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The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1) Paperback – December 1, 2010
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"The Long Way Home" picks up some time after the end of the 7th season. Buffy Summers is leading an army of awakened slayers in surgical strikes against demons worldwide. Instantly, the reader is greeted with a feeling of complete comfort in the old "Buffyverse"; the dialogue is so spot on you will hear the original actor's voices in your head as you read. Sly references to past events abound: Xander, still sporting his eyepatch, fancys himself a Nick Fury-type commander and fills the pages with geeky references, Dawn is suffering some very literal growing pains, Andrew makes us question his sexuality and continues pontificating at length about "Star Wars", etc; hardcore fans will not be let down. Villains with scores to settle return, including at least one you seriously never expected to see again. Each returning character is given the coolest possible introduction to the comic medium and if it possible to cheer while reading a book, you will.
The art is more than a little bit endearing, stylish, and cool. And the covers! Good God, the covers! Each month I spend what seems like minutes on end admiring the jaw-dropping artwork that greets me before I can even turn a single page.Read more ›
Did you think it was kind of lame when we learned in "Angel" that Buffy was off bopping in Italy with the powerful Immortal? She wasn't. Whedon handily explains that away -- without messing up the continuity even a bit.
"The Long Way Home" is the first story arc of the new series, and it takes us to the Scottish castle where Buffy hangs her hat as leader of a Slayer commando unit, where Xander acts as a new Watcher and ops coordinator, where Willow takes care of both mystical and technical affairs, and where Dawn -- still kind of whiny, damn it -- parks her very, very, very large sneakers.
Without giving too much away, I'll say that Buffy is hit with a magical assassination attempt and the American military takes an unfriendly view of the Slayer army, which strikes where and when it sees fit without respect to international boundaries. And, to round out the book, there's the very touching and well-imagined stand-alone tale about a very special Slayer with a very unique assignment.
I was pretty sure that nothing would fill the large Buffy-shaped hole in my heart. I'm not sure a new comic series is as good as a new TV series or a string of big-budget films (hint, hint), but it does a far better job than I could have expected.Read more ›
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I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. It was great to see my favorite characters again, amid follow their new adventures. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Angie Ritch
Wonderfully written as usual. So glad to see the gang back. They definitely have grown but remain the same Scooby gang we know and love.Published 4 days ago by Micheal
I made a mistake. This is the comic book. I would give the "Demons of the Hellmouth" book five stars.Published 2 months ago by Jackie Kay Mccoy
It was well illustrated but much too short. I wish it was 10 times as long. It's hard to get used to short comic books versus long novels.Published 3 months ago by Student
As someone who legitimately mourned the passing of Buffy as a TV series, I'm kind of embarrassed about how long it took me to explore its crossing over into another medium. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JTC
It's not the show, but it is the next best thing. Devoured this it in the same time it takes to watch an episode... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sara