- Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse) (Book 8)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (June 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595826106
- ISBN-13: 978-1595826107
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 Volume 8: Last Gleaming (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Dark Horse)) Paperback – May 31, 2011
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This capper for Season 8 is surprisingly strong given some of the mess that came in the preceeding volumes. The idea behind Twilight and what it actually is and means is a pretty interesting one, and it's well realized considering how confusing it could have been. That said there's still some issues. Even more old characters from the show are tossed in, and as has been the case throughout the season the reveal is cool and then nothing interesting is done with the character (it already happened with Warren, Oz and Riley, and now they've done it with a classic baddy.)
Thankfully the dialogue is especially snappy in this one, which is vital since it's some pretty heady ideas being expressed. Season 8 was a bumpy ride, but it didn't end in total disaster thanks to this volume.
, as most reviewers have already said lost its way in the middle, but this collection salvaged the key elements to complete the story. For any fan, I recommend this season as a whole regardless of its over the top problems and this volume in particular.
So this volume is all about wrapping up the over-the-top place we last saw our characters and bringing them back down to earth, literally, in one character's case.
As a result, it's not necessarily the most narratively satisfying -- the big should-be-character-defining death in this volume just sort of HAPPENS and things move on -- because Whedon and company are busy cleaning up all the mess from the night before.
That said, after "Twilight," I wasn't sure if I wanted to come back for Season Nine. "Last Gleaming" changed that. I'm definitely back in, especially since the creators seem to have identified what it was that made Buffy and company work to begin with.
Recommended mostly for diehards who are committed to seeing it through. Not a great volume for casual fans who aren't particularly concerned about Buffy continuity issues.
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After the end of this volume and of season 8, I am happy that it looks like in season 9 we'll be getting back to a "simpler" Buffy.Read more
Last Gleaming ~ Buffy and Angel have created a shizzlestorm on Earth and now they have to help clean it up.Read more