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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Warning! Spoilers ahead!

This Faith arc is the second major story to be told in BUFFY Season 8 and is a wonderful spin on Faith's own story.

Anyone who has seen BUFFY knows the story of Faith (and not merely in Andrew's fanciful version from "Bad Girls" in Season Seven). Faith is essentially what you get when someone from a broken home with all the attendant emotional difficulties becomes a slayer. Without a stable support network, in Season Three Faith falls prey to the Mayor, who gives her the kind of fatherly care she received from no other place. Largely thanks to Angel, she gradually gets her life back under control, but even so she remains an outsider compared to Buffy and her gang of new slayers.

In "No Future for You" Giles approaches Faith with a proposition. One of the new slayers had been killing other slayers. If Faith could get close to her and kill her, he would give Faith financial backing to go anywhere she wanted. What follows is a tragic story as Faith realizes that the killer slayer had been profoundly misinformed about Buffy (who she intended to kill). Instead of killing her, she hopes to give her the kind of second chance that Angel had given her. Unfortunately her good intentions are for naught, resulting not only in the new slayer's death, but in Buffy becoming more suspicious than ever of Faith's good intentions. Giles, however, understands more fully the nature of the situation, and with a newfound respect for how much Faith has grown as a person, asks her to team with him to take care of other challenging situations in the future regarding out of control slayers.

"No Future for You" was written by comics superstar Brian K. Vaughan, author of some of the best graphic work of the past few years, including PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, the wonderful series Y: THE LAST MAN, and, an especial favorite of mine, THE RUNAWAYS, Marvel's youngest and hippest group of superheroes. Anyone who has read THE RUNAWAYS will instantly sense how deeply it was influenced by BUFFY. So it was natural for Whedon to ask Vaughan to write one of the arcs in BUFFY Season 8. Interestingly, while Vaughan was writing "No Future for You," Whedon was taking a shot at writing the first post-Vaughan arc for THE RUNAWAYS. I actually have some hope that Vaughan might be able to contribute a script for Whedon's new series DOLLHOUSE, but that could be difficult since Vaughan is currently serving as executive story editor on the TV series LOST. But in a couple of years?

I actually preferred this arc to the first group of issues written by Whedon. Those were very good, but not quite as focused as these. But as Michael Scott might say, "They're all good."
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Some fans were on the fence about the first volume of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight. If "No Future For You," the second volume of the series, can't pull them off that fence and over to the rabid fan-boy/girl side, then nothing can, because this is just a solid, solid book.

Brian K. Vaughan takes on writing duties for the main part of this volume, the titular "No Future for You" miniseries. In the story, we catch up with Faith, who is still adjusting to living live as one of the good guys. Like most Joss Whedon (and Brian K. Vaughan, for that matter) works, this is a dark book with a lot of moral ambiguity that perfectly suits Faith and Giles, who is also a major part of this arc. Brian K. Vaughan's writing is great and his intricate knowledge of the medium of comic books makes this a better arc than Joss's own "The Long Way Home."

The story has Faith going up against a rogue slayer, which has her reflecting a lot on her own evil days. Through flashbacks, Vaughan makes strong parallels between Faith's past and the main action of this story, which takes place at a "fancy dress party" in England. Vaughan doesn't let us forget about the Scoobies, who are dealing with their own problems back at the Scottish castle. Another big plus about this story is that the Big Bad of the season is revealed on the final page of #9 (the conclusion to the "No Future for You" arc).

Also included in this book is a one-shot called "Anywhere But Here" (written by Joss Whedon), which is been one of the fan favorites from Season Eight. Artist Cliff Richards (the artist who drew many of the old Buffy comics) takes on art duties for this one issue, which shows Buffy and Willow having a very revealing heart-to-heart conversation... while they go up against a demon that causes reality to buckle around it. This issue alone is worth the price, because not only is it the best example of Joss's writing we've seen up until that point, but it's also a "very special issue" because it pays tribute to a disabled fan of the show who won a Buffy contest. Further comments on the artwork and stories of the individual five issues can be found here: Buffy #6,Buffy #7,Buffy #8,Buffy #9, and Buffy #10.

