Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Comic Review: Buffy, Season 8, The Long Way Home, Volume 1

The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1)

Although Buffy, the TV Series ended, Joss Whedon decided to continue the story line in comic form. This allows him to go above and beyond in storyline and “special effects”. There are no more budgetary constrictions, or physical limitations of the actors. If you can draw it, it can happen. Thus, I assumed this before I even started reading. It served me well because the magic component of the show (Willow, witches, etc.) has been exaggerated above and beyond everything we have seen in all the seasons, combined, times 1 million.

The Long Way Home is the first volume of the series and it is comprised of 5 issues. In the first issue we are introduced to the slayer army, the next big bad and Dawn’s magical issues.

The story picks up after Season 7, all the slayers have been ‘awakened’ and Buffy is now the leader of what has essentially become an army of slayers. But, Buffy has gone hi-tech: helicopters, forts, special anything. This is addressed later on in the series.

I admit I was hesitant to read them, there is just nothing like the show. But, as I read this first volume, I was happily surprised that the comical relief was still there and that it translated well into paper. The artwork is really good and works well to bring the characters to life.

The only issue I have are the HUGE wholes all over the series. Things just happen and never explained. I feel as if I missed a whole page of events.

Otherwise, this is, without a doubt, a must read for all Buffy fans.

Note: I received this galley free from the publisher.

Next up for review is: 

No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, Volume 2)

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