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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595823107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595823106
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Overall its a decent enough volume, but it doesn't have the same vitality or energy that the other volumes do.
Andy Shuping
Buffy season 8 is great for the person who wants to see how joss whedons idea of the buffy-verse continues on with no networks, and with limitless creativity.
S. Whitmer
I mean, it's exciting enough and there's just enough information to figure out what's going on, but it doesn't seem like it's the full story.
Ashley Ferguson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ross Rankin on October 13, 2009
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I'm a huge BtVS fan and own the whole TV series on DVD. I've really like most of the Season 8 comics to date. Volume 4, if you are collecting the graphic novel format versus the individual issues, is the weakest of collection so far. While I did enjoy seeing the Fray characters again, it felt like more of a stunt that a real plot point. The Willow portion also felt unsatisfying as well, sorry its hard to explain while trying to be vague to avoid major spoilers.

The side plot of Dawn, was, in reality, kind of stupid. I appreciate that they wanted to add some more fantastical elements that cover ground they could do in a TV show with a moderate budget, but this was beyond the spirit of the series. The "there are consequences to relationships" is very Joss, but the results here feel like fodder for a few quips and jokes rather than a solid allegory.

So while I'll tune into for another volume, my passion for this version of BtVS is waning and will be gone without a solid set of issues and some new meaty hooks to build my desire and suspense for a volume 6.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Penrose on August 29, 2009
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I was loving this series and the last trade (Vol. 3) was my favorite. So, my expectations for this were high. Sadly, they were dashed quickly. This tale of time travel and forest creatures fell so short is was depressing. The future slayer story line was hard to follow (so much so that I wondered if I was missing pages), the dialogue was confusing, and the art was atrocious. The reveal of who Buffy met in NYC was lost on me because the art wasn't clear as to who it was. So disappointing. This entire story seems pointless and Dawn being a Centaur is beyond annoying. Big step down. :(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rg on August 12, 2009
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I'll be honest, the only decent thing about this item is that the Buffy/Fray conflict has an okay storyline that help furthers Fray's story arc more-so than Buffy's. The stories have really started going downhill for the Season 8 comic, and lacks any sort of foundation. It is as though the writers are trying to stretch the story arc to its limits, and gradually diluting any sort of characterization along the way.

I suggest only getting this set simply for the Fray story arc and the issue that gives a little shout-out to the animated series. Otherwise, skip it and just buy them individually.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Veers on June 4, 2009
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Having read the first five reviews, I have to say my piece. Season 8 has been better than any of the TV seasons because Whedon's stories are no longer limited by filming budget. After Buffy's trip to Japan in "Wolves at the Gate", the next trip that would have been impossible on TV was to take Buffy to the future. The story has been criticized for being nothing more than a needless excuse for Buffy to meet (and fight) Fray. Is it really? The first 3½ pages disorient in a good way by throwing readers straight into the action before Whedon moves to a flashback sequence where we see how Buffy got onto that rooftop. Plus, he gives us a mystery of Dawn's transformation and the sudden switch of places in time between Buffy and the monster from the future, before ending the first episode in one of those wonderful Whedon cliffhangers. Then, the second episode starts, logically, by showing us how Fray got onto that rooftop. Whedon throws us a red herring when Buffy and Fray's antagonist in the future is described as "the dark-haired one" who has "lived for centuries, speaks in riddles and strange voices." This brings to mind a certain Vampire lady... Taking advantage of the fact that comics don't (usually) have sound, Whedon can even allow the "dark-haired one" to speak without the readers not being able to identify her by recognizing her voice. Clever. Whedon juggles the future storyline with the present day storyline, in which the assault on the Slayers' castle base drives Buffy's forces on the run, once again in a situation where the bad guys seem to be winning. This recalls the most dire situations our heroes have found themselves in the previous seasons while also being completely different. Then he ends the second episode with yet one Whedon-class revelation of the antagonists identity.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher E. Arnold on September 15, 2009
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I just finished reading this and the story has not advanced one bit after 5 books now.

The whole cross time caper had 0 point with everything resetting back to the way it started at the end of the story. Telling who is who in this book take reading the words because the art is so bad I can't figure out most of the caracters (except for the one male). I also agree with several of the other reivews that the big reveal in this book is totally lost with the bad art. I have no clue who that is even after showing their face....

The 5th book was cute and at least I could tell the characters apart it also lacked any real reason.

Hopefully Vol 5 gets back on track and they find a new artist for this series quick!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Leppla on May 3, 2012
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The fourth installment in the 8th season of Buffy takes you hundreds of years into a much darker New York City in the future. Here Buffy encounters a slayer named Melaka Fray. Dark Willow also returns. What is odd is that Melaka is the only slayer... the only slayer who also has a brother that is a vampire leader, Harth. While Buffy originally works alongside Melaka she finds herself alone, Maleka having sided with the evil Willow after promising her that their world would end if Buffy continued to live. In the end Buffy makes a very difficult decision to get back home to the present. A decision that could have repercussions in the future (my own personal opinion).

On the fun side, if time traveling doesn't give you enough of that supernatural element, our favorite little sister Dawn is no longer a Giant but a Centaur. Also, another character makes a return when Buffy and Willow travel to New York City: Willow's girlfriend, Kennedy.

A few questions come up while reading this installment... what is Dark Willow's purpose in the future? Did she trick Maleka in telling her that the world would end if Buffy lived? If so, why? What will happen to Buffy's and present day Willow's relationship now? What is going to happen to Dawn? Will Xander fall in love with someone new now that Renee is dead?

So far, out of the installments, this one gives you more questions, all of which I believe will be crucial to the future of the Scooby Gang and their battle against Twilight. And once again the graphics are amazing and Joss Whedon has not lost his touch in making sure that Season 8 is staying true to all that is Buffy.
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