Overall, this isn't only a book that every Buffy fan should have, it's something that every fan of graphic storytelling should own. It's a perfect example of why this is such a great medium and how the comic book has evolved. It packs an emotional wallop, it's true to the heart of the show, and it's written by two great writers.

9/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Episodes 6-9 continue in "No Future for You". They continue the threads of the earlier five episodes and in the way we would expect from Joss Whedon. Here we find out what Faith and Giles have been up to as well as more about Willow's private life and Dawn's indiscretions. Still not enough about Xander and Buffy when I'm so used to them, especially Buffy, being the center of the show. But given that a couple thousand slayers have been triggered the focus should be spread out. Can't wait for the third volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2009
For me, this is the best one of the Buffy Season 8 so far. I love the stories with Faith and that no matter how good Faith's intentions are, she always ends up with her face meeting Buffy's fist. I also love the idea that Giles and Faith will team up in the future to protect Buffy from those things that she just shouldn't need to deal with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2010
This is a great installment in Season 8 of BTVS.

First of all, I have to say that it's good to see a Faith addition to the BTVS series that actually focuses around Faith in a good way. One that actually shows some character growth, that actually shows Faith trying to do good.
No, it doesn't start out that way, really... But it ends with the Faith character actually showing some growth outside of the "Angel" series (Which, IMO, is the only place that it actually happened in the past... Yes, in season 7 of Buffy, Faith had changed, but those changes took place as a result of "Angel" plot-lines).

It starts out as a kill mission from Giles but turns into Faith trying to make the target see the error of her ways and change sides. The result is accidental and Faith does not relish in it, as she did in the past to similar events. As a result of what happened, Faith decides to contribute to the good fight in her own way and probably the best way that she can... Helping and rehabilitating Slayers that have lost their way.

I've always thought that Faith was one of the more complicated characters in the BTVS world. Most of her story wasn't told on either show, I don't think, only the results of the things that made her the way that she is.
It's always been hard, nearly impossible even, for Faith to make up for the things that she did... And I think that this is a good way for her to really start. I don't think that normal 'Slaying' is for her anymore but she could end up doing a lot more good than she could ever do if she were to go that route.
She also knows that no matter what she does, Buffy and the gang will never trust her. She will never actually be a part of the team.. But that may end up being the best for Faith.

I definitely enjoyed this installment and I really hope that there's more to come of Faith's story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2009
If Buffy, the petite pop-modern vampire slayer wasn't enough for you this second volume from Joss Whedon's "Season Eight" of Buffy brings tortured, anti-heroine slayer Faith back into play in a role even more suited to her than vampire and demon slaying.
Part of the draw of the Buffy-verse is the balance of darkness and good. Every character has had their dips into evil, from Xander's flirtations with all manner of monsters to Willow's grief-induced stint as the Big Bad. But some characters start out from deeper in the evil well. Giles and Faith are two of the darkest, Faith representing the out of control youth, caught in a cycle of violence from a young age and carrying on the chaos in her own life in a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. Giles' history, merely glanced upon in the TV series feels more like a betrayal, when you come to love this patient, always-trying man only to discover he has a hard core of frightening ruthlessness.
Buffy, Xander and even Willow are the Superman and the Spidermans of the Buffy-verse, but Faith and Giles are the Punishers.
This analogy is proven hard and fast from the first few pages when Giles calls on Faith to do what the other Slayers can't, walk into the house of a single mother who was turned into a vampire and slay the kids she turned. After this trying scene Giles meets back up with Faith at her apartment and asks her to handle a special case for him, one he doesn't even want Buffy, Xander, Willow and the other Slayers to know about. It stands to reason that not all the Potentials who are now endowed with Slayer powers would turn out good, especially as other creatures of power find and foster them since Buffy's operation is busy with the new threats from the mysterious "Twilight" and the good old U.S. Government.
Assassinating a Slayer, even if she is evil is not an easy task, as this volume proves.
Furthermore, "No Future for You" also proves that the switch to comics was an excellent move for Whedon and the Buffy-verse as the format allows a lot more playing, and a hyperfocus on characters otherwise glanced over in the series. Many plots dealt with Faith and her waffling between the forces of good and evil, but the glimpses we see of her past in these pages are heart breaking and enlightening at the same time.
One could easily argue, after this addition to Season Eight, that Faith might make a better lead, if the audience can handle a grittier, darker, less reliable narrator.

