One avid Buffy fan takes a look back at the four-year, forty-three-issue comic book “season” of his favorite television show…
Ah, Buffy. Just as into every generation, a chosen one is born, into every generation is also born a TV show that epitomizes all that we love about geekdom, that encapsulates the geek zeitgeist, and that just plain rocks all of our collective geek socks off (does that make it sound like we’re all sharing the same socks? That would be weird). Buffy the Vampire Slayer was just such a show. You only need to, well, have paid any attention whatsoever to anything geek-related in the past twenty years to see the impact that Buffy has had on geek culture. When the show ended with a city-destroying-and-world-altering bang after seven glorious years in 2003, there was much sadness, but also understanding—we have learned that all good things must come to an end.
Ah, but do they?!
Enter early 2007, nearly four years after the Hellmouth exploded and left Sunnydale a barren crater. It was announced that the adventures of Buffy and the Scoobies could and must continue! And not just random stories scattered throughout the show’s history, as in Dark Horse Comics’s existing Buffy title/s, but an actual follow-up to the nominal series finale, with the full backing, plotting, and even occasional writing assistance, from creator Joss Whedon himself.
So, was it a good ride? Was the continuation of the TV show in comic form successful? Was it truly Buffy as we knew it?
Come with me as, starting next week, I take a look back at the issues (in more than one sense of the world) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight…
See you then!
In the meantime, enjoy this trailer for the season’s motion comic:
It’s almost like the animated Buffy actually got made, isn’t it? Remind yourself how great that would have been here:
See you next week, fellow Scoobies!