Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
- Publication Date:
- 14 June 2011
- Horror and Ghost Stories
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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
Collects issues 36-40, the conclusion to this sprawling season. The final issue is by far the best, as Joss Whedon - who admits in an afterword that this season went away from what makes Buffy the character, and Buffy the show, tick - brings the focus back from the grandiose to the personal. Nice to see this often frustrating, sometimes brilliant season end on a high note.
The last volume of Season 8 with the final battle of good versus I have no idea what. Frankly it was confusing and there were no easy answers or good decisions to be made. Even defeating the big bad might be a bad idea. What even is the big bad? What is going on? It was still fantastically drawn and entertaining to read and I am looking forward to Season 9. A return to the basic Buffy thing without all the extra will be great. (I know that was cryptic, but I really don't want to give anything away if you haven't read it.)
The new universe that Buffy and Angel gave rise to takes it amiss when they abandon it to save their friends. I'm honestly a little befuddled by the events that follow, but we have the reappearance of Spike, captaining a spaceship piloted by a race of giant bugs, the Master, a victory of sorts that leads to the banishment of magics from the world, and the death of a major character who has been there from the beginning. Lots of storylines here to follow, some of them quite poignant. I just wish it wasn't such a muddled plough to get through.
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