*Also, this volume features the cameo of my publisher's wife, Robin, which I was very glad to finally get to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Season 8 continues with a sizeable story about Faith and Giles, which were two of my favorite Buffy characters. In some ways, I enjoyed Faith's character development on Angel more than I did on Buffy, as she became as tormented as Angel about who she is and what she is to become. This story takes us up to date with her and both her self-doubt and everyone else's doubt about who she is and whose side she fights on.
We also get up to date on the strange occurences with Dawn and why she is giant sized while we dig deeper into Willows memories of Tara and how she is trying to protect Kennedy from the same fate.
While these stories are not as drawn out and detailed as the tv series was, it is a good fix and really does allow you to be drawn into Buffy's world once again. The characters and the dialogue are as sharp as ever in this second installation of season 8.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2008
This is volume 2 of season 8 of Buffy, starting with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Long Way Home". If this is your first buy of Buffy Cartoons I recommend to get volume 1 first. If you are back for more read on...

Faith... the bad slayer is hired to do a dirty job for Giles. It's a very good story, with the same excellent art as the first volume.

Proos:

* Good story
* Good art
* Faithfull reunion with Faith as we know her from the tvseries

Cons:

* It's about 3/5 about Faith and just 2/3 about Buffy. If you don't like Faith, this might be disappointing. If you plan to follow the story arc continuing in volume 3 don't miss out though.

Worth 5 stars... Five-by-five Faith!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2008
I was very psyched by the first volume of Season 8 and have had this item saved on my wishlist for months now. All this pent up anticipatation may explain my dissatisfaction with the second volume. The Faith side story starts out with some depth and potential, but the storyline borders on recycling. I simply cannot believe that an upper class elitist Brit was the best they could come up with as a foil for Faith. The interchanges seemed stilted and the villain more petulant and annoying than sinister or frightening. Faith has attachment issues and a hard time not switching sides. We get it. It's just a stretch to think that a new gal pal of 36 hours is the missing link that tempts her back to the dark side...

Since this was the predominant story line it really weighted my review, BUT the bright spot was the latter story (penned of course it would seem by the lucky fellow himself)chocked full of cameos and Buffy-Willow wittilogue.

Last time I checked, Joss Whedon was not soliciting my consultation before making his next creative decision, nor can I blame him. However, it's obvious to any Buffy/Angel/Firefly fan that the closer Joss is to writing/directing any episode, the better the finished product. Of course he can't be at all places at all times, BUT I am willing to bet my Sarah Michelle Gellar autographed Underoos that he had less hands-on during the production of this volume than the first.
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on April 7, 2015
I don't have anything else to say about Georges Jeanty's art that I didn't already say in my review for Buffy season 8 volume 1. All of the main characters look like the real person that they're based on and the monsters look cool. I give this volume 5 stars for art.

I know who Brian K Vaughn is, but I've never read anything else that he's written as far as I know. I feel confident enough in whomever Joss Whedon hands writing duties over to when he's not writing it personally. I know Joss would never allow some substandard writing to be done as official canon of such a beloved creation. This volume brings faith and Giles into the season 8 story for the first time. I thought Vaughn's best work in this book was his interactions between Faith, Giles and whomever else Faith ran into. I'm not saying than any of his writing was bad. It's just that those interactions stood out the most for me. Faith is my favorite character in the Buffy-verse and I feel that Vaughn understands her character well. I'll have to pick up some of his other work to see if it is as good as this.

In my opinion, standalone issues of comics as well as standalone episodes of TV series are generally just filler material to bridge a gap between story arcs. Joss Whedon's work seems to be an exception to that. With episodes like Hush in the TV series and issue #10 that wraps up this volume, Whedon has proven himself very adept at telling a compelling standalone story that doesn't detract from the larger season encompassing story. Having Buffy and Willow tell each other about their fantasies that include Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, and not one, but two Christian Bales is purely Whedon-esque humor mixed into an otherwise emotional story.

I give Vaughn's 4 issue story arc as well as Whedon's standalone issues both 5 stars. When I'm reading these volumes, I can clearly see the scenes being played out live in my head and wishing that this show was still on the air.
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