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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 1: Freefall Paperback – July 3, 2012
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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.Read more ›
"Season 8 ended with a bang that cut the world off from magic—culminating in another set of world-ending problems. Buffy has left her best friend, Willow, powerless, and brought an end to a millennia-long tradition of superpowered girls. By day, Buffy is a twenty-something waitress with no real direction, and even though magic is gone, she’s still a vampire Slayer by night. Bigger problem? Vampires are becoming an epidemic . . . of zompires!"
First, the artwork…love it! Most of the characters look the way I expect them to and I love the new peeps. There was one guy I wasn’t sure who it was, but then I realized it was Riley. He definitely didn’t look right. Other than that, I loved it.
Now, the story…I was quite disappointed with Season 8, but being a fan I knew I had to continue on. I have to say this new season is starting off with promise. After the destruction of the seed, things are very grim for the magical community, but Buffy still needs to slay vampires. Unfortunately, she needs a job in order to pay bills, so she works in a coffee shop. She sorta has the normal mundane life she once wanted with a job and an apartment with roommates, but things are never what they seem. Zompires? Eldre Koh? Severin? Spike? The groundwork is laid and it looks like things are going to be very interesting. I hope they continue to be so and that ending? Holy shizzle! What will Buffy do now?!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These comics make me happy in that they seem true to the direction of the TV show. The characters all ring true to me.Published 4 months ago by Melanie Crane
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Don't appreciate the part about pregnancy. The only reason. I could stomach it was because of the twist. . . Now on to the next
Dark Horse and Joss Whedon are a great combo. Even though the show was on for seven seasons, that wasn't nearly enough. Season nine is shaping up to be as good as season eight.Published 16 months ago by Spec Fic Afficianado
I actually liked season 8 even though it was a tad absurd. I really liked this opening to season 9. Sadly for the three volumes I read for this season this happens to be the best... Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by maxwell
I can't wait for volume 2! Season 9 is starting off with a bang... and I love it. Will continuePublished on August 20, 2013 by Heidi Joachim
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. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by daniel kopping
I'm not pleased with how last season of the comics developed but I'm still a huge fan of Buffy. It's very entertaining whether or not you appreciate how the story progresses.Published on June 1, 2013 by JB
I'll admit it. I thought season 8 got a little out of control towards the end. It lacked a lot of the small town scoobey gang-ness that I love about Buffy so I'm super excited to... Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Dale Carnell
After a rather bizarre Season 8, this was refreshing. It was more character driven, rather than relying on insane plots.Published on May 12, 2013 by Mike