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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 1
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
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When I preordered this, I thought it would be a standard trade paperback size collection with hardcover binding. I did not realize that it would be a full-sized library edition. I actually prefer the high-quality durable paper and the larger size of the book! It's not something you'll take to read on a flight or anything, but for a quality home collection this is a great investment.

If storage space is a concern, I advise going with the trade paperback editions instead. However, if you want a large, durable hardcover, this is well worth the money.

As for the quality of the story, well, if you're looking at this you're probably already a Buffy fan. Suffice it to say, this is the official continuation of the Buffy series, just in a different medium. Whedon's plotting and writing remains intact, and he has been involved in the creative process and selection of all the other writers on the series. It definitely feels authentic as a continuation of the TV series, only without budget and filming scope restrictions. :) It's a bit jarring at first with the time jump betwen the end of Buffy Season 7 and the start of Season 8, but the interim storyline is filled in gradually much the way Whedon's crew did with the tv show when there were season jumps there as well.

Very, very good, and I can't wait for the next hardcover to release!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2012
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As a previous reviewer mention, I never imagined the quality of this book when I pre-ordered it. Dark Horse has outdone itself here with a gorgeous oversized book complete with a bound bookmark ribbon. This initial volume contains the first 10 issues of BtVS Season 8 along with several pages of sketches and notes. I'm looking forward to reading through the series as I'm a huge fan of the original show. I've already pre-ordered the second volume! Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Library Edition Volume 2 HC
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
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The quality of this library edition completely blows me away. The book is large format. The pages are very thick, almost card-stock thick. The binding is stitched, not glued. It's hard cover and the prints are very clear; just excellent all around. I'm definitely getting every one of these that comes out.

The writing is also excellent, especially the dialogue. I love, love, love all the cover artwork by Jo Chen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2012
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This Library Edition is the first of 4 installments which will include the entire Season 8 of Buffy along with some cool extras. This first edition is awesome, it includes really well written and drawn stories for any Buffy fan. I highly recommend this to any and all fans of Joss Whedon's hit show, Buff the Vampire Slayer, especially those interested in following up that awesome ending to the TV show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
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When people said the production quality was high, I expected a nice binding and the hardback part. Its the pages themselves - I wouldnt even call them paper! They are thick, very glossy (in a great way) and frankly each page looks more like a movie poster than a comic. These books are a work of art. The volumes themselves, in addition to being bound and covered in an outstanding manner, are simply bigger than a regular comic page - each page is an incredible joy to read. I also did not expect to have some bonus material provided, such as a section at the end featuring all the cover art of the original books (each HC volume covers 10 issues). I cant wait for 3 and 4! I was debating picking them up piecemeal since the HC 3 and HC 4 are a bit aways as i write this, and Season 9 is already underway, but theres no doubt now - I will wait for these collectible treasures, not spend cash on the regular issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2012
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This is a nice and high quality edition, with thick glossy paper and signatures sewn to the spine.

In terms of plot, this first volume seems to be kind of an introduction for things to come. For this reason, I got the feeling that I didn't get enough from the 300+ pages of the book. Despite that, I liked the story and where it seems to be headed.

The only problem with this book is the artwork. It seems to be very inconsistent, with very good artwork in some parts and very rough in others. Many times it seems like the drawings could be more detailed. One area in which the art fails is in making the characters recognizable. Several times I couldn't identify them in a first glance. Some times it occurred due to lack of detail, other times because of characters that looked too much alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
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Buy this. If you are a Buffy fan (especially one who wasn't satisfied with season seven's ending), buy this. You shouldn't regret it. The characters are spot on. The story is building as well as the tv show and the book's build in incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2013
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The BTVS Season 8 hardcover serves as both library piece and potential blunt instrument. The massive tome (almost as large as any ABSOLUTE SANDMAN edition) would easily be at home in the oversize shelf with other art books typically not of the comic book persuasion. Still, for $20 you get your money's worth: fine, sturdy pages of marvelous sheen and lots of extras. my only contention with it is that for a book as physically BIG as this one, I had hoped there would be at least 2 more issues in it. Instead, those issues have been spread over 2 other volumes, probably for additional sales.

Still, that's a minor gripe and has nothing to do with the quality of the book itself. It's a worthwhile purchase and I'm convinced that $10 of your money went to making the spine for the darn thing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
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This is a great read for any serious Buffy fan, but if you have never seen the series you might not understand everything that is going on. I have seen every episode of Buffy and was thrilled when I found out the series continued in this form. The artwork is amazing and the story line is brilliant. I couldn't put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
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Stoked to have found this huge hardcover edition of volume 1, for such a low price! I'm a huge BTVS fan, and love to collect what I can afford, and this luckily, this made the list! The library edition books, look great in my shelf, and I'd recommend the series to any geek out there.
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