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  • Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829221
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Season 9 premiere arc, Freefall, works a lot like the Dracula episode at the beginning of Seaseon 5 on TV: it's fun, but only gives us small hints as to what the focus of the season will be.

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.
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The comics are more far fetched than the show, but they are great. The art is good. The story picks up where the show left off and keeps you on your toes wondering what will happen. If you hated to part with the characters, you'll probably really enjoy reading these comics.
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I was very happy with this book! Season 9 is MUCH better than 8. We're "getting back to the real world" so to speak. Not that I hated season 8 or anything, but it just didn't feel like the Buffy I know and love. This does. Buffy's full on snark is back and we are dealing with more "down to earth" slayer problems. Five stars for the first volume! Finished it right away and immediately purchased the next few volumes.
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I've been a die hard Buffy fan since 1997. I took the end of Season 7 really hard, so I was elated when the Season Eight graphic novewl came out and have slowly been buying them up since. The installment in particular blew my mind. I really wish I could tell you why, but that would spoil the ride. I can't wait to get my hnds on the next one.
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From Goodreads:
"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?!
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This volume covers the first 5 issues of the new season, written by Joss Whedon and Andrew Chambliss, plus an eight pages story previously available only on digital (Magical Mystery Tour featuring the Beetles - by Jane Espenson).

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.
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Season 9 is amazing and it's something I'd really been looking forward to. Season 9 is more down to earth and for those who had an issue with season 8 being too unrealistic, this is definitely something you'd appreciate. It feels like the TV series back in the comics.
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