Release Date: January 30, 2018
When Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended after seven glorious seasons, we feared it gone for good. But then came Season Eight, in comic book form… here, a look back at the four-year, forty-three comic season.
From Buffy expert K. Burtt comes an in-depth analysis of the series in all its (mostly) glory, from The Long Way Home through to Last Gleaming, with side-trips to one-shots Tales of the Vampires, Willow and Riley along the way.
The Long Way Home (Issues #1 – #4)
Written by Joss Whedon
Penciled by Georges Jeanty
Collected as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1 (with Issue #5)
The introduction to the world after the Slayerization of all potential Slayers and the destruction of Sunnydale (that had the side benefit of saving the world). Buffy has grouped the new Slayers into squads (well, what do you call a group of Slayers?!), which are considered terrorist cells by the US Military. Having decided that the Slayers represent a threat to the world, the military decides to send newly-recovered witch Amy to take Buffy out. Mystical hijinks and violence ensue. And we get hints at a big bad with multiple references to “Twilight” (I could make a joke here about having “Twilight” and “big bad” in the same sentence… but that’s just too easy), complete with a frown-turned-upside-down-turned-upside-down-again symbol (“So it’s a frown?”).
Ethan Rayne, Witch Amy, Skinless Warren
Specifically, mention of it being a fake Buffy with “The Immortal” in Rome [Angel, “The Girl in Question”, S05E20 – Ed.]. I never thought that particular episode of Angel worked at all with Angel and Spike chasing after Buffy upon hearing she was seeing their arch-nemesis. So learning that that was all a fake and a big joke facilitated by Andrew redeemed everything. But, in general, the interplay between the characters was well done and the plot seemed Buffy-esque, but on a grander scale (handily available due to the new comic-centric format without the whole pesky TV budget thing to worry about. And while I can’t claim to have needed the visual, I’m guessing that the image of a naked Angel and Spike chained up with Buffy between them (alas, not naked, though in a nurse outfit, so not bad) definitely worked for ‘shippers and slash fans alike.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK
Nothing dramatic, but a few gripes. One, no explanation is given as to why and how Buffy and the Slayer army have access to lots o’ technology and funding (will there be an explanation later? Oooh… foreshadowing!). Two, Willow seems really powerful. I suppose the argument could be made that with her attempting to destroy the world in Season 6 and then effectively Slayerizing everyone in Season 7 showcases massive amounts of magical ability, but what we see in these issues did seem to be not quite in line with the character.
Dawn’s a giant! Warren’s alive! With no skin! Someone is in love with Buffy (who isn’t me)!
SLAYER 1: …I feel a little weird about using a crucifix to kill someone.
SLAYER 2: Yeh dinno much about religion, do yeh?
Mega, Mondo, Super, Hyper, Beaucoup d’, Crazy, Stupid High. This IS Buffy, just in comic format.
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Release Date: January 30, 2018
Available for Pre-Order