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  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964), is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Angel (1999-2004), and Firefly (2002), which have also seen popular comic book adaptations, published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW.

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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Chance Lee on July 11, 2012
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The Season 9 premiere arc, Freefall, works a lot like the Dracula episode at the beginning of Seaseon 5 on TV: it's fun, but only gives us small hints as to what the focus of the season will be.

I hated Season 8. It felt like some evil demon had come into the world and decided to destroy Buffy (the show) and everything it stood for. They got carried away with doing fanciful things that would never happen on the show due to budget concerns, and the plot was absolutely ludicrous. The end of season 8 provided an interesting set-up for a new season, so here we are.

Enough about season 8. This is a review for Season 9. The world's lack of magic has done a few things to Buffy and co.: it's brought Buffy back to square one, patrolling for vampires solo instead of with an army of super-slayer girls. (She's also forced to read the Vampyr book given to her in Season 1, now that Giles isn't around to do her reading for her.) It's forced poor demons into menial labor jobs. And it's caused Willow to get a TERRIBLE haircut. Man, it's awful. Predictably, they decide that they need to restore magic to the world, and Willow's the one to do it. Let's hope she doesn't turn evil again along the way. Before they get to that point, there is one humorous plot twist, an interesting character that doesn't last long enough, and a big reveal who I'm not sure if she's a new character or someone I'm supposed to recognize but don't because of the transition from live action to artwork.

The art is good. Freefall looks better than the follow-up story "Slayer, Interrupted," which is kind of rough, but you can still recognize who's who. I'm not a comic-book person, just a Buffy fan. What this volume is really about is that Buffy is without her support network.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anca Gaiu on August 6, 2012
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This volume covers the first 5 issues of the new season, written by Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss, plus an eight pages story previously available only on digital (Magical Mystery Tour featuring the Beetles - by Jane Espenson).

I really loved the new down to Earth approach of the story. As always Buffy blames herself for everything, but she got her friends and family who'll always support her. Plus BAM at the end of the "dream" there's a new extremely scary development.

New and old characters very well drawn by Georges Jeanty and Karl Moline

From the alambicated zombified glowified heights of Season 8, Buffy's in Freefall. Literally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosella Jane on January 29, 2014
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The comics are more far fetched than the show, but they are great. The art is good. The story picks up where the show left off and keeps you on your toes wondering what will happen. If you hated to part with the characters, you'll probably really enjoy reading these comics.
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The first volume of the ninth season offers a bit of a mixed bag. The good part's are that it continues the story from season eight while moving the characters in new directions. As has always been a part of the Buffyverse is that the characters are always growing up, evolving, and trying to find their place in the world. This theme is what Joss Whedon excels at, and he does not dissapoint here. This is not like too many other comic books where the characters seem static in time and not much ever changes.
Moving Buffy to a big city opens up the possibilities for new characters to enter into her story, and a few are introduced here. Without giving too much away, I have to wonder if the main villian is the one that is hinted at near the end of the book, or if it is like last season where more people kept showing up? Either way I am stoked for the showdown that has to take place.
The villian is a great character, and it is a intersting way of demonstrating the consequences of one's actions, as Buffy learns.
My only gripe is that there is not a lot of involvement of the scooby gang. I know that they are also growing up, and starting to live their own lives also, but it would be nice to see them all together solving a demon mystery. Maybe that will happen in future volumes.
Overall book one starts season nine off on solid ground, and the ending will leave any reader wanting to pick up volume two and see what happens next
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Why read: Love Buffy.

What impressed me: Buffy just keeps on chugging. As a waitress without a plan, Buffy's life is vaguely reminiscent of the episode "Anne" when she ran away from home. But this is way better, because she still has the gang around her.

What disappointed me: This first volume of season 9 was kind of a downer. And more, Angel and Faith have left for their own comic spinoff.

Recommended: Yes. Season 9 is here. Buffy fans rejoice.

Continue series: Absolutely. Love me some Buffy.
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I was very happy with this book! Season 9 is MUCH better than 8. We're "getting back to the real world" so to speak. Not that I hated season 8 or anything, but it just didn't feel like the Buffy I know and love. This does. Buffy's full on snark is back and we are dealing with more "down to earth" slayer problems. Five stars for the first volume! Finished it right away and immediately purchased the next few volumes.
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