work he did on "Fray," and the characters are nearly unrecognizable. In fact, one major plot reveal is rendered <i>incomprehensible</i> because it is simply unclear whom the artist is illustrating. The stand-alone story at the end was essentially an episode of the "Buffy" children's cartoon that was planned at one point, but never produced, and is drawn in the ultra-cartoony style of a children's Saturday morning program under the guise of a dream sequence, but did nothing to further the plot.Rating: 2/5 - still a fun read, but definitely not the high point of "Buffy Season Eight."Recommended: only to fans who have read "Fray," and fans who wish there was a Buffy Saturday morning cartoon.
Review by LisaMaria_C
This is my least favorite volume of Season 8 so far. It largely involved Buffy traveling to the future where she meets Melaka Fray--the one and only slayer in her time. Apparently Whedon did some Fray comics, and maybe fans of that will find this installment has more resonance and makes more sense. I found it by and large confusing--and I don't find Moline an improvement over Jeanty. I often found myself not recognizing the figures, and in the case of one of the big reveals--which I felt ambivalent about--I wasn't even sure if that's who I thought it was... In the case of another major reveal, I felt, we'd been there, done that, and I didn't much like that story arc the first time. On the other hand, one thing I always liked about Whedon is he never flinches from the repercussions of things he sets up. I do like how this series is continuing to develop the consequences particularly of Willow's acts--both in bringing Buffy back and in imbuing all the potentials with the full powers of slayers. And I did love a lot of the humor--particularly Buffy's response to Fray's slang. Such as when Buffy says, "Boy the English language is just losing it. I should have treated it better."
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