- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (December 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593078226
- ISBN-13: 978-1593078225
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
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The Long Way Home (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Vol. 1) Paperback – December 1, 2010
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The newest incarnation of the Buffy comic, written by series creator Whedon, is effectively the new season of the TV series. It plunges right into the show's dense cosmology and doesn't bother to explain anything to neophytes. Regulars will love it, however. The Long Way Home establishes the season 8 status quo: demon-killing heroine Buffy Summers is now commanding an army of hundreds of Slayers (and her little sister, Dawn, has been turned into a giant by Whedon's favorite transformative force, sex). Still, there's some creepy unfinished business from the TV show to deal with, and the U.S. Army is coming after her, too. A shorter story, The Chain, concerns the bittersweet, truncated life of a Buffy look-alike sent underground as a decoy for the forces of evil. Jeanty, Owens and Lee's artwork, understandably, is in a very straightforward mainstream-comics style—the characters look as much as possible like the TV actors—although they manage a few interpretive flourishes, like a Cubist witch seen by one character in a fantasy sequence. The real draw, of course, is Whedon's writing. His dialogue is as snappy as ever, and his plots are hypercompressed and telegraphic. (Nov.)
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For one, it came packaged in gray, plastic packaging. But in the inside it was taped between 2 pieces of cardboard and sealed in plastic! I was so happy.
One of my main worries was that it would come to me all beat up, but thankfully it got here in perfect condition.
Also, it's thicker than I had thought.
When I hear "Comic" I think, really thin paper, easily tearable. But this has the thickness of a paperback book (maybe even a slightly thicker). And the pages are a little thicker than a magazine, so they won't tear or bend as easy as a regular comic.
The art work is phenomenal, and the layout is, obviously, like a comic book.
I had a really hard time finding a complete, legit list of comics for the Buffy series. So, to save anyone else looking some time, I will post it here (this list does not include the Angel series)
BtVS: Omnibus (Vol. 1-7)
Issue 1 is a rewrite of the original BtVS movie, but with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy
The other 6 I believe follow the TV series until season 7.
BtVS: Season 8 (Vol. 1-8)
BtVS: Season 9 (Vol. 1-3)
Then there are 2 Spin-offs for Spike and Willow:
Spike: Alone Together Vol. 1
Spike: Stranger Things Vol. 2
Spike: The Complete Series
Willow & Tara: WannaBlessedBe
Willow & Tara: Wilderness
Also there is one BtVS Comic called Fray, which follows the story of a girl named Fray, a slayer in the future.
And lastly there is the BtVS: Tales. This is "Tales of the Slayers" and "Tales of the Vampires" put together in one issue.
These are all the Collected issues. Instead of buying all the different parts separate (for example: The Long Way Home has about 4 parts to it) they are all collected into one volume together.
There is also a collectors book from what I read called BuffyVerse Catalog. It's kind of pricey, but from what I've read it's a "Must-Have" for collectors :)
I apologize for the length of this review, but I figure this will help SOMEONE out lol.
Very excited to collect the rest of the Buffy comics :)
There was some confusion as it jumped around at first, but otherwise it was a good story. The only reason it is not getting 5 stars is because for $13 dollars, it was a very short, thin book.
The one big plus that continuing Buffy in comic form has is that Whedon has a pretty extensive history writing comics already. This means that condensing what might have been an episode in the television show is done in such a way that retains all the hallmarks of the series, including the witty, pop-culture-peppered dialogue.
Volume 1 collects the first five issues of the comic: the four-issue arc "The Long Way Home" and the standalone "The Chain." It's been about a year-and-a-half since the events of "Chosen," the seventh season finale and a lot has changed for Buffy and the Scoobies now that the Hellmouth has been blown to smithereens and every Potential is now a full-on Slayer. To say the fight against evil has become epic is more than stating the obvious. Buffy now heads a command center with Xander overseeing several "squads" of Slayers and other magically-endowed fighters (witches and the like) all across the world. There's lots of fancy tech at their disposal to help in their constant battle against a wide array of demons. And, of course, grounding things in a mystical form of reality, there's a healthy helping of life problems including but not limited to Dawn "growing up." Buffy also informs the reader that in an effort to keep her real location a secret from all the bad guys hellbent on her death, there are also two decoys of her out in the world. "The Long Way Home" sets all this up and introduces us to the new Big Bad. It's a great beginning; a well-paced story arc with lots of action. But it's "The Chain" that really stands out in this volume, which follows one of those aforementioned Buffy decoys. It's a really great piece of writing and really shows off Whedon's talent for mixing comedy into something dark. There's a lot of deep meaning in this short piece about feminism, values, and social duty. I found it incredibly haunting.
The art is quite superb -- especially the Jo Chen covers. I was surprised how easily I was absorbed into this new medium, expecting to find the transition a bit more jarring. And while I've never thought of the show as a slouch in the special effects department, the comic really does allow for a much grander playground. One that's also a bit more risque. With such a huge cast of characters and such enormous versatility in abilities, it can only grow more spectacular.
A very promising start to and a fresh new take on a truly phenomenal series. Definitely recommended for Buffy and comic fans alike.
I can't stress that enough. It's just like watching the TV show with a higher FX budget. Non-comic people, give this a chance. comic-people: this is a pretty good example of the form.